Ojcow National Park & Pieskowa Skala Castle

 

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Ojcow National Park area covers 11 km of the Pradnik Valley and 4 km of the Saspowka Valley, with Steep Jura limestone cliffs, and it extends from Pieskowa Skala in the north to Pradnik Korzkiewski in the south. Southern tip of the Park is situated only 19 km from Krakow.


The main tourist attraction of the Park are fantastically shaped limestone rocks which look like spires, clubs, towers or gates. Probably most famous rock is the pillar known as “Hercules’ Club”. It is 25 meters high and stands on the terrace of height of 8 – 12 meters. It is located right next to the main road so it is hard to miss it and you can easily see it from the car. In Ojcow National Park there are also interesting dry valleys, karst springs and around 400 caves with the biggest and most popular Lokietka Cave named after the King of Poland - Wladyslaw Lokietek. Caves are inhabited by 15 species of bats. In the Park there are some unique species of Ojcow birch and the relict dwarf cherry.

Pieskowa Skala is one of the most beautiful castles in Poland. It was built in the Gothic style by King Kazimierz the Great in the 14th century and rebuilt later in the 16th century into the Renaissance style. Its new version was supposed to resemble Wawel Castle. But the beauty of the Pieskowa Skala is mostly thanks to its fantastic location. Castle is situated on an inaccessible rock surrounded by spectacular scenery. It has well preserved arcaded courtyard and bastions which dominate the Pradnik Valley.





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