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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  • A visit to the the Fortress offers not only a great insight into the town's history but also spectacular views from its top.  more »
  • On the way to Polanica Zdrój I decided to stop by to visit recomended place. I took underground option, but to be honest I was a bit dissapointed. If you like narrow, dark corridors go for it. But I.....  more »
  • Nice piece of history. Best to see historical events here. Good views.
  • Warte uwagi. Najlepiej z przewodnikiem. Fortless is worth to see that. The best option to visit this place and choose option with guide.
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