Amazing Castles in Poland

Are you ready to take a tour of Poland’s castles? These monuments preserve a memory of the past when knights did battle, villages required defense against invasion, and attack was imminent. The castles that still stand strong and proud in the Polish landscape tell this intriguing story and keep it alive for visitors.

Poland is home to castles from all eras and of all shapes, sizes, and levels of preservation. Some have been carefully renovated; others have fallen into ruin. Many are museums for the curious daytripper; others act as hotels. Castles located in destination cities are easily accessed, while those in the countryside may require a car and a good map.

If castles interest you, Poland has them aplenty, and it’s proud of these medieval structures at which history-changing events occurred and from which powerful figures administered. If you’re planning a trip to Poland, it’s worth noting which castles are possible to visit. For an overview of some of Poland’s most interesting castles, enter the following gallery to view pictures and read information about each of the structures included. It’s like time travel at your computer.

Barbican Castle in Warsaw Poland

The Warsaw Barbican is the second largest barbican, or semi-circular, fortified outpost, in Poland. The Krakow Barbican is the largest, but the Warsaw Barbican is still a structure worth making a visit to.

The Warsaw Barbican, built with increasingly stronger fortifications from the 14th century to the 16th century, was intended to protect the city from canonball fire. The outermost gate (the New Town Gate), built in 1548, is the curved structure that finalized construction of this important fortification.

Poland Castles – Bedzin Castle Poland

Poland’s Bedzin Castle, located in the village of Bedzin in the south of Poland, dates from the 14th century. At that time, the original wooden fort was replaced with the stone fortification, ruins of which can be visited today. The castle gradually fell into disuse over the centuries, its defensive purposes waning in importance.

This Polish castle is now a museum in which visitors can explore the history of Bedzin Castle and the surrounding region.

Bielsko-Biala Castle Museum, Poland

The oldest parts of the Bielsko-Biala Castle date back to the 14th century, but many additions and modifications were made in the successive centuries. The interior of the castle holds exhibitions of rooms decorated in period styles as well as art spanning from the 15th to the 20th centuries. Historical exhibits, as well as those depicting local lifestyle are also on display.

Ciechanow Castle, Poland

This 14th century castle is the town of Ciechanow’s pride. Built over three generations of Mazovian princes, Ciechanow Castle maintains its Gothic architecture, even though a Renaissance-style wing was added later by one of the castle’s owners.

The town Ciechanow has other sights besides the castle that will interest visitors, like the town hall, parish church, monastary church, and belfry. During its 1000-year-plus history, Ciechanow was on Europe’s Amber Road, the trade route that ran from north to south.

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