It was built in 14th century and witnessed more than one battle between Poles and Teutonic Knights. Since 1241 there used to be used to be a guardhouse owned by bishops from Warmia here. It was constantly being raided and damaged by the rebel tribe of Bartians who could not cope with being conquered. Even though the bishops of Warmia owned Reszel since 1243, the Teutonic Knights didn’t leave it as long as 1300.
The guardhouse burned down in 14th century and in its place – along with a developing settlement nearby, which got the city rights according to Chełmno law – a castle was built. The highest tower, you can see in the beginning of the film, was frequently heightened until it reached 8-storey height. The goal was to keep the defensive abilities of the castle even if Reszel was taken.
The construction of the castle took half of the century. Until the times of Stefan Batory, it served military purposes. However, it was frequently easily taken by Polish troops – without much resistance – which resulted in it being preserved really well. In the end of 16th century, Polish king’s nephew turned into a representative castle diminishing its military significance.
It burned twice in the beginning of 19th century and wasn’t rebuilt until the interwar period. Right now it houses a hotel, a restaurant and branch of Warmia and Mazury Museum in Olsztyn.
It’s our first time in Reszel and we love the panoramic view of the city.