Pszczyna

Pszczyna  is a small town in southern Poland that I’ve visited during shorter holiday I had in May. There are two things you should not miss there. Pszczyna Castle (Zamek w Pszczynie), sometimes referred to as the Pless Castle, is a classical-style palace in the city of Pszczyna(formerly called “Pless”) in south-western Poland. Constructed as a castlein 13th century or earlier, in a Gothic architectural style, it was rebuilt in a Renaissance style in the 17th century. During the course of the 18th and 19th centuries, the exterior of the castle was partially changed into aBaroque-Classical style. The Classicist modernization transformed the complex into what is usually described a palace. In its history the castle was a residence of Silesian and Polish Piastnobles, then the Promnitz family members (mid-16th to mid-18th centuries) and later the von Pless family. The castle has been state-owned since 1936, after the death of the last Prince of Pless, Hans Heinrich XV. In 1946 it was turned into a museum operating until today. In 2009 it was voted as one of the “Seven Architectural Wonders of the Silesian Voivodeship” by the Silesian authorities and is often described as one of the most beautiful castle residences in Poland. No more than several hundred meters off Pszczyna Old Town you may encounter a bison. You must only visit the Bison Centre created within the historical park in the part called “Bestiary”. The area of almost 10 hectares houses two enclosures together with the infrastructure, among others feeders, quarantine enclosure and fodder warehouses. The animals may be watched from a special platform which may be entered by the disabled by lift. In the enclosure, beside bison, you may also admire mouflon, deer, fallow deer and roe deer. Visiting the exhibitions in the education building, you may learn about flora and fauna of the land of Pszczyna. Enjoy the gallery!

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