Photo by Paweł Dutka
Magical area of Lesser Poland with its capital - Krakow is certainly the top tourist attraction in Poland.
We will start our tour from Biecz - a picturesque town, often called Small Krakow where you can unwind and take a break from hectic city life.
We will encourage you to visit the most precious items on Wooden Architecture Route, which spreads on the whole Lesser Poland region ending in highlands and the Polish winter capital - Zakopane.
Our last destination will be the pearl of Polish architecture and culture - Krakow - the place with its exceptional spirit, you cannot find anywhere in the world.
WE HOPE YOU WILL ENJOY YOUR VISIT TO OUR AREA!
1) Biecz - Corpus Christi Collegiate Church - the pearl of Gothic architecture in Poland
Photo by Mariusz Kozień
The oldest part of the church is the chancel (started in 1326, completed around 1480). The altar was made in 1604.
Next to the church there is a late Gothic bell tower of the fourteenth century.
Do you know Polish Queen Jadwiga Andegaweńska ( of Anjou ) ? She was famous from her charitable activities - and that was she who funded a hospital in Biecz - you can still see its renovated fasade. In our collegiate church there are Jadwiga's relics.
Let's go inside and touch the past!
-You can start touring half hour before each mass (never during the service)
-During the holidays every day except from Sundays and public holidays from 10.00 to 13.00
Entrance is free of charge!
If you are Gothic art enthusiast that's the place for you!
Klaudia Zielińska & Aleksandra Mazurek
2) Biecz - The House with the Tower - one of the oldest pharmaciest in Poland
Discover the real meaning of medieval times. You have oportunity to visit The museum „The House with the Tower” which is located in tenement from 1523 year. Come and see first pharmacy in Sub-Carpathian region which was situated in this building. Unique pharmacy was founded in 1557 by pharmacist Marcin Barian Rokicki. If you are into art, fascinating fact for you will be that the tenement consists Renaissance elements, which were restored during renovations in the years 1968-1978. Also you will enjoy this if you are interested in historical monuments because the Tower from XVI century is a defensive tower called "Rajc's Tower" and it adheres to the tenement.
-From the past of pharmacy in the Sub-Carpathian region- Have you ever imagined how medicine looked like in medieval times? Now you have chance to see it live! The excellent exhibition focuses on the history of pharmacy and pharmacies with a particular focus on Biecz. Feel the atmosphere of the past and see reconstructed Apothecary's room which is placed on the ground floor of the Tower. There are exposed necessary raw materials for the production of medications and there’s also wonderful collection of devices used for medications production and their storage. You can step back in time by seeing precious medical library from XVI century and inventory books of pharmacy equipment will perfectly show you how the medicine looked like in those days. Pharmaceutical exposures are rare in polish museums, don’t miss to visit it!
Here you can see the virtual exposure, just check it out!
-From the musical past of Biecz and the region - Have you ever seen an instruments from the XVIII - XX century? Now you can see with your own eyes a fabulous exhibition of different musical instruments used and manufactured in Biecz and the region. It’s divided into two sections: folk instruments and court instruments.
-Middle-class culture from XIX- XX century - Have you wondered how people lived in the past? Middle-class living room from XIX century shows uniforms and middle-class clothes which people were wearing, also there are historical painting.
In the Tower is presented fascinating craftsmanship which includes superb tools, products and craft documents of Biecz and the region over the centuries.
Artur Ryba & Miłosz Majznarski
3) Biecz - Franciscan Monastery
Are you interested in historical culture and wooden architecture?
Are you beatuty lover?
Then, you must see monuments on Wooden Architecture Roude in Lesser Poland!
Wooden Architecture Route is a collection 253 the most valuable wooden monuments from Lesser Poland. They contain churches, orthodox churches, beauty old residences, grups of buldings, museums and open-air museums. The idea appeared in 2001. Already in 2004 four monuments from Route were entered into the UNESCO World Cultular and Herigate List (churches: St. Michael's the Archangel in Binarowa,St. Michael's the Archangel in Dębno, St. Leonard's in Lipnica Murowana, St. Philip and Jacob's in Sękowa). In 2013 on this List came next 4 orthodox churches (St. Jacob's junior in Powroźnik, Care Mother of God in Owczary, St. Praskiewa's in Kwiatoń and St. Michael's the Archangel in Brunary Wyżne). Entrace to monuments is grant and often free.
Open: 1 V - 30 IX weekends
Owczary’s orthodox church
Kwiatoń’s orthodox church
Powroźnik’s orthodox church
Are you looking for natural beauty?
The landscape of Tatras is a one of most beatiful view in whole Poland. The Tatra euforia starts to overhelm us on the doorsteps of this wonderful land, brought with the scent of the mountains. Picturesque valleys lead us along. A bit higher the forest gives way smoothly to ever-green long-needle dwarf pine, stretching out up to the first alps overgrown with tufts of grass. In the end we reach the granite alps, sprinkled only with yellow of the lichens topping the tatra summits, from which we can see the world patrolled by crowns and eagles.
