Niepolomice Castle

Niepolomice, Poland

The Niepolomice Royal Castle is a Gothic castle from the mid-14th century and rebuilt in the late Renaissance style.

The Niepolomice Castle was built by order of King Casimir III the Great on the slope of the Vistula valley, to serve as a retreat during the hunting expeditions to the nearby Niepolomice Forest. The castle consisted of three towers, buildings in the southern and eastern wing, and curtain walls around the courtyard. Sigismund I the Old rebuilt the structure, giving it the form of a quadrangle with an internal courtyard. Queen Bona Sforza's gardens were located on the southern flank.

In 1550 the great fire destroyed the east and north wings. The reconstruction works were conducted in 1551-1568 under the supervision of Tomasz Grzymala and a sculptor Santi Gucci. Since the end of the 16th century the castle passed into the hands of noble families of Curylo, Branicki and Lubomirski. At that time, only the small changes were made in the castle's interiors (fireplaces, ceilings). The construction of an arcade courtyard began in 1635 and was completed in 1637.

The Swedish-Brandenburgian invasion in 1655 brought an end to the magnificence of the building. The castle was transformed into a food store during the occupation. In the 18th century it was acquired by King Augustus II the Strong and Augustus III. The reconstruction of the former royal residence began in 1991, when it became the property of Niepolomice Municipality.

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Founded: c. 1350
Category: Castles and fortifications in Poland

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Piet Lautenbag (2 years ago)
Soups were great, try the soup of honour. Main dishes were ok-ish.
Helen Towers (2 years ago)
Beautiful buildings in a quiet town off the beaten tourist path. Very relaxed meal in the castle courtyard after a visit to the museum. The park and gardens were great too.
christoph klinger (2 years ago)
Very unfriendly hosts! We just wanted to ask for a room for one night so my driver stopped to let me get out to the reception and then wanted to drive further to a parkinglot to wait for my return . A guy came out from the hotel yelling at my driver really angry to leave and after he went running after me yelling at me we should get away now. He was really angry and unfriendly even i asked for a room. No room for you, go away now! Now! Il never comeback of course! Worst behaviour i ever encountered, for just asking for a room. One star is too much!
Светлозар Симеонов (2 years ago)
Good price for the time you spend and the things you see. The surrounding spaces are also beautiful. There is also coffee on front, which is really good.
malgorzata pelczar (2 years ago)
Delicious food!!! A beautiful place to eat in. Prizes acceptable. I'm working nearby do I'm planning to eat there quite often. Please keep the quality of the food on the highest level.
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