Otmuchów Castle

Otmuchów, Poland

The history of the Castle in Otmuchów dates back to the 12th century, when Pope Hadrian gave authority to the land to the Bishop of Wrocław, including the castle. Throughout the next centuries the castle gained its significance, when Bishop Preczlaw of Pogarell called Otmuchów the capital of the Duchy of Bishops. The castle changed its architectural style to that of the Renaissance during reconstruction work in the seventeenth century. In 1810 the partially devastated south-eastern wing of the residence was deconstructed. Currently two wings of the castle survive, both having four levels.

After the secularisation in 1810, the castle was left in ruins, while the lands were given off to the powerful House of Humboldt; the Duke of Humboldt used the material from the former, other two wings to repair the currently standing reconstructed wings. In the location of the former wings, the owner built a small castle-garden, while his brother Alexander von Humboldt sent in exotic trees, such as the smoketree, ginkgo, or the Canadian lime tree.

One of the most unusual parts of the residence's interior is located in the castle's two small cells of death, where prisoners were told to enter, and fall down a 20-metre drop, where there is a scripture Go you are free (Idź jesteś wolny); the sudden drop let to the stone courtyard with a sharpened birch perch.



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Zamkowa 4, Otmuchów, Poland
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Founded: 1159
Category: Castles and fortifications in Poland

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Filip Siemaszko (50 days ago)
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Łukasz Ojrowski (2 years ago)
You can easily imagine You are a King or Queen. Great place for stay!
Аня Майданик (2 years ago)
The place that is sure to stay in your memory. Ancient castle with its history. Rooms are comfortable and with very beautiful views. You will definitely get vivid impressions of the castle and the area around it. P.s. We are grateful to the management and all staff for the friendly reception and help at such a difficult time for Ukrainians. Your support, as well as the support of the entire Polish people, is invaluable, and is an example of friendship and support of the neighbor. We are waiting for you to visit Lubart's castle at Lutsk after the victory!
bartek lewandowski (4 years ago)
A true pearl in the region. As many locations, it is not all that well known so you get a feeling of expedition when here. You can stay here overnight if you wish too! Prices are very affordable.
Giannis Kas (5 years ago)
Very nice place
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