Zabkowice Slaskie Travel Guide

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Zabkowice Slaskie Things to Do

  • Exaltation of the Holy Cross Church

    This is the church of the Franciscan Nuns and has a history dating back to the late 14th century. The original church was built between 1395-1402 as a church for the Dominican Monks. Hence, it is also known as “Dominikanerkirche” (Dominican Church). Already in 1428, it was destroyed during the Hussite Wars. The protestant Hussites killed three of...

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  • Deaconess Church and Orphanate

    The order of the Deaconesses (Diakonissen) became largely active after the great fire of 1858 and established themselves definitively in 1866. An orphanate was built and later, the Deaconesses got their own church which was consecrated on November 14th 1895. In Catholic Zabkowice (then Frankenstein), it became known as the Evangelic (Protestant)...

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  • St. Nicholas' Chapel and cemetery

    Probably the most spooky place in Frankenstein/Zabkowice. The sorry state of the chapel and the overgrown cemetery are only part of the atmosphere. This was the place where some bodies were dug out in 1606 by gravediggers to make some experiments. According to a legend, a newspaper article about these events found its way to Mary Shelley who used...

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  • Inclining Tower

    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...

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  • Frankenstein

    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...

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  • Town Hall

    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,...

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  • St. Anne's church

    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...

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  • Museum

    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...

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  • City Walls

    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.

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Zabkowice Slaskie Restaurants

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    Bar Przemek: The classic east european milk bar

    by Airpunk Written Oct 18, 2008

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    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 :)

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Zabkowice Slaskie Transportation

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    From/To Zabkowice Slaskie

    by Airpunk Updated May 20, 2016

    Zabkowice Slaskie has a train station, but that one is only served a couple of 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 1/4 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 on the PKS timetables are the faster ones, but also a little more expensive (difference Wroclaw - Zabkowice is usually 3-4 Zloty).

    With more competition in the last years, the prices have dropped. As of mid-2016, it seems that all companies charge the same price (10 Zloty one-way) no matter if it is a slow bus or a fast one. Companies BESKID and NEOTRANS operate modern 19seaters where you may have luggage problems. The PKS - companies operate mostly larger buses where you do not have any problems to stowe your luggage in the lower compartments. However, these are usually buses which have already spent 30 years in rural Germany before having being sold to Poland.

    ATTENTION: The coach station is located next to the railway station. However, two companies - PKS Klodzko and BESKID - use a stop at Ulica Wroclawska which is just behind the railway lines, close to a small shopping center with a greengrocer, a pharmacy and a Biedronka supermarket. All other companies (including all PKS companies which are not PKS Klodzko) use the coach station.

    Stop at Ulica Wroclawska Coach station before being rebuilt Coach station before being rebuilt Railway Station of Zabkowice Slaskie Railway Station of Zabkowice Slaskie
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  • Public Toilets

    Finding a toilet in Zabkowice can become a problem. The only public toilet in the city centre is the one next to the town hall. Unfortunately, it is only open between 9 am and 5 pm on weekdays. Restaurants and cafés are scarce here and some of the smaller ones do not even have a toilet! These includes the two ice cafés.In case you need a toilet and...

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  • Old buildings - german signs

    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...

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