- Rynek Glowny
- Cathedral Chrzciciel Jan (John the Baptist)
- ‘Venice of the North’
- Hala Stulecia
- The Gnomes of Wroclaw
5 Reasons why you should visit the Capital of Culture 2016
Every year the European Parliament elect an European Capital of Culture. In 2016 the Polish city Wroclaw will get the chance to show itself. It is a great opportunity for the city to show its wonderful and unique culture to the rest of the world. An additional bonus: the city is about 75 kilometres away from Palac Jugowice! Time to zoom in at all the things Wroclaw has to offer. In this article we give you five reasons why you should visit 2016th Capital of Culture.
Capital of Culture: What is that?
You can find a large amount of different cultures in Europe. To emphasize this multiplicity and to maintain the variety of these cultures, the cultural event ‘European Capital of Culture’ was created with its first edition in 1985. Each year, two countries will be chosen which both may submit a city that has a chance to win the title. Each city has to represent a program of cultural events that will bring their culture to life. On basis of this program the Parliament will choose a Capital of Culture.
Wroclaw arises from the name ‘Wratislaw’. Trough the years, Wroclaw (also known as ‘Breslau’) has become a beautiful city and is even known as one of the most beaufitul cities in Poland.Although the city is less known than Warsaw of Krakow, Wroclaw is a city to fall in love with. To convey this to foreign visitors, the city will use the name ‘Vrots-Love’ in 2016. An apt name you will remember (and pronounce) easily.
5 Reasons to visit Wroclaw
There are plenty of reasons to visit the new city of culture. Wroclaw obviously offers many cultural attractions. We have made up a list with sights you definitely have to visit.
Also called ‘Marked Square’. Visit this huge square and surround yourself with the colourful houses with beautiful facades. Also the thirteenth-century Gothic city hall at the middle of the square will definitely leave a good impression.
This cathedral, build in Gothic style, has towers that rise above the buildings of Wroclaw, making them an impressive part of the skyline.
The Odra River is a 854 kilometres long river where Wroclaw owes its name ‘Venice of the North’ to. Not only the city is situated on both banks of the river, it is also divided over 12 islands which are connected by 130 bridges.
Hala Stulecia is an eventhall designed by Max Berg. This building is considered as his most special design and is since 2006 even adaptes to the Unesco World Heritage List.
The Gnomes of Wroclaw, which are distributed in a large number of 250 throughout the whole city. At first glance, these figures seem just simple decoration, but the underlying idea of these gnomes is more profound and goes back to the time of Communism.
Besides these attractions the city offers many more exciting activities. There are also many cafes and restaurants where you can get acquainted with the Polish cuisine.
Bring us a visit!
Altogether Wroclaw is a beautiful city that is really worth visiting. And if you do not fancy a stay in the city, you are very welcome at Palac Jugowice! The beautiful surroundings will make you relax completely and you can even enjoy our Spa and Welness to amplify that feeling. Have a look at what our hotel has to offer.
Are you planning to visit Wroclaw and stay the night at Palac Jugowice? You can reserve a rental car simultaneously with your hotelreservation.
A series of hidden treasures
A discovery which would be similar to the finding of the Titanic. 100 Meters long, heavily secured and loaded with an invaluable amount of treasures… Poland is excited about a mysterious train that is found recently by two treasure hunters in the South-western city Walbrzych, close to Palac Jugowice. But there is more. Polish experts believe that this treasure is not the only one to be found. One talks about a series of hidden treasures!
Disappeared without a trace
Specialists report that the train which is found, is one of the three trains that drove into Walbrzych in January 1945, but have disappeared without a trace. The train is armoured, which indicates a special loading of probably gold, artwork and documents relating to the World War II. It is not known if the inestimable loading is actually in this specific train. But, it is possible that the loading is hidden in one of the more heavier protected trains that are somewhere situated in the tunnel complex. The two treasure hunters that found the vehicle do believe that this is the right train. They demand 10% of the loot that would hold this mysterious train.
Secrets from the tunnel complex
How can a train like this remained hidden for so long? People believe that a former soldier who then helped to hide the vehicle, has revealed the secret about the location on his deathbed. And it is true, special radar images seem to confirm the story. The 100 meter long train can be seen on a track in a tunnel between Wroclaw and Walbrzych.
The tunnel is part of the Riese Project (‘giant’ in German), an underground tunnel system that was built in the Second World War by the Germans. The reason these hidden treasures are in this part of Poland is another component of this project, the Książ Castle. Rumour has it that Hitler wanted to establish his headquarters here. Rooms were built up and made in order for his arrival. Also an extensive tunnel complex was built to hide treasures such as gold, artwork and documents, but also to hide weapon production. The idea was to come back later to pick up these treasures. But when the Soviet army had occupied Walbrzych, the Germans fled. The idea to come back to pick up the hidden treasures, never became reality.
The discovery of the train, and possible several more, attracts many gold seekers to Lower Silesia. Yet it is a case of entering at own risk. Zuchowski, Secretary of Culture, has called upon everyone to stop searching. There may be hidden mines or other explosives on the trains, so it may be very dangerous.
