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OLSZTYN CASTLE

TRIP NO 7

OLSZTYN CASTLE - MOVABLE CRIB - FALCON MOUNTAIN RESERVE [REZERWAT SOKOLE GÓRY] - SPICHLERZ HISTORICAL RESTAURANT

Olsztyn Castle was mentioned for the first time in 1306. Extended in the mid-14th century on the initiative of King Casimir the Great, to defend Silesian – Lesser Poland borderland. In 1370 the castle was passed into the hands of Władysław Jagiełło. The castle was destroyed during the Swedish Deluge in 1656.

Ruiny Zamku Olsztyn

Olsztyn Castle Ruins

Photos: Archive of Jurassic Communities Association; Author: Tomasz Gębuś

The stronghold construction included not only limestone monadnocks, but also karst caves, which allows to include it into a group of cave castles. The whole castle area is very impressive. The castle dominates over the whole surroundings and is a place of trips into the deeper corners of Jura, among the others Falcon Mountains [Sokole Góry], clusters of the deepest Jurassic caves.

Just 5 km from the Castle in Olsztyn right at the market, there is a 100-year historic cottage, very characteristic with its colorful decorations. Just beyond the gate visitors are greeted by a wooden ghost. So that you had a successful life, you need to put a penny into its too large shoes. In the cottage there is an extraordinary gallery of Mr Jan Wiewiór. It is one of the few in Poland and Europe moving Christmas crib, presenting scenes from the Bible. Over the more than 800 figures made of lime wood (including 300 moving figures) there is the famous silhouette of Olsztyn Castle. 

Olsztyn Ruchoma Szopka

Olsztyn. Moving Christmas Crib

Photos: Archive of Jurassic Communities Association; Author: Tomasz Gębuś

Falcon Mountains [Sokole Góry] are the largest nature reserve on Kraków - Częstochowa Upland. They consist of ten domed hills and rocky massifs, forming a sort of a mountain nest, raised on average about 100 m above the surrounding area (400 metres above sea level). The name Falcon Mountains [Sokole Góry] suggests that on the hills there were once falcons nests. Until recently, the area was also inhabited by eagle owls, rare in Poland, which is reflected by among the others The name of Eagle Owl [Puchacz] rock.

In the Falcon mountains there is a number of caves, of which the most famous are: Maurycy, Pod Sokolą Górą, Studnisko, Olsztyn, Wszystkich Świętych and Koralowa.

PRACTICAL INFORMATION:

Sightseeing: Olsztyn Castle: year-round; Olsztyn Christmas Crib: year-round;

Price: Olsztyn Castle: Adults: PLN 3.5; Reduced ticket: PLN 2.5; Children under 7: free. Olsztyn Christmas Crib: Adults: PLN 2.5; children: PLN 2.

Distance from the hotel to the castle: 37.9 km (GPS: 50.749058N, 19.273498E).

Location map: Download the map. 

More information: http://www.zamekolsztyn.pl/