Rabsztyn Castle Ruins

Rabsztyn, Poland

Originally built by King Kazimierz to protect the money-making mining centre of nearby Olkusz, Rabsztyn actually consists of two separate castles – the original 14th century upper castle and the much-larger lower castle added at its foot in the 17th century in the Renaissance style. The Swedes saw to it that neither was inhabitable shortly thereafter during their 17th century invasion.

Today there is almost nothing to see of the upper castle, in fact most won’t even be able to discern the remnants of its walls from the rock surrounding it. The upper castle’s main feature was a cylindrical tower which irreverent fortuneseekers dynamited in the late 1800s. The walls of the lower castle still stand giving some indication of the size of this former strong-(but not strong enough)-hold, and recently the castle gate, several bridges and one of the towers was restored. Today it houses a small historical museum. All told, Rabsztyn's ruined splendour is pretty as a picture so don’t forget your clicker.

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Founded: 14th century
Category: Ruins in Poland

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Dmitryj Orlowski (10 months ago)
Very interesting place to see
Virginia Batuleviciute (10 months ago)
Nice castle ? worth a visit. There is plenty of space to walk around. There is free parking lot around but not right next to castle, you will still have a walk quite a bit to reach the castle. There is kids playground near by the castle.
Robert Kłeczek (12 months ago)
Great place for a walk with magnificent view
Lasura (15 months ago)
The castle is currently closed for renovations but the view alone is worth it! Magnificent! There's also a kids play area nearby and lovely walking paths with benches for a nice walk, views, photos.
ja ki (2 years ago)
It was closed, when I was there in December, but it's possible to take pictures from the outside Looks rather good but not impressive due to its small size At the time of this review, there was a construction site on one of the walls. I'm assuming they are improving the looks.
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