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  • Location:Krakow, Poland
  • Duration:8 hours (approx.)

Best Polish Castles Day Trip from Krakow

Visit three impressive Polish castles on a route known as the Trail of the Eagles’ Nest – a stretch of forested countryside in the Krakow-Czestochowa Upland lined by fortresses. After leaving Krakow, travel along the trail and stop to explore three of the area’s must-visit castles with a guide. Hear tales of Casimir III the Great at Ojcow Castle, admire Renaissance architecture at Pieskowa Skala Castle and explore the vast ruins of Ogrodzieniec Castle.


  • Polish castle day trip to Trail of the Eagles’ Nest from Krakow
  • Visit three Polish castles in the scenic Krakow- Czestochowa Upland
  • Learn about Casimir III the Great while looking around the ruins of Ocjow Castle
  • Admire the Renaissance architecture of Pieskowa Skala Castle in Ocjow National Park
  • Look out for the ghostly Black Dog of Ogrodzieniec at Ogrodzieniec Castle

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

This tour is a fantastic opportunity to visit some of the best-known and beautiful Polish castles! If you love a bit of local history, legends and stories about haunted places, this is the perfect tour for you!

What You Can Expect

Best Polish Castles Day Trip from Krakow

See what life was once like at Ogrodzieniec Castle!

Start your day with a pickup from your Krakow hotel, and then travel north to Krakow-Czestochowa Upland – a region of forested countryside lined with some impressive Polish castles. The most picturesque route to explore in the upland is the Trail of the Eagles’ Nest (Szlak Orlich Gniazd): a 102-mile (164-kilometer) stretch that takes in all the castles between Krakow in the south and Czestochowa in the north. Travel along it with your guide, stopping at three intriguing castles on the way.

Make your first stop in the heart of Ocjow National Park, where you'll visit Ojcow Castle – the ruins of a Gothic fortress built by Casimir III the Great, the last Polish king of the Piast dynasty. Hear tales of the king and the legends that surrounded his father, Ociec, after whom the castle was named. After exploring the ruins, take a look at the pretty wooden houses lining the slopes around the castle, and then return to your coach.

Travel the short distance north to Pieskowa Skala Castle, and then head inside to explore this magnificent Renaissance castle -- often said to be the jewel of the Trail of the Eagles’ Nest. Built as a royal castle in the 16th century, Pieskowa Skala was restored to its full former glory after WWII, and the castle as you see it is one of the best preserved in Poland. Explore with your guide, posing for pictures in the elegant courtyard and admiring a vast collection of artifacts from the Royal Collection at Wawel.

After a break for lunch (own expense), continue to your third and final castle of the day -- Ogrodzieniec Castle. The ruined medieval fortress sprawls along the highest hill of the upland, looking like something out of a fairy tale. The ruins are said to be haunted, and your guide will keep you entertained with stories of the mysterious Black Dog of Ogrodzieniec (who is said to prowl the grounds) as you walk around.

Return to your coach and travel south to Krakow. Your tour finishes back at your central Krakow hotel.

Customer Reviews

United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

A great day trip. The castles were very impressive, and the setting of them was really beautiful. It was great to get out of the city for the day, and learn a bit about Poland's fascinating history. A well organised and fascinating tour!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

We had a really enjoyable day travelling with a knowledgeable guide to three historic sites. Each had its own story, and each is well worth the effort of walking around and exploring. Highly recommended.

4 star rating: Recommended September 2015

Great day trip of two beautiful castles. The third castle first on the row of visit did not worth the visit.. Not much to see except from a single Tower in which you cannot enter. The other two definitely worth visiting!

4 star rating: Recommended June 2014

Very nice experience, comfortable mini van and friendly tour leader. I highly recommend this trip to all those who like me, love history and especially visiting castles. We visited three castles, two of them in ruins but still its worth it. The Ogrodzieniec castle although its in ruins, its still a gem.

4 star rating: Recommended June 2014

Nice tour of protected ruins go castles

4 star rating: Recommended December 2013

The Castle day trip was a great one day trip. It was fun to be able to see and walk around the old castle ruins and think what they might have looked like so many years ago. It was also nice to see some of the country side on the drive. The guide was on time and very knowledgeable. For a Castle buff it is a must see.

4 star rating: Recommended December 2013

Very good guide and an interesting trip, however many of the castles are in ruins.

3 star rating: Worth doing September 2015

If you have an extra day with nothing to do, it's a good tour.

3 star rating: Worth doing June 2014

One of the castles was closed for renovations and the driver was quiet most of the time but still enjoyed myself.

1 star rating: I do not recommend this June 2015

This must be the low point for this trip. Driver was clearly uncertain of the each of the castles we went. He could not answer any of the qn we had asked regarding details of the 3 castles we visited. Had to read the information sheet provided at the castles and attempt to piece information together. We found out from him the 1st castle he brought us ..... Which was not yet opened..... He had only gone once before! Obviously his knowledge would be limited.
Parts of the driving route he was uncertain n had to fiddle the map app on his mobile..... This was done when car was in motion.
This visit left us sorely disappointed not so much it was the most ex of all the tours in Kraków but we felt a learning moment was lost.

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