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Pieskowa Skała Castle

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Brief History of the Castle in Pieskowa Skała.

The Castle on the Pieskowa Rock, like the  castle in Ojców is part of the Eagles' Nests Trail - the Eagles' Nest Trail is a chain of fortifications, protecting the trade route from Krakow to Silesia. The construction of this castle is attributed to Casimir the Great and has been dated to the beginning of the fourteenth century. The castle on the Pieskowa Rock is a typical defensive stronghold, situated on a limestone hill, which from three sides is surrounded by precipices, making it almost imposable to enter from these three sides. At the end of the fourteenth century the castle was given to Peter Szafrańcowi by King Louis of Hungary. For the next 250 years Pieskowa rock remained in the hands of his family. When in 1577, it was inherited by Stanislaw Szafraniec. The stronghold then began to be rebuilt in the Renaissance style, modeled in part on the Wawel Hill.  In the early seventeenth century, the castle became the property of Maciej Łubnickiego and then Zebrzydowski, who added two great bastions. Despite these fortifications, and the strategic location, the castle did not resist the invasion of Swedes during the "Swedish Deluge." The fort was destroyed by the Swedes, following this, there was a great fire in 1718. Reconstruction of the castle has neglected, but the Wielkopolskich family, with the then governor of Cracow at the head of the project started the rebuilding of the Pieskowa castle, after years of abandonment, once again the castle began to play the role of aristocratic residences.

The period from the mid-nineteenth century to the days before World War II was a time of continuous destruction of fortresses. It was only the joint efforts in 1939, of two activists Dygasiński and Zawadzki, that saved the castle from being totally demolished. After the war there have been conducted numerous conservation works in Pieskowa Skala, which have recreated the castle in the renaissance style.

Sightseeing

Opening Hours:

May – September

  • Monday -Closed
  • Tuesday-Thursday 9 00 – 17 00
  • Friday 9 00 – 13 00
  • Saturday-Sunday 10 00 - 18 00

April and October

  • Monday -Closed
  • Tuesday-Thursday 10 00 – 16 00
  • Friday10 00 – 13 00
  • Saturday-Sunday 10 00 – 16 00

November – March:

  • Monday closed
  • Open Tuesday-Friday if notice is given a day in advance -for a group of minimum 15 people.

Saturday-Sunday 10 00 - 16 00 (entry in hours 10 00 11 00 13 00 14 00)

Last entry to the exhibitions is one hour before closing time.

Museum is closed on 1 January, Easter Saturday and Sunday, 1 November, 24 and 25 December.

Notes: - 13.IV, 1.V, 3.V, 11.VI 15.VIII, 11.XI, 26.XII the museum follows the Sunday opening hours on these dates.

 

Ticket Prices for 2011:

1. The permanent exhibition "Transformations in the style of European art History"

  • Normal Ticket - 10 zł
  • Reduced Ticket - 7 zł
  • Family Ticket - 32 zł

2. Permanent Exhibition Gallery of Paintings "English"

  • Normal Ticket - 8 zł
  • Reduced Ticket - 5 zł
  • Family Ticket - 24 zł

3. The permanent exhibition "The History of the Pieskowa Rock”

  • Free entrance when buying a ticket for exhibition 1 or 2

4. Promotional tickets to view both exhibitions

  • Normal Ticket - 16 zł
  • Reduced Ticket - 9 zł
  • Family Ticket - 45 zł

Family tickets are entitled to a family consisting of a maximum of two adults and four children.

Free admission on Fridays, except holidays and following holidays(1.V, 12.VI)

On the days free access, only one floor of the exhibition is available "Transformations in the style of European art History."

Paid Parking:

  • Motorbike - 3,00 zł
  • Private Car - 6,50 zł
  • MicroBus - 10,00 zł
  • Buses - 15,00 zł

 

For groups and for guide services in foreign languages, please call tel. (+12 688 54 50, +12 688 54 52)

 

Location and Other Attractions in the Area

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Oddział Muzeum na Wawelu Zamek w Pieskowej Skale

ul. Wincentego Witosa 10

32-045 Sułoszowa

 

Distances to the castle in Pieskowej Skale from:

Krakow:56km
Zakopane:162km
Oświęcim:119km

Other Attractions in the area:

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The Ojcowski National Park is located to the north of Krakow, only about 25 km from Krakow city. This makes it a popular day out for holiday makers from Krakow as well as for a weekend break away from the city. 

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Wieliczka Salt Mines are one of the best-known tourist attractions in the area. The Wieliczka Salt Mine is the only plant of its kind in the world and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. 

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Krakow Zoo offers visitors a great afternoon out. The Municipal Zoological Garden in Krakow covers an area of more than 17 ha, where you can see about 260 species of animals. 

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Kazimierz is the former Jewish District of Krakow, before the second world war, this was for many the Jewish capital of Europe. Still, it offers visitors a charming and welcoming experience along with an insight into the fate of the Jewish people of Krakow and the world. 

Adsress:

Oddział Muzeum na Wawelu Zamek w Pieskowej Skale

32-045 Sułoszowa

www.pieskowaskala.pl

 

 

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