Ogrodzieniec Castle in Poland from the series The Witcher by Netflix created

Marcin Jankowski  •  6/January/2020 (00:36), update 7/January/2020 (02:52)
The ruins of the Ogrodzieniec castle, which were used in the scenes in one of the episodes of the popular series The Witcher from Netflix, are located in Poland, and the Ogrodzieniec castle itself was built in the Middle Ages. Formerly guarding the southern borders of the Kingdom of Poland, today it is an important attraction of the region, which can be admired as part of the tourist trail of the Eagles Nests (Orlich Gniazd), about 163 kilometers long, running from Cracow to Częstochowa. Most of the castles in this area were built on hard-to-reach limestone rocks of the Cracow-Częstochowa Upland. The whole trail leads very varied and rocky areas with many natural and historical peculiarities.
Ogrodzieniec Castle in Poland from the series The Witcher by Netflix created Magazin UniMarter
© Castle ruins in Ogrodzieniec, Śląskie Province, Poland/Łukasz Śmigasiewicz

Ogrodzieniec Castle on the tourist trail of the Eagles Nests in Poland

In addition to the ruins of the Ogrodzieniec castle, which can be seen in the Netflix series The Witcher, along the tourist trail of medieval castles we can still see the ruins of the strongholds: Olsztyn, Ostrężnik, Mirów, Mosko, Smoleń, Bydlin, Rabsztyn and Ojców and rebuilt castles in Pieskowa Skala and Bobolice.

The Ogrodzieniec Castle was built among limestone rocks on a gentle hill above the village of Podzamcze in today's Śląskie Province, by the Sulimczyk family in the 14th-15th centuries. Currently, only ruins of the castle remain to be visited, which is located on the historic trail of similar buildings called the trail of the Eagles' Nests. All castles protected the southern border of Poland against the invasion of troops from the Czech Republic, where at that time Jan of Luxembourg reigned.

From the remains of the great Gothic castle and rock fall, we can guess that once the Ogrodzieniec castle served not only as a defensive fortress but was also used as a place of permanent residence, games and knightly tournaments.

The whole castle consists of three parts built on separate limestone rocks of different heights. The castle itself was surrounded by two ramparts, and its buildings of the inner fortress constituted a building that somehow consisted of two fortified circuits. Whereas, on the corners of the Ogrodzieniec castle, watchtowers were built on the rocks used for observation and guard service.

The most interesting in terms of architecture, but also the most damaged inside is the entrance tower. Square from the bottom, only at the height of the fifth floor it becomes round. Through the narrow gate you can see the castle courtyard. The entrance tower on the fourth floor housed the castle chapel. Farm buildings were located just below the medieval Ogrodzieniec castle.

To a large extent, the Ogrodzieniec castle suffered, like other buildings of this type in Poland, by the robbery policy of local residents who used the stone to build their own homes.

At the foot of the Ogrodzieniec castle built on a rocky mountain, extends the village of Podzamcze which is a kind of suburbs. The valley in which the village of Podzamcze is located is surrounded on three sides by rocky and woodless hills, while from the west there is a natural reservoir. In the immediate vicinity of the village of Podzamcze there are numerous limestone rocks, which are very popular among climbers. In the vicinity of the Ogrodzieniec castle there is a rock area called the Right Podzamcze, gathering a dozen or so impressive inselbergs with a large accumulation of roads of high difficulty. There is a small rock here called Suchy Połeć and offering several dozen roads on several outliers and a 30-meter high rock wall in the area of ​​Góra Birów. Podzamcze is also famous for its annual knights' tournament.

The castle, which is today in ruins, which underwent conservation work in the years 1949 - 1973 in order to make it available to tourists, is presented as a vast building creating a vast courtyard in front of it. In its long history, it changed its owners several times. Finally, after the Second World War, as a national good of Poland, he passed it over to the state.

Ogrodzieniec Castle and the series The Witcher (Netflix)

In 2019, the ruins of the Ogrodzieniec castle were used to shoot a dozen or so scenes for The Witcher, which were in the last episode of the first series. It was these areas that were the background to the Battle of Sodden, after which Witcher finds Ciri. The very surroundings of the castle are picturesque landscapes that are worth visiting in your free time.

In the book version of The Witcher, by Andrzej Sapkowski, the prototype for games and orphanage, the battle of Sodden was a hellish event in which several dozen magicians and hundreds of thousands of soldiers took part. It is worth noting that although the battle itself shown in the Witcher series may not reflect it as if the fans of the book had wiped it out, the creators of The Witcher series tried to show a substitute of how magical battles could look in the imaginary fantastic world of Gerald of Rivia. I leave the assessment of the artistic side of the series to the viewers, but I would like to draw the attention of readers to the fact that these scenes were shot in a real place that can be visited to this day in Poland (Europe) - the Ogrodzieniec Castle (Śląskie Province).

