Welcome to Płock
Płock was a royal residence between 1079 and 1138 and received its municipal charter in 1237. The city walls were built in the 14th century and the town developed as a wealthy trading centre until the 16th century. The flooding of the Vistula in 1532, when half the castle and part of the defensive walls slid into the river, was merely a portent of further disasters to come, and the wars, fires, plagues and pogroms that struck the town in the following centuries ended its importance.
Still frayed at the edges, Płock rewards anyone willing to follow the twists and turns of its long history.