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Pieniny and Spiš

Pieniny and Spiš

wschód słońca w górach, ciemne zarysy gór, pomarańczowo-złote niebo wśród chmur

Pieniny and Spiš are one of the most attractive tourist regions of our country, they are both worth visiting regardless of the season. Natural values, cultural diversity, a multitude of monuments will allow you to get to know the unusual face of the Małopolska region.

The Pieniny area is located in the central part of the Pieniny Klippen Belt. From the north, the Pieniny border with the Gorce and Beskid Sądecki, and from the south with Magura Spiska. The entire range is 35 km long and 3.5 to 6 km wide. Pieniny are naturally divided by the river Dunajec into three fragments, namely Pieniny Spiskie, the Pieniny Właściwe and Little Pieniny. The highest peak of this mountainous land, formed of limestone, slate, sandstone and conglomerates, is Wysoka (1,050 metres asl).

Spiš attracts history enthusiasts because of its interesting past. The first traces of human presence in this area come from the Palaeolithic period. The subsequent turbulent history of the Polish-Hungarian and Polish-Czechoslovakian border did not spare this area.

The region offers many attractions. A dense network of intersecting hiking trails and several ski stations provide an unforgettable experience for winter sports enthusiasts and hikers. For all those seeking respite, we recommend Szczawnica and Krościenko nad Dunajcem – two high valued health resorts in which you can, among others taste the spring water with healing properties and unique taste. It is also worth taking advantage of the rich offer of cultural events.

Tourist paradise

Since 1932 Pieniny are under protection within the Pieniny National Park, which stretches on both sides of the border with Slovakia. The Pieniny Właściwe range stretches on the protected area, culminating in the Three Crowns massive towering over the Dunajec valley. It is here that you can find extremely rare species of colourful flora and fauna. The rocky environment provides excellent conditions for the life of butterflies with the graceful name Apollo butterfly, and the relict pines in Sokolica make the landscape extremely characteristic.

There are many animate and inanimate nature reserves in Pieniny and Spiš. In the Homole Gorge reserve in Jaworki you can admire a deep canyon decorated with limestone boulders. The White Water reserve will enchant visitors with volcanic rocks and streams creating phenomenal cascades and deep evorsions. In turn, in the Białka River Gorge reserve near Krempachy you can see the rocks of white and red limestone, which hide the famous Obłazowa Cave. These picturesque places were the scenery for several films, such as the “Janosik” TV series or “Karol: A Man Who Became Pope”.  In the Blue Valley reserve, you will find a unique beech old forest, where the oldest beeches are over 200 years old, and in the Wysokie Skałki reserve you can see the last upper montane belt spruce forest in Pieniny. On hot days, to cool down you can opt for a trip to Żary (you can admire from that site the beauty of the Spiš Pieniny), rafting down the Pieniny gorge of the Dunajec river or a walk to the Zaskalnik waterfall.

Remarkable historic places

When in Pieniny, it is worth visiting several historically priceless sites. The rich past of this area can be discovered by, among others, visiting the castle in Frydman – a magnificent fortified manor house that once served as the summer residence of Jerzy Horvath – a Hungarian magnate. The turbulent fate of Niedzica is “hidden” in historic buildings, such as the castle on Lake Czorsztyn. In its medieval walls you can feel the atmosphere of a fortress that once used to be bustling. Near the castle there are also a historic granary and a customs house. The castle in Czorsztyn is another destination for tourists visiting the Pieniny area. It has been partially restored and the exhibitions attract crowds of tourists from all over Poland. In addition to recreation, the health resort in Szczawnica also offers numerous health treatments, and the popularity of this place is getting even greater.

In addition to secular monuments, there are also some noteworthy religious buildings – you cannot miss the church of St Elisabeth in Trybsz, the church of All Saints in Krościenko nad Dunajcem, or the oldest temple in the in the Polish Subtatra region, namely St Stanislaus church in Frydman. Worth mentioning are also: the church of St Catherine in Nowa Biała, the church of St Martin in Krempachy and the church of St Quirinus in Łapsze Niżne, belonging in the 14th century to the Order of the Holy Sepulchre. Noteworthy is also the church of All Saints in Kacwin, built in 1313, which was in possession of Lutherans from 1602 and returned to Catholics 30 years later. Built in 1278, the church of St Bartholomew the Apostle in Niedzica, belonging to the group of Gothic Spiš churches, still enchants with stone traceries in the windows of the presbytery. Few people know that there are former Greek Catholic churches in the area – one in Jaworki and another in Szlachtowa. Currently, they are functioning as Roman Catholic churches.

