Niedzica Castle     

Niedzica Castle is located atop a limestone hill on the shore of Czorsztyn Lake, southern Poland. The medieval fortress was built by a Hungarian colonizer, Kokos from Brezovica.Inside, you will find a museum of regional history as well as a well-furnished torture chamber. The castle also offers a restaurant, a basement cafe and accommodation. The viewing terrace enables you to enjoy magnificent panoramic views of Czorsztyn Lake, the picturesque ruins of Czorsztyn Castle as well as the Pieniny and Gorce Mountains. According to a popular legend, at the end of the 18th century the Incas,  fleeing from the Spanish persecution, resided in the Niedzica Castle and its surroundings and hid part of their treasure on the castle's premises.

You can explore the legend and look for the lost treasure of the Incas in the depths of the Niedzica Castle.


The ruins of Czorsztyn Castle

Tradition has it that during the Mongol onslaught in the thirteenth century, the Polish king Bolesław the Chaste and his wife Saint Kinga took refuge at the wood - earthy watchtower which stood on a high rocky hill near the Dunajec River. At the turn of the thirteenth and fourteenth century, a free-standing round tower was built on the sight. Soon afterwards, probably at the time of Casimir the Great, the hilltop was surrounded with a more than 2 metres thick stone wall.  At that time the castle was a royal property and ,because of its border location, belonged to a series of castles guarding along the southern border of Poland. Several times in its existence, the castle was damaged by invasions and sieges. In 1655, during the Swedish invasion, King John Casimir took refuge in the castle and left the Crown jewels on its premises. Later, only renovation work was carried out on the castle. At beginning of the 18th century he Czorsztyn Castle fell into the ruin.  In 1918, the castle was bought by the Drohojewscys family. Since the end of the 19th century, conservation work has been carried out on the castle. The castle is  open to the public.