Czchów – castle ruins and the defensive tower

Czchów – castle ruins and the defensive tower

A magnificent oval tower rises from the top of the Baszta hill above the charming town and the picturesque Dunajec valley. A wide view of the valley, the river, the dam and the  Czchowskie lake stretches from its top.

This cylindrical tower with several-metre thick walls was built at the end of the 13th century to control an important trade route along the Dunajec river. In the following century, the tower was surrounded by a small castle, the seat of the Czchów starosta office. The building was deserted already in the 18th century and quickly fell into ruin. Only the oldest part of it, i.e. the aforementioned tower, survives until today. The last few years brought the reconstruction of a fragment of the walls and a small house of a guard, which presently houses a small archaeological exhibition, including a scale model of the complete castle. 

Tower in Czchów; opening hours: May and Sept, daily 10am–5pm; June-Aug daily 10am–7pm; Oct, Sat and Sun 10am–4pm, Mon–Fri 8am–4pm after prior phone arrangement: +48 14 663 5230; admission: PLN 3, concessions: PLN 1.

Other local attractions

Czchów, where the market square and its surroundings are filled with 18th century houses with picturesque arcades, supported by wooden pillars. The Gothic parish church still has fragments of a 13th century Romanesque temple, as well as the relics of a 14th/15th century polychrome.

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