Tarnow

St. Martin's Hill

This 384 metre hill on the southern end of Tarnów is considered the northernmost point of the Carpathian Mountains and is a favourite recreation point for locals. It was here that the Tarnowski Castle, first completed in 1331, stood for many centuries. The castle had its heyday during the reign of hetman Jan Tarnowski who adapted it into a Renaissance-style palace in the 16th century. However, after the hetman's son died childless in 1567 - a mere six years after his own death - the castle began to fall into disrepair and was abandoned by 1723. Today all that remains are ruins, however they serve as a popular hiking destination for locals who enjoy the panoramic views of Tarnów's Old Town (climb at your own risk, it's particularly dicey in bad weather). On the eastern side of St. Martin's Hill, about a 15 minute walk from the castle ruins and easy to find next to a tall TV transmitter, stands one of Tarnów's three wooden churches: St. Martin's. Built in Gothic style in the 15th century, it stands on the site of Tarnów's first parish, established in the 12th century. Only 2km from the city centre, St. Martin's Hill is popular with mountain bikers, while others enjoy the scenic walk. Near the top is the Podzamcze restaurant, one of Tarnów's better culinary offerings. To get there with minimal effort you can take a cab for about 15zł (call +48 601 519 919), or catch bus 31, getting off at 'Góra Św. Marcina' 10mins later.

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