The tunnel system is immense. One assumes that there is even 30 percent of the tunnels that is undetected (partly due to danger of collapse). However, some parts are accessible to tourists. One of the entrances to the complex is in Walim, located near Hotel Palac Jugowice. Are you like the gold seekers curious about the mysterious train and the hidden treasures and do you want to see the mysterious dark corridors of this gigantic project with your own eyes? Have a look at our offer and imagine you in the world of the treasure hunters.
10 Years Pollux
With a group of 18 people, a large contingent of the Dutch team departed from Roosendaal to Poland, to celebrate the 10 Year jubilee of Pollux. For a number of colleagues a new experience, for others a trip to the country of birth. From Eindhoven the plane was taken to Wroclaw. The moment the plane landed the party could really get started!
A warm welcome
Directly outside the airport there was a chauffeur waiting with a mini-bus which drove us in an hour to Jugowice. Upon arrival at Hotel Palac Jugowice was the reception extremely warm. With champagne and a snack the kick off was immediately a festive one. All this in the theme of 10 Years Pollux! The beautiful hotel made the atmosphere even better. The fantastic rooms, the atmospheric community areas and the decorations (to which a lot of attention had been paid). All this together made everyone enthusiastic. Even more so when the colleagues, of the Polish office, trickled in was the atmosphere even more festive.
The staff of the hotel did everything in their power to please the guests. The dinner on the Friday evening was fantastic. Afterwards the feast really got started. A nice vodka tasting session, a fire show and a friendly DJ made the evening complete.
The next morning was it also obvious that everything had been perfectly organized. During the breakfast buffet was everyone able to slowly awaken. A busy program was organized. Despite the fact that the party went on into the early hours, everyone was sitting at the early breakfast table. The group was split into two. While the one group got into the Jeeps which stood ready to explore the surrounding area in a special way, the other group was brought to the Walim mines for a treasure hunt and an impressive guided tour.
At about noon the first part of the activities were completed and the hotel catered for a lunch on location. This was also perfectly arranged. After this the activities were exchanged and about 16:00 was everyone back at the hotel. The rest of the afternoon was everyone left to do as they pleased.
After once again a fantastic dinner was it time for the closing festivities. Everything had been done to make it an explosive end, literally and figuratively. A super speech by the Pollux directors was given a respective response by everyone present. The Polish staff warmed up the party with their version of the Eurovision song festival entry of 2014, Donatan & Cleo – My Słowianie. The photo booth was also a source of great hilarity. In the end the fireworks display made the evening, but even more so the whole weekend complete!
The next morning, filled with a lot of different impressions, the return journey home got underway. Tired but very contented could one look back on a fantastic weekend.
Compliments to the staff of Palac Jugowice. Everyone has worked very hard to make the 10 year Pollux jubilee weekend unforgettable and for this our heartfelt thanks.
Nature of Lower Silesia
We regularly talk about the versatility of the surroundings of Palac Jugowice on this website. In our overview of day trips in the area we have extensively highlighted the different cultural attractions of Lower Silesia. Underexposed is the nature of Lower Silesia, there is namely a wealth of flora and fauna. That is why we wish to talk about this today, an excursion into nature, an excursion into nature may absolutely not be missed during your vacation in Poland.
Lower Silesia is by many people seen as one of the most attractive regions of the whole of Poland. Almost 20% of the region is made up of national parks, nature and landscape reservations and protected landscape. While at the same time the largest part of the region is still inhabited by people for farming activities.
It is further more the versatility of the area which makes it so unique. The alternation from mountain ranges, with flat areas makes it fantastic to go through it. The relatively warm climate (Lower Silesia lies in the transition area from sea to land climate) ensures that many different sorts of plants and trees are able to grow there. Just like in other places in Europe we see lots of trees in the lower regions. Especially the oak tree, beech, birch, elm, linden, ash, maple and hawthorn are here abundant. Particularly in the fields and along the edges of the forests can you enjoy the many different kinds of flowers.
As you come into the higher situated areas, is it especially the beeches which are predominately present. Because of the fertile ground there is here lots of undergrowth. The sort of undergrowth has got to do with the specific area in which you are in. in the regions above 1500 meter you find predominantly shrubby trees.
In the nature of Lower Silesia you can during your walks just encounter deer, wild boar, foxes, mouflon and a number of birds.
It becomes more difficult to find a region in Europe where you can be alone with nature, but in Lower Silesia is it still possible. Fantastic hiking of cycling. Or when there is snow, skiing or langlaufer. In the nature of Lower Silesia nature lovers can enjoy the lovely woods to their hearts content, these are interchanged with mountain ranges, beautiful rock formations and valleys with breath taking views.
Frequently asked questions
A complete new website, we could not have started the new year in a better way. An important addition to this new site is our blog. We try regularly, with each new article, to give you a peek in the kitchen at Palac Jugowice. Today we kick off with the first article. Here in we want to give an answer to the frequently asked questions.
