If, like me, you’re the type of traveller who prefers the unusual, then it would be a great idea to put Poland’s Gorzanów Castle high on your list. The place is amazing and seems to be a combination of a faded, grand old castle and modern, cultural commune.
This imposing building with 186 rooms and 4 courtyards was left to rot in the elements after its use by the Nazis during the Second World War, Yes, that’s a familiar story.
Now it’s being slowly restored thanks to the Gorzanów Palace Foundation which was established in 2012. As it says on their website:
Together, we try to restore this place to its splendor and share our positive energy with it.We organize cultural events, guest rooms, sightseeing, flea markets, theater, Hultaj festival and … who knows what else!
The habitable rooms are gorgeous – see the photographs below
Let me tell you a little more about the place.
Unless Google’s currency converter is playing up badly, it’s amazingly cheap to stay there. You’ve seen an example of the lovely rooms in the photographs above. Remember though that the castle has a long way to go before it’s fully restored. (And by that time, I imagine we’d be paying hundreds of dollars a night to stay there.)
The location is incredible and the castle is set in 6 hectares of parkland so don’t expect this to be like that Hilton that you stayed at. For one thing, the place (rather proudly, I suspect) doesn’t have TVs in its room. (Good. The internet is no problem though.) This is a place where you can truly unwind and get away from it all.
For children, it’s like a fairytale castle to explore and adults will marvel at the ornate plaster decor, the amazing woodwork and other architectural delights. And the mountains and the countryside are for everyone to enjoy.
The castle has both rooms and apartments and you can decide whether you want full board, bed and breakfast or – and I love this – you can use one of the castle’s kitchens to cook your own meals.
You can even take your dog. (There is a pet fee). The owners have dogs, goats and horses too.
If you choose full board or bed and breakfast, and you’re vegetarian or vegan, you’ll be well catered for too. The castle is also seen as a cultural centre and a venue for many events – from full-on music festivals to farmers markets.
It’s not just kids that see this place as a fairytale castle. I’m beginning to suspect that I do too.
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JJ is originally from the UK and has lived in South Florida since 1994. She is the founder and editor of JAQUO Magazine. You can connect with her using the social media icons below.