10 Of The Most Incredible Castles in Poland

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Visiting Poland can be an extremely rewarding experience for history enthusiasts, since this amazing country in Central Europe boasts with some of the most amazing castles in the world. Overall, there are hundreds of castles dotting Poland’s landscapes, which is why choosing a suitable destination might be somewhat of a daunting task. Our top 10 regarding the most incredible castles in Poland would definitely help speed things along, so all you have to do is keep on reading and choose your favorite.

10 Of The Most Incredible Castles in Poland

 

1. Malbork Castle

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The Malbork Castle is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997 and this makes perfect sense since this exquisite building is actually the largest brick building in Europe. Built by the Teutonic Knights in 1406, this incredible landmark now houses a remarkable weapons collection as well as an amber exhibition. After World War II, when Malbork City and its castle became a part of Poland once more, the castle was the focus of a major reconstruction process, and it is now one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country.

2. Wawel Royal Castle

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The magnificent Wawel Castle can be found in Kraków, Poland and was built by Casimir III the Great. Over the centuries, the castle became a symbol of Poland’s royalty and the official seat of the kings of Poland, but now it serves a much more domestic purpose as a renowned museum. Guests can visit the burial sites of numerous Polish kings or feast their eyes on the remarkable exhibitions within the museum. Alternatively, there nearby Dragon’s Den also deserves a personal visit. Check out more things to do in Krakow.

3. Gniew Castle

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Also built by the Teutonic Order, the superb Gniew Castle can be found on the west bank of the Vistula River. Due to its outstanding architecture and rich historical heritage, the landmark is a popular site for weddings, but it is also famous for its vast corridors, massive rooms and remarkable underground restaurant. The castle was built between the 13th and 14th centuries and was restored multiple times during the 19th century.

4. Niedzica Castle

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The Niedzica Castle can be found in the southernmost part of Poland and was built between 1320 and 1326 on an elevated position at 1,800 feet. As such, the landmark flaunts exceptional views of its surrounding environment, but one of its main attractions comes in the form of an organized “Medieval Feast” that takes place at the local restaurant. During the feast, guests are required to wear monk’s robes and eat using only their hands or wooden spoons. This allows visitors to experience the life of a monk to a certain degree while admiring authentic dancing and combat shows for a few hours.

5. Kwidzyń Castle

The Kwidzyń Castle can be found in the town of Kwidzyń in northern Poland. One of the most notable attractions of this superb gothic castle comes in the form of a sewer tower that is linked to the castle via a bridge. The bridge used to provide passage across a river, but the river eventually changed course as the years passed. Other highlights at Kwidzyń Castle include a remarkable museum, a cathedral as well as several medieval crypts.

6. Ogrodzieniec Castle

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The town of Ogrodzieniec in Zawiercie County, Poland contains the ruins of a spectacular medieval castle that was built during the 14th century by the Sulimczyk family. The castle remains were strengthened after World War II in order to prevent a complete collapse, and the ruins are now available for visitation. Due to its splendid appearance, the castle is a highly appreciated filming location. For example, Ogrodzieniec castle was showcased by Iron Maiden in 1984 as part of the band’s “Behind the Iron Curtain” video.

7. Moszna Castle

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Moszna Castle is one of the most famous castles within the western side of Upper Silesia. The castle was built following the principles of gothic and baroque architecture, which is why it features a distinct “Disney”-like appearance. Massive in scale, the landmark boasts 365 rooms as well as 99 towers. Furthermore, the castle is surrounded by a majestic garden that features an endless array of gorgeous flowers and plants.

8. Krasiczyn Castle

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Built in 1631, the Krasiczyn Castle can be found within the village of the same name, on the right bank of the San River. As one of the most appreciated tourist destinations in the region, a part of the castle houses an exceptional hotel that stands ready to ensure great accommodations options. Moreover, the castle is also quite a popular destination for weddings.

9. Ciechanów Castle

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The town of Ciechanów in Poland includes a magnificent 14th century castle that used to belong to the Mazovian Dukes. The predominant architectural style of the castle is the Gothic one, but one of its owners eventually added a Renaissance-style wing. Even though it now lies in ruins, the castle is still often visited by tourists, and it ensures breathtaking panoramas of the Świętokrzyskie Mountains.

