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Tyskie Brewery Museum, Tychy

Tyskie Brewery Museum, Tychy

The Brewery Museum
The beer museum - "Tyskie Brewing Museum" (Polish "Tyskie Browarium") - has operated since 2004. Here, among other things, there are collections of old bottles, photographs and work tools. The museum visitors can also enjoy a variety of interactive news. Guided tours are conducted in several languages, even the Silesian dialect is presented. There are master classes with a beer tasting expert, the so-called beer sommelier. The museum tour includes multimedia stations, a 3-D film and a glass of freshly tapped Tychy beer!

Old Town Fountain, Tychy

Old Town Fountain, Tychy

At the Old City fountain in Tychy

At the Old City fountain in Tychy


Old Town Fountain, Tychy

Old Town Fountain, Tychy


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The Municipal Museum, Tychy

The Municipal Museum, Tychy


Tychy Municipal Museum has had its main seat at Wolności Square 1 (1 Liberty Square) since 2012, in the former town hall building. Its collections are arranged in several departments: History of the City, Photography, Art and Ethnology Departments. The Municipal Stadium houses its branch in the Sports Gallery of Tychy. The museum organizes temporary exhibitions in both branches and outdoor exhibitions within the city limits.

At the Municipal History Museum, Tychy

At the Municipal History Museum, Tychy

Here are some views of Liberty Square:
At the entrance to the city history museum (right above), Silesian Uprisings Square (right below);
the Silesian Uprisings monument (its older version) - left below; the Silesian Uprisings monument (its modern version) - left above.

The city history museum is involved in the publishing and education activities, organizing talks, author’s lectures, seminars, meetings as well as walks familiarizing the residents and guests of Tychy with the city history and its important objects. In addition, the museum organizes special lessons for children and teenagers, educational trips, field games, artistic workshops and contests.

Promnice Hunting Castle
A hunting residence of the dukes of Pszczyna/Pless dating back to 1765 is in a forest neighborhood on the shore of Lake Paprocany. Locals call it "Zameczek Myśliwski Promnice". The name Promnice originates from the name of the Promnitz family, the founders of the castle. In 1868 the castle was altered and refurbished by Duke Hochberg gaining its present enchanting appearance.

Promnice Hunting Lodge, Tychy

Promnice Hunting Lodge, Tychy

This residence is one of the most valuable architectural monuments in Upper Silesia. The residence was intended for the most distinguished guests invited by the prince for hunting in the forests of Pszczyna. The impressive interior was decorated with great splendor.

The Banquet Hall (former ball room) of the Promnice Hunting Castle, Tychy

The Banquet Hall (former ball room) of the Promnice Hunting Castle, Tychy


The castle mantelpiece, Tychy

The castle mantelpiece, Tychy


This mantelpiece is believed to be one of the biggest in Europe.
The decor of the Banquet Hall of the Promnice Hunting Castle, Tychy

The decor of the Banquet Hall of the Promnice Hunting Castle, Tychy


Out of a dozen or so tastefully furnished rooms, the great ballroom with a fireplace was the most elegant one. Aristocracy feasts and hunters’ feasts were held there.

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Promnice Hunting Castle

The castle was a place of accommodation during hunting time for subsequent families of Pszczyna landowners and also a favourite place for their wives and children. Here, they had freedom and chose not to wear long skirts or jewellery. Duchess Daisy von Pless, the wife of Duke Johannes, wrote about it:

"I always loved Promnice. It is small and architecturally picturesque. It overlooks a beautiful lake, surrounded by magnificent trees."

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Hunting tropheys and historical photographs in the Hunting Castle, Tychy


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In 1946, the castle was covered by the legal protection of the museum in Pszczyna. In 1967, the facility was taken over by the mining department. While retaining all the artistic and historical values, the building was subjected to thorough conservation and adaptation treatment, and recreational gardens were established there. The facility was administered by the "Ziemowit" coalmine.

Revisiting the Promnice Hunting Castle nearTychy

Revisiting the Promnice Hunting Castle nearTychy

The castle and the forests around it were and still are the destination of hikes and walks by the inhabitants of Tychy, as well as visits of eminent personalities. Now there is a hotel inside the old castle: Hotel Noma Residence. The former hunting castle on the shore of Lake Paprocany is a museum exhibit itself.

