Ahead of her times in many ways, Princess Daisy von Pless’s legacy still resonates in south-west Poland.
Webber reveals his secret weapon for tracking down his favourite type of places, which this week includes a haunted castle and ends with a foamy adventure.
As world marks International Monuments Day, TFN looks at some of Poland’s finest.
Unique not just to Poland, but also the entire planet, Zamek Łapalice has entered urbex folklore on account of its outsized dimensions and sheer spellbinding power. Rising from the treetops of the Notecki Forest, its feast of turrets and towers are nothing if not breath taking. But why is it there?
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.
New museum director Andrzej Betlej said the move was designed to make the museum ‘modern’ and to make the castle “a friendly and open place for visitors, so that as many people as possible come here and feel good about it.”
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.
Around 700 crates of artwork were smuggled out of Łańcut castle towards the end of WWII by the aristocratic Potocki family to avoid falling into the hands of advancing Red Army soldiers. The pieces were then sold off in dribs and drabs until noble businessman Maciej Radziwiłł found 20 surviving paintings in the Peruvian capital.
Mysterious castles, sweeping landscapes and bombastic cathedrals all feature in this ground-breaking work.