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Zamek Królewski Dobczyce

Dobczyce – ruins of the royal castle

Dobczyce – ruins of the royal castle
Notes regarding availability: Sightseeing hours: • April: 10:00-16:00 (Tuesday-Friday), 10:00-18.00 (Saturday-Sunday) • May-September: 10:00-18:00 (Tuesday-Sunday) • October: 10:00-16:00 (Tuesday-Friday), 10:00-17:00 (Saturday-Sunday) • November-March: closed
Stare Miasto, 32-410 Dobczyce Tourist region: Pogórza
Tourist subregion: Krakowski
Facilities at cultural sites: Filming permitted, Photographing allowed
Type of historical sites: Fortifications, fortresses and military facilities
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The ruins of the royal castle can be found on a hill towering over the Dobczyce lake. Unlike many other strongholds, the castle was not destroyed by fire or during a war, but instead devastated by treasure searchers!
A pot full of coins was accidentally discovered there in the middle of the 18th century. A nanny, trying to entertain the starosta’s child, hit a key against the wall. Damage to wall plaster revealed a secret hiding place. News of the discovery electrified the inhabitants of the castle and the town and soon only the foundations of the building remained intact.
According to a legend, the castle dates back to the time when a warrior of Mieszko I of Poland named Dobek was to build a castle by the Raba river. The town of Dobczyce soon developed in the castle’s neighbourhood. However, it is almost certain that the castle was built in the first half of the 13th century and reconstructed in Renaissance style some three hundred years later. 
Today, the castle is partially reconstructed and its interiors are home to a small museum managed by the local branch of PTTK (Polish Tourist and Sightseeing Society).

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