Museum side of the Pieniny

When traveling around the region, it's worth visiting some museums. An absolute must-see is the Museum of the Pieniny National Park in Krościenko nad Dunajcem, where the natural, historical, landscape and cultural values of the Pieniny and its surroundings are exhibited. In the entrance pavilions of the national park we will find interesting exhibitions on various topics, e.g. “Pieniny forest ecosystems” or “Pieniny rock ecosystems”. One of them is in Szczawnica, two in Czorsztyn, and another two in Sromowce Kąty and Sromowce Niżne.
Particularly noteworthy is the Spiš Folk Culture Museum in Czarna Góra, where the buildings of the Korkoszów homestead and the Sołtys Homestead in Jurgów – branches of the Tatra Museum in Zakopane – are presented. Another interesting proposition is the “Sypaniec” regional chamber in Łapsze Niższe and the regional chamber in Sromowce Wyżne presenting the everyday life of the inhabitants of Pieniny in the past. A similar theme is presented by the open-air museum in Kluszkowce, also known as the Czorsztyn Settlement. The private Pieniny Mock-ups gallery in Krościenko nad Dunajcem offers visitors the opportunity to see miniatures of these beautiful mountains. At the Pieniny Museum in Szlachtowa you can see exhibits related to the history of Szczawnica, and at the carriage exhibition in Niedzica – carriage and horse carriages belonging to the former owners of the castle.

No less attractive is the nature exhibition of Tadeusz and Anna Oleś in Krościenko nad Dunajcem. It includes an impressive collection of rare animal specimens from around the world. The author's gallery “Pod Okółkiem” in Krościenko nad Dunajcem presents the paintings of Andrzej Michał Beliczyński made with the use of watercolours and pastels. In the “Krzywa Jabłonka” gallery in Szczawnica we will see folk art and handicrafts of Pieniny artists, same as in the wooden church in Sromowce Niżne, which since 2010 is no longer a sacred object, but acts as a local museum.

Active leisure in Pieniny

Szczawnica and Krościenko nad Dunajcem are recommended as starting points for hiking trips. Tourists can choose routes to the Three Crowns or towards Sokolica, depending on their preferences and skills. The trails start in the centre of the village and lead to Pieniny, Gorce and Beskid Sądecki. The red trail leads to Prehyba (1,176 metres asl) or Lubań via Jaworzyna (1,050 metres asl). The blue trail is also a very interesting route – it runs along the ridge of Pieniny Właściwe and Little Pieniny. The Tatra, Gorce and even Slovak Levoča Mountains can be clearly seen from here. This trail is also ideal for ski tours. After an exhausting walk, you can experience a respite in one of the mountain hostels: Orlica, Trzy Korony and Pod Durbaszką.

You can also admire the mountain panorama by taking the chairlift up to Palenica, from which you can also ski in the winter season. The gravity slide located on the mountain slope is also an interesting spot.

Fans of two wheels fans will find in Pieniny and Spiš many bicycle routes. The bicycle trail around Lake Czorsztyn is an ideal destination for lovers of monuments who, by combining active leisure with sightseeing, will remember the visit to Pieniny for a long time. The Pieniny Road, i.e. the red trail along the Dunajec gorge, can be travelled on foot and by bicycle, which is an additional advantage. The VeloDunajec bicycle route runs along the Dunajec river as well.

“Rally by the Dunajec Valley” encourages competitive cyclists to participate in the fun, which in addition to sports emotions, also provides opportunities to spend time surrounded by nature.
However, this is not the end of the attractions offered by the Pieniny region. Horse riding fans will also find something for themselves with the Transbeskidian Horse Trail running through this area. Szczawnica-Piwniczna is its most popular route. To choose the right walking, horse or bicycle route, please visit malopolska.szlaki.pttk.pl.

Cross-country skiing enthusiasts are invited to Krościenko nad Dunajcem where the boulevards by the Dunajec river have properly prepared skiing routes running alongside. Sports adrenaline can also be found in rope parks, such as ABlandia Amusement Park or Adventure-Sky in Krościenko nad Dunajcem.

Moreover, numerous running events are very popular among sports fans. The youngest enthusiasts can participate in Mini Runs in Szczawnica, which promote a healthy lifestyle among children and teenagers. The competition offers several routes adapted to the age and predisposition of the competitors, so you can choose a distance from 100 metres to even 2 kilometres. Adults also willingly take part in the competition during the Triada run. An interesting fact is the form of the race itself, which in addition to being fast and intense, consists of running up the peaks at night. 

