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Niedzica Castle

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Brief History of the Niedzica Castle.

This castle is located on the former banks of the Dunajec River. The Niedzica castle is considered to be one of the most beautifully situated castles in the area. It stands proudly on a steep cliff at a height of 556m above sea level. The castle boasts spectacular views of the dam and the reservoir Czorsztynski, together with the adjacent near the castle in Czorsztyn. The Niedzica Castle was built in the early fourteenth century most likely by the Hungarian border land colonizer "Berzeviczego." The castle has been preserved almost in its entirety, only its surroundings, have vastly changed. The largest and most visible change was the creation of the Niedzica dam, in the 80s and 90s of the last century. Flooding the valley that once created the border between Hungary and Poland. Leaving the river bed 74m bellow the currant water level. The highest part of the castle is the oldest and consists of a tower, a chapel, a small apartment as well as a courtyard with well. Interesting is the fact that the well is about 90m deep, and according to legend, it has a connection with the Dunajec river. From the south, there was a huge gate and a drawbridge, however only fragments of these have been preserved. In the upper castle, there was a prison, where even today you can see different and sophisticated instruments of torture. The castle has three tower buildings, one of which is the chapel tower. Between the "upper" and "lower" castle, you will find average castle residential buildings for this time period.

Visiting the castle -You will be able to explore the rooms in the upper and middle castle, with expositions from different times in the history of the castle. Two terraces offer beautiful and extensive views of the surrounding areas. However, most of the lower castle is used by the Association of Art Historians, and a hotel, which is not open to the public. There is also a restaurant and cafe in the lower part of the castle. In the summer, you can furthermore see the coach-house and a wooden granary, which are located in the immediate vicinity of the castle.

Sightseeing

Opening hours:

  • 1.V - 30.IX: Monday – Sunday: 9.00 – 19.00 (last admission - 18.30)
  • 1.X - 30.IV – 9.00 do 16.00, except Mondays and holidays (last entry - 15.30)
  • Over the Christmas and Easter celebration, the museum is closed.
  • Open Christmas Eve and Easter Sunday from 9:00 to 13:00

Guided tours take approximately 90 minutes + 15 minutes to see the granary (for groups of minimum.50. People).

Visiting the coach house and granary is possible in season, from the 1st. of May to the 30th. of September.

You can explore the castle individually. This option does not include any guide service. However, tickets are still needed.

 

Ticket prices for 2011:

12zł – Normal Ticket
9zł – Reduced Ticket

Granary - 4zł. (same prices apply to individuals, as well as organized groups)

Children under 6 admission free. (applies to individual visitors only, organized group tours, children under 6 years of age pay half-price tickets.)

 

Location and Other Attractions in the Area

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Stowarzyszenie Historyków Sztuki. Muzeum. Zespół Zamkowy
34-441 Niedzica

tel. (+18) 262 94 80 Official Website

Distances to the Niedzica Castle from:

Krakow:124km
Zakopane:40km
Oświęcim:136km

Other Attractions in the area:

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The Czorsztyn Castle is located on the northern bank of the Czorsztynski Lake, in the charming little village, Czorsztyn. You can combine visiting both castles by taking advantage of the small boats that cross the lake from Niedzica to Czorsztyn. 

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The Dunajec River rafting, this is one of the most famous attractions in Poland. The Dunajec river rafting runs from Sromowce to Szczawnica.

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Nowy Targ or New Market is famous for its markets that are held there twice a week, being one of the largest outdoor markets in Poland.

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The rope park in Kroscienko is located just outside this tourist little village, the village it self is a charming mountaineer village and the rope park is one of the best in the region. 

 

 

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