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Ojców Castle

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Brief History

Ojców Castle was built by King Kazimierz the Great, as one of many in the Eagles' Nests Trail. Like the castle in Pieskowej Skale, the castle in Ojców was a well-fortified stronghold, which was to provide security for the trade route. The origins of the castle date back to Ojców of the second half of the fourteenth century. Legend has it that it was called Ojcow from the polish word for father, with which Kazimierz the great commemorate his father - Ladislaus the Short. During the reign of Wladyslaw Jagiello, the castle was leased successively to the families Szafraniec, Boners, and Myszkowski. While in their management, the fortress was neglected and significantly declined. Another blow to the fortunes of the castle was the invasion of the Swedes. In the first half of the seventeenth century, the castle passed into the hands of the family Korycińskich who undertook  renovation and expansion of the castle. During the partition, the castle once again started to fall into disrepair. Its destruction was so great that the then owner - Wolicki ordered demolition of the castle walls, because they threatened to collapse. Now the castle is preserved as: a tower, gatehouse and perimeter walls. The castle ruins are secured and are open to visitors.


Opening hours:

10 April - 31 September: 10.00 do 16.45 (April-May, last admission) to 17.45 (June-August) to 16.45 (September) to 15.45 (October).

On Sundays and holidays the opening time is extended by one hour.


Ticket Prices for 2011:

  • Normal Ticket: 2,50 zł
  • Reduced Ticket: 1,50 zł

Location and Other Attractions in the Area



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

Distances to the Ojcowski Castle from:


Other Attractions in the area:


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


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. 


The castle in Korzkwi is easily found if traveling by car, Leave Krakow towards the north, first on road number 7 and then on road number 794. Travel time is about 20 minutes depending on traffic leaving Krakow. 


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.



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