The castle is located about 45 min drive from Kraków (25 km). The palace is a pearl of Renaissance architecture and currently being beautifully restored is a real attraction of the charming, medieval town. In the past the palace was nicknamed the second Wawel Castle as it was visited by Polish kings and princes. It was erected by the order of Polish king Casimir the Great in the middle of 14th century. The castle has a square shape with almost square yard with arcaded galleries. Currently it is a hotel, conference center and Niepołomice Museum with extensive collections of hunting trophies and hunting exhibits and 2 galleries of paintings and sculptures. Castle chambers can be also visited with a guide. The palace is really worth visiting if you plan to be in Kraków area.