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introduction
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InvItAtIon to the ReGIon
The Cracow district, though it is not large, can boast a huge diversity of landscapes, an extraordinary
thing for such a small area. Its monuments are equally interesting and often beautifully integrated
into the picturesque surroundings. The most famous of them are the mediaeval castles, perched on
the rocks above Jurassic valleys, adorned with limestone crags and covered with the lush green of
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forests – the real Land of Eagles’ Nests (kraina orlich gniazd). The Tenczyn Ridge (Garb Tenczyński)
and the area of Krzeszowice are equally attractive. That part of the district may be symbolised
by the impressive ruins of the Tęczyn Castle and the baroque Carmelite monastery in Czerna,
which is hidden in beech forests near Krzeszowice. The valley of the Vistula River stretches to
the south of the areas situated on the edge of the Cracow-Częstochowa Jurassic Highland Chain egion | Main
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(Wyżyna Krakowsko-Częstochowska). That “queen of Polish rivers” flows there among the Jurassic
hills of the Chain and the hillocks of the Wieliczka Foothills (Pogórze Wielickie), giving rise to the
picturesque Cracow Gate. Setting off on the trip across the Foothills, we are going to visit a region
that constitutes the vanguard of the Carpathians – distant mountain ridges visible from numerous
spots. It is worthwhile to visit that area’s wooden churches and one-time manor-houses, some of
them still neglected, others regaining their former splendour.
The north-eastern part of the district is an area not much known to tourists. Yet, it is
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worth hiking through the Dłubnia Valley (Dolina Dłubni) to the Miechów Upland (Wyżyna
Miechowska). This fertile agricultural countryside boasts interesting monuments: mediaeval
churches of great value and slightly newer aristocratic mansions. Heading east down the
Vistula, one can visit several interesting places on the eastern end of the district, located on
an escarpment above the valley of Poland’s longest river.
MAIn AttRACtIonS
The part of the Cracow-Częstochowa Jurassic Highland Chain including the Ojców National
Park (Ojcowski Park Narodowy) is the district area best-known to tourists. Holiday traffic is at its
highest here as well as in the so-called Cracow Valleys (Dolinki Podkrakowskie/Krakowskie).
These places are also a popular destination of weekend trips for Cracow residents.
Bird’s eye view over the Jurassic Highland Chain, photo archives of Aspel
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