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Kraków-Częstochowa Upland

Kraków-Częstochowa Upland

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A journey through the Krakow-Czestochowa Upland, also known as Polish Jura, can be started in Krakow.
In the former Polish capital, tourists have been admiring for centuries the monumental Wawel, which is one of the most important monuments of our country. This castle is also the first point on the Trail of the Eagles' Nests, from which we will begin our story. The name of this famous route has an extremely interesting genesis. The strongholds and castles of the Upland were built on high rocks reaching up to 30 meters height! Numerous legends are associated with the Trail of the Eagles' Nests, which embellish the history of this region. The picturesque Prądnik Valley makes the landscape even more breath-taking – we will see it starting from Krakow and heading towards Korzkiew, Ojców and Sułoszowa. In these places there you will find another stops of the Eagles' Nests Trail – castle ruins and fortresses remembering the Middle Ages.

When we leave Ojców National Park and head west, we will reach the Krakow Valleys. In one of them – the Będkowska Valley – you can discover the Bat Cave with flint caves and javelins made by the first people of the Homo Sapiens species. We recommend this place to lovers of history, geology and... Polish cinema. Some scenes of the movie “With Fire and Sword” were shot here. Interesting caves can also be found, for example, in the Kluczwoda Valley: Mamutowa (Wierzchowska Dolna) and Wierzchowska Górna. Experienced speleologists will be delighted with extraordinary attractions, including caves: Januszkowa Szczelina – one of the deepest in the Upland, located near Olkusz; Gorenicka Cave or Mąciwody Cave in the village of Klucze, the entrance to which is in situated in... a well.

You can write a lot about the Upland's caves, as only in the Ojców National Park, there are over 500 of them. At a distance of 10-20 km from Olkusz, we come across the Pazurek and Michałowiec nature reserves. There are also the Wodąca Valley and the Sztoła Valley in the area.