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Pieskowa Skala

Pieskowa Skala (Poland)

Practical information about Pieskowa Skala

  • Romantic
  • Countryside
  • Caves
  • Museums
  • Castle and fortress
  • Place or Historical Monument
5 / 5 - One review
How to get there
30 minutes from Kraków by car
When to go

All year round

Minimum stay
One day

Reviews of Pieskowa Skala

Nicolas Landru Travel writer
117 travel articles

Pieskowa Skala Castle is a major stop on the "Trail of the Eagles' Nests" in the Polish Jura. In this landscape of craggy hills, Pieskowa Skała stands out as a particularly beautiful example of a medieval castle set in a picturesque location.

My suggestion:
Visit and explore Ojców National Park, which extends over an area of 7.3 sq mi at the heart of the region covered by the Trail of the Eagles' Nests. Wooded hills, sandstone formations, caves and castles (including those of Ojców itself and Pieskowa Skala) are all things you can expect to see along the park's charming walking trails.

With its hilltop location and spectacular architecture, the castle at Pieskowa Skała is the very definition of picturesque. But as well as dominating the valley below with its fortified structure, it is also houses a remarkable garden featuring gorgeous flower beds surrounded by box hedges. Something else that makes the castle worth visiting is its interior courtyard with its two-tiered arcades. In fact even I, as someone who normally doesn't find castle interiors especially impressive, was struck by the richness of the decoration and furnishings in this "little Wawel".

Although it still retains its medieval fortified castle structures, including its outer wall, Pieskowa Skala Castle was actually rebuilt at the end of the 16th century in the mannerist style: an aestheticized style dating from the end of the Renaissance and which is very widespread in the Lesser Poland region. There are therefore two main aspects to the castle: defensive and aesthetic; and this is particularly true of its central tower, with its arcaded terraces and its trompe-l’œil paintings.

Ojców National Park