Castle Gardens in Kazimierz Dolny, Poland

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Castle Gardens in Kazimierz Dolny Dolny, Poland

Autumn colours light up the palate of Kazimierz Dolny’s castle gardens. Kazimierz Dolny is a small, quirky village in eastern Poland within easy day trip striking distance of Warsaw, Poland’s capital. Though a short-lived season, Poland is vivid in autumn – September being a spectacular month for a visit, as the entire month seems to follow the rules of the Golden Hour usually attributed only to brief moments at sunrise or sunset. After weaving Kazimierz’s bustling medieval streets, head up the hill where you will pass the zamek – the lower castle – before climbing the path to the 19-meter tower, or the upper zamek. The view from here over the castle gardens, town and Wisla River (Vistula River in English) is simply splendid. Before the castle was built, the hilltop housed a beacon to warn surrounding settlements of impending attacks. Once upon a time, there was even a drawbridge, a moat, and five floors. Though you can’t climb more than one storey up now, the castle, gardens and tower are all a mystical and magical place made even better when doused in the golden autumn sunlight.

More Off-the-Beaten-Path Destinations in Eastern Europe
  1. Lublin, Poland
  2. Zagreb, Croatia
  3. Kiev, Ukraine
  4. Trakai Castle, Lithuania
  5. Gauja River Valley, Latvia


2 thoughts on “Castle Gardens in Kazimierz Dolny, Poland

  1. I needed to see this post today! I have been thinking of places to visit for a weekend trip inside Poland and Kazimierz Dolny sounds perfect 🙂 Autumn colors are fabulous aren’t they.. I love autumn here in Poland and I am so excited for this year. Where do you live, Alba Marie?

    • Yes, Kazimierz Dolny is a lovely & quirky little village in Eastern Poland. Other great Poland day trips (depending on where you’re based): Torun (delicious gingerbread!), Lublin (a mix of west & east – see the chapel in the castle for an introduction to Eastern Orthodox churches), the fun and beautiful student city of Wroclaw, the super-colourful Poznan, the largest brick castle of Europe: Malbork Castle… the list goes on and on.

      I am based on the west coast of Ireland, but spent a year in Warsaw! (As well as time spent living in France, Spain & England).

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