The magnificent Hochberg Castle in Pszczyna, with its splendid extensive park, is the perfect setting for a day's walk with history in the background.
The origins of the Pszczyna Castle date back to the 15th century, but it had already lost its Gothic character by the 16th century. This was because it was then rebuilt as a Renaissance residence for the Promnitz family. Successive owners brought their own changes to the building and its surroundings, in keeping with the architectural trends of the eras.
Prior to World War II, representatives of the prominent von Hochberg family resided there, and the castle also served as a venue for social gatherings organized for the German emperor and his guests.
Among other things, a residential building is now open to the public, where about 80% of the original furnishings have been preserved. The exhibition comprises interiors decorated in a style characteristic of the 19th and early 20th centuries, the Armoury, the Miniatures Room, the Portrait Gallery and the Polish Chamber named after Prince Józef Poniatowski. Guests can also visit the 19th-century Ducal Stables, where temporary exhibitions are held.
The castle in Pszczyna is surrounded by a beautiful park with a total area of 156 hectares, which comprises: