Kwidzyn contains the partially ruined 14th century Brick Gothic Ordensburg castle of the Teutonic Order, namely the Bishops of Pomesania within the Order. Connected to the castle to the east is a large cathedral (built 1343-1384) containing the tombs of the bishops as well those of three Grand Masters of the Teutonic Knights.
The former Prussian fortress in Kwidzyn, which was occupied by the Teutonic Knights in 1233, received the city rights during the same year. In 1440 there was established the Prussian Union - today the Pomesanian"s cathedral chapter is the most precious historic and architectural treasures of Kwidzyn.
The wings of the castle with towers at the corners belonged to the defense system. Main tower today dominates the entire massif of the castle, which was also a bell tower lookout. The literally outstanding feature is a characteristic tower 'dansker' known as gdanisko of 1384. It was set by more than 50 meters from the west wing of the castle and the castle was combined with a long five spanning porches. Today the castle houses the Museum of the Castle. Kwidzyn history, its monuments and picturesque surroundings are enough attractions to visit for even the most demanding tourists.References:
The Beckov castle stands on a steep 50 m tall rock in the village Beckov. The dominance of the rock and impression of invincibility it gaves, challenged our ancestors to make use of these assets. The result is a remarkable harmony between the natural setting and architecture.
The castle first mentioned in 1200 was originally owned by the King and later, at the end of the 13th century it fell in hands of Matúš Èák. Its owners alternated - at the end of the 14th century the family of Stibor of Stiborice bought it.
The next owners, the Bánffys who adapted the Gothic castle to the Renaissance residence, improved its fortifications preventing the Turks from conquering it at the end of the 16th century. When Bánffys died out, the castle was owned by several noble families. It fell in decay after fire in 1729.
The history of the castle is the subject of different legends. One of them narrates the origin of the name of castle derived from that of jester Becko for whom the Duke Stibor had the castle built.
Another legend has it that the lord of the castle had his servant thrown down from the rock because he protected his child from the lords favourite dog. Before his death, the servant pronounced a curse saying that they would meet in a year and days time, and indeed precisely after that time the lord was bitten by a snake and fell down to the same abyss.
The well-conserved ruins of the castle, now the National Cultural Monument, are frequently visited by tourists, above all in July when the castle festival takes place. The former Ambro curia situated below the castle now shelters the exhibition of the local history.