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hikes and Trips
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The route is suitable for motorists as well
Into the Cracow Valleys
as cyclists, who may take a train back from
Rudawa. It is worth remembering that the
The route: Cracow (Kraków) – Modlnica
most interesting parts of the valleys (in terms
– Tomaszowice – Bolechowice – Karniowice –
of landscape) are closed to traffic, and require
Kobylany – Będkowice – Rudawa – Cracow (Kraków)
a walk to see them, and neither are accessible
Length: 53 km
to cyclists.
e
agles’ Nests
This short route leads to the Cracow Jurassic Leaving cr a c o w down road 94 in the
valleys, which, apart from the Prądnik Valley, direction of Olkusz, it is easy to miss the exit
are considered to be the most attractive. These to mo d L n i c a . Try not to pass it by, as there
The Land of
spectacular ravines with their rock gates, tow- are two monuments of exceptional beauty
ers, and walls are the pride of the western part in the village. The older, a parish church
of the Cracow district. Other valleys, cutting built in 1553, is one of the most valuable
into the massif of the Cracow-Częstochowa buildings of its kind in the Cracow area.
Jurassic Highland Chain, merge with the deep A brick-domed Baroque chapel annexed to
Krzeszowice Trench, separated from the Chain it in 1622 in the form of the Kucharski family
by a steep rock step. This area is a popular mausoleum makes it even more unique. The
destination of weekend hiking for Cracovians. interior of the church is partially covered
The valleys, and parts of the Chain between with Renaissance polychromies from the
them, are protected as the Cracow Valleys period of the church’s construction. The
Landscape Park (Park Krajobrazowy Dolinki rest is Baroque, but there is a 15
th
-century
Krakowskie), 20,000 hectares in area, it is painting of St. Mary of Modlnica at the main
part of the Cracow Jurassic Landscape Parks altar. On the other side of the road, there is
Complex (Zespół Jurajskich Parków Krajobra- an old park, in which you can see the white
zowych). Apart from the valleys, you can see walls of a classical manor house from 1784.
a few monuments here: old manor houses It belonged to the Konopka family and is
and churches, with a history dating back to now used by the Jagiellonian University as
the Middle Ages. a conference centre.
Then the road leads to
to m a s Z o w i c e , where at the
edge of the village you can
turn right to the mouth of
the tiny Podskalański Ra-
vine (Wąwóz Podskalański).
This little valley was created
by the Wondonka stream
flowing through it. You can
take a short walk on the
The wooden church in Modlnica, photo A. Błaszczak
black trail which runs along
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