Krakow

Ojców National Park

 (+48) 12 648 99 77     10 Oct 2019
The first stop – only 24km from Kraków – is one of the best. Despite being one of the smallest of PL’s 23 national parks, Ojców ranks with the best of them and even takes the prize for fauna with over 1,000 species of flowering plants within its boundaries. Covering the most cherished cultural and natural territory of the Jura Upland, the park is characterised by steep slopes and several fantastic rock formations including the 25m high ‘Hercules’ Club’ and the 15m ‘Kraków Gate’. There are some 400 caves registered in the park, the two largest of which – Ciemna (230 metres long) and Łokietka (270m) – are open to the public. Ojców is also home to two castles. Not much remains of Kazimierz’s Castle save its entry gate and Gothic tower with a tiny exhibition on its history; at its foot you’ll find the nap-worthy Ojców NP museum, breaking down the flora, fauna, geology and archaeology of the park. Pieskowa Skała is a different case altogether. On the park’s northern border overlooking a scenic valley, Pieskowa Skała was originally founded in the 14th century by Kazimierz the Great and converted into a Renaissance residence in the 1500s. Repeatedly restored and expanded upon by numerous owners after the incidents of several centuries the castle was returned to its 16th century form when renovations were most recently completed in the 1950s and 60s. Today one of the most glorious examples of Renaissance residential architecture in Poland, the castle chambers are home to three permanent exhibits: 14th to 19th century Polish art (11/9zł), the English Painting Gallery (10/6zł), and the Castle History exhibit (included with ticket to another exhibit; combined ticket for all three exhibits 18/11zł). Full of fantastic hiking trails, exploring Ojców can easily occupy an entire day on its own. To get there catch a Unibus mini-bus from the lot on ul. Pawia (near Galeria Krakowska) at 08:00, 10:30, 13:40, 15:30. 17:15 and 19:05, Sat 06:20, 10:40, 13:40, 19:00, Sun 10:40, 13:40, 19:00.
 
Ojców National Park



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Ciemna Cave open 10:00 - 17:00; admission 6.50/4.50zł. Łokietek Cave open 09:00 - 18:30, from Sept 09:00 - 17:30; admission 7.50/5.50zł. Kazimierz’s Castle open 10:00 - 17:45, from Sept 10:00 - 16:45; admission 2.50/1.50zł. Pieskowa Skała Castle open 09:00 - 17:00, Fri 09:00 - 13:00, Sat, Sun 10:00 - 18:00; closed Mon.

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