Olsztyn Castle Ruins

Olsztyn, Poland

The ruins of the 14th-century Olsztyn castle are one of the biggest attractions of the area. The castle, located on a hill, among limestone rocks, is part of the Trail of the Eagles' Nests. It belonged to a system of fortifications, built by King Kazimierz Wielki, to protect western Lesser Poland from Czechs, to whom Silesia belonged at that time. For some time, as a fee, it belonged to Prince Wladyslaw Opolczyk. Taken away from him in 1396, the castle was then handed by King Wladyslaw Jagello to a local nobleman, Jan Odrowąż of Szczekociny. The castle was invaded several times by Silesian princes in the 15th century, and with the advancement of warfare, its fortifications became obsolete. In 1655, it was captured by the Swedes, and since then, it became a ruin. In 1722, it was partly demolished, with bricks used to build a parish church at Olsztyn. Currently, only fragments of defensive walls remain. The most impressive still standing part of the castle is a 35-meter round tower, built in the 13th century, which served as a prison.

References:

Comments

Your name



Address

Zamkowa 14, Olsztyn, Poland
See all sites in Olsztyn

Details

Founded: 13th century
Category: Ruins in Poland

Rating

4.6/5 (based on Google user reviews)

User Reviews

Оксана Буканова (4 months ago)
It is not the castle, i was wisitig, but the pizzeria next to the entrance to it . Pizza was good ( taste and stuffing), the atmosphere very relaxing and very good service. Recommend for family outing, change of the scenery, fun.
Andrzej A (4 months ago)
Short climb for very nice view. Parts of the castle are being renovated. It's definitely worth the effort to get here.
Nazar Demchuk (8 months ago)
The place itself looks pretty. But there are a lot of bottles and other plastic garbage. And when you entering the place you need to pay 8 zl per person, but looks like you can enter it from the other side ...
Gaspard Siestrunck (15 months ago)
Loved it! Not so much to see in the castle in itself, but the surrounding parc... Wow. Full of the rocks, which gave the Eagles Nest's Castles their unique style, which can be climbed freely and offer different views of the castle and its surroundings. The entrance is cheap (7zl)and you can wander freely around for hours. Must go with nice, sunny weather.
yan workman (15 months ago)
I remember when it was all free,now 7 zloty,sadly just another tourist trap fleecing money out of you,yes, once you've paid the views are stunning and beautifully panoramic and a great way to go climbing or have a little trek with friends and family
Powered by Google

Featured Historic Landmarks, Sites & Buildings

Historic Site of the week

Caerleon Roman Amphitheatre

Built around AD 90 to entertain the legionaries stationed at the fort of Caerleon (Isca), the impressive amphitheatre was the Roman equivalent of today’s multiplex cinema. Wooden benches provided seating for up to 6,000 spectators, who would gather to watch bloodthirsty displays featuring gladiatorial combat and exotic wild animals.

Long after the Romans left, the amphitheatre took on a new life in Arthurian legend. Geoffrey of Monmouth, the somewhat imaginative 12th-century scholar, wrote in his History of the Kings of Britain that Arthur was crowned in Caerleon and that the ruined amphitheatre was actually the remains of King Arthur’s Round Table.

Today it is the most complete Roman amphitheatre in Britain.