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Among the white Jurassic cliffs

Among the white Jurassic cliffs

Lipowiec Castle, Wygiełzów

Practical information

The Vistula Ethnographic Park and Lipowiec Castle in Wygiełzów,
1 Podzamcze Street (ul. Podzamcze 1),
tel.: 0048 32 6134062

Apr. – Sept.:
daily, 8.00 AM – 6.00 PM;

Oct. – Mar.:
daily, 8.00 AM – 3.00 PM.

Getting there
The castle lies 55 km from Krakow: head west to Chrzanów on the A4 motorway and then take the Chrzanów-Andrychów Road, No. 781, or head directly west toward Libiąż from Krakow on Road No. 780. The car park is situated alongside the entrance to the open-air exhibition. From there, the yellow tourist trail leads to the castle; the walk takes 15 to 20 minutes.
To the west of Krakow, beyond the village of Wygiełzów, a lofty, forested height can be seen from afar. Rising from its peak, like a limestone crag, is a formidable tower of white stone. Although all that can be seen from afar is the tower, there, hidden among the trees, are the walls of an imposing castle, the property of bishops, dating back to the 13th-century. It was then that the Bishops of Krakow erected a fortress which was to remain in their possession right up until the Partitions. Although the building has been a ruin since the early 19th century, its walls have, nonetheless, been secured and adapted to accommodate sightseeing. Superb views of the surrounding area stretch forth before the tower, whilst the reconstructed rooms on the first storey of the castle offer the opportunity of seeing an extraordinary exhibition devoted to the history of this stronghold. It includes old photographs and drawings, as well as a small collection of artefacts discovered amongst the ruins by archaeologists.

What else is worth seeing?
At the foot of the hill, there are a number of ancient, wooden buildings to be seen. There are village huts and the manors of gentlefolk and nobles. There is even a church. The buildings all belong to the Museum, the Vistula Ethnographic Park, popularly known as the open air exhibition in Wzgiełzów, which also administers the ruined Lipowiec Castle.

The Vistula Ethnographic Park,
tel.: 0048 32 6228749

Apr. – Sept.: 8.00 AM – 6.00 PM,
Oct. – Mar.: 8.00 AM – 3.00 PM.
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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