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The first fortified castle at Swidwin was built some time after 1280. The exact time is not known, nor is the name of the founder as there are two pretenders to this title - the Brandenburg margrave Albrecht III and the Mecklenburg duke Przybyslaw IV, of Slavic origin.
Sold and re-sold, the castle changed hands many times, Danish Viking N.Olafson and Pomeranian nobleman Wedigo von Wedel being some of its early owners. For a long time it was in the hands of the Teutonic Order. In 1808 the castle was taken over by the state and became the seat of local administration with the court, the arsenal and the local gaol.
Originally defensive in character, with a moat, a wall encircling it and a tower enabling the defenders to pour hot tar on the attackers, in the 18th century it was re-built and extended to give it the looks of an impressive residence. Thus, while part of it retains its Gothic character, the other part is built in the baroque style.
The castle now houses the local cultural centre, a concert hall, a small museum, a library and a pub.
The only way to see it inside is by joining a guided tour. You can climb the tower for a great view of the town and the river Rega.
Updated Jan 30, 2007
Address: Swidwinski Osrodek Kultury, Niedzialkowskiego 17
Phone: (094) 365 2277
Swidwin's main monument , built probably in XIV cent, rebuilt so many times that it didn’t keep its gothic style.
Written Jun 25, 2004