While visiting Zakopane it’s no way to don’t get on Gubałówka and go to Orla Perć, The Kościeliska Valley or above Morskie Oko lake. For more skill turists is recommended expedition to mount Giewont or Rysy- the highest hill in Polish Tatras.
After tedious hikes just relax.
You must strool along this kilometer avenue or you can ride by horse-drawn carriage. Except shops and buildings in zakopiański style you find here museum of Tatras, famous hotel “Morskie Oko” and tatras station.
Do you like skiing? Zakopane offers a lot of ski slopes. The longest drive last 20 minutes! Even if you never skiing there are training centers.
Kacper Karp & Piotr Janowski
Kraków is one of the most popular and beautiful cities in Poland. It is also the second largest city. It is situated on the Vistula River in the Lesser Poland region. Kraków is a pearl of architecture and has a huge cultural history, the city itself dates back to the 7th century. It was the former capital of Poland, the place of coronation and later the burial ground of almost all Polish monarchs.
Kraków is the town which fulfills the expectations of the most demanding travellers. Must-dos of each visit are: the old town and the Main Market Square with St. Mary's Basilica, the Sukiennice Cloth Hall and the National Art Museum, you should take a chance to pass the medieval St Florian's Gate with the Barbican and move back in time walking along the Royal Coronation Route ending in the Wawel Castle with the Wawel Cathedral.
But if you don’t like the places overrun with visitors, you can feel the unique spirit of the town discovering it on your own way.
One of interesting options to explore is the Crazy Guides (riding all around the town in vintage Trabant automobiles and seeing the the true sights of city; website )
After the whole day, unwind in one of dosens of clubs, bars, cafes or restaurants where you should try traditional Polish dishes.
This pearl of Polish towns is the place that siuts everyone’s pocket and taste and you can never be bored there.
Krakow’s website http://www.krakow.pl/english/
Stanisław Lem Garden of Expierences http://www.ogroddoswiadczen.pl/en
National Art Museum http://mnk.pl/
Wawel Royal Castle http://wawel.krakow.pl/en/
Aleksandra Mazurek & Klaudia Zielińska
The cathedral has a remarkable golden dome over the Sigismund's Chapel. Inside its tower it has the Sigismund Bell which sound can only be heard on special occasions. There are also two more outstanding towers by the cathedral. Near the hill, there is also the Dragon's Cave, where, according to the legend, the Wawel's Dragon used to live. In front of the entrance there is the dragon's monument. Reading about it, though, is nothing compared to seeing it.
Do you want to feel like polish afterward and see like celebrations and parties were looking like? Come and visit State Rooms.
Have you ever thought like apartment of kings look like and how royal family and retinue were spending a part of the day? In Wawel are Royal Private Apartments that give you all the answers.
Crown Treasury is located on the ground floor of the north-eastern corner of the castle. It is related to the historic institution of the Crown Treasury once located here, which was a visible sign of the independence of the Kingdom of Poland, and later of the Commonwealth of the Two Nations. You can also see there the most significant Polish historic artifact – SZCZERBIEC - coronation sword.
If you love weapons and armours you have to visit Armoury and Basement. In basement under the vault hang copies of banners captured from the Teutonic Knights at Grunwald in 1410.
Oriental Arts will present you a particular aspect of Polish heritage and artistic taste, shaped as a result of military and trade contacts with Near East countries.
“The Lost Wawel “can take you back in time. Exhibition in its present form opened in 1975. Building upon earlier expositions dedicated to the history of Wawel Hill and centered on the remains of the Rotunda of Sts. Felix and Adauctus (alternately, Rotunda of the Blessed Virgin Mary) from the late 10th/early 11th century, the exhibition also encompasses the former royal kitchens and coach house.
If you are a fan of caves you can’t miss surely among great curiosities of Wawel – Dragon’s den where, according to the legend, the Wawel's Dragon used to live.
Are you curious about the most beautiful garden in Poland? You should see The Royal Gardens. The historical existence of terraced gardens on the eastern slope of the hill from about 1540, known from written sources, was also confirmed by the discovery of stone steps, brick garden walks, and other elements of garden architecture during an archeological excavations. The Swedish invasion of 1655 put an end to the cultivation of the Wawel gardens. The present gardens have been developed to reflect the Renaissance gardens of the period around 1540. The reconstruction of Renaissance gardens dating from the first half of the 1500s is a rarity in Europe; gardens from the latter half of the century are more frequent. The Wawel gardens are the only reconstructed Renaissance gardens in Poland.
Come to us and find everything you look for this whole time! We wait for you!
•Address: Wawel 5, 31-001 Kraków
•Telephone: 12 422 51 55
* Monday - closed
* Tuesday - 09:30–17:00
* Wednesday - 09:30–17:00
* Thursday - 09:30–17:00
* Friday - 09:30–17:00
* Saturday - 10:00 – 17:00
* Sunday - 10:00 -17:00
Justyna & Anna Makowiec
Last editor: Arielle FREMIN