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.
Nestled on a rocky promontory, surrounded by dense, moody forests, there’s an element of mysticism that comes unshakably attached. Looking at it from afar, its everything a castle should be: ominous and striking but with a fairy tale dazzle.