Palac Piszkowice has a rich history dating back to the 14th Century. There is evidence of development on the site from Medieval times, through the Renaissance, into the Baroque period and, of course, in modern times. Read a brief history of the Palac.
Palac Piszkowice invites you to be part of the journey to restore the Palac to its former glory. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for regular updates.
ABOUT PALAC PISZKOWICE
Why we are restoring the castle
Many historical monuments, castles and manor homes in Poland are slowly crumbling away. Although there is a very strong and renewed desire to protect what is left, Poland lacks the resources and most of all the time to save many historical buildings. We decided to put our small mark on saving our common European heritage. We want to involve YOU in our unique mission! Please show your support for the Palac by following us on Instagram and Facebook.
Palac (pronounced “palace”) Piszkowice was close to ruin when we discovered it in mid-2015. After over 20 years of neglect and theft, it seemed to have lost all hope of being rescued. Its walls and floors were on the verge of a collapse and we were advised the roof would certainly not survive another winter. With building permits valid from previous owners we immediately began working with local experts and trades to restore Piszkowice to health. Work continues today to save the Palac.
The history of Palac Piszkowice dates back to the 14th century when the lands surrounding the small defensive fort belonged to the von Haugwitz family. The surviving baroque structure was built at the beginning of the 18th century atop the medieval foundations.
Following 1945 the decline of the Palac progressed with an ever increasing speed. Initially the building housed an elementary school, kindergarten, and a teacher’s flat. After the school was closed, the building was sold to a string of private investors who contributed to its current condition. Finally in 2015, new owners undertook the massive project of restoring the building and the surrounding gardens to their former glory.
Research continues on the Palac’s ownership over time as borders changed and evolved from Austrian, German and finally to Polish sovereignty.
Palac Piszkowice is to be a place where everyone is welcome. In addition to tours of the Palac and the gardens, we are planning to open a museum of old Silesian books and prints. The region has a very rich history in book printing – from the University of Wroclaw/Breslau Press to centuries-old paper factories. One such factory still operates about 12 kilometers from the Palac in nearby Duszniki-Zdrój . It is housed in the original 1600’s building.
Old prints are our passion and we want to share that passion with visitors from all walks of life. Paper books are slowly becoming historical artefacts and we want to preserve the appreciation to this cornerstone of progress from the past 5 centuries.
In the future the Palac will offer an old-print workshop to local schools where students will be able to compose, design and print a page using 1500’s techniques and presses.
A PLACE FOR ALL TO VISIT
Palac Piszkowice is to be a place where everyone is welcome. In addition to tours of the Palac and the gardens, we are planning to open a museum of old Silesian Books and Prints.
Since beginning the restoration of the Palac, we have hosted two open days (The first Palac open day was held in October 2015 and the second in July 2016) inviting the community to view the progress made.
If you wish to visit the Palac while construction is underway, for your safety and the safety of others, please contact us first to arrange your visit.
- July 4, 2016 – Palac Open Day. View TV Klodzko’s segment
- June 15, 2016 – Palac Piszkowice on the air again. Read and listen at Wykop.pl
- January 25, 2016 – Palac Piszkowice Discoveries. Read more here.
- October 23, 2015 – Palac Piszkowice on the air! Read and listen at PRW.PL
- August 24, 2015 – Palac Piszkowice Foundation Presentation Wroclaw.
- August 6, 2015 – Palac Piszkowice in the Wroclaw Gazette.