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Senior Citizen Care Home Piastów Gród

”After the ageing process with its unavoidable consequences has been accepted with a serene mind (...) it gives full meaning to the human existence. An elderly person needs understanding and support." John Paul II.

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History

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Duszniki Zdrój is situated in a place where the scenic corner of Kłodzko Land nestles between the Orlickie and Bystrzyckie Mountains. This little town has a unique atmosphere, is situated on Bystrzyca Zielona River in Dusznickie Depression surrounded by forests and mountains.

In this beautiful scenery, a guest-house “Prinzessin Charlotte” was built In 1911. It was already at that time that the guest-house was among the most luxurious ones in the health resort area. And the building itself, due to its unique architecture, was in the undisputed lead in the area.

The guide to the town published in 1941 by the Bureau for Promotion of the Health Resort described “Prinzessin Charlotte” as an exclusive guest-house which prided itself on having “central heating system, a garage for visitors arriving in cars, open carriages for those wishing to see the surroundings and a dietary kitchen on demand”. During World War II, the guest-house was the place of internment of Romanian Princess Wilhelmina, the wife of Field Marshall von Paulus.

Until May 1945 the premises were owned by Hedwig Schinke. During the years 1946-96 the guest-house was managed by the Workers’ Holiday Fund and it was functioning as a sanatorium already under the name “Piastów Gród”.

The most recent history of the place began in 1998 when after a general overhaul and renovation lasting two years it regained its past splendour from 100 years ago and began its activity as “Hotel Sanatorium Piastów Gród”.

In 2012 work began to convert the hotel-sanatorium into the Senior Citizen Care Home.

History has not spared our Home, but nevertheless as Mr Marek Perzyński, the author of the guide „Lower Silesia for the inquisitive” says it is an unusual place. Even its particular storeys have their own symbology expressed by colours: ground floor is the spring (green), first storey is the summer (yellow), second storey is the autumn (orange), and the top storey is the winter (plum colour). The day room is a gallery with prints, photographs and drawings showing Duszniki Zdrój over a period of 200 years. And it has always been a renowned health resort. 

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Fryderyk Chopin, who gave his first public concert abroad here, came to have a therapy in this place in 1826 not accidentally. Duszniki Zdrój is now one of the most important places of the cult of Fryderyk Chopin in Poland and, to this day, in the Health Resort Park there are many places reminding of Chopin’s  former stay in the health resort, e.g. F. Chopin’s manor-house, obelisk, monuments and "Chopin's Pieniawa". In Chopin’s Manor-House the Chopin International Festival has been taking place for over 60 years. It is the oldest, uninterrupted piano festival in the world, and also the oldest music festival in Poland.  Chopin’s Manor-House is a place where, for many generations, world class artists, Chopin music fans and piano music fans get together.

During World War I the building was used as a field hospital for recovering U-boat commanders and fighter plane pilots. Not accidentally, our Home was chosen by Red Baron - Manfred von Richthoffen, a true aristocrat, man of honour and one of the most famous pilots ion the world with his amazing machine – the red, tri-plane Fokker. Red Baron and his colleagues "would fly so low, they picked up pieces of ladies’ underwear with the tips of their wings.” At least, that is what was claimed by the press reporter describing the stay at Bad Reinerz, the then Duszniki Zdrój, of pilots Udet, Koehl and Manfred von Richthoffen in 1916.

The abundant history of the region and the picturesque surroundings are also rich in unforgettable tourist attractions, such as:

  • historic tenement houses in Duszniki Zdrój market square,
  • Duszniki Zdrój Town Hall from the 16th century,
  • the Baroque Clothiers’ House from the 17th century,
  • St. Peter and Paul’s Church with a historic pulpit in the shape of a whale,
  • Mendelssohns’ villa (it was here that the Mendelssohn’s wedding march was composed)
  • Health Resort Park with a colourful fountain,
  • The historic mineral water Pump Room,
  • Fryderyk Chopin’s manor-house with a concert hall
  • Museum of Papermaking with a paper mill from 1605
  • Pilgrims’ Basilica in Wambierzyce from 1723 with a miraculous statue of Virgin Mary, historic movable nativity crib set, Wambierzyce Calvary referring to Jerusalem Calvary
  • St. Rosalia Hill with a historic chapel,
  • the shelter under Mouflon Mountain,
  • Zieleniec with ski routes,
  • Skull Chapel (European format historic monument)
  • Errant Rocks nature reserve
  • reservoir in Radków,
  • Kłodzko Fortress – never captured, one of the biggest in Poland
  • Wit Stwosz mediaeval bridge in Kłodzko,
  • one of the largest in Poland standing of Rhododendron in Polanica Zdrój

and many others worth seeing and remembering…