In the Witcher Saga, Sodden Hill was situated in the kingdom of the same name. After the second battle of Sodden - used and presented in the series The Witcher - an obelisk was erected on its flat top, under which flowers were laid to commemorate the fallen fourteen wizards. Although only thirteen of them were actually killed. Initially, the sorceress Triss was found wrongly killed in the Battle of Sodden. The Battle of Sodden - invented and described in the book of Andrzej Sapkowski - ended in the shameful defeat of Nilfgaard.

In addition to the Witcher series, scenes were filmed at several other Polish series and films known only on the domestic film market at the Ogrodzieniec Castle and its surroundings.

The Witcher Saga is a series of fantastic books created by Andrzej Sapkowski that tell the story of Geralt of Rivia he invented. Based on the books, numerous games, films, series and comics were set up in the world of the eponymous Witcher. The main character of all the stories is Geralt of Rivia - the witcher or mutant and monster killer who has the ability to use the sword and unique magic. All books by the Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski about The Witcher describe the fate of Geralt and the princess Ciri associated with him, also known as the Lion Cub of Cintra, also with supernatural powers.

Initially, books were very popular in Poland, mainly among fans of fantasy. A major breakthrough came when the Polish programming studio created the game The Witcher. It has gained great popularity in the world, especially the third series called Dziki Gron. To this day, its sales do not decrease.

Along with the successes of The Witcher 3: Dziki Gron, interest in the Witcher saga came from the largest Netflix movie platform. It was thanks to her that at the end of 2019, an eight-episode series was released, which will continue in the next season. The potential of Sapkowski's books on The Witcher is so great and the reception of the Netflix platform is very good, it suggests that the next seasons of this series will be created in the future.

Tourist trail of the Eagles Nests (Ole Gniazda) - medieval castles in Poland

Who in Poland has not heard of medieval castles, situated on limestone rocks like Eagles Nests (Orle Gniazda), which gave the name of the tourist trail connecting Cracow and Częstochowa. Most were and saw the Ogrodzieniec castle or the Pieskowa Skala castle (Little Dog's Rock), which are the most popular. Also known are the ruins of the castles in Ojców, Rabsztyn and Olsztyn, and less other ruins.

The entire route is 163 kilometers long and it is impossible to see everything in one day. You can see the entire route from Cracow to Częstochowa in about 10 days by foot of course. That is why a significant proportion of tourists visiting Poland choose only a part of the entire route.

The most interesting places on the tourist trail include the castle complex in Korzkwia, which includes the castle ruins, a residential house, a farm outbuilding and a park. In the late 1990s, it was taken over by a private person who undertook to rebuild it. The history of the castle in Korzkwia dates back to the fourteenth century, when Jan of Syrokomla bought a hill and built a rectangular stone tower there, which served as a defensive and residential.

The castle in Ojców, near Cracow, was built in the fourteenth century on the order of King Casimir the Great. His father King Władysław Łokietek found shelter in the surrounding caves.

Pieskowa Skała Castle after the Second World War was taken over by the state and became a branch of the Wawel Museum. In the years 1950 - 1963 it underwent a thorough renovation and now it looks very impressive and attracts many tourists in summer. Like most castles from this period, it is part of the defensive chain of southern Poland.

However, closer to Częstochowa, more to the north, are the slender ruins of the castle in Mirów. In this place, traces of Lusatian and Roman cultures were dug up. From here, there are another ruins of Bobolice Castle nearby. In turn, these medieval ruins amaze everyone with a perfect combination of building walls and rocks on which it was built. Legend has it that these two castles were once connected by a tunnel about 2 kilometers long.

Ogrodzieniec Castle from The Witcher series by Netflix

Ogrodzieniec Castle from The Witcher series by Netflix Magazin UniMarter© Ogrodzieniec Castle/Jakub Hałun/WikipediaView of the remains of the medieval castle Ogrodzieniec in Poland, built in the Gothic style, which was the background to the scenes of the battle of Sodden in the Witcher series produced by Netflix. As you know, the series has achieved very great success in the world and it has already been announced that the second series will be created and will be available in 2020 or 2021 on the Netflix platform.

Ogrodzieniec, castle ruins in the years 1935 - 1939

Ogrodzieniec, castle ruins in the years 1935 - 1939 Magazin UniMarter© public domain/free of chargeOgrodzieniec, castle ruins in the years 1935 - 1939
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