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Czocha Castle , Upper Lusatia

Czocha Castle is a defensive border castle located in the village of Czocha in the commune of Lesna, above the Lake Leśnia reservoir on the Kwise River in the  Upper Lusatia. in southwestern Poland.

The castle overlooks Lake Leśnia, by the Kwisa River, in what is now the Polish part of Upper Lusatia. The castle was originally built as a wooden fort on the border between the Czech Republic and Lusatia by order of Wenceslaus I, King of Bohemia, in the middle of the 13th century (1241-1247).
In the mid-14th century, Czocha Castle was annexed by Charles I of Bohemia and IV of Germany, Holy Roman Emperor and King of Bohemia. Between 1389 and 1453 the fortress belonged to the von Dohn and von Kluks noble families. With its defenses reinforced, the castle was besieged by the Hussites in the early 15th century and taken by them in 1427, in whose possession it remained indefinitely. In 1453 the complex was purchased by the von Nostitz family, to whom it belonged for 250 years and extensively renovated in 1525 and 1611. The castle’s reinforced walls successfully withstood a siege by the Swedes during the Thirty Years’ War (1618-1648). In 1703 the fortress was purchased by Jan Hartwig von Uechtritz, an influential courtier of Augustus II the Strong. On August 17, 1793, the castle suffered a devastating fire.
In 1952, the castle was taken over by the Polish Armed Forces, who erased it from official maps and began using it as a holiday retreat for officers. The castle was reopened as a hotel and conference center in September 1996. The complex has served as a film set for various film and television productions.

Access : Coordinates: 51.030556, 15.303611 / Location : Czocha, Poland

Highlights :

  • The castle is located on gneiss rocks belonging to the Jizera metamorphic rocks. The oldest part of the castle is the tower near the main gate, which was later surrounded by a residential part. Of the residential part, its northern fragment is the oldest.
  • Recently, the castle was the setting for the School of Sorcery, a life-size role-playing game set in the Harry Potter. / The castle appears in several films, such as the popular comedy Gdzie jest generał (1963), the Polish-Australian series Masters of Spells (1995), the Polish series Święta wojna (2000-2009), the Polish film Wiedźmin (2001), the Polish series Pierwsza miłość (2004) , the Polish film Legenda (2005), the Polish series Tajemnica twierdzy szyfrów (2007), the Canadian TV movie The Creature of Sherwood (2009) and a Russian mini-series  (2015) with Gocha Koutsenko.

Go next : The village of Czocha / Lake Leśnia , a small artificial lake, located on the Kwisa river / Towns of Leśna and Gryfow Slaski in Lower Silesian Voivodeship.



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