Attractions at the foot of the mountains

One of the most characteristic attractions in this area is undoubtedly rafting down the Dunajec River Gorge, with tradition dating back to the 19th century. During rafting you can admire the Pieniny peaks, including the Three Crowns. For the sake of natural and historical values, the gorge was recognised as a natural monument. Rafters wonderfully amuse their passengers on the way by telling jokes and anecdotes.

An equally interesting experience is a cruise on the “Harnaś” ship on Lake Czorsztyn. Passengers on board can enjoy a cup of coffee while admiring the surrounding natural and architectural monuments.

You can't get bored in Pieniny and Spiš! An interesting experience is participating in the folklore custom of playing music around mojs. During the night before the feast of Pentecost, each of the bachelors in the neighbourhood strive to put a moj (little tree) in front of the house of a maiden. Then they sing songs in honour of the Mother of God and wander the whole village merrily. Disguised as gypsies, local youths collect donations for their “child”, and the girls from nearby houses dance with them to the music they play.

This live folklore is also presented during the inauguration of the Pieniny Summer event. Everyone who stays in Szczawnica at the time has the opportunity to see the traditional costumes of rafters, carriage drivers and highlanders from Spiš and Pieniny. A fair of folk craftsmanship and concerts of highlander bands complete the atmosphere, which for many mountain fans is a priceless holiday memory.

Shepherd culture plays a very important role in the social life of this mountainous region, which is also an interesting opportunity to learn more customs. Every autumn, time comes for redyk, i.e. the traditional return of sheep from the pastures. All the sympathisers of this event can celebrate, among others, in Jaworki, and in the Majerz clearing, they can welcome the shepherd (baca) and his young helpers (known as juhasi) returning from the shepherd's hut.

Muzyczna Owczarnia, which is one of the most popular meeting places for music lovers, is also extremely popular. Concerts and meetings are organised there throughout the year. Another events worth recommending are Ethno-Novo, Autumn in Szczawnica, the Pieniny-Kultura-Sacrum Festival in Krościenko or the Baroque Ancient Music Festival in the Spiš.

Pieniny and Spiš are famous for their wonderful regional cuisine including dishes such as: gałuski dumplings, kołoc pie, plum soup (known as śliwianka), oscypek cheese, kwaśnica (sauerkraut soup) or trout. Several dishes unknown in other regions are a treat for lovers of traditional delicacies.

Another unique attraction awaits you at the Szczawnica health resort, where you can try one of the twelve mineral waters. Some of them are available by the sources without any restrictions, others are served in the “Magdalenka” pump room. Equally valuable are the properties of the “Stefan”, “Maria” and “Michalina” waters available in Krościenko nad Dunajcem.

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Kraków-Częstochowa Upland

Kraków-Częstochowa Upland

bujne drzewa po dwóch stronach, w środkowej części zamek z charakterystyczną skałą w kształcie maczugi

History written in the castle walls

Landscape elements of the Krakow-Częstochowa Upland create an ideal composition. The Małpolska region abounds in caves, green valleys, lofty hills, limestone rocks and transparent karst springs. What's more, it has the only desert in Poland, called the Błędów Desert, which stretches from Błędów to the commune of Klucze. However, the Upland is known primarily for its long and rich history, which is remembered by, among others, magnificent castles that form the Eagles' Nests trail, as well as wooden churches. Their walls echoes with distant times. It is enough to mention the ruins of the castle in Ojców – a remnant of a stronghold built in the 14th century, or an equally old building in Rabsztyn. These are works of medieval architecture that have seen many battles. Fortunately, despite the passage of years, many people still cultivate the traditions of the Middle Ages, as exemplified by the knights' fights organized at the castles in Rabsztyn and Korzkiew and by Juromania – Festival of the Kraków-Częstochowa Upland.

The pearl of the region is the Ojców National Park (the smallest national park in Poland), the history of which dates back to 1956. Its most valuable objects are unique rock formations with intriguing names: Hercules Club – near the castle in Pieskowa Skała – and Deotyma Needle. When you're in the vicinity, we also recommend seeing some caves, the most popular of which are the King Łokietek's Cave and the Dark Cave. The last of them belongs to the group of one of the most valuable archaeological sites in Poland – the traces of human presence found inside it originate from 115 thousand years ago!

discovering the caves of the Ojców National Park we have a chance to meet their regular visitors. It is inhabited by as many as 15 out of 21 bat species living in Poland! No wonder that they are the symbol of the Park, which is manifested in the logo. In addition to bats, Ojców National Park has many other interesting animals, including butterflies, safflower and violet periwinkle, birds like hen harrier and Montagu’s harrier, black stork. The Park is protected as part of the Natura 2000 network.

