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Zator Castle

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Brief History of the palace in Zator

The first traces of the Palace in Zator date back to the fifteenth century. This is when it was first built as a fortified castle. The castle in Zator was then used as the seat of the dukes of Zator. In the second half of the eighteenth century, it was purchased by the family Duniów and partially rebuilt. The next owners of the castle in Zator were the families: Poniatowski, Tyszkiewiczowie, Wąsowiczowie and Potocki. They later rebuilt the palace, giving it a romantic neo-Gothic style. In the times of the last war, it was unlawfully taken from the rightful owners. Later, it became the seat of the Institute of Animal Production and Fisheries Department of Experiments, and the castle has been used as their head office. The castle was completely restored in the years 1964 to 1973. The ground floor has beautifully renovated rooms that are called: Hunting, Gold, Fern and Ivy.


The castle is unfortunately not opened as a museum. However, if being nearby, you can go to the secretariat located on the first floor and ask if they would open the renovated rooms.


Location and Other Attractions in the Area


Zator is a small town about 20km from Oświęcim on the road number 28 towards Nowy Sącz. If you are driving to Krakow from Auschwitz, then you will leave the road number 28 in Zator.

Distances to the castle in Zator from:


Other Attractions in the area:


Sucha Beskidzka is a very attractive little tourist town. One of the most famous attractions here is the Renaissance castle, now known as "The Little Wawel" it was built from 1554 to 1580. 


Auschwitz & Auschwitz Birkenau are located in the Polish town of Oświęcim. If coming by public transport, then ask your driver before you enter the bus if they will be going to the museum as many buses from Krakow do go directly to the museum. 


Kalwaria Zebrzydowska is a very important pilgrimage site in Poland, situated about 30km south-west of Kraków center. It was created as a faithful duplicate of Jerusalem. 


Krakow historical city center is located 70km to the east of Oświęcim and can be reached by public transport from the parking place in front of the main museum of Auschwitz. 






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