Park near the Carl and Gerhart Hauptmann’s House in Szklarska Poręba
The Hauptmann Brothers’ Park
The park established more that 100 years ago by two prominent writers – brothers Carl and Gerhart Hauptmann became not only a secluded and peaceful retreat for their family, but also a place of their creative work. Gerhart Hauptmann (1862-1946) – the ‘father of the German naturalistic drama’ was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature for lifetime achievement in 1912. In Szklarska Poręba he wrote his greatest works: The Weavers, The Beaver Coat, Drayman Henschel, The Assumption of Hannele and Colleague Crampton. Carl Hauptmann (1858-1921) was famous for his Book of the Mountain Spirit which is the collection of nine adventures of the legendary lord of the Karkonosze Mountains. Owing to his passion for nature, Carl Hauptmann who imported seedlings of various plants and trees contributed to the unique character and biodiversity of the park. Until the end of World War II the park was a tourist attraction recommended by various guide-books as a place worth visiting.
Garden of the Mountain Spirit
Historic park situated near the Carl and Gerhart Hauptmann’s House in Szklarska Poręba which underwent general reconstruction in 2011 is one of the most interesting natural, scenic and historical complexes in the Jelenia Góra Valley. Within the 4,5 hectare area of the park are beautiful mountain routes with the total length of more than 1 km which lead tourists along the most interesting habitats of the park’s flora. The entire trail consists of five thematic houses, each of an individual and unique character: the Wodnik Pożyteczny Hut – with a mill-wheel and a balcony which presents a spectacular view of the ‘moczydło’; the Secret Hut – hidden beneath the grassy slope, frontally open with tables and benches inside; the Mountains Spirit Cottage – based on 18 acacia-wood pillars. Inside the cottage are tables and benches concentrated around the fireplace and grill as well as the utility room in the back; the Moss and Fern Dwarf Hut – made of wood boards with gable roof covered with branches, grass, moss and lichens. Near the hut are the ‘mushroom’ fence, the ‘mushroom’ table and the ‘mushroom’ stools. The Rzepich Zielarek Hut – erected in the form of simple croft where walls are made of vertical pales corresponding to the garden’s fence design. Such natural and wooden elements of small architecture form a unique route called the ‘Garden of the Mountain Spirit’ and perfectly suit the mountainous and slightly rough character of the park.
The additional attraction for the youngest visitors is the good fitness Palace – the place which promotes physical activity in the form of a children's playground with accessories made of materials which correspond to the elements of the parks’ small architecture.
A great asset of the park are the beautiful and vast panoramas of the Karkonasze Mountains which visitors can admire from the pergola situated on a stone ring and erected in half-timbered style characteristic for the park’s small architecture.
The park organizes the outdoor nature lessons for children, young people and integrated groups. Methods and forms of the courses are adjusted to the age of the participants. The ecology courses are performed on the basis of unique elements of the park including the use of newly erected infrastructure objects, namely, natural mountain routes, thematic houses and the pergola. Lessons conducted by the guide are available from May to October. The participants can also spend a wonderful time in the good fitness Palace. More information available at: www.szklarskaporeba.pl
- There is a possibility to organize a grill party or a camp fire after the lessons.
Park near the Carl and Gerhart Hauptmann’s House – The Karkonosze Mountains Museum
Park przy Domu Carla i Gerharta Hauptmannów – Muzeum Karkonoskie
ul. 11 Listopada 23
58-580 Szklarska Poręba
tel. 514 607 287