Category: Cultural Heritage

The Palace and Park Complex of the Ballestrems in Pławniowice

The palace and park in Pławniowice, in the district of Gliwice, in the commune of Rudziniec, now serve as part of the Centre for Education and Formation of Gliwice Diocese. It is easy to get there, because the center lies at the intersection of the A4 motorway and the national road No 40, between Gliwice and Strzelce Opolskie. The main part of the complex is a palace of the Ballestrem family, which was built in the years 1882-1885. It is surrounded by a small, historic park. In this park there are many interesting and exotic species of trees.

street Gliwicka 46
44-171 Pławniowice
Upper Silesian Agglomeration
in the country
Contact data
: +48 32 230 55 51
General Information
: castles/palaces/manors
Prices & amenities
: Price list on the website.
: children
: facility is friendly for handicapped people, photos/filming allowed
: seasonal

for individual tourists:
April, May, June, September:
Thursday: 11 am, 1 pm
Sunday: 4 pm

July, August:
Thursday: 11 am, 1 pm
Sunday: 2 pm, 3 pm,4 pm,5 pm

For organized groups: After prior arrangement by telephone

: Dla grup zorganizowanych zwiedzanie po uprzednim zgłoszeniu
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Next to the palace of the Ballestrems in Pławniowice there is a slightly smaller building erected at the same time. It features Eclectic architecture with strong neoGothic elements. This is called “Kavalier Haus”, which means “Bachelor's House”. It built was by Franz Ballestrem for his son, Leon. This building, which served as his temporary lodgings, later became a luxurious residence, designed for guests coming to Pławniowice.
Pławniowickie Lake is well known to all lovers of relaxing on the water, especially to the inhabitants of the western part of the Upper Silesian Agglomeration. The reservoir was created in 1970 by flooding the borrow pit of the backfilling sand mine. In the next few years, leisure and sports centers with swimming facilities have mushroomed around the lake. In the vicinity of the reservoir there are hiking and biking trails. We can also find here some interesting sights for example such as the palace in Pławniowice.
In the village of Poniszowice, in the district of Gliwice, there is one of the monuments of the Wooden Architecture Trail of the Silesia province. It is the church of Saint of John the Baptist and Our Lady of Częstochowa. The history of the parish is quite long, and according to written sources, goes back to the twelfth century. The present church is the third turn on this site. It was founded at the end of the fifteenth century, and was rebuilt later and underwent minor renovations. Next to the shrine, there is a free-standing bell tower from the sixteenth century.
For decades, bells, which toll in the shrines all over the world, have been cast in Tarciszów near Gliwice. The Felczyńkis, a well-known Polish family of bell-founders, manufacture bells here. The tradition of the bell foundry dates back to 1808 and is associated with Kalush, a town in Eastern Galicia, and in Tarciszów to the time after World War II. One of the bells recently cast here is "The Heart of Łódź", which first sounded over Łódź in June 2012.
Bycina lies in the commune of Rudziniec, in the district of Gliwice. The name of the village comes from grazing bulls, and the first mention of it dates from 1263. At the end of the seventeenth century, a magnificent late baroque palace was built in Bycina. Thanks to its location on a hill, the palace is visible from afar. Due to the war and the communist times unfavorable to such monuments, the palace is now much devastated.
The Gliwicki Canal connects Gliwice with the Oder river. It was built in the 1930s and opened in 1941. It was then the most modern waterway in Europe. Lovers of industrial monuments may admire, among others, impressive sluices with original machinery and equipment. The most interesting sluice is located in Rudziniec. It has two twin chambers, which can be closed with a movable gate.
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