In the city broke in January 17 th 1606 the plague, wich killed over 1/3 of the city population. The "Newe Zeyttung" published in Augbsurg at the end of 1606 wrote:"Eight growe-diggers have been captured in the city of Frankenstein in Silesia, six men and two women in their. After being tortured dureng the investigation they confessed to preparing...more
The fire of 1858 destroyed large parts of the town, including the 16th century town hall. Between 1862 and 1864, this neogothic town hall was built. It is still the most impressive building on the market square.Note that the “tourist information” sign on the town hall is somewhat confusing. The tourist information office is NOT in the town hall,...more
Zabkowice’s main church was built in the 15th century and rebuilt several times during the following centuries. It replaced a wooden building which burnt down in 1413. In the 19th century, it got its original gothic style back, leading to today’s building. The church is in need for some refurbishment, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t much...more
The local museum shows a collection of old household items as well as documents from the 20th century (german and polish times). Beside that, it has a small room called “Dr. Frankenstein’s laboratorium” which has a slightly spooky atmosphere.For being in such a small town, the museum is OK. As I only speak very few words of Polish, it was diificult...more
Zabkowice’s most famous building, the inclining tower, started its life as part of the city defense structures in the 13th century. After the town expanded and new defense structures were needed, the stones of this tower were used for these and other structures. When neighbouring St. Anne’s church burnt down in 1413, a new stone-built church was...more
Zabkowice’s city wall is from the 13th century and was restored in the 16th. Although none of the four former city gates is still standing, large parts of the city walls have been preserved. The most remarkable part is the one along Sinkiewicza Henryka which you will see when approching the city center from the train/coach station.more
A typical eastern european milk bar where people meet for lunch or during the afternoon. It serves traditional food like Bigos and Pierogi. It’s a very small location, but during lunchtime it gets really full – a good way to mix up with the working population.
All these bars have something in common: Order and pay at the counter and wait for your food to be called. The menu has a large variety, but not every dish is available. A basic knowledge of the polish language is useful, as really noone speaks any english.
Favorite Dish: I had Pierogi Ruskie (russian Pierogi) which is a variation with fried onions. For those who don’t know, Pierogi are fried dumplings filled with different ingredients. They can be seen as slavic samosas :)
Zabkowice Slaskie has a train station, but that one is only served a couple opf times per day. It is located on the regional route between Katowice and Legnica and getting to either point will take you centuries.
If you want to go to Zambkowice, the bus is the more useful option. Zabkowice is served by a line going from Wroclaw to Klodzko and further on to the Czech Republic as well as a couple of regional lines. Buses to/from Wroclaw run at least once an hour between 6 am and 9 pm with occasional services earlier and later. The usual travel time is 1 1/2 hours, slower buses can take up to 2 1/2. Bus tickets are available at the driver. Do not buy a return ticket, if you are not sure what return service you want to use and if that service is run by the same company. The buses with the red signs are the faster ones, but also a little more expensive (difference Wroclaw - Zabkowice is usually 3-4 Zloty).
The coach terminal in Zabkowice is located next to the train station. When travelling from Zabkowice, have a look for yur bus. It may stop in the main part, but also at a stop in the street leading to the train station. If you see it there - run. It doesn't stop for as long as it does in Wroclaw.
The politics during the communist years after WWII saw a simple plan. Torn down the old buildings in the town center and replace them by modern multi-storey buildings. In the meanwhile, the older buildings were just left to deteriorate as they were scheduled to be pulled down anyway. It was followed more or less successful throughout the country.
In Zabkowice, only few modern buildings appeared. Some on the outskirts, but unfortunately also some on the market square. This meant that a line of old buildings was pulled down and replaced by 1960s blocks.
Now, after Poland has become a democratic state again, the attitude towards old buildings has changed. The lack of funds has prevailed and in the case of Zabkowice, also local political problems led to a deadlock in city improvement. So, many buildings are still untouched since the 1930s and sometimes, you can even spot old german signs.