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Dobczycach Castle

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Breif History of the castle in Dobczycach

The Castle in Dobczyce is counted among the so-called Royal castles in Małopolska. The castle was built on a hill  at the foot of the river Raba. The position of the castle in Dobczyce became even more picturesque, due to the establishment of the Dobczyce Lake at the foot of the hill, which serves as a reservoir supplying drinking water for Krakow. The origins of the castle date back to the middle of the fourteenth century, then this place was used as a castle fortress. During the reign of Casimir the Great, the castle became a very well-fortified stronghold, as the walls themselves were from 5 to 9 meters thick. At the end of the fourteenth century the castle was used as a residence of the king and his wife Hedwig.

In 1967, the fortress in Dobczyce was used by the "Brothers of beggars," which were non-paid soldiers, government troops. They were removed from the castle by Nikolai Pieniazek - mayor of Krakow. Interestingly.

It is also an interesting fact that in the Castle in Dobczyce, Jan Dlugosz taught the children of King Casimir the Jagiellonian - princes Zygmunt, Alexander, Frederick, and John Casimir. After the end of the sixteenth century, the castle passed into the hands of the Lubomirski family, who rebuilt the Gothic fortress into a Renaissance residence. There was a clock tower, castle chapel and a fountain added at this time. In 1611, there was a wedding held here between Barbara and John Zebrzydowskim Lubomirska. On this occasion, many distinguished guests visited the castle, including the then Bishop of Krakow - Peter Tylicki. At that time, the castle had 70 rooms and three towers.

The Castle did not suffer any damage during the first Swedish invasion, but was seriously damaged during the second invasion in 1702. After this event, the castle began to decline more and more, in the end it became an abandoned ruin. In the nineteenth century began the gradual reconstruction of the castle. However, it was not until the early twentieth century, when the work of securing the first buildings from further damage really started. In 1960 at the initiative of a teacher called Kowalski, the start of the archaeological work on the hill of dobczyckim was begun.

After years of effort and hard work, the castle was partly rebuilt, and the PTTK Museum was created within the restored castle. When visiting the Museum in the Castle at Dobczyce, you can view the following exhibitions: The Torture Chamber, the Room with a fireplace - archaeological, a room with furnaces, Galley, Chapel, historical Hall - the dungeon prison and the Chamber of National Remembrance.


Opening Hours:

Museum at the Castle in Dobczyce is open to visitors daily except Mondays from April to October.

  • April and October: 10.00 – 16.00 (Tuesday. – Sunday.)
  • May, June, July: 10.00 – 16.00 (Saturdays and Sundays: 10.00 – 18.00)


  • July and August: 10.00 – 18.00 (Saturday and Sundays): 10.00 – 19.00

Throughout the season, the museum is closed on Mondays. Last admission is 30 minutes before the closing time of the castle.
The castle is closed on bank holidays.


Ticket Prices for 2011:


  • Normal Ticket:7.00zł
  • Reduced Ticket:5.00zł
  • Family Ticket:15.00zł (2+2, children up to 12)
  • Guide service:30.00zł



Location and Other Attractions in the Area


The Castle in Dobczycach, is located close to the crossroads of the road numbers 967 and 964. If in Wieliczka, then you can journey down the road number 964. However, if you are in Krakow, then it is faster to travel via road number 7 and turn off in Myślenice and follow the road number 967.

Distances to the Castle in Dobczycach from:


Other Attractions in the area:


The Wieliczka Salt Mines are located just outside of Krakow in Wieliczka. You can travel here from Krakow by using public transport or joining one of the many tour groups that are organized from Krakow. 


Less famous, but also well worth noting is the Salt mines in Bochnia that are located some 30km to the east of the Wieliczka Salt mines. 


The Ojcowski National Park is located about 30km away from Wieliczka to the north of Krakow. The Ojcowski National Park is the smallest national park in Poland, covering a total area of only 2145ha.


Kazimierz is today a well-known and very popular district of Krakow, once it was an independent city. For many this was the Jewish capital of Europe before the second world war. 







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