Palac Jugowice frequently asked questions
Q. Can I view my reservation after I have booked?
A. No, unfortunately you cannot view this. However, should you wish to know more you can always send us an e-mail or get in touch with us by telephone. We gladly help you with any eventual questions.
Q. What are the check-in and check-out times?
A. You can check into Hotel Palac Jugowice from 15:00. Check out is possible till 11:00. Early check in and late check out are both possible after consultation but only if the suite is available.
Q. Is smoking allowed on the terrain of the hotel? And in the suites?
A. Outside, on the terrace and in the garden is smoking allowed. Further is the whole building non-smoking. Therefore, smoking is not allowed in the social areas or in the suites. Smoking in the suites or turning off the smoke detector is a fine of 500 zł (€ 119,-).
Q. What are the conditions for cancellation?
A. You can cancel without charge 48 hours before your proposed arrival at Hotel Palac Jugowice. If a stay is cancelled later or if there is a situation of no-show, we charge completely for the first night. When you have not yet paid, we reserve the right to charge your credit card for the amount.
Q. Is it possible to park a car at Palac Jugowice?
A. It is possible to park your car on the parking lot next to the hotel. This is completely free of charge for visitors to the hotel, the restaurant and the spa.
Q. Is there a fridge, a crib or a mobile bed present in the suites?
A. All the suites have a minibar available. In these minibars, by the way, is it not possible to preserve food, or the like. There are two travel cots (cribs) available, these you can reserve in advance and are free of charge. If there are no cribs available then we are forced to place an extra bed in the accommodation. The cost for this is 130 zł (€ 31,-).
Q. I have booked through another agency than your website. How can I amend my reservation?
A. In the first instance we advise you to contact the organisation through which you have made the booking. Should there be special questions and or wishes, then you can make contact with us by filling in the contact form or by phoning us at +48 748 446 394.
Q. What is the minimum age to be able to make a booking at Palac Jugowice?
A. The minimum age to book a stay is 18 years old (adult according to Polish law). Children under 18 must be accompanied by a guardian or a parent. When checking in you may be asked to provide an identity document. You must at all times be able to provide this.
Q. Are the suites accessible for the disabled?
A. We have different suites which have been adapted for the disabled. Should you wish to use such an accommodation, then you can mention this when you book your stay. All the other public toilets in the hotel have been adapted for the disabled.
Q. Has Palac Jugowice a shuttle service from the hotel to the airport in Wroclaw and vice versa?
A. There is a possibility to let yourself be collected, or to let yourself be brought to the airport at Wroclaw by the Palac Jugowice shuttle service. We charge 210 zł (€ 50,-) per car (4 persons) for a single journey. You fill in the contact form on our website if you wish to make use of this service. We advise you to make it known, a minimum of week before your arrival, if you want to make use of this service.
Q. Is internet available in the rooms and in the rest of the hotel?
A. In the whole of the building is WiFi present. This is completely free to use. Upon arrival, upon delivery of your key card, you receive the code.
Q. Are pets allowed in the hotel?
A. Pets are allowed. You must in advance inform us that you are taking a pet to Hotel Palac Jugowice. The charge for bringing a pet is 50 zł (€ 12,-).
Q. We expect to arrive before the stipulated in check time. What happens?
A. No problem. You can place your luggage in a store room which is intended for this purpose and then you are free to use our facilities. Thus are you able to make use of the Spa & Wellness centre, or discover our versatile kitchen of the restaurant.
Q. I want to have flowers, chocolate, champagne, presents or another sort of surprise placed in the room. How can I do this?
A. Get in touch with our reception through +48 748 446 394 or fill in our contact form. Then we will take care that the requested surprise is in the suite.
Q. Is there room service available?
A. You can make use of our room service. You can choose from a bottle of wine or champagne. But also soup, chicken salad and French bread. We prepare this for you and bring it to you suite.
Q. What are the opening hours of Restaurant Palac Jugowice?
A. The restaurant is opened from 07:00 till 22:00. More information about the different meal times are to be found at the general information of the restaurant. After the restaurant is closed you can really enjoy yourself in our wine bar.
Q. What are the opening hours of the Palac Jugowice Luxury Spa?
A. The Spa-& Wellness centre is form Monday up to and including Thursday open from 12:00 till 21:00. From Friday up to and including Sunday is the spa opened from 11:00 till 22:00. For more information you can visit our special page for Palac Jugowice Luxury Spa.
Q. Are there possibilities to hold a business conference in the hotel?
A. Yes, indeed there are. You can find more information on our special page about business stay.
Q. Is it possible to organise feasts and parties in Palac Jugowice?
A. That is possible, look for more information on our page about marriages at Palac Jugowice.
Q. Are there nice activities in the vicinity of the hotel?
A. In the direct surroundings of the hotel there are a number of nice sights. Especially for you we have made an overview with popular tourist attractions.
Q. Can I drink the tap water in the hotel?
A. In principle you can just drink the tap water in Hotel Palac Jugowice. However, we advise you not to do this, it is advisable to boil the water first before you drink it.
Do you want to read again the conditions for a stay at Hotel Palac Jugowice. Then view our terms and conditions.