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Regional attractions

City ice rink in Zawiercie

City ice rink in Zawiercie

Ice skating enthusiasts are invited to the municipal open-air ice rink, which is open in winter. It opens depending on the weather conditions. The ice rink is part of the OSiR Zawiercie facilities.
Access: from the Villa Verde hotel, head for Zawiercie to Wierzbowa Street (4 km from the hotel).
Opening hours: Monday - Sunday: 08:00 - 20:00
Phone: 664-990-407

Ski station - Cisowa

Ski station - Cisowa

Cisowa ski station with two ski runs of varying difficulty and length. Works in winter. The ski runs are lit and artificially snowed. Availability depending on weather conditions. There is an equipment rental, ski school and a bar on the premises.
Access: from the Villa Verde hotel go to Zawiercie »Ogrodzieniec» Pilica »Wolbrom (30-37 minutes away).
Opening hours: Sat, Sun, Holidays: 9: 00-21: 00, Mon-Fri: 10: 00-20: 00

Ski station - Smoleń-ski

Ski station - Smoleń-ski

The Smoleń-ski ski station has two ski runs of various lengths prepared. Works in winter. The ski runs are lit and artificially snowed, with a T-bar lift. Availability depending on weather conditions.
On the premises: equipment rental, ski school, bar.
Access: from the hotel go to Zawiercie »Ogrodzieniec» Pilica »Wolbrom (28 km - 35 minutes away).
Opening hours: Mon-Fri: 10: 00-20:00, weekend: 09: 00-20:00.

The Kraków-Częstochowa Upland (Jura)

The Kraków-Częstochowa Upland (Jura)

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Ogrodzieniec Castle

Ogrodzieniec Castle

A fortress sunk in the rock - is a showcase of 14th century castles built during the reign of Casimir III the Great. Built on top of the highest hill, it blends in perfectly with the rocky town of Podzamcze. It is the most impressive Eagle's Nest in the Krakow-Czestochowa Upland. The ruins of this castle are among the largest and most interesting objects in Poland.
Information: It is 17 km away from the hotel. Open from May to October (April and November depending on the weather). Opening hours: 09.00 am - 08.00 pm (subject to prevailing weather conditions).
Price list: PLN 6 - PLN 27 (price depends on ticket type).
Location of the attraction: 42-440 Ogrodzieniec Podzamcze, ul.Zamkowa 28

Ogrodzieniecki Park Complex

Ogrodzieniecki Park Complex

The Ogrodzieniecki Park complex includes 5 attractions dedicated to families with children and all lovers of good fun: Miniature Park, where you can see the Trail of the Eagle’s Nests in 1:25 scale. The Physical Experiment Park with 35 pieces of equipment explaining how the basic laws of physics work. The House of Legends and Fears is a world of fairy tales and legends that the Krakow-Czestochowa Upland is famous for. The Amusement Park is dedicated to the youngest children. Sledge run.
Information: It is 17 km away from the hotel. Open from May to October (April and November depending on the weather). Opening hours: 09.00 am - 08.00 pm (subject to prevailing weather conditions).
Price list: PLN 15 - PLN 179 (price depends on ticket type).
Location of the attraction: 42-440 Ogrodzieniec Podzamcze, ul.Zamkowa 28

Mount Zborow Nature Reserve with its Deep Cave

Mount Zborow Nature Reserve with its Deep Cave

Mount Zborow is the most interesting part of the Kroczyckie Rocks, protected as a nature reserve. The mountain resembles a labyrinth composed of rock blocks, spires and walls. The rocks are shaped like fairy tale characters, people and animals. They also have distinctive names, such as: Camel, Owl, Miller and Miller's Woman, Cocks, Woman, Wall of the Outlaws, Sadek or Sedes.
Information: The reserve is 16 km away from the hotel. The Deep Cave is open from 15 April to 31 October. Cave tour time: 40 min. Opening hours: 09.00 am - 05.30 pm.
Price list: PLN 12 - PLN 15 (price depends on ticket type).
Location of the attraction: Podlesice 83, 42-425 Kroczyce

