Last weekend, I headed off on an adventure to see what I could find locally. I didn’t have to travel far to come across, yes, you’ve guessed it, a castle. It’s been a while since I wrote about a castle, hasn’t it? The last one was Malbork, which is at the opposite end of the country. As Niedzica Castle is classed as one of the most picturesque castles in the country, it is this week’s Foto Friday.
Niedzica Castle, also known as Dunajec Castle, sits on Lake Czorsztyn. Interestingly, there is another castle opposite called Czorsztyn Castle. Apparently, you get the best view of Niedzica Castle from there, although I wasn’t able to get that far on foot due to the snow and ice. Well, it is only March after all.
This 14th century castle was an important centre for Polish-Hungarian relations over the years, apparently. It was abandoned during the war, and became a historical museum in the 1960s. There is little left of the Gothic castle having been renovated many times over the centuries.
Legends and tales are often associated with old buildings, and this castle is no different. My favourite is the most popular one which is about one of the owners who, in the 18th century, travelled the world and fell in love with an Inca princess. Their daughter married a man who was thought to have been a descendant of Inca royalty. To cut a long story short, he died in suspicious circumstances, but before his death, he handed sacred Inca scrolls to his children for safe-keeping. These scrolls were thought to contain information about the lost treasure of the Incas. A case which may have been of South American origin was found in the castle. As legend has it, this case was somehow lost somewhere in Krakow. So, the question is, where on earth is the map to the lost treasure of the Incas? Hmmm…
Whether you want to see the castle or search for clues to find the treasure map, I have located both Krakow and Niedzica Castle on the map. Whether you’re going to the castle from Krakow or Zakopane, you will need to change buses at Nowy Targ main bus station. From there, there seems to be fairly regular buses to Niedzica. It’s worth bearing in mind that, although there are buses on Sundays, it’s a reduced service.
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Have you been in Niedzica, or are you thinking of going? Perhaps you have further information on the legend about the Inca treasure map. Whichever it is, please leave a comment in the section below.