The Castle in Baranow Sandomierski
If you have time, go to the nearby village of Baranow Sandomierski [just 30 km SW of Sandomierz] to see the castle from the 16/17th century. This magnate residence looks more like a fine palace, but it really was a fortified castle - you can see the remains of the original moat in what now seems to be just a rectangular pond. The castle is one of the finest examples of Renaissance architecture in Poland. It's often called the "little Wawel" (a reference to the Royal Castle in Krakow).
See my Baranow Sandomierski page for more information and photos.
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Gory Pieprzowe (Pepper Hills)
The Pepper Hills sit about 2.5 km north of the town. Named after the brown colour of the Cambrian rocks, they are a great geological reserve, a unique outcrop of this kind in Europe. They are also a natural reserve, famous for the 15 kinds of wild roses, hawthorne, and other steppe plants, as well as many species of birds which made this place their home. I haven't been there, too little time. But if you are interested in such reserves, you know it's there :-) You can walk along the Vistula bank (the red route) or Błonie St.
Check some of the plethora of beautiful pictures here and scroll down, they are grouped into album-links.
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Zamek Baranow Sandomierski
About an hour south of Sandomierz is the Zamek Baranow Sandomierski. The name castle is a bit of a misnomer as this 16th century Renaissance building is more of a palace. Lavish decorated rooms are open to the public as is the somewhat bizarrely located sulphur industry museum in the basement!
There is also the opportunity of staying (at a price!) in the top floor rooms of the Palace or, slightly cheaper, in the all suite modern hotel next door (in the grounds of the palace, which therefore gives you free and ready access to the palace)
One of the most spectacular castle ruins in Poland. Completed in 1644, it was sacked by the Swedes only 10 years later and which it never really recovered.
The place is huge, as much a palace as a fortified castle and the original concept is based on the calendar. Thus there are 4 towers (the Seasons), 12 main walls (months), 52 rooms, 365 windows (plus an additional 'spare', which was semi-permanently bricked up for leap years!). Below stairs were room for 370 horses (the calendar concept had tos top somewhere).
The location is one of gentle countryside, and is easily worth a side trip to the river and surrounds.
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