Okiennik Wielki

Okiennik Wielki

Okiennik Wielki (also called Okiennik Duzy or Okiennik Skarzycki) is one of the most beautiful, most popular and most interesting rock formations of the Krakow-Czestochowa Upland. Its characteristic feature is a large window (depth – 7 m; diameter – 5 m), located in the rock wall. Okiennik Wielki is also distinguished by the height of its walls, which exceed 30 m. The rock is undoubtedly the most recognisable symbol of the Upland.
Information: Okiennik Wielki is 13 km away from the hotel.
Location of the attraction: ul. Okiennik, Skarzyce (district of Zawiercie)

Mirow Castle

Mirow Castle

Two medieval castles (in Mirow and Bobolice), a picturesque rocky perch and a cave make up the Tourist County of the Upland. In terms of architecture, the fortresses are among the most interesting in the Upland. The Knights' Castle in Mirow is located on the Trail of the Eagle’s Nests. The fortress is located on a hill and is surrounded by rocks, which makes it one of the most interesting tourist sites in the Krakow-Czestochowa Upland. A charming 2 km trail leads from the castle in Mirow to the castle in Bobolice.
Information: The castle is 22 km away from the hotel.
Opening hours: The castle is currently not open to the public due to ongoing renovation work.
Location of the attraction: 42-320 Mirow

Bobolice Castle

Bobolice Castle

Two medieval castles (in Mirow and Bobolice), a picturesque rocky perch and a cave make up the Tourist County of the Upland. In terms of architecture, the fortresses are among the most interesting in the Upland. The Royal Castle in Bobolice is located on the Trail of the Eagle’s Nests. Nowadays, the castle has been rebuilt and is one of the architectural gems of the Krakow-Czestochowa Upland. A charming 2 km trail leads from the castle in Bobolice to the castle in Mirow.
Information: The castle is 24 km away from the hotel.
Opening hours: 10.00 am – 06.00 pm (from April to October) 10.00 am – 04:00 pm (from November to March)
Price list: PLN 5 - PLN 15 (price depends on ticket type).
Location of the attraction: 42-320 Niegowa

Pilcza Castle in Smolen, Zegarowe Rocks, Bisnik Rock

Pilcza Castle in Smolen, Zegarowe Rocks, Bisnik Rock

Pilcza Castle in Smolen is situated in a nature reserve. The slopes of the hill on top of which the fortress is situated are covered with beech, ridge and larch trees. Between Smolen (Silesian Voivodeship) and Domaniewice (Lesser Poland Voivodeship) lies the unusually charming Wodacej Valley, surrounded by numerous limestone outliers.
Information: The castle is 28 km away from the hotel.
Opening hours: 10.00 am – 03.00 pm (Mon.-Fr.) 09.00 am – 03.00 pm (Sat.-Sun.)
Price list: PLN 7 – PLN 10 (price depends on ticket type). Children up to 5 years of age ­ free of charge.
Location of the attraction: Smolen 61, 42-436

Royal Castle in Olsztyn

Royal Castle in Olsztyn

The castle in Olsztyn is one of the most recognisable strongholds in the Krakow-Czestochowa Upland. Already from a distance, the 35 m high tower invites tourists to visit the ruins of the fortress. The construction of the castle is attributed to King Casimir the Great (mid-14th century). However, some historians claim that a walled stronghold had already stood there earlier. The castle was destroyed during the Swedish Deluge in 1655.
Information: The castle is 38 km away from the hotel.
Opening hours: 09.00 am - 07.00 pm Price list: PLN 6 – PLN 10 (price depends on ticket type).
Location of the attraction: ul. Zamkowa 3, 42-256 Olsztyn

