The main objective of the Association is to establish co-operation of the communes which have Gothic castles in their area. The co-operation will focus on promotion of those historic medieval constructions by:
– designing a tourist trail round the Gothic castles
– promoting a group of Gothic castles and other buildings in Poland as high quality tourist attractions
– initiating, supporting and implementing local ideas regarding tourism and tourism-related activities
– gathering and disseminating tourist information about the communes which are the members of the Association
– co-operating with domestic and foreign travel agencies and with tourist information centres


Bytów, Człuchów, Dzierzgoń, Skarszewy, Malbork, Sztum, Gniew, Kwidzyn, Nowe, Ostróda, Nidzica, Olsztyn, Lidzbark Warmiński, Kętrzyn, Ryn

BOARD MEMBERS (from March 2015 to March 2017)
Chairman of the Board – Piotr Grzymowicz (Olsztyn)
Deputy Chairman – Paweł Bukowski (Nidzica)

Ewa Ruczyńska (Sztum)
Marta Wróblewska (Malbork)
Alina Rudak (Kętrzyn)
Józef Kotwicki (Nidzica)
Marian Gospodarek (Bytów)

10 Pieniężnego St.
10-006 Olsztyn

tel./fax. 089 535 32 76, 535 887 090

Office Manager: Izabela Narożniak

Since 7 January 2013 r. The Association of Communes ‘Polish Gothic Castles’ as the Lead Partner has been implementing the Project entitled ‘Improvement of the attractiveness of north-eastern Poland and Kaliningrad Region by developing and promoting shared tourist trails’. The Project is implemented from Lithuania-Poland-Russia ENPI Cross-border Cooperation Programme 2007–2013, which is co-financed with funds from the European Union. The Project’s partners are: the Ministry for Tourism of Kaliningrad Region, the Self-government of the Province of Warmia and Mazury, the Commune of Olsztyn.

The overall objective of the Project is to create and promote Polish-Russian tourist products based on the shared cultural and historical values of Kaliningrad Region of Russian Federation and the of north-eastern Poland as well as to improve the knowledge and historical awareness of young people and other residents of the area.
The main forms of activity under the Project are:
1. paper publications: ‘On the Trail of Historic Figures: Nicolas Copernicus and Immanuel Kant’, ‘The Gothic Castles on the Trail of the Napoleonic Army’, ‘Kaliningrad – the Past and the Present Day’, ‘The Gothic Castles – an Offer for Tourists’;
2. e-book: ‘The History and Culture of Prussia’;
3. film: presenting the castles and towns connected with the lives of Nicolas Copernicus and Immanuel Kant;
4. history and landscape knowledge competitions for Polish and Russian students;
5. ‘live’ history lessons for schoolchildren from Polish and Russian schools in museums in Poland and Kaliningrad Region;
6. signposting of the trail of the castles in Poland and Kaliningrad Region.


The Project finishes on 7 November 2014. The Project is co-financed by the European Union with the amount of 115 200,00 Euro (470 119,68 PLN), which is 90% of the total cost.