Grodno Castle (formerly Kynsburg) is a castle located in the southern parts of the Wałbrzych Mountains, on the Choina Mountain (450 metres), standing to the left of the river Bystryca. The valley of this river, formerly known as the Silesian Valley, creates a natural boundary between the Owl Mountains and to the west of it the Wałbrzych Mountains. The castle is located in Zagórze Śląskie (11 km east of Wałbrzych), Lower Silesian Voivodeship in Poland.

The picturesque location of the castle is exacerbated by the barraged Lubachowskie Lake in the foothills of the mountain.

According to tradition the castle was built in 1193, by Duke Boleslaw I the Tall. The castle, together with a network of fortresses was used as a defense line between the Duchy of Jawor and the Kingdom of Bohemia. In the sixteenth century Grodno Castle was expanded by a gatehouse, on which there is precious sgraffito, and a sundial clock from 1716. The castle was devastated in battles against the Swedes during the Thirty Years' War, slowly falling into ruins. In the nineteenth century the tower had collapsed. The last owner of Grodno, was the Zedlits family, which had continued renovation works and strengthened the castle

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Wodna 17, Walbrzych, Poland
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Founded: 1193
Category: Castles and fortifications in Poland

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Benjamin T (10 months ago)
Nice castle. Quite interesting, focused on torture from 500 years ago. There is a beautiful point of view at the top of the tower. But the entrance is WAY TO EXPENSIVE for the content offered. 20 złoty per person for 45min of visit...
Pawel Jakacki (12 months ago)
Castle has an outstanding views with real castle feeling to it. There is still a lot to be done to fully restore the castle, but it surely is a not to miss tourist attraction in the region. The are some intense restoration work so soon I hope it will be in it's full glory.
Robert Korczak (14 months ago)
Restauration works are a hood effort to make it worth while. At the moment nice to visit if you are nearby.
Abhilash A (14 months ago)
Place could have been kept well. Overall a good place to visit. Medival style. Enjoyed food in the restaurant inside castle.
Brendo (17 months ago)
Very nice old castle. Impressive view from the top of the tower. Still being restored so not on the tourist radar yet, making it wonderfully tranquil. Will only get better as more works are completed.
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