Bobrowniki Castle Ruins

Bobrowniki, Poland

Bobrowniki Castle was built by the Teutonic Knights. Following the Peace of Thorn (1411), it was taken over by the Polish, later to become a residence of the local mayor. Since the 18th century the castle has been laid in ruins.

Bobrowniki castle was erected at the turn of the 14th and 15th centuries, after the purchase of Bobrowniki village by the Teutonic Knights in 1392, possibly as an extension of an earlier fortress. It was located on the site of an old stronghold, founded by the Duke of Dobrzyn, Ladislaus the Hump-backed. Due to the close proximity of the country border, the elders of Dobrzyń nad Wisłą constantly improved the fortifications around the castle, which became the seat of the local government.

In 1405 Wladyslaw Jagiello purchased Dobrzyn and Bobrowniki, but four years later the Teutonic Knights attacked the castle. With the help of the treason of the defending commander Bobrowniki castle went back into Teutonic hands only to be returned to the Polish in 1411. Its border location had once again become the cause of many investments in the modernization of the facility. However, it no longer played any military role in wars to come. During the Thirteen Years' War (1454–66) the castle served as a prison for captured Knights of the Teutonic Order. Changes of the national border ultimately deprived the building of any strategic role.

In the seventeenth century it was already devastated to the point of being abandoned by the local government. During the war with Sweden, in the second half of the 18th century, the structure was almost completely destroyed. In the nineteenth century it was formally decided to demolish the castle. The ruins do not have an owner to this day.

Little is known about the appearance of the fortress at the time of the Teutonic Knights or later. The object was probably two-winged (other sources say that it was a square), surrounded by walls and a moat, with one gate and a cylindrical tower. The only remains of the past splendor of the castle are elements of fortified walls and a sentry tower.



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Founded: 14th century
Category: Miscellaneous historic sites in Poland


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Tomasz Cymerman (14 months ago)
A beautiful "monument" to history located directly on the banks of the Vistula River. Unfortunately, left unattended, which means that soon nothing will be left of it except a pile of rubble. Easy access, even by car, is an advantage of this place. I recommend the dirt road along the Vistula for lovers of two-wheelers. In addition, unfortunately a lot of rubbish in the very center of the ruins.
krzysztof janowski (16 months ago)
The castle was erected by the Piasts, from the 17th century in ruin. Currently, very nice ruins on the Vistula River, nice views. Free entrance. Parking nearby.
Mariusz Czarnecki (2 years ago)
Nothing interesting, admission to the ruins is forbidden - there is a risk of collapsing or landslides. Next to the ruins, a stone was funded by the President of the Republic of Poland
Cezary Jóźwik (2 years ago)
Trochę gruzu .Wszystko mocno zaniedbane ale okolica piękna i widoki. Warto skręcić i poświęcić chwilę.
latamy__ ponad__stan (2 years ago)
Aż się prosi aby w takich miejscach powstały wizualizacje w różnej formie, abyśmy mogli jeszcze lepiej wyobrazić sobie jak kiedyś taki zamek wyglądał. Dobrym pomysłem jest szyba z narysowanymi konturami zamku. Wystarczy przez nią odpowiednio spojrzeć aby rysunek pokrył się z ruinami. I mamy efekt wow...
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