Paprocany is a southern district of Tychy. It is a popular place of recreation and relaxation. The attraction of this part of the city is the picturesque Paprocany Lake and extensive wooded areas. Hardly anyone remembers that, in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, heavy industry developed here. An ironworks was founded by the Duke of Pless in 1703. There are a few brick buildings of the plant, which was closed in 1878, and…an extensive lake.
Paprocańskie Lake (also called Lake
Paprocany) in Tychy is a water reservoir with
a first-class water quality, which is located
within the city boundaries. Local residents
and tourists take delight in ravishing flora
and fauna with a number of protected
species (such as mute swan and heron).
Here, you can relax wonderfully. Everyone
will find something for everyone, from the
beaches, water sport equipment rental
shops, biking and hiking trails to fishing
competitions and concerts.
The Church of Blessed Karolina Kózkówna in
Tychy is eye-catching from afar due to a
characteristic shape, which is dominated by
the centrally located dome.
The building was erected in the housing estate
called “T” in Tychy in 1993-2000. It also has a
very impressive interior, painted in intensive
colors by artists form Katowice, Joanna PiechKalarus and Roman Kalarus. Wood carvings are
made by Antoni Toborowicz.
The Hochbergs were once one of the
wealthiest families in Silesia. Their lands
stretched from the Sudetenland to
Pszczyna. They were equal to kings, as
evidenced by their major ancestral seat in
Książ near Wałbrzych and the palace in
Pszczyna. In Promnice, between Tychy and
Kobiór, they built a hunting palace
preserved to this day. It was erected in
1868. The palace fascinates by English neo-Gothic elegance, completed with some
Swiss architectural elements. Currently, it
houses the luxury Noma Residence
While in Tychy, it is worth seeing the
buildings constructed at the turn of the
twentieth and twenty-first centuries. They are
a manifestation of architectural interest in
postmodernism. This style, characterized by a
loose treatment of tradition and a game of
convention, in Tychy is represented primarily
by the "Gate of the Sun", which quickly
became an icon of the city. Next to it, we can
see an interesting bank building, whose
shape resembles a boat.
Although Ryszard Riedel, a charismatic singer of the Dżem
group, the most important Polish band playing blues, was
born and died in Chorzów, but he is primarily associated with
Tychy, the place of his residence and final resting place. In
December 2011, in this city, on Niepodległości Street, a two-metre-tall statue of the artist was unveiled. It presents asinger, walking against the wind with a harmonica in his hand. The statue was made by sculptor Tomasz Wenklar.