Legends of secret rooms and chambers in Czocha Castle have hung over the fortress for decades.
Found close to the Schloss Cammerau estate in the Owl Mountains which once belonged to the von Keyserlingk family, the looted cache is thought to have contained priceless silver, jewellery, cold weapons, paintings, and china.
History sleuth Łukasz Kazek has spent years uncovering long-forgotten treasures and researching the histories of the people who hid them. The result is a fascinating new documentary called Powiernik (Confidant).
Pensioner Waldemar Wożniak says he wasn’t motivated by praise but by making the world a better place. Raised in a children’s home, the ex post-office worker said it was his way of paying back his debt of gratitude to the state.
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.
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.
The building uses geothermal waters beneath the town to heat it in winter and keep it cool during the summer.