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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Rabsztyn, Poland
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Founded: 14th century
Category: Ruins in Poland


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Stephan Schmid (18 months ago)
Great spot for some cultural and historical insights. On top of the tower you have a fantastic view of the wooded hills around Olkusz. Best time in autumn when the leaves turn in bright yellow and red.
Pow dodo (2 years ago)
As of 2018, it’s restauration is still in pry. Nice trail around it though
Venkatesan Anand (2 years ago)
It's wonderful and peaceful place. Though some parts were destroyed, care is taken recently to preserve the history. Not a big castle, but interesting to see. Nice view from the top to cover the full city.
Grzegorz Ewald (2 years ago)
One of most charming castles I have been to. Definitely worth to visit!
Patryk Sołtysik (2 years ago)
The castle itself is like 5 minutes attraction. Nice surroundings tho especially the landscapes that can be seen from the top.
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