GUITAR MASTERS CAMP, as every year, will take place in a picturesquely located Krzyżowa village in the Sudeckie Foreland near Świdnica, in the former estate of the von Moltke family consisting of the 18th century palace, farm buildings and a park which houses a modern conference center, hotel, seminar rooms, concert venue and canteen.
Learn more about Krzyżowa and other attractions of Lower Silesia region below
Krzyżowa is a picturesque village situated in the Sudeckie Foreland/Przedgórze Sudeckie, which is an actively operating cultural centre of the Lower Silesia region/Dolny Śląsk. This is due to its modern training-conference venue, which attracts to Krzyżowa organisers of many cultural events, seminars, trainings, international meetings. The venue is located at the former estate of the von Moltke family, and consists of the 18th century palace, farm buildings and a park.
The first mention of the village dates back to 1250. From 1867 to 1945 the von Moltke family lived here. Nowadays the place is famous mostly for two events: In 1942-43 it was a meeting place for the German group conspiring against Hitler – known as the “Kreisau/Krzyżowa Circle”. On 12 November 1989 there took place the “Reconciliation Mass”, which was attended by the then heads of the governments of Poland and Germany – Tadeusz Mazowiecki and Helmut Kohl, respectively. This event is nowadays regarded as a turning point in the Polish-German relations.
The venue offers 181 beds in 1-, 2-, 3- and 4 person rooms of various standards, including rooms for people with disabilities. Moreover, there are 16 training rooms of various sizes as well as a meeting hall, which holds 350 seats. The venue guests have at their disposal a sumptuous menu of the restaurant and café as well as a sauna, a gym, a football pitch, a playground, wireless internet connection, and a 24-hour monitored car park.
The historic scenery of the venue and its proximity to nature, make Krzyżowa an ideal location for leisure, meetings, artistic events, trainings and conferences. The numerous tourist attractions offered by Krzyżowa’s vicinity make it all the more . The village is situated 8 km south of Świdnica, close to the major mountainous centres of the Lower Silesia region: Kotlina Kłodzka (about 60 km), Góry Wałbrzyskie (about 35 km) and Jelenia Góra (about 70 km). It is equally close to Wrocław, which is about 50 km from Krzyżowa.
Major tourist attractions in the vicinity of Krzyżowa:
Świdnica – a county town, with a rich history, dating back to XIII century. Its most important vintage buildings are: The Ancient Merchants Museum / Muzeum Dawnego Kupiectwa, the gothic Saint Stanislaus and Wenceslaus cathedral and the Holy Trinity Church of Peace, which attracts to Świdnica tourists from the whole of Poland as well as many foreigners.
The Church of Peace under the invocation of the Holy Trinity in Świdnica since 2001 has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The building was erected in 1657 after the Peace of Westphalia, which ended the Thirty Years’ War in 1648. The peace treaty permitted construction of three Evangelical churches, which however, could be built only from wood, loam, sand and straw. The Church of Peace in Świdnica is one of the two such buildings preserved in Europe.
Wrocław – the capital of the Lower Silesia region, which has been designated to be the European Capital of Culture 2016. Its tourist value is determined by its rich history and numerous architectural monuments, as well as natural environment advantages. Wrocław is one of the greenest cities in Poland, situated on 12 islands surrounded by numerous tributaries and canals of the river Oder. Cruises on the river Oder are one of the city’s tourist attractions, however, when going on a sightseeing tour of Wrocław one should not overlook such places as: Ostrów Tumski, Dzielnica Czterech Świątyń, Panorama Racławicka, Hala Stulecia and of course the Market / Rynek with the largest town hall in Poland.
The Książ Castle / Zamek Książ, 23 kilometres away from Krzyżowa, lies within Książ Landscape Park and is one of the most important monuments of Lower Silesia. Second only to Wawel and the castle in Malbork, it is the third largest castle in Poland, and one of the largest castles in Europe. It was built in 13th century and between 1705-1732 was converted into the baroque style by Konrad Ernsat Maksymilian von Hochberg. It was the Hochberg family, who had dominion over the castle for over 400 years, that had a decisive impact on its present appearance. During the second World War the castle was converted into a fascist stronghold and that period spawned many legends concerning the tunnels of unknown purpose, drilled in the rock underneath the castle, which are now one of the main tourist attractions. When visiting the castle tourists should also pay a visit to the Palm House in Wałbrzych, which used to be a “winter garden” for Książ. The Palm House built in 1911-1914 is the oldest such facility in Poland, and boasts an impressive amount of exhibits as well as a large size. Its space of 1900 m2 and 15 metres height houses about 80 species of plants from all over the world.
