In January, after the Christmas rush, we spent a weekend in the Wroclaw area – but this time we opted for rest and relaxation. Because rest is an art. Particularly at Topacz Castle.
But not to be lazy, we started industriously with a lecture at the University of Economics, to which we were invited by the BIT Traveler’s Club. It was a very interesting experience for us – we were able to talk about our trip to Japan, the places we saw and provide a handful of practical information. We enjoyed it very much, we were especially pleased with the large turnout – we are glad that so many people are interested in travel and other cultures.
We took the opportunity to stay for a weekend in the vicinity of Wroclaw (check out our suggestions for attractions for children in Wroclaw), more specifically at Topacz Castle Resort & Art Spa. What was the plan of action for the two days? Rest, rest and more rest :) Fortunately, the place is conducive to both active and more passive rest, but about that in a moment.
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The complex consists of several buildings, which include rooms, but also banquet halls, conference rooms and an Automotive Museum. We were most interested in the history of the place, which goes back as far as the 14th century – that’s when a defense and residential tower was built here, which was later expanded with additional floors.
In the early 17th century, further development took place and a building was added to the tower, and in the 19th another detached building was substituted and the tower was raised. Over the years, the mansion passed into the hands of new owners and served various functions, for example, after World War II, an educational institution was located here. It wasn’t until 2002 that the property passed into the hands of Mr. and Mrs. Kurzewski, who brought the castle to its present appearance, and since 2011 it has been receiving guests as an exclusive hotel and conference facility.Please define valid width and height attributes for remote images. This will also optimize the loading time of the remote panorama.
Why are we writing about it? Last year, we took a small tour of the castles and palaces of Lower Silesia. We saw facilities that were falling apart and those that were beautifully restored, those in which guests can’t fall asleep with fear and the creaking wooden floors work on the imagination and those in which guests can feel royally. Topacz Castle is just an example of the latter group, a place into which a second life has been breathed and pleases the eyes of visitors.
Saturday went by lazily from the morning. First we had a very good (excellent even!) breakfast at the castle.
Then we went for a walk in the park, where there is a pond, and our only regret is that we did not have anything to feed the ducks ;)
The area is vast (50ha), just right for walking or even running (many daredevils came here to run in sub-zero temperatures ;) )
The art of resting
In the afternoon, we were scheduled to have massages in the spa area, not just any spa, because ART SPA, a place with the motto “The Art of Relaxation.”
And guess what? In fact, rest is an art. Busy, constantly running “errands” we put less and less time and importance on rest. Do we even know how to relax? Don’t we look at our phone every now and then, check our email, Facebook? Aren’t we catching up on household chores as soon as we get the chance? It’s time to stop for a while, or preferably for a whole weekend and recharge your batteries.
In addition to the massage, we took advantage of the sauna and the pool, which stole our hearts, especially Olive’s :) It was Olivia’s first spa and first time in the pool. At first she felt like a fish in the water, and this was certainly facilitated by the temperature of the water (33 degrees!) – almost like a thermal ;) However, she quickly got bored, but slowly we will tame Olive with water.
The pool was so exhausting that our celebrity fell asleep on a deck chair ;)
We could sit and sit like that, but we still wanted to go to Wroclaw, to see the Christmas illumination, so after a few hours we gathered our manatees and went to admire the city.
Olive even liked the wind-ups in the snow ;)
On Sunday, after breakfast, we managed to go for another walk, and the weather was favorable for this: white fluff covered the whole area, but fortunately the park was cleared of snow, so we could easily amble around the white pond with the stroller.
We also visited the Automotive Museum located here. Upon entering, one is immediately struck by the congestion that prevails here, but fortunately the kind gentleman at the cash register, reassured that this is due to winter. Apparently, some of the exhibits are outside in the summer. There is an impressive collection of Polish vehicles and Rolls Royce & Bentley cars.
Unfortunately, all good things come to an end quickly. There was not enough time to take advantage of all the attractions and see the surroundings. But maybe it’s a good thing, too, that without any rush or stress we could just be together.
>> See also other attractions in Wroclaw described in our blog.