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  Recommended tours

  • Wieliczka Salt Mine
    Wieliczka - a must-see spot in Krakow’s environs, lies only 10 kilometers from the city center. It dates back to Middle Ages and is one of the most famous salt mines in the world.
  • Dunajec Ravine Rafting
    A rafting passage along the picturesque ravine of the Dunajec river is a must-do attraction in Pieniny National Park, one of the unusually charming and yet commercially unspoilt regions in the Lesser Poland.
  • Wadowice and Kalwaria Zebrzydowska
    Visitors to Krakow are often keen to do a one-day tour of the Sanctuary in Kalwaria Zebrzydowska and Wadowice, the birthplace of Karol Wojtyla - Pope John Paul II.
  • Jews of Galicia
    The Lesser Poland is a part of the former Galicia, one of the most multicultural and multireligious regions of Europe. In 1900 every third inhabitant of Galicia was of Jewish origin. This part of Poland allows to experience the exceptional character of the pre-war Jewish towns, so-called shtetls.

Wooden Architecture Route

The Lesser Poland province has for the last few years been attracting tourists by its unique and picturesque wooden architecture. The growing popularity of the region gave rise to creating „The Wooden Architecture Route” several years ago to highlight the most valuable wooden monuments of the Lesser Poland.

Once rich in objects, however, the wooden architecture was subject to significant destruction as a result of the civilization advancement. Among many buidings listed on the Route there are, in the first place, numerous churches, residential buildings, manor houses, Zakopane-style villas in Podhale region, farm buildings, paesant huts and a few synagogues too. Despite having often lost their original shape and surroundings, many of these buildings still constitute an important historical record.
The great majority of the monuments are little wooden churches, usually of Roman catholic denominantion or, in some instances, former Lemko shrines of Greek catholic denomination. In recent years some of them have been recorded in the prestigious UNESCO list, including the churches in Binarowa, Dębno Podhalańskie, Lipnica Murowana and Sękowa. Most of them are representative of the gothic style, present in the wooden architecture for as long as until the sevententh century. The interiors were often covered by wall paintings, preserved to this day in some buidlings on the Route.
The Wooden Achitecture Route, which is over 3,000 km long, encompasses three administrative provinces and includes nearly 500 wooden monuments. Our guided tour of the Lesser Poland will give you the best opportunity to sightsee the most important wooden monuments located in the surroundings of Krakow, including the following places:
- Dębno Podhalańskie
- Łopuszna
- Harklowa
- Nowy Targ
- Rabka Zdrój
- Grywałd
- Frydman
- Ochotnica Dolna