Czerniejewo one of the greatest palaces in Greater Poland

Czerniejewo palace

In Poland we have two public holidays in May: 1st may the Holiday of Work and on 3rd May to Holiday of the Constitution of 3rd May. This year it’s Tuesday and Thursday so taking 3 days off gives you 9 day holiday. Cool huh?

We decided with J. to visit famous Palace in Czerniejewo. Both of us have already been there. J. used to be a tourist guide and take round groups of children and adults and I have many good memories from my visits as a child.

I would like to show you some pictures, share memories and encourage visiting when you get a chance.

Ok a bit of history:

czerniejewo palace front gateThe main tourist attraction in Czerniejewo is baroque palace. The palace was built for a general J. Lipski, in the second half of XVIII century, outbuildings, stables and coach house. The palace is situated within an English style park (13 ha), with numerous ponds and old trees.
Palace of the Czerniejewo is truly a royal residence, one of the most impressive in Greater Poland.Palace czerniejewo front entrance
The palace was built in the years 1771-1775 in the place of an old mansion. Architect was probably Ignatius Graff from Rydzyna. The palace was rebuilt twice. For the first time shortly after the founding, already in the nineties of XVIII century, then the great column portico was built which considerably extended the front elevation, providing indoors driveway to the entrance.
The next development came in the twenties of XX century, when a gallery connecting the main body with the wings was built. Then the main body itself was expanded to the east. The construction of the gallery was completed only in 1980-1982. Two courtyards leading to the palace add to its splendour: the so-called avant-cour, and cour d’honneur – courtyards enclosed with stables, coach houses and outbuildings.
czerniejewo palace outbuildingsThe interior remains to the present day the same as it was designed during the reconstruction of the nineties of XVIII century, perhaps by Kamsetzer projects. At that time round, supported on columns terrena and ceremonial hall were built as well as two storeys high and covered with a flattened dome, room on the first floor. Inside the front-end you can see Leipzig Raker coat of arms.Czerniejewo palace outbuildings
In the years 1979 to 1985 the building was restored. Now it’s used as a hotel with elegant suites and museum interiors.
Behind the palace is a beautiful, 13-acre park established in XVIII century, which in the XIX century was transformed into a landscaped English park, with avenues of lime and hornbeam, ponds and pheasantry.

czerniejewo stablesI was brought up with four boys my so called cousins. Our parents were friends and we used to go away for weekends and holidays together. Czerniejewo was one of the places which we often visited. It was here where i had my first riding lessons. There is still stable here today although I didn’t see any horses at this particular visit.Czerniejewo park I remember we use to ride through the park to a large meadow where we learned how to move, stop, turn also techniques like rising trot, half-seat, two-point and so on. One day instead of a big horse we chose pony hahahahaa I remember he didn’t want to cooperate and shaked off each one of us. We had quite a trouble to catch it afterwards. My Dad got once a big, fat white mare and we had a laugh they really suit each other perfectly. I remember also staying overnight in rooms above the restaurant you can see on a picture while our parents slept in the Palace. We had so much fun.

czerniejewo park alleyYou can also rent a carriage or a chaise I think we did that once as well. J. said it wast the peak of their programm while visiting Czerniejewo. You can go into the palace and see magnificent rooms like: Golden-, Garden-, Winter- Salon, Music room, Hunters room and so on.

In the park there are avenues of lime, ash and chestnut, and three axes of the lakes in the north. Initially the park was designed in French style, since the mid XIX century it was transformed into an English park though.Picnic spot Especially noteworthy are stately oaks, hornbeam, lime and yew with four trunks. We found a spot near the lake at the back of the palace in a meadow undreneath trees to have our picnic: pancakes, fruits and cupcakes. From this spot we’ve seen the panorama of the palace and sea of yellow sow-thistles. There was not a single cloud on the sky. It made me think how different it is to UK and London. No screaming, no noises, no crowds, just sun, breeze and greenery.

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  1. I am pleased that you like the Palace of Czerniejewo and I found it interesting your boyhood memories of the Palace. I was disappointed, however, that you made no mention of the Skorzewski family. General Lipski’s daughter married a Skorzewski and the Palace remained one of their estates up until 1939. It was Sygmunt Skorzewski who carried out major renovations to the Palace in the 1920s. The kitchen wing was added during the communist period but followed the plans laid down by Count Skorzewski. In my view, the contributions of the Skorzewski family were deliberately suppressed during the communist period. Sygmunt Skorzewski should be considered to be a national hero of Poland. At the age of 24 he bacame the chief financial backer of the uprising against the germans. He prevented the Germans bringing up heavy artillery by flooding the Notec river and the Germans placed a reward on his head: payable “dead or alive.” The Skorzewski family fled Poland in 1940. Sygmunt agreed to work for Polish military intelligence. He established spy cell M 1 Rome. As spy master of Italy he provided intelligence to the British which enabled the Royal Navy to attack and virtually destroy the Italian fleet at the Bay of Tarranto. The work of the spy cell played a major role in the British Navy gaining dominance of the Mediterranean. On at least 1 occasion Sygmunt’s report was handed directly to Winston Churchill. Sygmunt’s ultimate mission was to negotiate the surrender of Italy to the Allies. In 1942 he and his wife were arrested. They spent 18 months imprisoned in Rome and another 18 months imprisoned in Berlin. They were rescued by the Swedes 6 days before the fall of Berlin. They could not return to Poland. Their estates were expropriated by the Provisional Communist Government under the Decree of Agricultural Reform of August 1944. Officials of the Communist government made it clear if they returned to Poland they would be treated as class traitors. During the nazi occupation, Sygmunt’s renovations of the 1920s, made the Palace attractive as a residence. Artur Greiser, Gauleiter of the Warthegau, made the Palace a VIP center for visiting nazi officials. Amongst those who stayed at the Palace were Goering and Himmler, however, Hitler did not stay. If your parents slept at the Palace it might of either amused or horrified them, that they may have been sleeping in a room that Himmler may have once occupied.

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