The Castles of Poland

For those, who are seeking a more harsher environment, those borne out of historical tales, should look closer at the trail of the Teutonic Knights with its giant Gothic structures in Kwidzyn, Swiecie, Golub-Dobrzyn and, of course, Malbork.

To Renaissance enthusiasts, who already know Wawel Castle like the back of their hand, it is worth recommending its smaller relative, the castle in Brzeg, the former residence of the Piast dynasty in Silesia.  All castles and palaces have their patrons, even supernatural ones. In the largest fortress in Lower Silesia, Castle Ksiaz, the legend of the beautiful Princess Daisy and her missing pearl necklace is kept alive. Another beauty, Maria Countess Walewska, is a patron of the palace in Walewice where her son was born, who was a result of her relationship with Napoleon.

A ghost of a horse supposedly haunts the Castle in Checiny and an Inca princess wanders the courtyard of the fortress in Niedzica. Pszczyna is one of only five Polish palaces that have retained their original features, the others being Kornik, Kozlowka, Lancut and Wilanow. The only thing that has remained of the largest Polish castle of Krzyztopor in Ujazd was its shell and legends about the marble troughs in its stables. From the dozen or so impressive Piast strongholds along the Jura's Eagle's Nest Trail, only the one on "Pieskowa Skala" has survived in its original form.

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