Outside Cracow

Auschwitz - Birkenau

Auschwitz -Birkenau was the largest concentration and death camp in the Nazi-occupied Poland. This site of mass-murder and genocide is now a symbol of Holocaust, a visit to which is an important history lesson for everyone.

 

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Wieliczka Salt Mine

The Wieliczka Salt Mine lies within the Cracow metropolitan area (about half an hour drive from the centre). It is often referred to as "the Underground Salt Cathedral of Poland", being one of the most outstanding attractions in the southern Poland.

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Wadowice, Kalwaria, Łagiewniki

Wadowice, a small town situated 50 km from Cracow, is best known for being the birthplace of Karol Wojtyła, later the Pope John Paul II, who is acclaimed as one of the most influential leaders of the 20th century. Kalwaria Zebrzydowska is one of the most visited the pilgrimage sites in Polnad and Łagiewniki is famed for its Sanctuary of the Divine Mercy associated with the life and activity of St. Sister Faustina.

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Ojców - National Park

Ojców is a village situated only 18 km (11 miles) north-west of Cracow. It is one of the sights of the Eagle Nests Trail, as there are the ruins of a Gothic castle near the village. The village lies just in the middle of the Ojców National Park (the smallest of Poland's 23 national parks).

 

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Benedictine Abbey in Tyniec

Benedictine Abbey in Tyniec is the oldest existing monastery in Poland (founded in 1044 by Casimir I the Restorer). A trip to this beautifully located place is a perfect opportunity to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city and stay in the atmosphere of a medieval abbey.

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