Grodziec Castle

On the drive from Złotoryja to Bolesławiec, it is easy to spot a cone shaped hill (389m o.s.l.) with a castle on the top. The building is the Grodziec Castle and the mountain is another example of an extinct volcano. This is a “must see” attraction in the Land of Extinct Volcanos.

The first recorded references to Grodziec come from Pope Hadrian IV bull of 23.04.1155. In 1175 prince Boleslav the Tall drew up a privilege for Cistercians from Lubiąż. His heir – Henry the Bearded – replaced the wooden – terrestrial castle with the brick. The turbulent history of the castle can be read on its website (grodziec.com).

At the beginning of the XIX century, Grodziec was already famous for visitors in Europe. In the castle was a museum of Silesian Gothic and Renaissance, restaurant and a hotel.

Nowadays, the castle is used for local and international events. In addition, its unique scenery is used by film producers from Sweden, France, Belgium and Russia. On a top of that, Grodziec hosts guests overnight and organizes night tours of the castle. You can even have your wedding photo-session here!

Every castle has at least one legend. Grodziec has three. Here’s one about the Red Phantom.

The castle is known for regular sightings of an apparition in the form of a skeleton in armor and red cloak. Nobody could ever identify this mysterious figure, but it is known for aimlessly wandering. The only thing that is certain is that this phantom cares for justice and the rule of law.

In the Middle Ages Castellan Jan, an angry and cruel man met this apparition. Although what happened in the encounter itself is unknown, after this incident the Castellan gave his possessions away to the poor and devoted himself to fasting and prayer. After his death, a sculpture of his head was embedded in the wall in the Hall of Knights. His grandson – also named Jan – took the authority over the castle. The new ruler oppressed servants and subjects. One day, he sentenced a poor peasant to death by starvation for not paying due tribute. That day, from the carved head of the ancestor, golden ducats poured out. The incident changed the young man completely, exactly like his grandfather. Insiders said, this too was the work of the Red Phantom.

Practical information

The object is opened for tourists all year round.

Opening hours

The castle is opened from Monday to Sunday:

10AM – 4PM - From November to January

10AM – 5PM - From February to March

10AM – 6PM - From April to October

Possibility of visit with a guide occurs every Saturday and Sunday at:

11AM, 12:30PM, 2:15 PM, 3:45PM

The guide speaks Polish. A tour over the castle is also available in German, but needs to be reserved upfront.

Nevertheless, there are brochures available in German and English.

Admission fees

Admission fees include: a visit in courtyard, part of the castle rooms, porches, donjon, photography (except wedding pictures).

Type of the Ticket

Fee

Comments

Regular

10,00 zł

Reduced

8,00 zł

Group of pensioners (minimum 15 persons)

Reduced

6,00 zł

 

For children over 5 years and students under 26

 

Children under 5 years old enter the castle for free.

Wedding photo-session 50zł

Bonfire – 1zł/person

Food availability on the way:

A small buffet is located in the castle.

Information for family witch children below 3 years old:

The baby stroller can be used because a gravel road leads to the castle.

What season? All year round.

Starting point: Address of the castle: Grodziec 111, 59-516 Zagrodno

We suggest leaving your car at the foot of the mountain and walking to the object.

Level of difficulty: Look at the graph of height and length.*

*Please note, although the above map may be considered useful to plan your trip, it is mainly for illustrative purposes as it reflects only approximate locations and distances. However, it is not an accurate map to be used in the mountains. Every tourist should carry the map of hiking trail markers while trekking. More information about it can be found under Safety Tips section.

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