Great biking daytrips outside Krakow

Ojcow National Park Poland

Limestone rocks in Ojcow National Park

Stay long enough in Krakow and you’ll probably be itching to get out and explore. We don’t blame you. Poland is a beautiful country and well worth exploring. Better yet, do it on a bike and you’ll get to see more in less time – and have a lot of fun as well.

Here are some ideas for biking day trips out of Krakow. Of course, if you prefer to keep your feet firmly on the ground you can take public transport to all these places as well.

Ojcow National Park

Go see some nature at the Ojcow National Park, which at 21.5 sq. kilometers is the smallest of the 20-odd national parks in Poland. While the wildlife is stunning, the limestone rocks – some as high as fifty metres – are what draws the crowd. There are also natural caves to explore.

At just 24 km away from Krakow, it makes for a good biking day out.

‘Eagle Nests’

One of the Polish UNESCO Heritage sites in Kalwaria Zebrzydowska

One of the Polish UNESCO Heritage sites in Kalwaria Zebrzydowska

Poland’s Eagle Nest Castles are rather stunning buildings that sit on the hilltops along the Krakow-Czestochowa Upland. King Casimir III the Great first erected them, and over time, some have been renovated, others retaining their original look.

The whole trail runs 164km – through Ojcow, Pieskowa Skala, Rabsztyn, Klucze, Bydlin, Smolen, Pilica, Ogrodzieniec castle, Gora Zborow, Mirow castle, Potok Zloty, and Olsztyn – but you can decide how far you go out as it would be impossible to see them all in a day. The two nearest ones are next to Ojcow National Park.

Calvary Sanctuary in Kalwaria Zebrzydowska

The Church in Wadowice

The Church in Wadowice

At 42km southwest of Krakow, the Calvary Sanctuary in Kalwaria Zebrzydowska is a worthwhile day trip for the fit cyclist. Kalwaria Zebrzydowska is a town in the charming Carpathian Foothills with 42 churches of all different shapes and sizes – all magnificent to look at.

The sanctuary is now a UNESCO World Heritage site and is, and has always been, an important site for pilgrims. As such, today it’s a great place to meet and mix with people from all over Europe and the world.

Wadowice

Wadowice is a small city of about 20,000 and, most importantly, the birthplace of the much revered Pope John II who was born there in 1920. The city is located southwest of Krakow, not too far from Kalwaria Zebrzydowska.

Most visitors first head to 7 Koscielna Street where the Pope grew up. Today it is a museum dedicated to his life where you can see pieces of his furniture and belongings. You can also see the church he worshipped at nearby. A mix of 15th century Gothic architecture and late 17th century Baroque. Inside you can see the font where the Pope was baptized.

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