10. Pieskowa Skała Castle

The Pieskowa Skała Castle is part of the Ojców National Park and can be found just 16 miles away from Kraków in Poland. Built by King Kazimierz Wielki, this castle is a perfect example of Polish Renaissance architecture, and even though it was owned by numerous families over the centuries, it eventually fell into the hands of Polish state, which restored it beautifully.

 

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19 COMMENTS

    • Are there any castles which are privately owned. And where are they and who owns them. I am Polish and am very interested in everything that has to do with Poland.

    • There are 234 officially listed palaces and castles in Poland. Many more are either in private hands turned into hotels, like Morzecin Palace, or Amber Palace, or unfortunately abandoned and in ruins after II World War. It’s a paradise for all of those who love history!

  1. wow. Incredible shots. I have been to Poland like 7 times, but have only caught like one of these. Now you have given me another reason to go back…like 8 more times.

    Well – played.

    • Frank questions: what notion of Poland did you have? Are you aware that it was one of the most important kingdoms in the medieval/renaissance Europe and actually has thousands of castles? (<- though most of them in ruins due to the many wars that Poland struggled from during the last 3 centuries)

  2. There is another thing worth checking out – fresco in Siedlecin that depicts legend of the King Arthur (painted 1346)

    http://www.golowersilesia.pl/en/article/91-the-ducal-tower-in-siedlecin

    Its very unique, even in the European scale

  3. […] museums have been built to house the reminiscences of Poland’s historic past. The Warsaw Uprising Museum offers a tribute to those who sacrificed their lives […]

  4. […] and Krakow are my two favorite cities in Poland. The architecture is amazing in both places, and there is also a ton of history here. Poland is […]

  5. For me the most beautiful is the castle in “Pieskowa Skala” next to Krakow. And besides, it locks huge sensation is to visit Auschwitz. Additionally Salt Mine tour. It is fun also in Zakopane, because there are mountains and on Mount Kasprowy nardzo long is snow. I come from Moscow, so my English is not perfect. Sorry about that.

  6. […] web sites, (there are many you know). Which is how I stumbled upon truenomads.com who have a nice list of castles in Poland. Though I’ve seen most of them already and passed on them or decided to […]

  7. Oh, darling, that’s a great article, but you missed two magnificent polish castles – Książ Castle and Czocha Castle.
    Książ: http://www.ft.lt/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Ksi%C4%85%C5%BEe-pilis.jpg
    Czocha: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/83/Zamek_czocha_%28js%29_2.jpg

  8. Here you can find a great storymap of the most beautiful castels in Poland: http://culture.pl/en/article/polands-most-beautiful-castles-storymap

  9. The Castle in Niemodlin, one of the most interesting monuments of Silesia, a star of the screen! In the movie „Jasminum” by Jan Jakub Kolski filmed in 2006, it played the role of a medieval monastery of Camaldolese. The building owes its beauty to its unique, magical scenery.
    The castle is a late-Renaissance building. To get there you have to go through the gate built in the second half of the eighteenth century and farm courtyard, from which a bridge decorated with stone statues of saints John of Nepomuk, John the Baptist, Anthony and Florian leads to the castle. Four-winged castle with a Renaissance courtyard in the middle and arcaded galleries impresses everyone. The beauty of Renaissance architecture reminds the Wawel castle in Cracow.

    The Castle has played a significant role in the history of Opole Silesia. It was the residence of the local dukes. The walls of the castle have seen and heard a lot. And many things happened here. If you listen closely to the silence of the castle, its walls will tell you many interesting stories. To this day, people tell a legend saying that a tunnel connects the castle with the parish church. Is it true? We do not know…

    Restoration works are in progress and the aim is to restore former glory of this residence. A conference center, a hotel, a restaurant and a museum are planned to be located in the castle.

  10. I have been to another great Castle Niemodlin Castle.

    I Think this Castle should be added to top 10 Castles in Poland it has very interesting story around it there is lots of stuff going on .Apparently there was 10 truck of gold hidden in the castle and some time ago they ever discover new secret tunnels. For more information Check out Niemodlin Website.

    http://polishcastle.uk/

    • Aleksander, I red the history of the castle in Niemodlin, seems really interesting and mysterious.
      Probably. new owner gives a new life of the ancient beauty!I’d like to visit it!!

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