Ojcow National Park near Krakow, Poland

Krakow is a beautiful city to visit, and there are several great day trips you can easily take from the city.  Many tourists visit the fantastic Wieliczka salt mines, and the poignant Auschwitz concentration camp.

Another, lesser known, day trip from Krakow is to the beautiful Ojcow National Park.

Cracovian Gate in the Ojcow National Park near Krakow, Poland

Cracovian Gate in the Ojcow National Park near Krakow

The Ojcow National Park is only about 25 km from Krakow centre, and popular with locals but less well known to tourists.  The lovely rock formation known as the ‘Cracovian Gate’ in the photo above is a popular highlight, and there are many constructed paths through beautiful peaceful woodland.

Ojcow National Park near Krakow, Poland

Woodland path

There are many limestone features in the park, including numerous caves and the impressive Hercules Bludgeon rock.

Hercules Bludgeon rock in the Ocjow National Park near Krakow, Poland

Hercules Bludgeon rock

We visited the Ojcow National Park on a tour booked through Viator (follow the link for further details).  We were picked up at our hotel, driven to the park and taken on a leisurely guided walk to see some of the park’s beautiful natural features.  The tour lasted approximately 5 hours, and was suitable for anyone with reasonable fitness.

In addition to the park’s natural features, the tour also included a visit to the striking wooden Chapel on the Water, and the impressive Pieskowa Skala Castle.  The castle is a great example of Polish Renaissance architecture, and is fascinating to explore.

Chapel on the Water, Ocjow National Park near Krakow, Poland

Chapel on the Water

Pieskowa Skala Castle, Ojcow National Park near Krakow, Poland

Pieskowa Skala Castle

Pieskowa Skala Castle, Ojcow National Park near Krakow, Poland

Setting of the Pieskowa Skala Castle

Our guides were enthusiastic and knowledgeable, and we felt the tour was great value.

The Ojcow National Park is a great place to escape the noise and bustle of the city for a few hours.   If you enjoy walking in peaceful woodland and dramatic limestone landscapes, and enjoy exploring historic buildings, we highly recommend this tour.

For this and other tours you can book in and around Krakow, see Viator.



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