Built between 1350 and 1401 by the Teutonic Order, towering above the city of Reszel is the Reszel Castle of the Bishops of Warmia with its red brick walls – silent witnesses of many Medieval sieges.
Although the castle was frequently besieged by Poles and by the Teutonic Knights, its heavy fortifications were not destroyed. The castle remains with its trademark, a steep tower, casting a long shadow over the courtyard and the city of Reszel below.
The tower in one of the fortress’ corners was gradually developed upwards between the 14th and 16th centuries. Boasting eight storeys and the wall thickness of four meters, it proved a formidable sight to behold.
Today, when the clamour of sword and armour are but an echo of distant times, the castle welcomes visitors throwing its doors open. Apart from the admiring the picturesque courtyard, climbing to the top of the tower is definitely worth breaking the sweat as the view of the city at the castle’s feet and the surrounding lands is to definitely repay the effort.
How to get there?
In order to get to the castle first travel to Olsztyn, wherefrom you should take route no. 16 to Biskupiec. In Biskupiec take a turn right into route no. 590 which will take you to the city of Reszel.
Weary travellers can count on a comfy bed and a warm meal at the hotel that now occupies the castle.