„Castles of the Trail of
the Eagles’ Nests”
AUTHORS: THE KNIGHTS OF THE RECTANGLE TABLE
What is the Eagles’ Nests’ Trail?
The Trail of the Eagles’ Nests is one of the most popular tourist routes from
Cracow to Częstochowa.
It’s 163 km long.
On the trail there are many castles and ruins of the castles.
Map of the trail
Who, when and why built this trail?
The Eagles' Nests castles, many of which survived only
in the form of ruins, are perched high on the tallest
rocks between Czestochowa and the former Polish
In the 14th century Polish king Kazimierz III Wielki
(Casimir III the Great) built this trail
The castles were built to protect Cracow, as well as
important trading routes, against the foreign invaders.
Later, the castles were passed on into the hands of
Polish aristocratic families.
Royal castle in Ojcow
It has two parts. The first one is a residential building. The second one is fortified. It has a
Royal castle in Pieskowa Skala
Knight’s castle Lipowiec in Wygielzow
Ruins are on the top of a rocky hill.
Knight’s castle Bakowiec in Morsko
Castle ,,Bakowiec’’ was built on lofty rock on the plan of the irregular polygon .
Royal castle in Olsztyn
Knight’s castle in Rabsztyn
In Rabsztyn there are ruins of a medieval castle and fragments of a palace from 17th century
royal castle in
Castle before the
This castle was built in 1350-1352.
Its reconstruction started in 2004
and ended in 2011.
Knight’s castle in Ogrodzieniec
The castle in Ogrodzieniec
is one of the most
impressive castles of the
Trail of the Eagles’ Nests.
History of the Ogrodzieniec castle
In the12th century Ogrodzieniec
was a small village with a few
wooden houses. Knights of
family „Włodkowie” lived in this
In 1241 Tatars burnt the village.
Then knights built a new, gothic
castle. They used stone to do it.
They were living in this castle up
History (part II)
Later, the castle had
different owners. In 1523 its
owner was Jan Boner. His
family extended the castle.
Sweden attack in 1655
damaged southern part of
castle’s walls. Stanisław
Warszycki built new, bigger
In 1702 Swedes attacked
again and burnt half of the
castle. This event started the
devastation of the castle
which was never rebuilt.
Now in ruins
In summer there are many interesting events in the
castle like knight duels and the shows of historical
„Knights’ inn” is a restaurant with a medieval decor
situated near the castle. The food is delicious.
„Evening with ghosts” – in the evenings you can go with
a guide to visit the ruins.The guide tells the visitors many
scary legends about the castle and the ghosts and
monsters come out from the darkness.
Castle museum – there is a small museum near the
castle. You can learn a lot about the castle’s history.
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The knights of the Rectangle Table