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Czocha Castle – a defensive castle in the Czocha village of Poland

Poland is a country located in Central Europe. It has a long Baltic Sea coastline. It is bordered by:
• Belarus
• Czech Republic
• Germany
• Lithuania
• Russia
• Slovakia
• Ukraine

About Czocha Castle in Poland

• Czocha Castle is a defensive castle in the Czocha village.
• Czocha Castle is located in south-western part of Poland which is 130 km away from Wroclaw, Dresden and Prague.
• It is in Luban County in Lower Silesian Voivodeship which is in southwestern Poland.
• The castle is situated on the Lake Lesnia which is near the Kwisa river.
• This is at present the Polish part of Upper Lusatia.
• Czocha castle was built on gneiss rock.
• It is the oldest part and to which housing structures were later added.

General information about Czocha Castle

• Location: Czocha, Poland
• Country: Poland
• Construction started : 13th century
• Construction Completed : 14th century
• Demolished : 17–18 August 1793
• Owner : Ernst Freiherr von Gütschow
• Polish Army
• Hotel Group WAM (last owner)

History of Czocha Castle

• Czocha Castle began on the Czech-Lusatian border.
• Its construction was ordered by Wenceslaus I of Bohemia.
• This was about in the middle of 13th century (1241–1247).
• The castle was handed over to Konrad von Wallhausen, Bishop of Meissen in 1253.
• In 1319 the complex became part of the dukedom of Henry I of Jawor.
• It was taken over by another Silesian prince, Bolko II the Small, and his wife Agnieszka after his demise.
• The origin of the stone castle dates back to 1329.
• In the mid-14th century, Czocha Castle was annexed by Charles IV, Holy Roman Emperor and King of Bohemia.
• Between 1389 and 1453, it belonged to the noble families of von Dohn and von Kluks.
• The complex was besieged by the Hussites.
• This was somewhere in the early 15th century.
• He captured it in 1427.
• He remained in the castle for unknown time.
• The castle was purchased by the family of von Nostitz in 1453.
• He owned it for 250 years.
• He took up remodeling projects in 1525 and 1611.
• Czocha’s walls were strengthened and reinforced.
• In 1703, the castle was purchased by Jan Hartwig von Uechtritz, influential courtier of Augustus II the Strong.
• The whole complex burned in a fire on August 17, 1793.

Address: Stankowice-Sucha
• Postal code / City: 59-820 Le?na
• Phone: +48 75 721 11 85
• Fax: +48 75 721 15 53
• E-mail: rezerwacja@zamekczocha.pl
• http://www.zamekczocha.pl

Present Scenario
• The venue was raised in the middle of 13th century.
• It was due to the initiative of a Czech King Waclaw II.
In the castle the following events were and are organized:
– Conferences
– Symposia
– Meetings
– Different companies parties
– There are 4 conference halls that can host 30 up to 200 people.
– There is standard equipment which enables proper executions of meetings, conferences, exhibitions etc.

Additional attractions you can find:
• Knight fights shows
• Medieval and old-polish feasts
• Revels and grills at the Knight`s Veranda
• Outdoor parties in the Castle’s Moat
• Banquettes and ceremonial dinners
• Medieval and cameral music band shows
• Tasting meads in the historical castle wine-vault
• Sightseeing of the Castle, Torture Hall, Castle Museum
• Sauna, fitness room
• Bicycle rent
• Horse riding

Sports in Poland

• Mountain hikes
• Water sports
• Skiing
• Horse riding
• Cycling
• First bungee jump
• Paintball encounter
• Rock climbing

Best time to visit / climate

• The climate is mostly temperate throughout the country.
• The climate is oceanic in the north and west.
• It becomes gradually warmer and continental towards the south and east.
• Summers are generally warm.
• It is with average temperatures between 18 °C (64 °F) and 30 °C (86.0 °F).
• Winters are rather cold.
• There are with average temperatures around 3 °C (37.4 °F) in the northwest and 6 °C (21 °F) in the northeast.
• Precipitation falls throughout the year.
• The warmest region in Poland is Lower Silesian that is located in south-western Poland.

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How to get to Poland?

1. By plane
• Most of Europe’s major airlines fly to and from Poland.
• Poland’s national carriers are LOT Polish Airlines.
• There are also a number of low cost airlines that fly to Poland. These include:
– WizzAir
– EasyJet
– Germanwings
– Norwegian
– Ryanair
There are also direct flights from United States and Canada. LOT operates direct flights from:
– Toronto
– New York
– Chicago
– Non-direct flights from other cities
International airlines fly mainly to Warsaw (WAW). Other major airports in Poland are:
– Krakow
– Katowice
– Gdask
– Pozna
– Wrocaw
– Szczecin
– Rzeszow
– Bydgoszcz
A new terminal has been opened at the Warsaw Chopin airport which will significantly increase the airport’s capacity.

2. By Train
Direct connections with:
• Berlin
• Amsterdam, via Koeln, Hannover
• Kiev via Lviv
• Vienna
• Prague
• Moscow

3. By Car
You can enter Poland by one of many roads linking Poland with the neighboring countries.

4. By Bus
There are many international bus lines that connect major Polish cities.
• Voyager
• Eurolines
• Ecolines
• PolskiBus.com
• Simple Express

5. By Boat
• From Sweden
– Ystad by Unity Line
– Karlskrona by Stena Line
– Nynashamn
– Visby
– Ystad by Polferries

• From Denmark
– Copenhagen
– Bornholm

• From Finland
– Helsinki by Finnlines

• From Germany
– Rostock by Finnlines

6. By Yacht
There are more and more ports along Polish coast. Bigger marinas are located in:
– Szczecin
– Eba
– Hel
– Gdynia
– Gdask

7. By plane
– Polish national carrier LOT has daily connections.
– These are between the biggest cities with a hub in Warsaw.

8. By train
– In Poland, the national railway carriers are PKP InterCity and Przewozy Regionalne.
– There are few local carriers that belong to voivod ships or major cities.
– Train tickets are quite economical.
There are new InterCity routes such as:
• Warsaw – Katowice
• Warsaw – Krakow
• Warsaw – Pozna
• Pozna – Szczecin
Train types
• E-IC (ExpressInterCity) / EC (EuroCity) / Ex (Express)
• TLK (Twoje Linie Kolejowe)
• RE (RegioEkspress)
• IR (InterRegio)
• REGIO / Osobowy
• Podmiejski
• Narrow gauge

Some Travel Books on Poland

Poland Lonely Planet Poland Poland: A Unique Country & Its People

Places to stay (hotels / restaurants along with website / contact numbers)

Hotels at tripadvisor.in
Hotels at staypoland.com
Hotels at travelpoland.com

Blogs / Sites about Poland

Blogs at wikipedia.org
Blogs at convention.wroclaw.pl
Blogs at tripadvisor.com
Blogs at poland.travel

Images and photos of Poland

Images at google.com
Images at wikipedia.org
Images at convention.wroclaw.pl
Images at tripadvisor.com

Videos of Poland

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