Castle in Siewierz

Castle in Siewierz

The castle in Siewierz originally belonged to the princes of Cieszyn. It then passed into the hands of the bishops of Krakow. In the 17th century, the castle was captured and plundered by the Swedes. The building was later renovated. Today the castle is in ruins, but its elements are being renovated on an ongoing basis. For tourists, the castle is open to the public free of charge in summer, in winter you can only walk up to its walls.
Information: The castle is 14 km away from the hotel. Visits possible from May to September.
Opening hours: 10.00 am – 03.00 pm (Mon.-Fri.) 10.00 am – 06.00 pm (Sat.-Sun.)
Price list: free of charge.
Location of the attraction: Tadeusza Kosciuszki, 42-470 Siewierz

Ojcow National Park

Ojcow National Park

Ojcow National Park was established in 1956 and is the smallest national park in Poland. It impresses with its architecture, castles, rock formations and hides an immeasurable natural wealth. The road along the Pradnik valley is rated as one of the most charming in Poland. It winds between rock blocks, mills, historic buildings, a monastery, the Chapel "Na Wodzie", the Valley of Enchantment, etc. Being in the Ojcow National Park it is worth seeing, among others things: Pieskowa Skala Castle, Hercules' Mace, the Spring of Love, the Chapel, the Lokietek Grotto, the Dark Cave, the Mlynarska Settlement, Ojcow Castle and the Krakow Gate.
Information: It is 55 km away from the hotel.
Location of the attraction: Ojcow 9, 32-045 Suloszowa

Pieskowa Skala Castle in Ojcow

Pieskowa Skala Castle in Ojcow

Pieskowa Skala Castle towers over the Pradnik Valley in the northern part of Ojcow National Park. It is a fortified Renaissance residence with preserved medieval elements and additions from later periods. The castle is called the "pearl of the Polish Renaissance". Inscribed in the Jurassic landscape with the famous Hercules' Mace, it is now the only well-preserved stronghold on the Trail of the Eagle’s Nests and is one of the most important modern residences in Lesser Poland and the whole country. Today, as a museum, it is a branch of the Wawel Royal Castle.
Information: It is 55 km away from the hotel. Opening hours: 09.00 am - 07.00 pm.
Price list: PLN 6 - PLN 25 (price depends on ticket type).
Location of the attraction: Suloszowa 5, 32-045 Pieskowa

Lokietek Cave in Ojcow National Park

Lokietek Cave in Ojcow National Park

The Lokietek Cave is the largest cave in the Park. It consists of several corridors, two large halls (the Knight's Hall and the Bedroom) and two smaller ones. The cave is connected with the legend of Wladyslaw Lokietek, who took refuge from Bohemian King Wenceslaus II at the turn of the 13th and 14th centuries. The future king of Poland stayed in the cave for about 6 weeks. His life was saved by a spider, covering the opening of the cave with a web. Seeing the fine, silvery netting, knights concluded that no human could have passed that way. The cave is still called the Lokietek Cave, and its entrance is guarded by a gate in the shape of a spider's web.
Information: It is 56 km away from the hotel. Available during the summer season (May-September).
Opening hours: 09.00 am - 07.00 pm. Price list: PLN 13 – PLN 26 (price depends on ticket type).
Location of the attraction: Ojcow National Park

Dark Cave in Ojcow National Park

Dark Cave in Ojcow National Park

It is one of the most valuable archaeological sites in Poland. It is a fragment of a former system of underground corridors and chambers with a total length of 209 metres. The interior of the cave is humid, the temperature is about + 7°C all year round. The fauna includes wingless insects, moths and white myriapods, and bats overwinter there. In front of the entrance to the cave, there is a reconstructed Neanderthal camp and a viewing platform with a view of the Pradnik Valley and - rising right next to it - a characteristic limestone rock, called the Glove or the Five-Fingered Rock.
Information: It is 54 km away from the hotel. Available April – October.
Opening hours: 09.00 am - 05.00 pm Price list: PLN 7 – PLN 14 (price depends on ticket type).
Location of the attraction: 32-047 Ojcow

