Due to walking on uneven surfaces the tour is not recommended for people with walking difficulties.
The Trail of the Eagles' Nests is one of the most beautiful tourist trails in Poland. Visitors will discover castles, stories and legends, as well as breath-taking landscapes and listen to fascinating stories about these royal edifices.
The tour includes a visit to the Castle in Ojców towering over the Prądnik Valley, a Renaissance castle in Pieskowa Skala and the largest castle in Krakow-Czestochowa Upland - Ogrodzieniec, which according to the legend is haunted by ghosts.
Take the Polish Castle - Eagles' Nests Tour and follow the trail of medieval knights and kings- this is one of the most popular and interesting tourist trails in Poland. Placed in the Cracow-Czestochowa Upland, the area of beautiful forest-covered hills, cliffs, valleys and vast limestone formations that create an impression of extraordinary harmony between the human and the environment.
The name of the trail comes from the ruins of castles and fortresses, known as Eagles' Nests, that were constructed atop the steep hills of the region. The first town of the trail is Ojców, with a caste built under the reign of Casimir III the Great in the second half of the 14th century. According to the legend, the name of the fortress (initially "Ociec") was supposed to commemorate the king's father, Władysław I the Elbow-high's fight for the throne.
The Castle in Pieskowa Skała near Ojców was constructed as a royal castle and is currently listed amongst the most precious monuments of Polish Renaissance architecture. The Castle in Ogrodzieniec is an example of Gothic architecture and is situated on the highest peak of the Upland - the Castle Hill. Some claim the castle to be haunted by the ghost of the Black Dog from Ogrodzieniec who appears sometimes at night and runs around the ruins and along the walls.