The location of 28 tonnes of Nazi-era gold hidden by the Waffen SS in the dying days of World War Two has been pinpointed to an aristocratic palace in Lower Silesia.
Ahead of her times in many ways, Princess Daisy von Pless’s legacy still resonates in south-west Poland.
The gold worth billions of euros as well as other valuables are said to be 60 metres underground at the bottom of a disused well in the grounds of the Hochberg Palace in Roztoka, near Wałbrzych. The claim comes from a 75-year-old diary which describes the operation to hide treasure controlled by SS chief Heinrich Himmler.
The paintings belong to the old German aristocratic family that once owned the mighty castle in south-west Poland.
TFN explores the legend of a vampire that terrorised a village in the shadow of Castle Książ over 300 years ago.
Viewed in the vampire fog of autumn, there is a magic here that awes and inspires in equal measure. As curious stories unfold, ‘ghosts’ drift out of the darkness to lightly brush against the shoulder or cackle in the ear before retreating in the shadows and vanishing from view – immersed in the intensity of this spooky castle, the effect is surprising in the genuine depth of its hair razing terror.
The designs painted in a polychrome technique of patterned curtains and forest motifs were found at the magical 13th century Książ Castle.
Taken in the 1930s by a tourist to what was then Schloss Fürstenstein the pictures provide historians with valuable information on the castle’s interiors.
The wedding was the first time in nearly 100 years that a Hochberg-Pless got married in Książ Castle.
The tunnels, built 15-to-50m below ground level and supervised by senior Nazi Fritz Todt, could contain looted treasure, secret documents and even chemical weapons laboratories.