The Hunting Castle construction and renovation memorial plaque,Tychy

The Hunting Castle construction and renovation memorial plaque,Tychy

The memorial plaque over the entrance to the former hunting castle informs us that the Promnice Hunting Castle was built in 1861. In 1867 it suffered from a big fire and was restored in 1868. In 1977, it was renovated by the Coalminers’ Trade Union that administered the former castle and used it as a spa for its members.
However, there is no museum inside. The former castle is used as a restaurant and a hotel. When there are not too many customers, you can freely admire the restaurant rooms and take some pictures there, which I asked a permission for and got it. The halls have a rich décor and many canvases and old photographs. You can see some old photographs of the former hunting castle in its lobby as you enter the castle building.

Historical photographs of the Promnice Hunting Castle in its lobby, Tychy

Historical photographs of the Promnice Hunting Castle in its lobby, Tychy


The historical interior of the Promnice Castle, Tychy

The historical interior of the Promnice Castle, Tychy


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I liked this painting of a hunter in one of the castle halls.
A 1927 view of the old dining-room in the hunting castle, Tychy

A 1927 view of the old dining-room in the hunting castle, Tychy


An old castle photograph, Tychy

An old castle photograph, Tychy


The picture that belongs to the City History Museum in Gliwice depictes the small dining room of Promnice Hunting Catle. In the early 20th century, this room was the bedroom of Princess Mathilde von Pless. Over the years 1907-1908, Princess Daisy von Pless transformed it into a small Dining Room. According to the inventory of 1927, its interior contained the following useful things: heaters (including tea-warmers), a tea table, glassware, copperwre, wood dishes and chinaware, including bowls, large fruit and vegetable bowls, vases, milk jugs, coffee jugs, tea jugs, and cream jugs, serving trays, carafes, sugar bowls, egg cups, tea- and coffee cups and saucers, glasses and mouth-rinse goblets; glasses for beer, wine, cognac, champagne, and schnapps, butter dishes, saucepans, tins of marmalade, as well as lemon squeezers and corkscrews. One of the rooms was fitted with a sink and a cabinet to hold lamps and spare lamp parts, as well as lamp oil.

An April view of  the Hunting Castle, Tychy

An April view of the Hunting Castle, Tychy


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St.Hubertus monument in front of the Promnice Hunting Castle and the monument's rear side, Tychy
Promnice Hunting Castle conservation plaque, Tychy

Promnice Hunting Castle conservation plaque, Tychy


According to this plaque, the sculpture was conservated by a company in Tychy in 2001.
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The small castle is also a rare non-sacral building with stained-glass windows showing coats of arms of the owners of Pszczyna land – the Promnitzs, the Anhalts and the Hochbergs. The sculpture of St.Hubert – the patron saint of hunting - stands in the front of it. It has the face of the last member of the Hochberg family – John Henry XI.

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Promnice Hunting Castle
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Staffed animals in the castle lobby.
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Enjoying the courtyard views of the Hunting Castle, the cheesecake and coffee on a fine spring day. We tasted the most popular and recommended dishes of Książęca ("Prince's") Coffeehouse and Restaurant: Viennese cheesecake, Apple pie with ice cream, Chocolate soufflé and Ice cream desserts. Enjoy!

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Posted by Vic_IV 22:28 Archived in Poland Tagged history hunting castle; silesian uprising; museum;

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quite a selection, the Hunting Castle seems really interesting!

by Ils1976

You are right, Ils! It's a big complex: an impromtu museum, a restaurant, a concert hall and a hotel...

by Vic_IV

All in one package so to speak! 😎

by Ils1976

Yes, you are right, Ils! It's a creative approach, I think.

by Vic_IV

Those stuffed animals are bit ghastly but rest of the hunting castle looks charming! I always love when they have old photos of the building, it is interesting to make comparision! :)

by hennaonthetrek

Yes, we were a bit upset to see those poor animals as stuffed animals...It was a habit in old times to manufacture and to display them... Not now anymore, thank Goodness! We enjoyed the old photographs and canvases a lot!

by Vic_IV

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