Korzkiew Castle

Korzkiew, Poland

The first castle in Korzkiew was erected in 1325 by Jan from Syrokomla. It was part of the 'trail of eagles nests', one of a chain of 14th century (reign of King Casimir) medieval castles that protected the north- western border of royal Krakow that went all the way to Czestochowa. The castle is being restored and currently houses a boutique hotel and a conference center-banquet hall.

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Founded: 1325
Category: Castles and fortifications in Poland

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www.donimirski.com

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Bogdan Protopopescu (3 years ago)
The walk thru the forest was short as the paths are not very long but there is a cool camp right below the castle where people can barbeque.
Luke Szyrmer (3 years ago)
Wonderful castle, great ambiance
Sarah Clement (3 years ago)
Really nice beautiful place. No fee to just walk through the castle. No restaurant nearby
Andrzej Klasa (3 years ago)
Very beautiful castle, it's also a hotel and place to get married, we only stopped by to check it out, very pleasent surprise we didn't have to pay anything for parking or entry. It's pretty small size castle but very pretty and looks like owner is still working on renovation the rest of the castle, if you in the area worth stooping by, also it is close to several hundred years old church.
John Held (3 years ago)
A great place to get away from everything. A beautiful castle -- the hotel is great. The rooms are beautiful and full of atmosphere. Highly recommended
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