After our visit to the Ulma Museum, we went to visit Łańcut Castle. The castle was originally built in the second half of the 16th century, but was later modernised into a palace-residence by its owners. It was once home to two greatest Polish families – first, until 1816, the Lubomirski family, and later – until 1944 – the Potocki clan. It has a long involved history of changing hands and being re-modelled, and you can find the link to that HERE. Nowadays Łańcut Castle is one the most famous aristocratic residences in Poland. It continues to fascinate with its impressive architecture, magnificent interiors and rich art collections. Surrounded with a spacious and enchanting park, it is a place transformed into a museum, which most fully shows the royal splendour of aristocratic households, the charm of the world which in Poland was ended by the Second World War and its political outcome.
The first thing we did was wander around the grounds, looking for a cafe as it was lunch time. Created in the 2nd half of the 18th century and in the style of an English landscape.
We couldn’t find a cafe though there was posh restaurant so we headed outside and found a Pizza place. It took ages to get our lunch so it was 3.30pm by the time we got to the castle, and when we went to show our tickets they told us it closed in half an hour. Bearing in mind that on their website closing time was given as 6pm we were a bit peeved. Gosia went into battle as she hadn’t been told of the 4pm closing when she got our tickets, so wanted a refund, however they told us we could still go round if we didn’t have a guide, so we shot off round the castle, somehow in half an hour we covered a fair amount of ground, and I got some lovely photo’s of the rooms there, but that’s for our next episode.