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Czorsztyn Castle

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Brief History of the Czorsztyn Castle

The oldest part of the castle, which has been confirmed by excavation, came from the second half of the thirteenth century. Casimir the Great was the builder of the perimeter walls, then in the fifteenth century the governor of Czorsztyn - John Baranowski constructed the tower above the lower gate, that still today towers over the castle offering splendid views of the lake, Niedzica, as well as the northern banks of the Czorsztynski lake. In the past the Czorsztyn Castle, located along the trail leading from Poland to the merchants of Hungary, played a very important part of defending the country's economy. The castle was also the residence of many famous people in its days of glory, among others the knight Zawisza Czarny.

From the fourteenth century, the castle was used as the seat for the mayors of Czorsztyn. However, in the mid-seventeenth century it was conquered by Kostka Napierski. After a fire in 1795 there were only ruins left of the castle, which now, thanks to the current owner, The Pieniny National Park, are seeing extensive restoration work, bringing it back to its former style.

Visiting the Castle - Available for exploring in the castle is the basement, the tower Baranowski, along with the middle and upper castle.

From the observation deck, the Czorsztyn Castle offers a beautiful view of Lake Czorsztyńskie, the Niedzica dam, the Tatra mountains and the national reserve "Green Rocks." One of the notable things about the Czorsztyn castle is that you can find specimens of the plant "pszonaka Pieniny" here. - this plant occurs only in the Pieniny mountain range.

Opening hours:

  • 1.V - 30.IX - Everyday - 9.00 – 19.00
  • 1.X - 30.IV – 10.00 to 15.00, except Mondays and holidays
  • For Christmas and Easter celebration, 1st of January, 1st of May and the 26th of December the museum is closed.
  • On Christmas Eve and Easter Sunday open from 9:00 to 13:00


Ticket Prices for 2011:


  • 4zł – Normal
  • 2zł – Reduced
  • Children to the age of 7 have free entry.

Tours take place without a guide. You should leave yourself at least 30-40 minutes to be able to sightsee this castle.


Location and Other Attractions in the Area



Czorsztyn Castle
34-440 Czorsztyn

This castle is located on the northern bank of the Czorsztynski Lake, in the village Czorsztyn.



Distances to the Czorsztyn Castle from:


Other Attractions in the area:


The Niedzica Castle is located on the south side of the Czorsztynski Lake. You can combine visiting both castles by taking advantage of the small boats that cross the lake from Niedzica to Czorsztyn.  


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


The Gorce mountain range is just a sort drive away from the Castle. There are many walking trails leading up into the Gorce mountain rage for the north side of the lake.


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




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