Poland is most often associated with its natural beauty: green (sometimes white from the snow) mountainous hills, charming Mazurian lakes or unique Baltic beaches. Though each of these places has an undeniable charm, we shouldn’t forget about other, equally exceptional attractions of our beautiful country. Would like to feel like a character of a fairytale but the thing you lack is a majestic castle? No worries, In Poland you will surely find a castle that is perfect for you.
Let’s start with one of the biggest and best preserved castles in the whole world! The gothic fortress in Malbork is one of the greatest attractions of the Pomerania region. This enormous building was established between the 5th century and the 15th century and it was built by Teutonic Knights, which are well-known to those who are familiar with the history of Medieval Poland. The building complex consists of a bailey, the Castle Ward, the Middle Castle and the High Castle. The whole complex is perfectly preserved and gives a testimony to the craftsmanship of the medieval defence buildings. The residence of the Great Masters of the Teutonic Order had survived many historical battles and, despite being renovated, delights the eyes of the tourists from all over the world. The Malbork Castle is a special place, in which we can go back in time and feel the spirit of the Medieval Times. Apart from exploring the building of the castle you can also marvel at extraordinary and authentic exhibitions of the lives of people living in Medieval Times. In the castle you can also attend themed events such as… National Knight’s Tournament! The unique feel of the place has also been appreciated by the UNESCO, which inscribed the fortress on the World Heritage List.
In the search for a true architectural gem among the castles we move to the Lower Silesian district where the beautiful Czocha Castle is situated. The gothic construction was established in the 13th century as a defensive fortress. Over the years the castle has had many owners and the fate of it was especially uncertain in the period after WWII when most of the castle’s posession was stolen. Due to the long history and the need of renovation, the castle is now characteristic because of its gothic as well as renaissance elements. Nowadays, Czocha Castle serves not only also as a museum but also as a hotel. Do you want to spend the night in a true, castle chamber? The Lower Silesian fortress will do just fine. The medieval construction is often used as a movie set and sometimes... it even serves as Hogwarts during the Summer School of Magic!
Książ Castle, Jakub Hałun CC BY-SA 4.0
The last building on our list is the Książ Castle, which is situated in Wałbrzych. Established in the 13th century, the castle was regarded as the 3rd largest castle in Poland. Built by the prince’s order, the defensive fortress, due to its location, was called “the key to the Silesia”. For years, this primarily gothic castle has changed not only its owners but also its design - it combined roman, renaissance and rococo elements. The Książ Castle delights the eye with its picturesque location but also with its splendid interior. What is more is that the castle has its own Palm House, so in this castle everyone will find something for themselves.
Książ Castle, Jar.ciurus CC BY-SA 3.0 pl
Of course these are only couple of examples of wonderful polish castle constructions. Polish castles surely deserve greater fame as they they are just as beautiful as French or German fortresses. So… hit the road and visit our castles!