In Rząśnik (until 1945 Schönwaldau) there is another ruined castle on my way. In the middle of the village, surrounded by trees (and now also filled with trees) and easy to see from all sides. I wonder what it is like for the residents to keep looking at this huge ruin. The castle was built in 1734 and the well-preserved church next to it can also be seen on an old drawing of the village from 1748. The castle has not been used since 1945 and although the roof was probably restored in the 1960s and the castle has been a listed heritage building since 1959, it fell into disrepair in the following years. When I was researching the last lost place in Leśna, I noticed some castle ruins on the map. In this area there were some castles that were no longer used after World War II and fell into disrepair.
You might think that the area, Silesia, through which I drive on my virtual bike tour, consists only of dilapidated castles. In fact, there are many castles in Silesia and when I researched those on my route I found that many of them unfortunately fell into disrepair after World War II. In the next town, Sokołowiec (until 1945 Falkenhain), there are 3 castles, Upper, Middle and Lower Falkenhain. The first on my route, Upper Falkenhain, was built at the end of the 19th century and is now privately owned and has been extensively restored. It cannot be visited, but I find the gable end of one of the outbuildings directly on the street more interesting than the castle.
Middle and Lower Falkenhain are ruins.
My next stage destination N51.00.000 E016.00.000 is near the tiny village Muchówek (until 1945 Klein Mochau) with 15 inhabitants in the Chełmy Landscape Park in Poland, an area of 160 km2 with 4 nature reserves. The confluence point is easily accessible on a hiking trail and has been marked with a basalt post since 2003. Since 2019 there are also 3 information boards on geography and astronomy and benches for a welcome picnic break.