Upland – a land full of valleys, caves and rocks

A journey through the Krakow-Czestochowa Upland, also known as Polish Jura, can be started in Krakow. In the former Polish capital, tourists have been admiring for centuries the monumental Wawel, which is one of the most important monuments of our country. This castle is also the first point on the Trail of the Eagles' Nests, from which we will begin our story. The name of this famous route has an extremely interesting genesis. The strongholds and castles of the Upland were built on high rocks reaching up to 30 meters height! Numerous legends are associated with the Trail of the Eagles' Nests, which embellish the history of this region. The picturesque Prądnik Valley makes the landscape even more breath-taking – we will see it starting from Krakow and heading towards Korzkiew, Ojców and Sułoszowa. In these places there you will find another stops of the Eagles' Nests Trail – castle ruins and fortresses remembering the Middle Ages.
When we leave Ojców National Park and head west, we will reach the Krakow Valleys. In one of them – the Będkowska Valley – you can discover the Bat Cave with flint caves and javelins made by the first people of the Homo Sapiens species. We recommend this place to lovers of history, geology and... Polish cinema. Some scenes of the movie “With Fire and Sword” were shot here. Interesting caves can also be found, for example, in the Kluczwoda Valley: Mamutowa (Wierzchowska Dolna) and Wierzchowska Górna. Experienced speleologists will be delighted with extraordinary attractions, including caves: Januszkowa Szczelina – one of the deepest in the Upland, located near Olkusz; Gorenicka Cave or Mąciwody Cave in the village of Klucze, the entrance to which is in situated in... a well.

You can write a lot about the Upland's caves, as only in the Ojców National Park, there are over 500 of them. At a distance of 10-20 km from Olkusz, we come across the Pazurek and Michałowiec nature reserves. There are also the Wodąca Valley and the Sztoła Valley in the area.

“Eagles' nests” and wooden churches, or a few words about monuments

Although time flies inexorably, in the Krakow-Częstochowa Upland we will find objects for which time has stopped. These are castles remembering the era of Casimir III the Great, modest wooden churches “resistant” to adverse historical and weather conditions. It is also worth to mention the ruins of the castles in Rudno (Tenczyn Castle) and Bydlin. The trail will also make us visit the Old Polish Manor House in Krzykawka. This charming noble building was probably built before 1724. An equally charming residence was built in small Bolesław, it currently houses the Maria Płonowska Cultural Centre. It is also worth visiting the less known medieval strongholds of Stary Olkusz and Krzykawka.

Small wooden churches contrast with the magnificent defensive buildings and rich upland residences, which we will see following the Wooden Architecture Route. On the route we will find, among others, the church of St Mark in Rodaki, the church of Sts Nicholas and Lawrence in Dłużec and the chapel of St Joseph in Ojców (the “chapel on the water”). The first one of them is unique because it was created in 1601 and has survived to this day without major changes. Inside, we will see Mannerist altars from the turn of the 16th and 17th centuries, and a late Gothic statue of St Nicholas from about 1400, while the parish church in Dłużec is distinguished by a tower, which initially functioned as a free-standing belfry. After entering the temple, it is worth paying attention to the side altar with the statue of the Virgin Mary as the Throne of Wisdom, which dates back to the 4th quarter of the 15th century. Following the trail of wooden religious monuments, we cannot miss the chapel of St Joseph Craftsman. Located on the two banks of Prądnik and at the foot of the rocks known as Prałatki, it is one of the most interesting buildings of the Krakow-Częstochowa Upland. An intriguing story is connected with the “chapel on the water” – according to tradition, the impulse to build it was the ordinance of tsar Nicholas II, who banned the erection of sacred objects on the Ojców land. The result of the tsar's decision was the residents' idea to build a chapel “on the water” and thus outsmart the ruler's ban.

We encourage everybody interested in the Wooden Architecture Route to continue the exploration. In Wolbrom we can see the church of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, in Paczółtowice the Church of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, in Tenczynek the church of St Catherine and the church bell tower, in Poręba Dzierżna the temple of St Martin, while in Skała the belfry standing next to the brick church of St Nicholas.

