Located on the western edge of the town of the same name, about 1 hour away from Kraków, Pilica Palace dates to 1610 and only 40 years later it was surrounded by fortifications including a moat. It didn’t stop the Swedes however, who duly burned it and moved on as the first tourists to hike the Eagles Nest Trail. Renovations were undertaken but by the end of the 18th century the property had been a source of debt for several owners and after changing hands again started slipping into squalor. In the mid-19th century new investment gave it a lovely neo-Renaissance appearance, with the four palatial wings said to have over 40 chambers. Today it's basically an abandoned ruin and is the subject of a legal battle over its ownership. Not much is known of the interiors, but the garden and surrounding property would be perfect for a tea party if maintained. Not technically open to the public, you may encounter a guard on the property, but some polite words should allow you to at least grouse around the gardens and take some photos of this crumbing beauty.