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  • Zakopane and the Tatra Mountains
    The city of Krakow lies only 100 kilometers away from the most beautiful Polish mountains - the Tatras. Its main city, Zakopane, often called “the winter capital of Poland” is famous for its wooden architecture and rich local culture.
  • Ojcow National Park
    Smallest but one of the most attractive national parks in Poland - Ojcow National Park - is rich in wildlife, fanciful limestone rocks and medieval architecture.
  • Jews of Galicia
    The Lesser Poland is a part of the former Galicia, one of the most multicultural and multireligious regions of Europe. In 1900 every third inhabitant of Galicia was of Jewish origin. This part of Poland allows to experience the exceptional character of the pre-war Jewish towns, so-called shtetls.
  • Wooden Architecture Route
    The growing popularity of the region gave rise to creating „The Wooden Architecture Route” several years ago to highlight the most valuable wooden monuments of the Lesser Poland.

Wadowice and Kalwaria Zebrzydowska

Visitors to Krakow are often keen to do a one-day tour of the Sanctuary in Kalwaria Zebrzydowska and the birthplace of Karol Wojtyla (Pope John Paul II) in Wadowice.

The Bernardine Fathers Sanctuary in Kalwaria Zebrzydowska is located in a picturesque setting of Góra Żar (the Zar mountain) in Low Beskid mountain range and consists of a basilica and monastery buildings. It dates back to the seventeenth century. The whole complex along with the 'paths' was recorded in the UNESCO list in 1999 to become the first calvary ever included in this prestigious list.
A huge area encircling the Sanctuary is covered by the so-called Calvary Paths, imitating the landscape of Jerusalem and in this way resembling the site of Jesus Christ's Passion and death. The Paths dedicated to Jesus Christ and Madonna hold 42 chapels patterned on the objects in the Holy Land.
The Sanctuary of Kalwaria Zebrzydowska is also related to the cult of Mary, with the gracious image of Our Lady of Calvary housed by the Basilica.
The nearby town of Wadowice draws attention especially through places linked with Karol Wojtyla's earliest life stage. These include the family home and the birthplace of the pope-to-be, the place of his baptism at the Basilica of the Oblation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the main market square and the schools attended by the pope.
If you have some more time to spare, a visit to the nearby Lanckorona is well worth a recommendation. The exceptionally charming little town attracts visitors by its wooden architecture well-preserved to this day.
Admission to the above-mentioned places is free of charge.
Guide service fee of one-day tour: 390 PLN