CHARM OF THE TOWN
OF THE PAST
Ząbkowice Śląskie is a small town situated in the Sudetes Foothills. Its rich past and convenient location attract visitors seeking peaceful rest away from the crowds of tourists. History and architecture enthusiasts are lured by the impressive ruins of the Renaissance castle, while nature lovers can enjoy the nearby bicycle paths and mountain hiking trails.
A must-see when visiting the town is its best-known landmark, namely the Leaning Tower. Although lower than its Italian counterpart, it is an equally remarkable sight, further emphasised by the perfect verticality of the tenement houses surrounding the structure.
Legends and mystery hunters are seeking links between Ząbkowice and the famous tale of the terrifying monster. Before the war, the town was called… Frankenstein. It is also known that in the old days there was a group of gravediggers who robbed cemeteries and opened graves. These chilling stories may have inspired Mary Shelley’s novel about a young student who wanted to bring to life a monster created from the bodies of the dead.
OF ZĄBKOWICE ŚLĄSKIE
The Leaning Tower
The Leaning Tower of Ząbkowice Śląskie is shrouded in mystery and fed with speculation. It has never been confirmed exactly how it was built or where its characteristic curve comes from. Admirers of beautiful views are invited to take a walk up the tower, which today serves as a scenic viewpoint.
The same building houses the Frankenstein’s Laboratory and the Chamber of Regional Memorabilia. A combination of history with a touch of exciting legends. In both locations, the stories unfold and entwine around the visitor in such a way that it is difficult to leave these two most popular Ząbkowice landmarks.
Town Hall and Market Square
The town hall is the sixth structure of this type in Ząbkowice Śląskie. The current version appeared on the map of the town in 1862 and can still be admired today in the market square among the charming low tenement houses.