Arboretum Wojsławice (about 30 kilometres away from Krzyżowa). The unusual appeals of flora can also be admired at Wojsławice Arboretum, which is a branch of the University of Wrocław Botanic Garden. There are over 6 thousand species and varieties of plants from all over the world, including national collections of rhododendrons, liliales and boxwood. The rhododendron collection is one of the oldest and biggest in Poland.
The Owl Mountains Landscape Park / Park Krajobrazowy Gór Sowich lies within the dzierżoniowski, wałbrzyski and ząbkowicki counties. It encompasses the middle section of The Owl Mountains range with the highest peak the Great Owl / Wielka Sowa (1015 metres above sea level). Its main quality lies in its high forestation rate and the occurrence of rare and protected species, such as European yew, small periwinkle, Common ivy, mezereon. Another tourist attraction of the park is also Project Riese, which is a vast complex of drifts, forged in rocks during the second World War by German prisoners.
Project Riese in the Owl Mountains / Kompleks Riese w Górach Sowich (Włodarz, Sztolnia Walimska, Podziemne Miasto Osówka) (about 30 kilometres away from Krzyżowa). Built during the second World War, a complex of underground corridors and bunkers of unknown purpose, drilled in rocks, which was never completed. A particularly impressive facility is Osówka complex, which according to one theory, was meant to be a secret headquarters of Adolf Hitler, and according to others – it was supposed to house an underground armaments plant. The biggest room in Osówka is about 50 metres long.
Srebrna Góra Stronghold / Twierdza Srebrna Góra (about 40 kilometres away from Krzyżowa) – is regarded as the biggest European mountain fortress. Built between 1763-1785 was at that time one of the most modern fortifications in Europe. It could house 3,756 soldiers and abundant supplies of ammunition and food. It comprised a hospital, bakery, brewery, wells, chapels, a prison, an armoury, a gunpowder mill, warehouses and workshops, which made the fortress self-sufficient.
Ślęża Mountain Range / Masyw Ślęży (about 25 kilometres away from Krzyżowa). Ślęża, towering over flatland at 718 metres above sea level, due to its majesty is also called “the Silesian Olympus”. It used to be a place of pagan rituals, and on its slopes there are still ancient cult sculptures. The Range comprises Ślęża Landscape Park. Tourists are offered two archaeological routes as well as cycling paths. The peak of Ślęża is also an attractive viewing area, which overlooks a vast panorama of Silesian Lowlands.
Mietkowskie Lake / Jezioro Mietkowskie (about 30 kilometres away from Krzyżowa) is a picturesque water body characterised by the richness of flora and fauna. It is the largest artificial lake in Lower Silesia, 4 kilometres long and 2.5 kilometres wide. Due to its positive all-season wind conditions, the lake is a perfect spot for water sports, including windsurfing. It is also the largest angling area in Lower Silesia.
The Bolków Castle / Zamek w Bolkowie (about 43 kilometres away from Krzyżowa) – one of the largest mediaeval fortresses of Silesia. Nowadays it houses the branch of the Karkonoskie Museum / Muzeum Karkonoskie in Jelenia Góra and a place which attracts mediaeval period lovers from all over Poland. The castle hosts numerous Tournaments, old craftsman workshops, theatrical performances and concerts.
The Grodno Castle in Zagórze Śląskie / Zamek Grodno w Zagórzu Śląskim (about 18 kilometres away from Krzyżowa) is situated on the top of the hill Choina in the northern part of the Owl Mountains, within the landscape nature reserve “Mount Choina / Góra Choina”. It is one of the most picturesque mediaeval castles in Silesia and the first point on the Piast Castle Trail.
photo by Agnieszka Kalita
The Pieszycki Castle / Zamek Pieszycki (about 16 kilometres away from Krzyżowa) is the largest baroque castle in Lower Silesia, also referred to as the Versailles of Silesia. It has got 60 rooms decorated with beautiful mouldings and authentic period pictures as well as a tower with an observation deck. Currently the castle is undergoing renovation, and after its completion, it is not going to be available to visitors.