Baranow Sandomierski Castle

Baranow Sandomierski Castle

Baranow Sandomierski Castle
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Richard G
Brighton, UK458 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015 • Couples
Rather off the well-beaten (if Poland indeed has one!) tourist track, Baranow is well worth the effort of finding, especially now that the adjacent village looks so much more well kept than in previous times - this really is a place you will want top linger.

After visiting the Castle grounds, Hotel, Park and Restaurant regularly over the last fourteen years, last week was my first visit to the interior of the castle - by Polish speaking guided tour only. My wife, who was born and raided not 10 miles from here, had always told me that the interior was an empty shell - it was, but not now.

Having said that, the furnishings and art placed here, none being original to the castle, are not going to be uppermost in your departing memory - Baranow is all about splendid Renaissance architecture and in that respect the courtyard and highly embellished upper galleries here are, in my experience, almost second to none.

Also of interest, if very obviously lacking originality, is the chapel situated in one of the ground floor turret rooms.

Less interesting due to poor presentation and a total lack of interpretation (even in Polish!) is the Armory Exhibition in the vaulted basement. There is a sad torture chamber in one part of it that I think would hardly impress the average primary school student visitor.

Also disappointing on this particular visit was the rather unkempt state of the Park and lovely, formal, Castle gardens. It may well be that they are not at their best in mid-May (unlike in August when we visited two years ago), but the weeds growing unchecked looked rather neglectful.

All of that said, Baranow is an easy place to fall in love with, it is also a great place for a special occasion or a very good, if not cheap by Polish standards, meal in the superb Castle Restaurant, also located in the basement. On several occasions we have sat out on the terrace and enjoyed coffee and cake, a cold beer or ice cream.

In winter, with snow on the ground, Baranow takes on a very different and yet still inviting character. On Christmas Day 2008 we wandered totally alone in the park, seven years later Baranow probably has more to offer the visitor - including a golf course, but to be alone here was certainly an unusual experience.

Prices are very reasonable indeed. with £1 = 5.6PLN (Zloty) currently (May 2015) 2PLN to park all day, 1PLN to enter the park and 18PLN each for the guided tour.
Written May 27, 2015
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Tamka_Den
Linden, NJ571 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2013 • Friends
Beautiful and well maintained castle that is very often called "Little Wawel" is full of life and various attractions of historical meaning, e.g. if you plan to get married here the knights will provide artistic program, as well as they can make a show of fighting with old weapons. Local guides welcome guests in old traditional costumes, and in the cellars of the castle there is an armoury worth visiting by all means! The hotel and the castle can host over 70 guests for the night, there is a restaurant and two cafes, and the castle has 14ha. of a beautiful park surrounding it, where in future there are plans to make a golf course in part of it.
The castle is referred to as a real pearl of Renaissance.
Written May 13, 2013
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655raymondl
Milford, CT401 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Business
Went to the castle for a team building event. We arranged a group tour for later in the day. The exterior of the castle is very. Ice and the gardens are very nice. Our tour guide took us through the castle and explained the history and the restoration efforts in the past. Much of the castle was damaged during a fire but the attempts to reconstruct and refurbish the interiors were made. Worth a stop if you are in the area especially if you are interested in history. Our group also had dinner at the restaurant and it was very good.
Written October 27, 2017
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tzd60820
Vancouver, WA350 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Couples
The parking (for a fee) is available in a castle ground. The park around castle is a nice walk. The castle has the hotel inside so feel free to go and see the court yard and internal arcades without a tour. However for the rooms and chapel need to go with guide.
Written August 11, 2017
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Christopher L
Hewitt, NJ884 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Friends
Frequent guided tours. We requested an English speaking guide and lucked out as there were a number of other visitors who wanted English speaking guide too. Our guide was dressed in historic costume and did a great job even though she struggled with her English a bit. She was very informative.

Castle must have been beautiful in 1600 & 1700's but it apparently suffered a couple of major fires in 1800's and sat empty for some time. It was restored in early 1900's by a Polish philanthropist. Ballroom was divided by newly (then) kitchen and bathrooms. Pretty outside grounds - sort of English garden without much needed attention. There is not very much original ornamentation or furniture. Russians burned whatever was left during WWII with exception of one set of tables and chairs in one of the towers which apparently was missed when the castle filled with smoke. Chapel was added in 1903 and restored later. Hotel and Restaurant operate from the property. Popular wedding venue. Not worth traveling to but if you are local, not a bad way to kill a couple of hours.
Written August 8, 2017
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Kasia’s Travel
New Jersey479 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2016
Nicely maintained castle considered a "small Wawel". A restaurant in the basement offers Polish cuisine and in the summer, there are occasional dinners in the courtyard. Also a nice museum. I visit each time I am in the region.
Written May 29, 2017
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alexingohr
Dormagen, Germany245 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2015 • Friends
I saw this building firstly at night floodlit on one side, moonlit on the other. Ghostly. The next day I had a tour the rooms were well lit sun light bathed each room, a lot of restoration is on going and there are many photos to show the work. There are rooms showing the history and old weapons and types of torture used. Gardens are well laid out and if you have time a golf driving range at the back.
Written October 6, 2015
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flashTortosie
3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015 • Family
Went to the castle with family for a Sunday lunch and although the service to get food was quite slow due to the amount of people there for lunch when it eventually did come the food was very good and well worth the price paid for it.

I tasted both the steak and wild boar and both meals were of high standard, taste and quality.

The gardens are beautiful and I would like to return one day soon and have a nice cold drink and desert on the court yard.
Written June 9, 2015
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Loves2Research
Agawam, MA467 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2013 • Couples
The Castle in Baranow Sandomierski is an impressive product of Renaissance architecture and is one of the most well-preserved in Europe. As part of a tour group, we learned the history of this beautiful castle and found the furnishings and paintings very impressive. There are beautiful rooms on either end of the castle that look out over formal gardens and fountains.

After the tour, we enjoyed dinner downstairs in the castle with our group. It was a Medieval Dinner served family style by candlelight that included cucumber salad, cold cuts, cabbage soup, pork, hot cabbage, meat loaf and roasted potatoes. Local entertainers rounded out the evening which was very enjoyable.
Written June 14, 2013
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Sandy C
The Villages, FL67 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
No elevator, small shower, poor bed
Staying in castle an upgrade,I’d rather stay in the hotel.
Nothing good to say
Restaurant food very good.
Written June 15, 2024
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