Olesnica Castle

Oleśnica, Poland

Oleśnica Castle was erected in 1542-1561, replacing a Gothic fortress from the thirteenth century. It was the seat of the Dukes of Oleśnica until the nineteenth century. A fortified settlement was mentioned before the year 1238, and the first record of the castle dates from 1292.

After World War II, the surviving buildings held Hungarian and Italian prisoners of war. Later, there was the Soviet branch office of the International Committee of the Red Cross. In the 1970s the castle underwent another renovation and it became a branch of the Archaeological Museum in Wroclaw, until abandoned in 1993. It has since been reoccupied by the Voluntary Labour Corps.



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Zamkowa 4, Oleśnica, Poland
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Founded: 1542-1561
Category: Castles and fortifications in Poland

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Adam M (3 months ago)
A charming place located near the center. Literally 3 minutes from the market square to find yourself in the charming company of nature. There are deck chairs around the pond, allowing you to relax and admire nature. There is a vending machine selling duck food in the park for a nominal fee. The areas around the pond are rich in animals. This year you could see a mallard, a mandarin duck, a greylag goose, a squirrel and even a gray heron.
Mateusz Rączka (13 months ago)
Not a big, but nice and well-maintained park. You can go there for a walk with your dog or to the playground with your child. You can also organize a family barbecue. Noteworthy are the volleyball and badminton courts, a rare sight in city parks. There is also a large playground for children of all ages.
Марина Ковнер (21 months ago)
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Anastasiia Lobkivska (4 years ago)
Beautiful park!?
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