The Swan House (Łabędziarnia) at “Hutnik” pond is the historic entrance to the former Alpine Garden, which was the oldest thematic garden in the Silesian Park.
Established at the turn of the 1950s and 1960s, the Alpine Garden was located in the northern section of the park, between the Swan House at “Hutnik” pond, and the Muzyków avenue and Leśniczówka Rock’n’Roll Cafe. The garden was a grid of avenues winding between alpine plants, e.g., various species of phlox or juniper. The area was supposed to imitate a mountain region, with various rocks, walls and man-made hills, as well as conifer trees and three small ponds with water lilies. The Swan House was one of the most scenic and most frequently visited places in the Silesian Park.
In 2018, it underwent renovation, which included replacing the broken asphalt paving with facing brick on the avenue leading to the renovated Swan House, making the new roof with roof shingle, and cleaning the sandstone walls. Inside the Swan House, benches were installed and information boards with the local bird species were hung on the walls. There are also wooden deck chairs and benches, and a two-level terrace leading down to the pond. New additions include the look-out – a special wooden tower for birdwatching.