Reminder of bygone days
Poland is home to an enormous number of castles, Teutonic fortresses, Silesian strongholds, palaces & fortified manor houses. Unfortunately, many of the great castles in Poland are in ruins or have been transformed into palaces & hotels; however, there are still many left intact offering tourists a unique window into the history of Poland, it’s culture & heritage.
Poland’s history includes a glorious and golden era in addition to many painful and dark periods and over the years, the country has suffered from countless battles, partitions and other political and social disorders.
The castles & palaces in Poland all have their own unique and individual stories to tell and they serve as a reminder of bygone days. There are numerous stories to be told, some factual, some legendary & fantastical, some involving lost Nazi gold trains and some involving ghouls and ghosts.
The Teutonic Knights were responsible for building the most remarkable castles in Poland and these are situated in the Northeast of the country. The Kings of Poland all resided within either Wawel Castle in Krakow or the Royal Castle in Warsaw and both of these castles are popular tourist attractions.
Between Czestochowa and Krakow, many castles were built in the Middle Ages as part of a great Eagles’ Nest fortification; however, were destroyed during the Swedish Deluge of the 1650s.
Layers of history
You’ll find an astonishing assortment of castles & palaces in Poland to visit ranging from Disney like palaces to Teutonic Order brick castles to medieval fortresses with some structures being the most impressive in all of Europe.
Many castles & palaces in Poland are either preserved or restored often with meticulous detail and you will also find many structures that have remained untouched. In some circumstances, structures have been completely reconstructed; such as the Royal Castle in Warsaw; which was turned to rubble during World War II.
Many of these amazing structures are now homes to either historical education centres or museums and some have been converted into luxury spa & hotels. From the exuberant & exquisite to practical UNESCO listed Teutonic Knights castles, the castles & palaces in Poland provide visitors with layers of history just waiting to be uncovered.
If you're visiting Poland and your home base is Krakow, we highly recommend the Polish Castles private tour from Krakow – visit Ojcow Castle, Pieskowa Skala Castle and Ogrodzieniec Castle. The whole tour will last for about 8 hours.
Learn the facts and legends of the capital city on a private walking tour of Old Town's highlights and visit the Royal Castle with tickets included. Take a walk of Warsaw, see the beauty of the city and learn anecdotes, history and legends from your guide.
Our favourite Castles & Palaces in Poland
From royal residences in Krakow, to off-the-beaten-track UNESCO sites complete with formidable bulwarks and keeps, here are nine must-see Castles & Palaces in Poland; which we highly recommend.
Go on a stroll on Wawel Hill and learn all about its history and significance! Enter the Wawel Castle that dates back to the 11th century. Explore rich chambers and beautiful courtyards while listening to many popular tales about the hill and its former inhabitants, like princess Wanda or the Wawel Dragon.