This time we cross Dworcowa Street and simply enter the park. We are surrounded by the space, big old trees, giving a nice deep shadow. Turning into the alley to the left, on the right side of the site of the former amphitheater we see skatepark and the young people raging there. We are accompanied by signs of the three tourist routes, but even without them, we walk to the wooden fence surrounding Wieś Pszczyńska open-air museum. I can seethat grimace on your faces. What? Another open-air museum? We have already seen so many of them! Boooooring!
That is a mistake to think this way. This is slightly different museum. Of course, there are different kinds of houses, farm buildings, etc. But the museum itself is intimate. There is overwhelming amount of exposed buildings in the background behind its back fence, where a small stream Pszczynka flows. The buildings of the museum are loosely scattered on the ground, and their interiors are genuinely interesting. At the windows there are wyszkrobione and wybiglowane gardiny (starched and ironed curtains). At łokna (=windows) there are blumy (=flowers). And the most important: tour does not last too long. Nobody will feel tired.
I invite you to go further. On the same side as the museum is an old wooden house appears. This is 'Old Mill' Inn. In its right side the equipment formerly used in the mill is exposed and on its left there is a dining room. It is nice to sit in the historic interior. Depending on the time of year you can order ice cream and something refreshing to drink. Food here is delicious too, and if you are in the autumn or in winter I would advise to try a pot of mulled wine. It might be only a subjective feeling, but whenever I try it, the mulled wine always tastes totally unique.
WARNING! The above-mentioned sentence should not be read by minors, under 18 years old!!!
I hope, however, that a visit to the inn will not prevent anyone from continue the walk.
We go across the street Katowice and stand in front of the former gardener's cottage (now the headquarters of the Municipal Police). We have a choice: go the way we have already entered into the Palace Park, or going a few dozen meters and enter the park through the China Gate? The gate was built in 1902. It is a remnant of park architecture referring to the style pay-lu, which derives from China and is the only remaining part of the former neo-Romanesque fence in the Palace Park.
Alley between old trees leads to the crossing and we turn ... no, not yet to the Ducal Palace. We can instead observe (unfortunately only from the outside - private property) neoclassical stately mansion known as Ludwikówka.
It was built around 1800 and 1830 and served as the residence of Prince Louis Anhalt. The young prince felt bad in the sophisticated but very cozy rooms of the palace.Even in the later years, he tried to spend his whole social life there, and not in the palace.
We do a turn-around and head straight to the palace appearing in the distance. We pass neat ponds with small islands. In the spring I advise you to have a look at the trees on the islands. See the ….\ tulips blooming on the branches! It is American Tulip. It is characterized by a considerable height, almost square large leaves (~ 25 cm), and of coure flowers. Deceptively yellow-orange tulips!
In front of us there is a palace and representative part of the park. There is a lot of sightseeing. I suggest you sit down on a bench and relax. Patience. Everyone have time to visit.
January, November, December: from 9 am to 4 pm
February and October: from 9 am to 5 pm
March, September: from 9 am to 5 pm (Monday - Friday) from 10 am to 6 pm (Saturday - Sunday)
April - August: from 9 am to 7 pm
Normal ticket 8 PLN;
Discounts 6 PLN;
Family ticket 2 + 3 persons 25 PLN;
Maciej Mastalski, the tourism enthusiast and lecturer at University of the Third Age in Tychy.
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