Będzin Castle is a castle in Będzin near Katowice in Poland. The castle dates back to the 14th century, it was built as an upgrade from a wooden fortress to a stone fortress. The castle was built to be a military outpost. It fell into disrepair in the 16th century and was further damaged in battle in the 17th century. Over time the castle was repaired but lost importance due to changes in the Polish borders. It was bought by Hohenzollern family in 1807 and then passed hands to a Count who rebuilt most of the castle but after he died the castle became empty and fell into disrepair again. The castle was ordered to be knocked down in the 19th century but it was saved by being made a Polish monument and was therefore repaired. Today, it houses a museum that is dedicated to the castle’s history.
If travelling by car, there are parking opportunities available at the castle. By train, take the train to ‘Bedzin’. By tram, take the 24, 40 or 99 lines to the ‘Bedzin Castle’ stop. By bus, take the 16, 25, 67, 79, 97, 104, 125, 200 or 225 buses that run from Katowice to the bus stop near the castle.
Opening Times and Admission
The castle can be seen from many places in the small town of Bedzin, you can walk around the perimeter of the castle at any hour for free. To enter the castle and its museum you will have to pay a small entrance fee.