Zagrodno – Zamek Grodziec
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Zagrodno – Grodziec Castle

Grodziec castle is perched on a hill 390 m above sea-level. The first confirmed mention of the castle can be found in Pope Adrian IV’s bull, dating from 1155. Until the 13th century, the castle was owned by the Piast, and in the 14th and part of 15th century, it belonged to the family of Bożywoj. During the Hussite Wars the castle was captured and plundered. In 1470, Duke Fryderyk I of Legnica, took over the castle. He began its first serious extension and gave it its final layout. After his death, the works were continued by his wife and son, Fryderyk II. The result was one of the most impressive Gothic-Renaissance mansions in Silesia.

The next stage of the castle’s development took place in 1526. At a ducal congress, convened to discuss and prevent the danger of a Turkish invasion, it was decided that the majority of Silesian fortresses and cities should be expanded. In the thirties of the 16th century, two towers were added to Grodziec castle.

The next owner – Fryderyk III, famous for his predilection for tournaments, balls and hunting, moved his whole court from Legnica to the castle, to protect his family from the plague in that city. The fact that the castle was located on a hill was to prevent its inhabitants from breathing the pestilent air.

In the 16th century the castle’s brewery and bakery were developed, a well was born and the moat was deepened. The Legnica duke, Jerzy Rudolf, who governed the castle in the early 17th century, resumed the work on the fortifications of the building. Only a part of those were completed before the Thirty Years War broke out, and most of these works were abandoned. As a result, in 1633, the castle was attacked and captured by imperial forces under the command of Albrecht von Waldstein, and then recaptured by Protestant Swedish troops - largely supported by the locals. Four years later Albrecht regained the castle, killed the Swedes and ordered the castle to be demolished. Over the next 150 years, the castle, taken over by subsequent owners, was falling into further disrepair.

In 1800 the castle was bought by Duke Jan Henryk VI von Hochberg for a substantial sum of money. The duke was interested in the history of his lineage and the person connecting the castle to the Hochberg family, was the knight, Konrad, the graf of Grodziec from the late 15th century - and ancestor of the later owners of the Książ castle. The duke initiated restoration of the facility and restored its functionality; the works did not affect its historical shape and design. However, by 1813 the castle was taken over by Napoleon’s army. While they were stationed in the castle, a fire broke out and destroyed the newly renovated rooms.

In the 19th century the castle passed into private hands several times. In 1899 a German diplomat, Willibald Karol von Dirksen, purchased the property. He hired Bodo Ebhardt, one of the most renowned castle researchers and restorers of that time. Under his direction, and supervision, the castle was renovated; the interiors were rearranged and now contained valuable collections of armour and paintings.

After 1945, the castle was partly destroyed in a fire, and the collections were stolen by the Red Army and looters. The first safety works were conducted as late as 1959. In the period of People’s Republic of Poland, the ruins changed managers frequently. One of them was a theatre group under the leadership of Jerzy Grotowski. The buildins and fortifications were often used as a setting in foreign television productions, which only further confirms the castle’s unique charm.


Zamek Grodziec

Grodziec 111, 59-516 Grodziec

tel. 76 877-44-52



Miejsce jest oddalone od Wrocławia o ok. 107 km. Czas potrzebny na przejechanie tej trasy to około 1 godz. 25 min. Po wyjeździe z Wrocławia należy jechać autostradą A4 ok. 80 km w kierunku Zgorzelca, po czym zjechać na drogę nr 328, kierując się na Brochocin, tam zaś zjechać na drogę nr 363.

Możliwość zwiedzania:

Zwiedzanie zamku jest możliwe przez siedem dni w tygodniu.

10.00-17.00 (od lutego do marca)

10.00-18.00 (od kwietnia do października)

10.00-16.00 (od listopada do stycznia)

Wstęp na zamek górny jest płatny: N – 9 zł, U – 5 zł.

Obecnie w zamku znajduje się dodatkowa atrakcja w postaci wystawy narzędzi tortur. Aby ją zwiedzić trzeba kupić osobne bilety (w cenie 6 zł N i 4 zł U).

Wydarzenia stałe i cykliczne:

  • Międzynarodowe Sympozjum Rzeźbiarskie w Kamieniu – kwiecień-maj;

  • „TAK DAWNIEJ BYWAŁO”, Przegląd Teatrów Historycznych – czerwiec;

  • Śląskie Święto Pieśni – czerwiec;

  • Międzynarodowa Biesiada Zespołów Kresowych – sierpień;

  • Agroturystyczne Święto Wina i Miodu Pitnego – październik.




Places to eat:

Stary Młyn Dunino

Dunino 27, 59-223 Krotoszyce

tel. 693-838-502


Pizzeria „Roma”

ul. Piłsudskiego 18, 59-500 Złotoryja

tel. 781-966-868

e-mail: a contact form is available on the website.

Restauracja „Wzorcowa”

ul. Basztowa 11, 59-500 Złotoryja

tel. 76 878-34-51


Restauracja „Opałkowa Chata”

ul. Cieszkowskiego 17, 59-700 Bolesławiec

tel. 75 644-62-62


Restauracja „Chata Myśliwska”

ul. Brzozowa 1e, 59-700 Bolesławiec

tel. 75 732-04-76



Zamek Grodziec

Grodziec 111, 59-516 Grodziec

tel. 76 877-44-52


Hotel „Garden”

ul. Piastów 14, 59 -700 Bolesławiec

tel. 75 732-67-00


Pensjonat „U Janiny”

ul. H. Kołłątaja 20a, 59-700 Bolesławiec

tel./fax 75 732-44-12, 509-534-770


Hotel „Protea”

ul. Brzozowa 1e, 59 -700 Bolesławiec

tel. 75 734-65-60

e-mail: (reservation)

Pałac Krotoszyce

ul. Parkowa 3, 59-223 Krotoszyce

tel. 76 876-83-00


Tourist Information Office:

Centrum Informacji Turystycznej

ul. Basztowa 15, 59-500 Złotoryja

tel. 76 878-18-73