Brick temples are also interesting, to name just a couple of them: Basilica of St Andrew the Apostle in Olkusz, Shrine in Jaroszowiec, Church of St Nicholas in Gorenice, Church of St Catherine in Wolbrom, or Church of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross in Strzegowa. Apart from them, it is worth mentioning other sites known for interesting architecture or charming location: the Monastery and Museum of the Discalced Carmelites in Czerna, the Church and the Hermitage of Bl. Salomea in Grodzisk, as well as the church and cemetery in Chechło.

Museums or distant and recent history

Upland likes to surprise, which is proved by places such as the “chapel on the water” or the Bogdan Szczygieł and Bożena Szczygieł-Gruszyńska African Museum in Olkusz. In the building dedicated to the art and culture of Africa, there are objects that will make us learn about the history of this continent. Thanks to the collections of such figures as dr Bogdan Szczygieł, dr Bożena Szczygieł-Gruszyńska, prof. dr hab. Anna Kubarska and Leon Kubarski, we learn how everyday life of West and Central African tribes looked like. In the Olkusz museum we will see, among others musical instruments on which people from this part of the world have played and still play with joy. Carefully carved ritual drums, rattles or lute will convince us that Africa is a land of great sounds and exceptional artists. In addition to the instruments, we will see in the African Museum, among others, masks used by local people during important ceremonies or a rich collection of African paintings. African culture enthusiasts are also recommended to visit the Mission Museum (Pilgrim's House) in Czerna. This institution documents the 44-year ministry of the Bare Carmelites in Burundi and Rwanda. At the Mission Museum you will find exhibits about the everyday life of the inhabitants of Africa.

We will return to Poland and our its culture with a visit to the Kocjan Cottage in Rabsztyn. In this house – built in Olkusz in 1862 – was born and lived Antoni Kocjan, glider designer and head of ZWZ / AK air intelligence, who discovered the secrets of the German weapons V1 and V2. In the first years of the 21st century, the building was dismantled and moved – today it stands at the foot of the castle in Rabsztyn. Currently, the Kocjan Cottage plays the role of a mini-open-air museum, in which we find farm equipment and many souvenirs and photos from over 70 years ago. The Museum of Works of Władysław Wołkowski based in Machnicki Manor in Olkusz is dedicated to a slightly different topic. The facility presents the works of a renowned artist who likes natural materials such as wicker, cane, string, linen or metal rod. Thanks to the visit to this institution you will learn why Wołkowski was named the author of the “Concept of Poetic Apartment” and “Michelangelo of Wicker” – and maybe you will even get inspired by his ideas!

Thanks to the collections of the Firefighting Museum of the Olkusz Land and the Regional Museum of PTTK in Olkusz we will learn the history of Olkusz and the surrounding area. As far as the region's history is concerned, the following also deserve attention: The Collection of Minerals of the Olkusz Land and Fossils of the Kraków-Częstochowa Upland, the Museum in Pieskowa Skała, the Mine of Knowledge about Zinc in Bukowno and the Carmelite Museum in Czerna.

The fact, that Jura is first of all one of the most picturesque regions of Poland, will be reminded by the Nature Exposition of the Ojców National Park in Ojców. Thanks to 3D screenings, we will learn the extraordinary history of the creation of the Prądnik Valley. We will also see numerous geological and paleontological exhibits from the Park area and visit the reconstructed cave interior.
Moving towards the northern border of the Małopolska part of the Upland, we shall reach Olkusz. It is one of the oldest Polish mining cities, where lead and silver ore was mined already in the 13th century. If you have already walked through the streets of Olkusz, maybe you have entered the Silver Trail of the Olkusz Gwarki. One of its important part are bronze figures of gwarki or Olkusz miners, placed on pedestals made of red Parczew conglomerate. The trail can be explored using a free audio guide. Olkusz – despite its richness in silver, had to wait a few centuries for its glory years. A breakthrough came in the 19th century, when zinc and lead mining developed in the settlement. Today, while strolling the streets of the city, we will see, among others, the tower, defensive walls, historic tenement houses on the Market Square and the Basilica of St Andrew (it's worth looking inside the church, because it hides the oldest organ and polyptych in Poland). You may also reach the Old Cemetery from the beginning of the 19th century (where colonel Francesco Nullo – who was killed when fighting for Poland's freedom during the January Uprising – is buried), Jewish cemetery or war cemetery. In Skała, Bydlin, Cieplice and Kaliś we will find the remains of the Great War located on the First World War's Eastern Front Trail.

