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Ojcow National Park near Krakow

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Ojcow National Park is located in Southern Poland (Malopolskie region), 16 km north of Krakow, on Krakow – Czestochowa Plateau. It embraces valleys of two small rivers, the Pradnik and the Saspowka and neighbouring fragments of Jurassic plateau and is the smallest National Park in Poland.
 
The Park’s surface is built of Jurassic limestone, formed approximately 150-180 million years ago. Karst waters sculpted in the valleys peculiar landscape forms, steep canyons and various rocks and mogotes. Ojcow has two types of limestone – massy and platy. The former is resistant to wind erosion and forms spectacular mogotes and isolated rocks in valleys of varied shape, such as Maczuga Herkulesa (Hercules’ Club), Igla Deotymy (Deotyma Needle) and many others. The Park has approximately 400 caves and other karst forms such as rising springs, V-shaped valleys, tracts and sinks. The longest caves are Lokietek Cave (320 m), Ciemna Cave (230 m) and Zbojecka Cave (189 m).

Diversified relief and microclimate supported rich and varied vegetation, consisting of approximately 1000 vascular plants with differing habitat requirements and origin, including approx. 50 alpine species and more than 100 termophilous species which are typical for southern Europe. The Park fauna is amazingly abundant; research has so far confirmed existence of approx. 5500 animal species, while general population is estimated at 12000 species. Mammals are represented by badgers, common dormouse, ermines and beavers. Bats, hibernating in local caves, are also among the most interesting mammals.
 
The oldest traces of human settlements in the area date back to the Old Stone Age, that is have approximately 120 thousand years. Flint was mined and processed in the vicinity of Ojcow during New Stone Age. Among numerous architectural attraction of the Park is a well preserved Renaissance castle in Pieskowa Skala and ruins of a Gothic castle in Ojcow. Both castles functioned as links in a medieval defence system which protected south-western border of Poland. Pieskowa Skala Castle houses a branch of Wawel Museum of Art and a permanent exhibition of Ojcow National Park named after prof. Szafer, visited by approximately 40 thousand guests annually. Other local attractions are Lokietek Cave, Ciemna Cave and ruins of Ojcow Castle. Szafer Museum, established in 1965, collects data on resources and phenomena occurring in the Park, prepares research and popularises information on the Park and the region. Vicinity of Krakow and ample facilities such as the Museum, tourist routes and tourist shelters attract numerous visitors to the Park.



Worth to see


PIESKOWA SKALA CASTLE
tel. / fax.: +48 123896004
Open whole year:
Tuesday-Thursday - from 09:00-15:15 (last entry),  
Friday - free entry (only first floor of museum) from 9:00-12:00 (last entry)  
Saturda -Sunday - from 10:00-17:15 (last entry),  
the external courtyard open to 20:00, 
on Monday and follow the a holiday days - inoperative.  
 
Price-list:
normal ticket - 10,00 PLN
half-price ticket - 7,00 PLN
free admission only on external courtyard and bastion.
 
KING'S LOKIETEK CAVE
tel. 0-12 419 08 01
Open every day since 16 April till 13 November from 9.00 to 15.30 (April and November - last entry), to 18.30 (May - August), to 17.30 (September), to 16.30 (October).  

 

The ticket price:
normal - 6,50 PLN  
reduced - 4,30 PLN

 

DARK CAVE

Open every day since 30 April till 16 November from 11.00 do 17.15 (last entry).


The ticket price:
normal - 5,50 PLN  
reduced - 3,20 PLN


 

RUINS OF CASIMIR'S CASTLE IN OJCOW
tel. 0-12 389 20 44  

Open: since 23 April till 9 November, from Tuesday to Sunday: 

 - April - May and August - September: 10:00-16.45, June - July: to 17:45, October: to 15:45, November: to 14:45; on Sundays and holiday about hour longer, Monday - inoperative.  
 

Price-list:
normal ticket - 1,65 PLN 
half-price ticket - 1,07 PLN

 

BAT'S CAVE IN BEDKOWSKA VALLEY 

(Jerzmanowice, beyond borders of Ojcow National Park)

 
Open every day:

 - since 1 May till 31 October from 8.00-18.00, 

Entry - Zygmunt Ferdek, Jerzmanowice 79, tel. (012) 389 53 95 

  

The ticket price:
normal - 6 PLN
reduced - 5 PLN

 

WLADYSLAW SZAFER NATURAL MUSEUM IN OJCOW
Hotel "Under Lokietkiem", tel. 0-12 389 20 40;
open by whole year, since 1 May till 31 October from 9:00-16:30 (last entry). In remaining time in common days from 8:00 - 14:45.  

 
Price-list:
normal ticket - 2,14 PLN
half-price ticket - 1,07 PLN
on Saturday - free entry

 


Other Links

Ojcow Tourist Information - www.ojcow.pl
Pieskowa Skala Castle - www.pieskowaskala.pl
Dark Cave - www.ciemna.ojcow.pl
King's Lokietek Cave - www.grotalokietka.pl