A turning point in the history of the town was the recognition of Duszniki as a spa in 1769 and the simultaneous inclusion of the “Zimny Zdrój” (Cold Spring) on the list of prussian healing springs. Already at the beginning of the 19th century, Duszniki-Zdrój was recognised as one of the best spas in the entire region.
Duszniki-Zdrój is a small spa town, but has much more to offer. An interesting place is the Museum of Papermaking located in a historic paper mill dating back to the 17th century, which was once one of the most famous in Europe. Handmade paper was produced here. The museum features permanent exhibitions that present the history of paper and printing in general, as well as temporary exhibitions. Paper-making workshops and museum lessons are also available.
One of the biggest attractions of the village is the Spa Park with an area of over 5 hectares. The diverse, numerous species of flowers and trees make it a place that delights with a wealth of colour. The park contains specimens under special protection. Both native and acclimatised species can be found here. While in the park, it is definitely worth paying attention to the phenological garden, which has been divided into four seasons, which is related to the flowering time of plants.
In the Spa Park in Duszniki-Zdrój, there is a theatre called the Chopin Manor House. It was here that the first foreign concert of Chopin took place in 1826. In later years, the decision was made to organise the International Chopin Festival every year. Thus, the cultural event in Duszniki-Zdrój is the oldest piano festival in the world, which still takes place.
The Spa Park, however, conceals more attractions. There is the Colourful Fountain, which, outside of the winter season, sparkles with different colours and the columns of water dance to musical pieces. In the park, we can also visit the pump room of mineral waters.
What else is there to see in Duszniki-Zdrój? Certainly the renaissance-baroque church of St. Peter and St. Paul from the 17th century with its unique pulpit taking the shape of a whale, as well as the old market square with beautiful historic houses.