Outside the Town

 

Bochnia Salt Mine


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Bochnia is a small city situated 40 km south-east from Krakow. It is known for Salt Mine which was opened in 1248, even earlier than in Wieliczka. In 1253 it received the town rights.

Niepolomice


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This small town lies only 20 km east from Krakow on the edge of big forest area called Niepolomice Forest. In the 14th century King Kazimierz Wielki (the Great) built here his royal hunting castle. Between 1550 and 1571 it was remodeled into Renaissance palace by King Zygmunt August.

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.

Kalwaria Zebrzydowska


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This small town lies only 33 km from Krakow. It is known for its Calvary on the hill slope which is the imitation of the original one in Jerusalem. It is the oldest calvary in Poland and also the most unusual one. It was commissioned and planed in 1600 by Mikolaj Zebrzydowski, the ruler of Krakow and an ardent...

Wadowice


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The small city of Wadowice lies 50 km from Krakow and is well known in Poland, mainly because of one thing. It was here where Pope John Paul II (Karol Wojtyla) was born on 18th May 1920. First written record of Wadowice dates from 1325. At that time the town belonged to Silesian dukes.

Tyniec – Benedictine Abbey


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Tyniec lies only 12 km from the centre of Krakow. This monastery village is famous for picturesque Benedictine Abbey which is located on the steep limestone of Vistula escarpment. The Abbey was probably founded around 1044 by King Kazimierz I the Restorer on the site of a prehistoric fortress.

Wieliczka Salt Mine


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Wieliczka Salt Mines are the oldest mines in the world still open. Salt was obtained from the local springs as early as 3000 BC. Magnum Sal (Great Salt) is mentioned in documents from the 11th century. The oldest shaft (Goryszowski) dates from 1280. In 1290 Wieliczka was given town status.

Auschwitz & Birkenau


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Polish name of Oswiecim does not mean much to foreigners, but its German equivalent, Auschwitz, evokes fear in almost everyone. It has become a symbol of the Holocaust and Nazi war crimes as a whole. On 14th June 1940 the Nazis established here the largest concentration camp on Polish territory, Konzentrazionslager...
 
 
 

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