Jawor – the Piast Castle, 2 Zamkowa street
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Jawor – the Piast Castle

The Castle was erected in the north-west part of the Old Town in Jawor. The original Gothic structure, in the form of a residential tower, was constructed probably in the first half of the 13th century. It was constructed as a castellan residence. At the turn of the 13th and the 14th centuries the structure was enclosed by earthen rampart, a moat, and a defensive wall built around the site. The castle was gradually extended by the next rulers, Bolko II the Small, and the Bohemian King Wenceslaus IV; the western wing was added at the time. Between 1392 and 1741 the castle housed the residence of the royal starosts. In that period the defensive structure was extended with an oblong bastion. Around 1568 the castle was converted into a Renaissance residence (mainly the towers of the gate and the southern wing). Between 1663 and 1665 another thorough remodelling was carried out by the order starost Otto von Nostitz. The building housed facility for mentally ill from 1746, opened on the order of the Prussian King Frederick II. A prison and penal institution functioned here until 1945. Numerous alterations, connected with the changes of function, have marred many of the stylistic traits.

Currently the castle consists of an extensive building complex, arranged on a multilateral plan, with inner yard similar to a triangle. The 13th-century tower is the oldest component of the site. The western wing of the castle is maintained in the Renaissance style whereas the north-east wing is Baroque in style. The original Baroque portal has survived in the  south wing





How to get there:

The castle is located in the north-west part of Jawor.


Visiting: One can enter the premises of the castle, but visiting is limited, as some of the castle’s rooms house private apartments and offices.


Car parking:



Places to eat:


Rynek 1, 59-400 Jawor

tel. 76 870-21-31


e-mail: info@restauracjaratuszowa.pl



ul. Kuziennicza 4, 59-400 Jawor

tel./fax 76 870-77-77, 728-315-701


e-mail: kontakt@kameleonrestauracja.pl


PizzeriaLa Pierrot

Rynek 6, 59-400 Jawor

tel. 76 871-09-78




ul. Staszica 10, Jawor

tel. 76 871-06-24


e-mail: recepcja@hoteljawor.com.pl


Willa Furtak” Noclegi i Restauracja

ul. Moniuszki 10a, 59-400 Jawor

tel./fax 76 871-11-21, 693-333-988


A contact form is available on the website.


Tourist Information Office:

PTTK O/Jawor

ul. Legnicka 3, 59-400 Jawor

tel./fax 76 870-21-35, 76 745-84-09

e-mail: pttkjawor@o2.pl


Gminne Centrum Informacji Turystycznej

Rynek 3, 59–400 Jawor

tel. 76 870-33-71