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Ogrodzieniec – a town in Zawiercie County in Silesian Voivodeship in Poland.

Poland is a country located in Central Europe. It has a long Baltic Sea coastline. It is bordered by:
• Belarus
• Czech Republic
• Germany
• Lithuania
• Russia
• Slovakia
• Ukraine

Ogrodzieniec is a town in Zawiercie County in Silesian Voivodeship in Poland.

Overview of Ogrodzieniec

• It is well known to the extensive ruins of a medieval castle.
• It was damaged during the Swedish invasion of Poland.
• Ogrodzieniec is a part of Lesser Poland.
• This town received its Magdeburg rights town charter from 1386.
• It belonged to Krakow Voivodeship till the Partitions of Poland.
• It became part of Russian-controlled Congress Poland in 1815.
• After the January Uprising, Ogrodzieniec, lost its town charter.
• This was in 1870.
• It remained a village until 1973.
• Ogrodzieniec lies among the hills of Ma?opolska Upland.
• This is located on the outskirts of Zag??bie D?browskie.
• The town covers an area of 28 kms.
• This village is located about 400 meters above sea level.
• Ogrodzieniec is surrounded by forests in south and west directions.

History of Ogrodzieniec

• The origin of the town dates to 11th century.
• It was a forest settlement.
• There was a wooden castle built.
• This castle lies along the border of Lesser Poland and Silesia.
• During Mongol invasion of Poland, the village and the castle were burned which was in 1241.
• Later, a new stone castle was constructed.
• Ogrodzieniec received its town charter in 1386.
• It was a local trade center.
• Its enormous forests attracted noble hunters like Polish kings.
• Ogrodzieniec Roman Catholic parish church was turned into a Calvinist prayer house in the mid-16th century.
• It remained like that until circa 1630.
• Later, it was returned to the Catholics.
• The new stone church was not completed until 1787.
• Ogrodzieniec belonged to Krakow Voivodeship till 1795
• Till 1956, Ogrodzieniec belonged to Olkusz County of Krakow Voivodeship.
• It was then moved to Zawiercie County.

About Ogrodzieniec Castle

• Ogrodzieniec Castle makes this town a popular tourist center.
• It is situated on the Trail of the Eagles’ Nests.
• This castle was constructed in the 14th century.
• It was built by the Sulimczyk family.
• It is situated on Gora Zamkowa which is the highest hill of the Polish Jura.
• This hill is about 515 meters above sea level.
• In the early 12th century, it started during the reign of Boleslaw Krzywousty.
• The castle guarded western border of Lesser Poland.
• In 1470, it was purchased by the Salomon family who were merchants from Krakow.
It then belonged to:
– Rzeszowskis
– Pileckis
– Chelminskis
– Boner family
• After World War II, the castle was nationalized.
• Its walls were strengthened in 1949 – 1973.

Contact Information

The Municipal Council in Ogrodzieniec:
• Liberty Square 25, 42-440 Ogrodzieniec
• Phone 32 6709700
• Fax. 32 6709721
• E-mail: ogrodzieniec@ogrodzieniec.pl
• Monday: 8.00 – 16.00
• Tuesday-Friday: 7.30 – 15.30

Best time to visit / climate

• The climate is mostly temperate throughout the country.
• The climate is oceanic in the north and west.
• It becomes gradually warmer and continental towards the south and east.
• Summers are generally warm.
• It is with average temperatures between 18 °C (64 °F) and 30 °C (86.0 °F).
• Winters are rather cold.
• There are with average temperatures around 3 °C (37.4 °F) in the northwest and 6 °C (21 °F) in the northeast.
• Precipitation falls throughout the year.
• The warmest region in Poland is Lower Silesian that is located in south-western Poland.

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How to get to Poland?

1. By plane
• Most of Europe’s major airlines fly to and from Poland.
• Poland’s national carriers are LOT Polish Airlines.
• There are also a number of low cost airlines that fly to Poland. These include:
– WizzAir
– EasyJet
– Germanwings
– Norwegian
– Ryanair
There are also direct flights from United States and Canada. LOT operates direct flights from:
– Toronto
– New York
– Chicago
– Non-direct flights from other cities
International airlines fly mainly to Warsaw (WAW). Other major airports in Poland are:
– Krakow
– Katowice
– Gdask
– Pozna
– Wrocaw
– Szczecin
– Rzeszow
– Bydgoszcz
A new terminal has been opened at the Warsaw Chopin airport which will significantly increase the airport’s capacity.

2. By Train
Direct connections with:
• Berlin
• Amsterdam, via Koeln, Hannover
• Kiev via Lviv
• Vienna
• Prague
• Moscow

3. By Car
You can enter Poland by one of many roads linking Poland with the neighboring countries.

4. By Bus
There are many international bus lines that connect major Polish cities.
• Voyager
• Eurolines
• Ecolines
• PolskiBus.com
• Simple Express

5. By Boat
• From Sweden
– Ystad by Unity Line
– Karlskrona by Stena Line
– Nynashamn
– Visby
– Ystad by Polferries

• From Denmark
– Copenhagen
– Bornholm

• From Finland
– Helsinki by Finnlines

• From Germany
– Rostock by Finnlines

6. By Yacht
There are more and more ports along Polish coast. Bigger marinas are located in:
– Szczecin
– Eba
– Hel
– Gdynia
– Gdask

7. By plane
– Polish national carrier LOT has daily connections.
– These are between the biggest cities with a hub in Warsaw.

8. By train
– In Poland, the national railway carriers are PKP InterCity and Przewozy Regionalne.
– There are few local carriers that belong to voivod ships or major cities.
– Train tickets are quite economical.
There are new InterCity routes such as:
• Warsaw – Katowice
• Warsaw – Krakow
• Warsaw – Pozna
• Pozna – Szczecin
Train types
• E-IC (ExpressInterCity) / EC (EuroCity) / Ex (Express)
• TLK (Twoje Linie Kolejowe)
• RE (RegioEkspress)
• IR (InterRegio)
• REGIO / Osobowy
• Podmiejski
• Narrow gauge

Some Travel Books on Poland

Poland Lonely Planet Poland Poland: A Unique Country & Its People

Places to stay (hotels / restaurants along with website / contact numbers)

Hotels at tripadvisor.in
Hotels at staypoland.com
Hotels at travelpoland.com

Blogs / Sites about Poland

Blogs at wikipedia.org
Blogs at poland.travel
Blogs at ogrodzieniec.pl
Blogs at tripadvisor.in

Images and photos of Poland

Images at google.com
Images at wikipedia.org
Images at zamek-ogrodzieniec.pl
Images at tripadvisor.in

Videos of Poland

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