Klodzko Fortress, Klodzko

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Kłodzko Fortress is a unique fortification complex of the Lower Silesian Voivodeship in southwestern Poland. The fortress once was one of the biggest strongholds in Prussian Silesia, however, in the whole German Empire, it was regarded as a minor one. Now, together with an extensive network of tunnels, it is one of the biggest attractions of the town of Kłodzko, with its underground labyrinth and a repository of different objects, from old fire engines to local glassware.HistoryA stronghold on Kłodzko's Castle Hill was mentioned for the first time in the Chronicle of Bohemians, written by Cosmas of Prague. Most probably, it was a complex of wooden buildings, protected with a palisade. Kłodzko itself is located along the strategic route between Wrocław and Prague, and its role as a trading point must have been significant since the early Middle Ages. In 1114, the stronghold was captured and destroyed by Czech troops under prince Soběslav, who at the same time reconquered the whole area.In 1129, Soběslav rebuilt the town and placed a castellan there. Some time around 1300, a spacious castle was built on the hill, which became seat of the Kłodzko County. Gradually, the castle grew, a church and a chapel were added and in 1557, Lorenz Krischke, architect at the court of Prince Ernest of Bavaria, built the Lower Castle. In the 16th century, there were five wells in the castle with the oldest one from 1393.
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  • It is worth visiting if you are in the vicinity and have not seen much better preserved fortresses in the West. Many things could be improved in this place even if the owners wanted to!
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  • The place is worth visiting. We visited the fortress during the May weekend, so the crowd and the ticket queue were huge-if you are not fans of the group tour, we recommend you to go in a less-legable time.
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  • Needs a little work but reviewing the wikipedia info before hand was useful. If you have weak ankles or legs be aware of uneven paths.
  • Historic place, well maintained. Good for a visit with families..
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