Zamek Ogrodzieniec is a ruined medieval castle in the semi-mountainous highland region called the Polish Jura in south-central Poland.
Established in the early 12th century, during the reign of Boleslaus III Wrymouth, the first stronghold was razed by the Tatars in 1241.
In 2018, the ruins of the castle were used during the filming of The Witcher, Netflix’s 2019 series, starring Henry Cavill.
According to local folklore, the Ogrodzieniec Castle is haunted by the “Black Dog of Ogrodzieniec”, seen prowling the ruins at night, pulling a heavy chain.
In 1984, the castle was used in the band Iron Maiden’s Behind The Iron Curtain, in the video for the song “Hallowed Be Thy Name”.
On the bottom floor, fragments of the renaissance frescos of lilies are still visible.
The last proprietor of the castle was the neighbouring Wołoczyński family. After the Second World War, the castle was nationalized. The work to preserve the ruins and open them to visitors was started in 1949 and finished in 1973.
After World War II, the castle was nationalized, and its walls were strengthened in 1949 – 1973, which prevented the total collapse of the complex.
The castle is situated on the 515.5-metre-high Castle Mountain, the highest hill of the Kraków-Częstochowa Upland.
In 2001, the ruins were used as scenery for Andrzej Wajda’s film The Revenge.