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On the foaming waters of the Dunajec River – the Pieniny Castles

On the foaming waters of the Dunajec River – the Pieniny Castles

Wronin Castle, Czorsztyn

The Wronin Castle Ruins:
May – Sept.:
daily, 9.00 AM – 6.00 PM;

Oct. – Apr.:
Tue. – Sun.: 10.00 AM – 3.00 PM.

Getting there
The castle is 110 km from Krakow: take the Zakopane road, i.e. Road No. 7, from south Krakow to Zabornia, follow Road No. 47 to Nowy Targ and then head for Szczawnica on Road No. 969. When you reach Krośnicy, turn off toward Sromowce and the village of Czorsztyn. There is a free car park by the castle and following the green trail will bring you to the ruins within 5 minutes.
In 1651, as Polish troops were doing battle with Bohdan Chmielnicki’s Cossack hordes, a certain Kostka Napierski attacked the border fortress in Czorsztyn and seized it. An adventurer in the pay of the Cossack Hetman, he was intended to wreak havoc and thus keep a part of Poland’s forces engaged. The final chapter was one befitting a traitor. Czorsztyn was recaptured by troops sent by the Bishop of Krakow. Entrapped, Napierski was sentenced to a terrible end; death by impalement. The story of Kostka Napierski’s Uprising is one of the best-known events connected with the long and fascinating history of Czorsztyn’s Wronin Castle. The walled fortress was erected here in the 14th century, under the reign of Kazimierz the Great, on the site of earlier buildings. It watched over the border with Hungary and guarded against incursions made via the Dunajec. Today, the castle is an abiding ruin, with a modest historical and archaeological exhibition housed in a few reconstructed interior spaces. The terrace on the walls commands a view of Lake Czorsztyńskie, Niedzica Castle, the Pieniny Mountains and even the Tatras.

What else is worth seeing?
Not far from the castle, beyond the shore of the Lake Czorsztyńskie reservoir, the Czorsztyn Tourism Village was developed on the Stylchyn Peninsula. The buildings are old villas of historical interest and traditional village houses, all brought here from the villages which were then drowned by the waters of the reservoir. Today, the wooden buildings house pensions and restaurants whilst, in the oldest, a farmstead preserved in its entirety, a small ethnographic exhibition has been set up.

Czorsztyn Tourism Village,
tel.: 0048 18 2650302
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The following Project is cofinanced by the European Union under the Małopolska Regional Operational Programme for the years 2007 – 2013