Active leisure close to nature

Recommending the Krakow-Częstochowa Upland lovers of active leisure is absolutely well-founded. Hiking, biking and horse riding, as well as climbing, golf and running compose a list of suggestions from which everyone will choose something for themselves. The Upland's uniqueness lies in the opportunities it offers rock climbing enthusiasts. Beautiful valleys (Bolechowicka, Kobylańska, Będkowska, Kluczwoda, Szklarka, Wodąca) as well as isolated rocks (e.g. Pazurek II and Januszkowa Góra) scattered throughout the entire Upland offer thousands of climbing routes of various difficulties and lengths.

We also have good news for lovers of long hikes and bike trips. The first are recommended primarily to discover the Małopolska section of the Trail of the Eagles' Nests. We are convinced that hikers will also like the Trail of Jurassic Strongholds, which in its Małopolska section leads from Rudawa to Podzamcze. Cyclists are encouraged to choose the red trail Krakow-Ogrodzieniec, which crosses the Jura from south to north allowing you to see the most interesting castles of this area. For those looking for bicycle events, we recommend Family Rallies along the Olkusz Bike Trails. However, this is not all that Upland has to offer cyclists! If you're looking for other for ideas, we suggest you to take a look at the map of tourist routes on the Małpolska Tourist Routes website and check out the portal http://olkuskieszlaki.olkusz.eu/.

Do you fancy horse riding? Or maybe you prefer running? There may be something here for you as well. At the Hucul horse stud in Rudawa-Nielepice you will find the starting point of the Trans-Jura Horse Trail, which leads, among others, through the Błędów Desert. On the 33 km² of sandy terrain, runners can also use up their energy. It is for them that the “Hero Run” competitions take place here every year. Another runner feast is the Jurassic Running Festival - a new sporting event, the organizers of which offer us as many as 8 runs to choose from, including shorter (10 km) and longer (even 100 and 200 km) ones. Another suggestion is the Silver Ten Olkusz Street Run, which offers a 10 or 5 km distance.
In recent years, urban sports such as skateboarding or high-performance riding on scooters or BMX are becoming more and more popular. The organizers of Silver Games, taking place in the “Silver Park” recreation and landscape area in Olkusz, know this very well. They created a one of a kind festival, guaranteeing participants an unforgettable experience and acquiring some knowledge about Olkusz's mining past. “Silver Park” was built on the grounds of the former calamine mine, and offers an additional attraction in the form of the open-air mining machinery museum. Nearby are the remains of the Ponikowska Adit from the 16th century.

It is also impossible not to mention the Kraków Valley Golf & Country Club golf course and the Kraków Valley ski lift. Both these attractions await us in Paczółtowice, a few kilometres away from the town of Krzeszowice, famous for its health resort history. Finally, it is worth mentioning activities that will please every water sports enthusiast – rafting down the Białka and Sztoła rivers.

In the world of local tradition and culture

Upland is a place where the future is inseparably connected with the past. The list of events referring to the past include celebrations of the anniversary of the battles at Krzywopłoty and Krzykawka, Silver Feast in Olkusz or Knight's Tournament in Rabsztyn. Historic trails also play a major role in discovering the traces of past centuries. Some of them – the Route of Medieval Towns in Małopolska and the Romanesque Route, take us back to very distant times. Others, in turn, bring closer the fate of people who lived in the 19th and 20th centuries – it's worth getting acquainted with the offer of the Małopolska Trail of January Uprising and the First World War's Eastern Front Trail in Małopolska.

Upland is a place where you can experience also artistic emotions, thanks to such events as International Olkusz Organ Music Days and Night of Museums in Olkusz, among others. Both events guarantee amazing experiences, tearing us away from everyday life and introducing us to the world shrouded in mystery. 

You can experience extraordinary taste sensations by following the Małopolska Wine Trail and trying local dishes. The Kraków-Częstochowa Upland is the home of tasty products such as Jurassic cheesecake, Ojców trout and Jurassic bread. Products from Małopolska are included in the Certified Regional Products list. A typical Jura dish are potatoes roasted with meat and vegetables. Whoever is interested in local culture should be encouraged to learn about local products of a slightly different character. Curious explorers will find a peculiarity in the form of... corn straw slippers from Nawojowa Góra, wood products from Jerzmanowice or artistic blacksmithing from Przeginia and Żurada.

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