Most of us grew up on a steady diet of fairytales, which naturally created a love for castles. Grand turrets, enormous ballrooms, and extraordinary thrones may be the stuff of Disney films, but they can be found in Poland too. Here are three glorious castles definitely worth visiting.
Malbork Castle, Malbork
UNESCO has recognised this spectacular structure as a World Heritage Site. Situated in the town of Malbork, Malbork Castle is the largest brick castle in the world and dates back to the 13th century. It was constructed by the Teutonic Knights and served as their fortress, with guests able to admire the medieval architecture.
Książ Castle, Wałbrzych
Książ Castle is one of Poland’s most picturesque castles. It changed ownership several times since being built in the 13th century, including being Hitler’s headquarters during World War II. Visitors can now appreciate it as a museum, while admiring the Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque architecture.
Wawel Castle, Kraków
Poland’s most famous castle can be found in the heart Kraków. Wawel Castle has been around since the 14th century and is considered one of the country’s most iconic landmarks. The castle was the residence of Polish royalty, with the Crown Treasury, Armory, and cathedral now open to the public.