Szczytnicki Park is a large nature reserve of the Polish city of Wroclaw, a great place to spend time in nature. Its area is almost 100 hectares. The name given in honor of the village of Shchitniki, which has now become part of the city. Already in the XVIII century. the townspeople with pleasure came here to rest.
Part of the territory acquired by a Prussian general, who laid out a beautiful park in the English style on it. The area seriously damaged during the Napoleonic Wars, many plantations died. Later, the flora restored. In the Shchytnytskyi Park, horse races began to be regularly arranged – competitions held until the beginning of the XX century.
One of the most charming parts of the park is the Japanese garden, equipped more than a century ago. Its creation helped by gardeners from Japan itself. During the war, the garden fell into disrepair, but at the end of the XX century it carefully restored. In total, about 400 species of plants found in the Shchytnytskyi Park.
Cozy alleys with benches, natural ponds with elegant bridges laid over them and a peaceful atmosphere attract visitors looking for a relaxing holiday and harmony. Tourists are also not indifferent to another local attraction – the wooden church of John of Nepomuk, built in the XVI-XVII centuries.
The garden open daily from 1 April to 31 October from 9.00 to 19.00.
A normal ticket costs PLN 4 and a reduced ticket PLN 2. The cost of an annual pass is PLN 20. The possibility of preparing a photo session, e.g. a wedding session, is PLN 100.
Web site http://www.wroclaw.pl
How to get there
By Bus Park Szczytnicki № 115
By Tram Chopina № 9, 17, 33
Address 52-443 Wroclaw, Poland
Coordinates 51.1147656°N, 17.0810544°E
Szczytnicki Park History
The history of this place is over a hundred years old. The Wrocław garden designed by a Japanese enthusiast, Count Fritz von Hochberg, who assisted by Mankichi Arai. The garden underwent numerous changes, and it acquired character at the end of the twentieth century, when the city authorities asked the Japanese embassy for help. For three years, work done on the uniqueness of this place. Specialists from the city of Nagoya brought in, who dealt with the architecture of greenery, stone and wooden decorations. The renovation carried out under the direction of Prof. Ikui Nishikawa from Tokyo, and the work supervised by Yoshiki Takamura.
Two months after the grand opening, in July 1997, the place completely flooded with water. Another renovation was necessary. The garden reopened to residents in October 1999.
In the Wrocław garden, 78 species of Asian plants collected, including 38 from Japan. The entrance from the main gate gives you the opportunity to choose two roads. One path leads along the edge of the pond from the female cascade (water flows slowly along the steps), to the male one (the water falls in large streams), and the other through the arched bridge to the tea pavilion.
The Japanese Garden in Wrocław is probably the only such place in Poland. Everything here so perfectly polished, neat, until you want to be here. It is really impressive – says Marzena, who came to Wrocław to visit a friend.
Japanese garden art was born between the sixth and seventh centuries. It influenced by Chinese culture and Shinto philosophy. It developed through the spread of Zen Buddhism. Particular importance attached to the careful selection of flowers in terms of colors, shapes and even symbolic meanings.
In addition to the original plants, trees and shrubs, in the Wrocław Japanese Garden there are characteristic buildings: a gate and a tea pavilion. One of the attractions of the garden is a pond with carp.