Olesko Castle
Olesko Castle
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phenning2347
Mandalay, Myanmar126 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
A well-restored little castle nestled on top of a small hill. It dates back to the late 14th century and has been previously occupied by Poland, Lithuania and Hungary.
There are some pleasant gardens surrounding the hill where one can appreciate the castle's architecture from all angles. It is worth spending some time walking along the paths and enjoying the park-like gardens.
The interior is now a museum of 16th and 17th century art and antique furnishings.
Written January 8, 2022
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GirlUlike
Los Angeles, CA98 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2011 • Friends
A friend drove us here, so no guided tour. Our own travel guides (books) told us about it. Really wanted to see it, some famous movies were filmed here. Gorgeous grounds. A must, if you have some time before/after your time in Lvov!
Written August 23, 2011
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LeeAnneCanada
Sault Ste. Marie, Canada1,516 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
There are three castles (I am sure there are more) within a close proximity of Lviv that make for a pleasant day trip: Olesko, Pikhirski and Zolochiv. Of the three I would say that Olesko is the jewel in the crown only because it seems to be the one that has had the most upgrades and contains many displays and antiques, that according to our knowledgeable and informative guide, Ivanka is due to the work of the curator of the Lviv Art Gallery who has made this his life's work.

There are many beautiful pieces within the castle that should not be missed including an ornate bed, portraits of various owners and other historical figures and the table that apparently as the story goes was struck by lightening the night of the birth of the Polish King Jan Sobieski as the castle was being attacked. Quite a dramatic entry into the world.

There is also a Museum of Torture that we passed on but our teenagers went to see and they thought it was pretty impressive. There is a coin box for donations right outside the Torture Museum as I believe they are saving to get the roof repaired so we threw some change in there. Apparently there is not alot of government funding for castle repairs. We were also charged more for the entrance fee when the lady collecting the dues realized that we spoke English and apparently ascertained that we could afford it. It wasn't alot, a couple of hyrivna and we were okay with that.

There is a store in the lower level where they sell authentic Carpathian liqueurs of various flavours. Be careful when imbibing, it is pretty potent, I learned the hard way. There were gentlemen outside the castle dressed in Ukrainian costumes that you can get your picture taken with also.

This castle is approximately 700 years old when it was first mentioned and is worth the trip to go and visit.
Written September 29, 2010
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John H
Brisbane, Australia518 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016 • Couples
We went on a day trip from L'viv that included 2 other castles and we thoroughly enjoyed visiting this one. There is a good collection of historical artifacts and art. Unfortunately the tour was only given in Ukrainian and not English but you can hire an English speaking guide to accompany the tour. The history of the place is great and I'd highly recommend a visit, is about 75km from L'viv.
Written May 20, 2016
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Suwatss
Bangkok, Thailand5,681 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Family
This castle while a convenient stop between Lviv and Kiev, is a very simple and plain castle with a few furnitures and paintings from 1600s -1800s. The castle is small and it may take only 1 hour maximum to see all things. Not quite essential must at all.
Written October 18, 2018
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Alex B
Lviv, Ukraine20 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2016 • Family
The Olesko Castle is a beautiful medieval structure, which has authentic external elements of decoration and marvelous garden, which is placed around it. However, both of them, the castle and the garden seemed a bit abandoned. Despite the castle was founded in the 13th century, internal decoration and furniture has only 18th century examples, that does not allow to convey the whole athmosphere of the medival ages.
Notwithstanding, the exposition of torture tools and the overall garden planning correct the picture and visitor's impression.
The good point is a lot of parking space near a castle entry.
Written November 30, 2016
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Pas66UKCan
York, UK232 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2016 • Friends
This is one of three we saw for the day, It is worth a trip out of Lviv to see this , The wonderful statues as you approach the entrance. A gentleman in traditional costume inside , looks the part and not to be messed with. The building was in a good state with plenty to see inside and out, Great to see such a historic site being well looked after.
Written November 21, 2016
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Zoya C
Chelmsford, UK178 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Friends
It takes about an hour from Lviv by car and it's worth taking a look and seeing a few other castles nearby. This one is not as pretty from the outside but they do have a lovely exhibition inside and a small coffee shop. Most people go with a big bus tour but if you'd like to be nimble, it's best to travel by car.
Written October 24, 2016
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Grodd54
Edinburgh, UK2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Friends
The outside of the Castle and its grounds are impressive.

However my party of 3 and a small dog was unable to visit the Castle itself because the ticket lady at the Castle ripped our tickets, then called Security, and told them to eject us because we were trying to get in with spoiled tickets !!!.

The Director was summoned and he did nothing to resolve the situation either.

So despite having been polite and respectful ourselves, and paying for 3 tickets we had to leave without seeing the inside of the Castle !!!

We have never experienced such atrocious behaviour before. I have raised a complaint with Lviv City Council because such behaviour is not good for the Castle nor the visitors.

Hopefully your trip will be better than ours. Good luck.
Written August 15, 2016
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LsBob
Darwin, Australia4,014 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2013 • Couples
The castle has had a long history dating back to the 13th C but it has been rebuilt and restored quite a few times. Due to the fluid borders in Europe it has belonged to several different countries. It is situated on top of a hill and it is surrounded by a moat and wall.
As the last restoration finished in 1985 it now houses a fine collection of paintings and sculptures including many fine religious works some dating back to the 10thC.. We were on an organised tour which was supposed to be in English but it was not, but the guide did give a detailed history of the building and art work in Ukraine.
The the conclusion of the tour lunch was served in the underground vaulted restaurant, quite a good meal. The weather was very wet so not much exploring could be done outside but there appeared to be some large gardens and statues.
Written April 12, 2014
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