One of the oldest cultural institutions in Poland, Zamek Cultural Center is a thriving hub of cultural activities, bringing together the worlds of visual arts, theater, film, music and literature into a thriving cultural hub.
A center for contemporary arts
A building originally built as a royal residence for the German emperor Wilhelm II, the Zamek Cultural Center is one of the country's most important cultural sites and is well known throughout the nation. Annually, the venue hosts around 2,500 events, including exhibitions, film screenings, plays, literary evenings, and live concerts. Open to locals and visitors alike, the center is a destination certain to be on any culture lover's checklist – but make sure to check the program before you commit!
A palatial estate
Designed by Franz Heinrich Schwechten, the residence features a visually striking exterior that resembles a medieval castle. In 1919, the residence was passed on to the Polish government, becoming the home of one of the country's heads of state, and later, was primarily occupied as the Palace of Culture. Over the years the building has undergone significant restoration, which saw the renewal of its stunning Rose Courtyard – home to the Fountain of Lions. In 2012, the renovation was deemed complete. With a fully restored Grand Hall, Grand Hallway, and Grand Hall Foyer, the residence was given a new lease of life. More recently, when the Zamek Cultural Center moved in as the main occupant, a stunning exhibition space was added, as well as a cinema and multi-functional spaces that can accommodate a range of events.
Free to tour
Open daily from 9 am to 10 pm, the castle and cultural center, as well as its perfectly manicured courtyards, its hallways and age-old corridors, can all be visited free of charge. The castle also plays host to a range of special events, including the monthly Sunday At the Castle, which offers a free tour of the castle and grounds along with a lecture. In addition, a castle tour is held at night every month — if you dare! It includes a special tour of the attics and cellars and is limited to a smaller number of participants.
An experience for the whole family
Whether you are keen on scouting out new artists or experiencing the works of cultural heavyweights first hand, the Zamek Cultural Center offers an action-packed program for every taste. For children, too, the center has created an exciting program of events, offering everything from workshops and winter festivals to artistic programs. In the photo gallery, the works of the castle's youngest guests is affectionately commemorated. An institution that caters to contemporary culture in every shape and form, it is also an exciting breeding ground for discussion and artistic experimentation, not to mention a stage for true artistic opportunity.