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Salt mines, Highland castles and a Highland fortress to end all fortresses

Salt mines, Highland castles and a Highland fortress to end all fortresses

Dobczyce Castle

Dobczyce Castle,
tel.: 0048 12 2711455

Apr. and Oct.:
Tue. – Sun.: 10.00 AM – 4.00 PM;

May – Jun.:
Tue. – Fri. 10.00 AM – 4.00 PM,
Sat. and Sun. 10.00 AM – 6.00 PM;

Jul – Aug.:
Tue. – Fri. 10.00 AM – 6.00 PM,
Sat. and Sun. 10.00 AM – 8.00 PM.

Getting there
The castle is approximately 30 km from Krakow: take Road No. 4, heading south-east to Wieliczka, then follow Road No. 964 to Dobczyce. Other routes: take Road No. 7 south from Krakow to Myślenice, then the scenic route on Road No. 967 toward Łapczyca, following the shore of Lake Dobczyckie. Bus and mini-bus services also run from Krakow to Dobczyce.
A hill, towering over the little town, the dam and Lake Dobczyckie, is topped by the ruins of the Royal Castle. Unlike many other fortresses, this one did not fall victim to fire or sword, but to the ravages of treasure hunters! In the mid-eighteenth century, quite by chance, a four-litre jug, flowing full of coins, was discovered here. The news of the find electrified the residents and there was no need to wait long for the result... all that remained of the buildings and walls were the foundations. Needless to say, no further treasure was discovered…

Legend links the fortress’s origins with Dobko, one of King Mieszko I’s knights, who was to arrive on the Raba River and raise a castle here, at the feet of which, with time, the town of Dobczyce would grow. The walled defensive building, erected in the first half of the 13th century, was extended during the reign of Kazimierz the Great. In the mid-sixteenth century, it was transformed into the Renaissance style. Today, the castle has been partially restored and a modest museum has been set up in the interior. The museum is under the care of the local branch of the PTTK (Polskie Towarzystwo Turystyczno-Krajoznawcze).

What else is worth seeing?
In front of the castle on the slope of the hill, six wooden buildings of historical interest have been arranged to form a small, open-air museum. Amongst the buildings, we can see a funeral house, which houses a collection of artefacts associated with ancient burial rites; two coach houses, large and small, both with a collection of carriages and sleighs; a hen house and a collection of farming equipment; an original smithy and, finally, the most striking of them all, the Inn over the Highwayman, dating back to 1839 and brought here from the village of Krzyszkowice.
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  • województwo maloposkie
  • Unia Europejska
The following Project is cofinanced by the European Union under the Małopolska Regional Operational Programme for the years 2007 – 2013