Dobczyce – ruins of the royal castle

Dobczyce – ruins of the royal castle

The ruins of the royal castle can be found on a hill towering over the Dobczyce lake. Unlike many other strongholds, the castle was not destroyed by fire or during a war, but instead devastated by treasure searchers! A pot full of coins was accidentally discovered there in the middle of the 18th century. A nanny, trying to entertain the starosta’s child, hit a key against the wall. Damage to wall plaster revealed a secret hiding place. News of the discovery electrified the inhabitants of the castle and the town and soon only the foundations of the building remained intact.

According to a legend, the castle dates back to the time when a warrior of Mieszko I of Poland named Dobek was to build a castle by the Raba river. The town of Dobczyce soon developed in the castle’s neighbourhood. However, it is almost certain that the castle was built in the first half of the 13th century and reconstructed in Renaissance style some three hundred years later. 

Today, the castle is partially reconstructed and its interiors are home to a small museum managed by the local branch of PTTK (Polish Tourist and Sightseeing Society).

Dobczyce Castle Museum, phone: +48 12 271 1455, www.zamek.dobczyce.pl; opening hours: Apr and Oct, Tue–Sun 10am–4pm; May-June and Sept, Tue–Fri 10am–4pm, Sat and Sun 10am–6pm; July-August, Tue–Fri 10am–6pm, Sat and Sun 10am–8pm; admission: PLN 6, concessions: PLN 4.

Other local attractions

Heritage Park in Dobczyce is located on the slope right in front of the castle and comprises a few charming old wooden buildings, e.g. the grand tavern.    

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