The Tropsztyn Castle was probably built in the early 13th century by the Ośmioróg family. It was first mentioned in 1231, and remained in the hands of the family for 300 years. In 1535, following a royal order, Tropsztyn was handed to the castellan of Sandomierz, Piotr Kmita. Some time in the second half of the 16th century, it probably became the seat of highwaymen, as it was partially destroyed in 1574 by the owners of Rożnów, due to the “assaults, organized from the castle”. By 1608, Tropsztyn, which belonged to the Zborowski family, already was described as a ruin.

First archaeological works were carried out here in 1863 by a Nowy Sącz historian Szczęsny Morawski. In 1970, it was purchased by Andrzej Benesz, and Tropsztyn was reconstructed in 1993. Now the castle is open to visitors in July and August. According to a legend, an Inca treasure is hidden somewhere in Tropsztyn, as its late 18th century owner, Sebastian Berzewiczy, went to Spanish Peru, where he married an Incan princess, and his ancestors returned to Poland with the treasure.



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Founded: 13th century
Category: Ruins in Poland

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Aleksandra Bednarska (5 months ago)
Small castle but beautiful views.
Stan G (5 months ago)
Ok place to stop by. One tower has 2 areas where little kids can play if u bring them. Pay a fee, 8zlt for kids under 15yrs and 15zlt for adults. It has directional layout for you to walk but your not restricted to that. Nice pictures if you like photography. A small shop is also available for snacks and coffee. The small path will take you down and around the base of the mountain (bit rocky) and back up to the gate entrance. You are probably going to spend on average 1hr or so but I enjoyed it. A
Krzysztof Gierlach (6 months ago)
Fantastic place to visit small fee on entry .For little kids available 2 play areas in doors on separate floors , caffe shop and souvenirs available , Highly recommended !!!
Darek Tatusko (10 months ago)
I give 4 * because the castle was closed to visitors due to a pandemic and is closed to this day. Tropsztyn Castle - reconstruction of the defensive castle erected on a steep peninsula flooded on three sides by the Dunajec River in the Czchów commune. The history of the castle is related to the village of Tropie, located on the opposite side of the river. The stronghold was probably built in the first half of the 13th century on the initiative of the Ośmiorogi family. The first mention of it comes from 1231. The first brick castle buildings were probably built in the 14th century. Another mention comes from 1390 and mentions the property of the knight Chebda from Tropsztyn, Starykoń coat of arms, Married to Zochna Gierałtówna, Ośmoróg-Gierałtów coat of arms. This family ruled the castle for 300 years. In 1970, Andrzej Benesz became the owner of the castle ruins. After 1993, the castle was rebuilt and then opened to the public. In 1997–1998, the outer walls were built and the eastern gate was reconstructed. In the years 1998–1999, the shape of the secondary entrance gate from the 16th century was reconstructed.
anna afek (3 years ago)
Sadly closed temporarily due to covid, however, located in a nice area. The castle appears to be in a good condition.
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