Just outside Krakow can be found a beautiful and mystical land of mists, ravines and strange rock formations and medieval castles built on hilltops. Hidden among the hills and gullies, on top of a small mount and surrounded by the woodlands of its park stands Korzkiew Castle. It’s situated within the buffer zone of the Ojców National Park, and this 14th century fortress is the first of a series of defensive fortifications along the famous Eagle Nests Trail. Restored and renovated a decade ago, the castle is now a charming boutique hotel.
I spent a magical time there in September, the last four days of my holiday in Poland. This a perfect place for those who love effortless elegance and luxury, a peaceful atmosphere and serenity amongst nature. Anyone who is looking for a break from the noise and crowds of tourists of nearby Krakow but who loves nature and mountain walks should visit this place. It’s only a fifteen minute walk to the trail through Pradnik Valley, one of nicest hikes in the National Park.
Korzkiew is a small luxury hotel, which has only four bedrooms (or chambers as they call them) located in the gate tower. Each chamber is unique with a different character and even shape. The rooms are beautifully furnished with antiques and fireplaces, huge beds and comfy sofas – just come in, relax and allow the staff to fulfil all your needs and wishes. The castle also has a lovely sunny courtyard where I had my morning coffee and a beautiful quiet park, inviting for walks.
I’ve been to many places and slept in many hotels and inns but I have to say that this is the best I’ve ever visited – and the only one I have ever wanted to write about. I’ve fallen in love with this place and I’m planning to go back there again. In fact I think I may just stay there next time I go to Krakow (it’s only 14km from the centre of Krakow).