Fortress Klodzko (Twierdza Klodzko), Klodzko

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Kłodzko Fortress is a unique fortification complex of the Lower Silesian Voivodeship in southwestern Poland. The fortress once was one of the biggest strongholds in Prussian Silesia, however, in the whole German Empire, it was regarded as a minor one. Now, together with an extensive network of tunnels, it is one of the biggest attractions of the town of Kłodzko, with its underground labyrinth and a repository of for different objects, from old fire engines to local glassware.HistoryFirst mentions of existence of a stronghold placed on Kłodzko's Castle Hill come from the Chronicle of Bohemians, written by Cosmas of Prague. Most probably, it was a complex of wooden buildings, protected with a palisade. Kłodzko itself is located along the strategic route between Wrocław and Prague, and its role as a trading point must have been significant since the early Middle Ages. In 1114, the stronghold was captured and destroyed by Czech troops under prince Soběslav, who at the same time reconquered the whole area.In 1129, Soběslav rebuilt the town and placed a castellan there. Some time around 1300, a spacious castle was built on the hill, which became seat of the Kłodzko County. Gradually, the castle grew, a church and a chapel were added and in 1557, Lorenz Krischke, architect at the court of Prince Ernest of Bavaria, built the Lower Castle. In the 16th century, there were five wells in the castle with the oldest one from 1393.
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  • I'm not a fan of military places due to the most of places are not in a good shape and without history background you cannot understand the place. Surprisingly the place visiting is a guided tour, whi...  more »
  • This is a massive fortress with lots of history - both as a military facility and a detention facility. It is possible to stroll around without a guided tour (we did), which lets one appreciate how la...  more »
  • If you are in Klodzko County, I strongly recommend to visit this fortress. It is huge and in good condition. We had self-guide tour and there are many information boards with sufficient details (PL, C...  more »
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  • An interesting place. A good place to explore
  • It's OK but I expected something more. Impressive from outside but inside there is nothing interesting.
  • A great place to visit! Must see if you are interested in military or history.
  • Little long at the end, but interesting
  • Ok

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