47 castles are described. Latest update: 14.09.2021
ld castles. Pearls of the Middle Ages. Witnesses of the past, romantic and full of mysteries, have been attracting human eyesight and arousing emotions for a long time. Regardless of whether they were rising on inaccessible hills or occupying lowland meadows among muds or river floodplains, they invariably influenced human imagination. Some were introduced to the irrational world, so different from the everyday and orderly lives of ordinary people. For others, it brought to mind memories of the splendour of the collapsed walls and castle buildings, which used to be either powerful royal fortresses or the seats of excellent knightly families.
oday, these buildings are a material legacy of architecture, a proof of the richness of the past, a reason for great pride. Often ruined, abandoned, functionally useless, they now play the role of unquestionable distinguishing features of the cultural landscape, anchors of memory strengthening the feeling of local, regional and national identity. Some of these wonderful mementoes of the past have been taken care of by the Polish State or its citizens, some of them became a destination for thousands and a symbol without which it would be difficult to imagine the historical image of our country. Others were less fortunate. Deprived of care, shamefully hidden among the greenery of old parks and gardens, they are standing destroyed and forgotten, jealously guarding secrets that few of us have ever known. More
he publishing market, rich in castle literature and numerous websites and publications, prove the great interest in this type of topics. It seems obvious. Castles and their ruins have ceased to be the domain of historians or groups of enthusiasts. Today, they occupy an exposed places on maps and in guidebooks, becoming destination of increasing numbers of tourists rediscovering the charms of beautiful Polish landscapes.
reparing the content I try to meet your expectations. However, I am not going to copy the ideas already existing - breaking with general scheme treating the subject in an encyclopaedic way and requiring the reader to be meritoriously prepared, I want to combine the care for the preservation of historical truth with functionality important for understanding by a wide audience, so that the content published here can meet the expectations of the reader at different ages, regardless of his knowledge and education.
can assure You that You will not find here mindlessly copied books. I use literature, of course. Without it this website would never have been created, but I try to enrich the content of many publications with information acquired from experience. Apart from historical facts and dates, short biographies and basics of architecture, I decided to present the current situation of the castles, their legal status, possibilities of visiting them, legends and additional attractions or lack thereof, as well as a brief description of how to reach them. I have visited at least once each of the castles described on this website, which should guarantee satisfactory level of reliability, although of course no one is infallible. If you come across a mistake or misrepresentation, I ask for understanding - I also have the right to make a mistake.
inally, I would like to make it clear that all descriptions on this website are subjective. I am not a historian and I do not intend to pretend to be an authority. The purpose of this publication is to interest You in the subject matter, encourage You to visit the polish castles and - a little bit - to satisfy my ego. I sincerely invite you to reading. Less
14.09.2021 ... castle in Sosnowiec
The oldest preserved mention of settlement Siedlecz dates back to 1361. It mentions a donation of the local knight's grange by Abraham of Goszyce and his son Marek, coat of arms Gryf, to Sandomierz province governor Otto of Pilcza, coat of arms Topór (in return, Abraham received the village Witanowice near Oświęcim). The document also states that...more
22.08.2021 ... Benedictine abbey in Tyniec
According to tradition, the Benedictine Abbey in Tyniec near Cracow was founded in 1044 by Kazimierz Odnowiciel, son of the Polish king Mieszko II and Princess Richeza of Lorraine. This date is given by the Polish medieval chronicler Jan Długosz, but we do not know where he took his knowledge from, hence the dispute among historians...more
22.07.2021 ... romantic castle on Góreckie Lake
This small neo-gothic palace on an island in the middle of a picturesque lake was founded and probably personally designed by Tytus Działyński, the owner of Kórnik and Konarzewo. Romantic building was a gift from Tytus to his sister Klaudyna Działyńska and her husband Bernard Potocki on the occasion of their wedding...more
14.07.2021 ... castle in Wieliczka
The castle and the town are strongly connected with rock salt exploration carried out in this region of Małopolska. The first traces of this activity can be found in the 13th century mine shaft located within the medieval castle courtyard. According to tradition, the founder of the castle was Duke of Cracow, Henryk IV Probus, who, soon after...more
29.06.2021 ... Bolczów castle
The origins of the village of Janowice, to which the Bolczów castle, hidden in the deep forest, is administratively subordinate, probably date back to the 13th century, although the first mention of it dates back to 1334 and concerns the then inhabitant (mayor?) Franciszek von Ywanewitz. In the mid-14th century, this settlement, together with Miedzianka...more
20.06.2021 ... Krzyżtopór castle in Ujazd
When we admire the picturesque ruins of Krzyżtopór Castle, it is hard to believe that this magnificent building, which was the largest residence in Europe before the creation of Versailles, functioned in its full glory for only eleven years! It was the magnum opus of the Sandomierz chamberlain Krzysztof Ossoliński, coat of arms Topór...more
1.06.2021 ... monastery in Zagórz
The Monastery of Discalced Carmelites in Zagórz was founded by the Voivode of Volhynia Jan Franciszek Stadnicki coat-of-arms Śreniawa, allegedly as a votive offering for the defense of Lesko against the Swedish army during their invasion of 1655-60. We do not know the foundation act, but based on historical records we can assume that...more
22.04.2021 ... castle in Golub-Dobrzyń
The hill, on which the beautiful castle stands, has early medieval origins, because probably already in the 8th century there was a small settlement in this place. In the course of time it developed into a wooden-earth fortified castle, which was conquered by armed Teutonic troops in 1231. Two decades later the Order passed it together with the vila Golube...more
25.02.2021 ... castle in Świdwin
It is not known when the Gothic castle in Swidwin was built. According to historians, it was probably founded by Duke Przybysław II of Mecklenburg, who in 1286 leased the Świdwin property paying the Brandenburg Margrave Albrecht four thousand marks for it. The construction work probably started soon after this transaction...more
13.02.2021 ... castle Grodziec
On steep basalt hill, where the majestic castle is now located, in the early Middle Ages there was a stronghold belonging to the Slavic Bobrzanie tribe. The first mention about Grodziec dates back to 23 April 1155. This was the date of the papal bull issued by Pope Hadrian IV for the bishopric of Wrocław, in which Godiuice was listed among other...more
21.01.2021 ... castle in Konin-Gosławice
Gosławice village was the first time mentioned in documents dated 1280, when it was donated to the Cistercian abbey in Ląd by Prince Przemyslaw II. Only three years later the land was bought from the Cistercians by Archbishop of Gniezno and from then until the middle of the 14th century the village belonged to the Church. Approximately at that time...more
9.01.2021 ... Ostrów Lednicki stronghold
The oldest traces of human presence on the largest of the five islands of the post-glacial lake Lednica date back to the Stone Age and are probably related to the existence of a settlement inhabited by Neolithic hunters and shepherds. In the Bronze Age, this land was populated by a community linked to the Lusatian culture, while from the Roman times...more
28.12.2020 ... Czocha castle
In the early Middle Ages, a wooden fortified stronghold functioned here. The first mention about this place comes from 1241, identifying it as a border point called Mons Tyzow. The history of the brick castle begins in the middle of the 13th century, probably because of the Czech king Václav I Přemyslid, known as the One-Eyed, or his son Přmysl II Ottokar...more
13.12.2020 ... Homole castle
It is believed that in the early Middle Ages a wooden-earth Slavic stronghold operated on Gomola hill. And although its existence has not yet been verified by archaeologists, the arguments for such a version of history can be provided by its convenient location on a hill by trade route connecting Silesia with Bohemia, called the Polish Road (Polenweg)...more
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