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Along the Dunajec

Along the Dunajec

Tropsztyn Castle in Wytrzyszczczka

Visiting
Tropsztyn Castle:

open
Jul. – Aug.:
Mon. – Fri. 9.00 AM – 5.00 PM;
Sun. 9.00 AM – 7.00 PM.

Getting there
Take Road No. 75, heading south-east from Krakow to Brzesko, then follow Road 75 to the south, through Czchów toward Nowy Sącz. There is a small car park beside the castle. The public bus service from Krakow runs along the road by the castle.
The rough stone tower and walls of Tropsztyn castle are reflected in the mirrorlike waters of Lake Czchowskie. Sadly, they are almost entirely newly-built, raised in recent years over the ruins of the original castle.

The first stronghold arose here at the turn of the 13th century, erected by two knights, Zbrosław and Gniewomir of Tropie. The castle was then reconstructed several times, but by the early 18th century it had been abandoned and fast fell into ruins. In the 18th century, or so legend has it, the treasure of the Incas, having first been taken to Niedzica castle, was hidden here in the tunnels and cellars beneath Tropsztyn. The lake emphasises how well the ancient fortress was sited; the reconstructed castle is set off beautifully against the green backdrop of the forest just beyond a sheet of water. Visitors can go up on the tower and visit the cellars and living quarters, as well as watching a documentary film about the search for the legendary treasure of the Incas.

What else is worth seeing?
On the far shore of Lake Czchowskie, to the east, Tropie Church is visible for kilometres. The Romanesque building dates back to the 12th century; however, it has been reconstructed many a time. St. Świerad and St. Benedict are said to have had their hermitage here in the 11th century. Today, the faithful from Poland and Slovakia make their pilgrimage to the saints’ hermitage; the holy hermits are the patron saints of Slovakia.
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