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Wygiełzów – Lipowiec Castle

Wygiełzów – Lipowiec Castle

West of Kraków, above the road towards Lubiąż, there is a high, forested hill that can be seen from a large distance. A huge, white stone tower protrudes from its top and resembles a limestone crag.

Although only the tower can be seen from a distance, there are walls of a magnificent 18th century Episcopal castle hiding among the trees. At that time, bishops from Kraków erected a fortress, which they owned until the partition of Poland. Although the building has been ruined since the beginning of the 19th century, the walls have been protected and adapted for visitors. New stairs lead to the tower itself. You can also see the empty interiors, partially filled with rubble, as well as a small exhibition in reconstructed rooms on the first floor of the castle. It features old pictures and graphics of the castle and a small collection of various items found in the ruins. Two interesting events take place in Lipowiec every August: a Knights and Archers Tournament at the beginning of the month, and the Reunion of Hags and Witches towards the end.

Lipowiec Castle, ul. Podzamcze 1, Wygiełzów, phone: +48 32 613 4062, www.zamek-lipowiec.republika.pl; opening hours: Apr–Sep, daily 8am–6pm; Oct–March, daily 8am–3pm; admission: PLN 5, concessions PLN 3.

Other local attractions

Vistula Ethnography Park in Wygiełzów covers over 50,000 sq m and features 25 wooden historic buildings, representing mainly the architecture of the people from western Kraków. 

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