10 Most Beautiful Castles in Poland

by Antoni Kacper

Poland, a country in Central Europe, has a rich and fascinating history. When visiting Poland’s castles, it is easy to see how the country’s architecture reflects its historical development. Poland boasts a wide variety of spectacular castles, from ancient ruins to beautifully restored residences. If you’re planning a vacation to Poland, you should definitely attempt to see as many of these castles as you can.

10. Ksiaz Castle

A stunning view of Ksiaz Castle in Poland. Image source: ewaplesna/Shutterstock.com

Ksiaz Castle, located in the region of Upper Silesia, is the third-biggest castle in Poland. Ksiaz, which was built in the 13th century, has seen several changes in regime and served as the location of numerous historical accords. The likes of Russian tsars and British nobility have all slept here. Today, you can take one of the many daily guided tours of Ksiaz Castle or eat at one of the numerous restaurants set among the castle’s centuries-old art and architecture.

9. Bolkow Castle

A beautiful view of the architecture of Bolkow Castle in Lower Silesia, Poland. Image source: Patryk Kosmider/Shutterstock.com

Bolkow Castle, located in the Lower Silesian Voivodeship, is a sturdy but unremarkable stone stronghold from the 13th century. During the Renaissance period, a Polish architect called Jakub Parr gave Bolkow Castle a makeover. For centuries, monks occupied this massive castle; now, it’s recognized for hosting anything from weddings to a rock music festival every year.

8. Czocha Castle

A stunning view of Czocha Castle in the small village of Sucha in Lower Silesia, Poland. Image source: Fotokon/Shutterstock.com

Czocha Castle, in Poland, is sometimes compared to Hogwarts, so you may have heard of it lately. This Polish castle has earned the nickname “The College of Wizardry” in recent years as the setting for wizard-themed live-action role-playing games. Czocha Castle, however, has a rich history that predates even Harry Potter. Czocha Castle, a castle constructed on gneiss rock in the 13th century, is a good example of this kind of structure. Even though the castle was looted during and after World War II, it has been restored and is again a popular tourist destination.

7. Ogrodzieniec Castle

A view of the ruins of Ogrodzieniec Castle in the south-central region of Poland. Image source: Patryk Kosmider/Shutterstock.com

The Sulimczyk family, who originally lived in the area, chose to build the magnificent Ogrodzieniec Castle in the 14th century. A spectacular construction in its day, the castle fell into disrepair by the nineteenth century. After WWII, measures were taken to save the castle from falling completely apart. The eerie and bizarre ruins are open for tours today. Ogrodzieniec Castle is a well-known landmark that has been featured in several media, notably an Iron Maiden music video from 1984.

6. Kwidzyn Castle

A stunning view of Kwidzyn Castle and Cathedral at sunset in Poland. Image source: Patryk Kosmider/Shutterstock.com

The Teutonic Knights left their mark on the architectural style of the Gothic Kwidzyn Castle. After its construction in the 13th century, it became the primary house of the Pomesanians, a noble Prussian family. Its odd and beautiful shape is the result of a bridge that not only crosses the river but also links to the castle and functions as a sewage tower. Kwidzyn Castle is a must-see if you want to see a medieval cathedral, a museum, and underground crypts.

5. Bedzin Castle

A beautiful view of Bedzin Medieval Castle in Poland. Image source: Doin/Shutterstock.com

Wooden construction began on a castle in the southern Polish town of Bedzin in the 11th century. By the 14th century, it had been replaced by the current stone castle. The internal houses and courtyard of Bedzin are protected by many stone walls, which played a crucial role in the numerous wars and sieges that took place there. Once by Swedish armed troops in the 17th century, and again by the Nazis in World War II when they persecuted the local Jewish community, Bedzin was a town decimated. Bedzin Castle is a terrible reminder of Poland’s past, but it is also a beautiful reflection of the country’s history.

4. Wawel Royal Castle

A stunning view of Wawel Castle during the day in Krakow, Poland. Image source: RomanSlavik.com/Shutterstock.com

The Wawel Royal Castle was the official home of Polish royals during the time when Krakow was the capital of Poland. Wawel Royal Castle was a royal residence from the 14th through the 18th centuries. The castle, which sits atop Wawel Hill, provides breathtaking vistas of the city below. The Wawel Royal Castle was originally built in the Romanesque style, and it now incorporates Renaissance additions. It’s also a museum where you can examine the Polish royal jewels and other significant artifacts.

3. Moszna Castle

A beautiful view of the Palace in Moszna located in the Opolskie Voivodeship region of Poland. Image source: Senatorek/Shutterstock.com

Moszna Castle, located in Poland’s Upper Silesia, was constructed in the classic Baroque style during the 17th century. However, in subsequent years, a Renaissance wing and a Gothic wing were added. Moszna Castle, with its 99 spires, is a wonderful example of a fantasy castle and has been used as such in innumerable movies and photo shoots.

2. Malbork Castle

A bird’s eye view of Malbork Castle on Nogat River, the largest medieval brick castle in Poland. Image source: konradkerker/Shutterstock.com

Malbork Castle was built by Teutonic Order knights during the 13th and 15th centuries. Actually, the castle wasn’t built to merely be a home, but also a fortress. Malbork Castle is now one of the biggest medieval castles in Europe because of its enormous size. Located on a peninsula between two rivers, the Gothic castle is in a strategic position for defense. An annual recreation of the 1410 Battle of Grunwald is held in the castle.

1. Niedzica Castle

A stunning view of the medieval castle in Niedzica, Poland. Image source: Nahlik/Shutterstock.com

The castle of Niedzica was constructed in what is now the southernmost part of Poland in the 13th century. Its strategic elevation suggests that in addition to serving as a private home, it may have also had military purposes. There is more to Niedzica Castle than its historical significance today. Visitors can experience a true medieval feast during castle visits by donning monk’s robes and eating with their hands or old wooden utensils. These feasts are held regularly throughout Poland and are meant to give people a look into the past.

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