Castles are very often located in very interesting places - high and inaccessible hills surrounded by valleys are perfect locations for defensive buildings. Photographing architecture from the bottom always involves the problem of distorting the perspective and also does not allow to show the landscape. Showing the castles from a bird's eye view is the best way to present the buildings together with their surroundings.
There is the largest of the medieval castles preserved in Europe in Malbork on the right bank of the Nogat River. The castle was built from 1280 to the middle of 15th century by The Order of Brothers of the German House of Saint Mary in Jerusalem. I recommend a spherical photo from Malbork. You can see more photos of the castle and the city in the gallery: Malbork.
The castle in Malbork was the seat of the great masters of the Teutonic Order in the years from 1309 to 1457. Currently there is The Malbork Castle Museum. Guided tours of the castle take about 3-4 hours. You can see more photos of the castle and the city in the gallery: Malbork.
The medieval castle in the Gothic style was built by the Teutonic Order on the left bank of the Vistula river in Gniew. Now in the castle is: a hotel, a spa, a bowling alley and a museum. There are knight's tournaments and hussars shows in the courtyard of the castle. There is a staging of the battle of 1626 every year in August at the foot of the castle on the Vistula meadows. More photos of the city, castle and surroundings in the gallery: Gniew.
Night photo of the Wawel Royal Castle in Krakow. There is a fire-breathing Wawel Dragon in the center of the frame by the walls :-)
Evening aerial view of the Wawel Royal Castle and the Wawel Cathedral in Krakow.
A Gothic castle of the Pomezanian Chapter from the 14th century in Kwidzyn. There is a sanitary and defense tower (the so-called Gdanisko) connected with the castle with a 55-meter passage. There is a museum in the castle now.
Renaissance castle in Sucha Beskidzka (Suski Castle). This castle is called the Little Wawel because of the similarity of the courtyard to the Royal Castle in Krakow.
Gothic fortified castle Lipowiec
A Gothic fortified castle in the Krakowsko-Częstochowska Upland (Polish Jurassic Highland) on a limestone hill near the villages of Babice and Wygiełzów in Poland.
Castle in Lidzbark Warmiński, Poland
A Gothic castle of the Warmian bishops in Lidzbark Warmiński from the 14th century and the Krasicki Hotel ****.
Lidzbark Warmiński and the bishop's castle
The medieval castle in Lidzbark Warmiński (called the Wawel of the North) is situated in the fork of two rivers: Symsarna and Łyna. The castle was the seat of Warmian Bishops for 450 years. There is the Warmian Museum and a four-star hotel, today.
Reszel Castle and tenement houses
A castle from the 14th century and tenement houses of the old town in Reszel. More information and photos from the stronghold on the site: Castle in Reszel, about the city: Reszel Poland, sightseeing of Reszel.
The autumn morning, just after sunrise, is the perfect moment to admire the castle and buildings of the old town in Reszel.
The Gothic Castle of the Warmian Bishops in Olsztyn was built in the mid-fourteenth century. Nicolaus Copernicus lived in the castle in the years 1516-1521. He prepared the defense of the castle against the Teutonic Order. The Museum of Warmia and Mazury is currently in the castle.
The ruins of a magnificent castle in the village of Szymbark on Lake Szymbarskie, 9 kilometers from Iława. The fourteenth-century stronghold was built by the Pomesanian chapter on a rectangular plan with dimensions of 75 by 92 meters. This size is impressive!
The castle in the village of Karnity on Lake Kocioł is a neo-Gothic palace from 1856. There is a hotel there, including one of the most beautiful monuments in Warmia and Mazury, nowadays. If you want to travel back in time and spend the night in a castle, this is the perfect place for such a holiday.
Książ Castle in Wałbrzych is the third largest castle in Poland.
There are two hotels in the castle: Hotel Książ and Hotel Przy Oślej Bramie.
A medieval castle on a high hill in Bolków. There is a branch of the Karkonosze Museum in Jelenia Góra in the fortress.
The castle in Ryn was built on a hill between two lakes: Ołów (in the distance) and Ryńskie. There is a four star hotel in the castle now.
Thorn Castle - the ruins of the Teutonic castle from the turn of the 13th and 14th centuries in Toruń.
The Gothic castle of Masovian dukes in Płock was built at the beginning of the 14th century on the Tumskie Hill on the Vistula River. There you can see more photos from this city in the gallery: Płock Poland.
On the way to the Polish seaside to the Hel Peninsula to Władysławowo or Jastrzębia Góra, it is worth turning slightly off the main road to visit Krokowa. It is in this village that you can spend the night or at least have a good dinner in a castle with a very interesting history.
An unfinished castle in Łapalice in Kashubia in northern Poland. The construction of the castle began in the 1980s. The gigantic building on the hill in the forest is impressive. It is a pity that it was not finished because it could be quite an interesting tourist attraction in the Kashubian Lake District - Kashubian Disneyland :-)
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