Interesting castles in Poland and travel tips for visiting this Eastern European country.
Today’s post is a little different than usual. I don’t have any recipe today. However, I would like to write a little about my visit to Poland this summer. I was born and grew up in Poland and this country will be always important to me. My life changed many years ago and I flew to USA. After living there 15 years in the USA…. the new chapter in my life was opened and I moved to Canada. I am open minded after all this excitement in my life. So Canada is my third country to live in. Not to mention that I lived in central Canada first and then I moved across Canada to a different province. It took us basically 4 days to move. I had the opportunity to see Canada everywhere in this short time.
Anyway, while I like to live in Canada I always miss Poland. It is my home country and many memories were formed there. This summer I spent 2,5 months in Poland. I was so happy that I could be there so long. My whole family lives in different parts of Poland. North, South, West or East… basically anywhere…. That’s why I had the opportunity to drive across the whole Poland to visit my family.
Just a quick fact about Poland….. Poland is located in central Europe and it belongs to European Union. Capital and the largest city is Warsaw. It is a small country with 38,000 million people. Slightly more than Canada. Imagine now that Canada and Poland have similar population and think about the area in general. While Canada is very big, Poland is small. I think you can drive from North of Poland to South of Poland in about 10 hours. Poland is fortunate to have a sea and mountains as well.
The history of Poland is incredible and that’s why we have wonderful places to visit that you won’t find in USA or Canada. Poland is an old country with many old buildings and castles. We cherish them and I hope they will be there forever. My city consists of old buildings that where destroyed during World War II. My grandma was a teenager during the war and she told me everything about the war. I also had the chance to visit Auschwitz Birkenau when I was living in Poland. That was actually our field trip from school. However, next time when I will be in Poland I want to visit that place again.
Anyway, I wanted to talk about castles in Poland today. One of the most popular castle in Poland is Ogrodzieniec located between Cracow and Chestochowa and it was built in 14th century by Wlodkowie Sulimczycy family. The castle is built with architectural elements like portal, volutes and cornice. This is a great place that you can visit and see the ruins. You can actually go inside and walk around the castle. The most surprising place for me was to see torture room where they explained how they tortured people and what they did in 14th century.
Today Ogrodzieniec is a very popular place for tourists. You can spend the day there by visiting the ruins and watching medieval time shows prepared by polish people. You can also buy some souvenirs like I did. I try to bring anything from my trips.
The other castle that I would like to write about is Bedzin Castle located in the southern Poland. It is important to notice that the village Bedzin was developed in 9th century. The castle was built in 14th century and originated with the wooden fort. During Casimir III The Great the wooden fort was changed to the stone fort. The most important fact about this castle is that it is located on the highest point of the Bedzin city. It was the best place to built that castle because they could see everything around it. If any enemy is coming. Basically the castle was used for military purposes.
Today the castle is the museum and anyone can visit the place. If you ever plan to visit Poland you must see castles. They are incredible, interesting and amazing at the same time. They are definitely worth seeing it!
The last thing that I want to mention and show you the pictures is the little village in Chorzow. An open-air museum Skansen. The area consists of all real and old buildings from the Silesia region. It is a region in south of Poland. I like places like this…. to see how people lived before and what they did. What was the most important to them at that time.
By walking around the village I felt like I was living at that time. The place it very big about 25 hectare. It includes homes, wooden church from 18th century from Nieboczowy and farmsteads.