Hercules` Mace rock in Ojcow National Park

Hercules` Mace rock in Ojcow National Park

In front of the Pieskowa Skala castle in the Pradnik Valley, in the area of Ojcow National Park, there is a high rock in the shape of a mace. Wider at the top, narrower at the base, it is 25 metres high. The mighty rock, resembling the weapon of the mythical giant, was formed by the destructive activity of wind and frost. Hercules' Mace is the most popular rock formation in Ojcow National Park, and probably in the whole of Poland. It is one of the most important symbols not only of Ojcow, but of the whole Krakow-Czestochowa Upland.
Information: It is 55 km away from the hotel.
Location of the attraction: Suloszowa 5, 32-045 Pieskowa

Krakow

Krakow

Majestic Krakow, located about 1 hour from the hotel, attracts tourists with its numerous attractions. The city functions as an administrative, cultural, educational, scientific, economic, service and tourist centre. Places particularly recommended to visit are: The Wawel Royal Castle, situated on the bank of the Vistula River, is the former seat of our rulers and the final resting place of many of them. At the foot of the castle, the monument to the legendary Wawel Dragon, which breathes fire to the delight of the youngest children, is a must-see. The Old Town Square which is surrounded by historic houses. In the centre of the square is the famous Adam Mickiewicz monument. In the vicinity of the square we can visit three old churches: St. Adalbert's Church, St. Barbara's Church and St. Mary's Church.

Jasna Gora Monastery in Czestochowa

Jasna Gora Monastery in Czestochowa

A majestic place with a famous monastery which towers over the city of Czestochowa and attracts pilgrims from all over the country and remote corners of the world like a magnet.
Information: Guided tours are available from 08:30 am to 05:00 pm by appointment and last from 1-1.5 hours. For individual pilgrims, the Monastery is open from 05:30 am to 09:30 pm, the Jasna Gora embankments are open from 06:00 am to 06:30 pm - all year round. While on Jasna Góra, it is worth seeing: The Chapel of Our Lady and the Basilica of Jasna Góra, the Knights' Hall, the Chapel of the Rosary, St. Joseph's Chapel, St. Roch Bastion – Vault of the Nation's Memory, Vault of the Museum of the 600th Anniversary, Arsenal, Rosary Stations.
Opening hours: 05:30 am - 09:30 pm
Price list: PLN 70-150 (group)
Location of the attraction: ul. o. A. Kordeckiego 2, 42-225 Czestochowa

Museum of Coins and Medals in Czestochowa

Museum of Coins and Medals in Czestochowa

The museum is a votive offering to the Queen of Poland in thanksgiving for the health, after a stroke, of the head of President Electronics Poland- Krzysztof Witkowski. The Museum is also a tribute to John Paul II - the Pope who came to Jasna Góra many times. The coins and medals on display in the museum bear the image of a native Pope.
Information: The museum is 5 kilometres away from Jasna Góra. In the Museum it is possible to take photographs of the exhibits after paying an additional fee. Opening hours: 09:00 am - 03:00 pm Tue.-Fri.
Price list: from PLN 30 - PLN 40.
Location of the attraction: Jagiellonska 67/71, 42-200 Czestochowa / tel.: +48 34 365 19 82

Zloty Potok, Raczynski Palace, Krasinski Manor House

Zloty Potok, Raczynski Palace, Krasinski Manor House

The fairytale land full of picturesque outliers, caves, springs and ponds is a dream destination for walkers, cyclists and lovers of golden trout. The most beautiful places in this area are the four nature reserves with the outstanding reserves "Parkowe" and, a little further away, "Ostreznik".
Information: 28 km away from the hotel.
Price list: from PLN 10
Location of the attraction: ul.Kosciuszki 9, 42-253 Zloty Potok 

Museum of Old Crafts

Museum of Old Crafts

The Museum of Old Crafts is a unique museum located in Zarki in the building of a historic electric mill. The place is beautifully restored and delights at every turn, so it's a great option for family time and whatever the season. The facility is a kind of technical park. By visiting the rooms and exhibits, you can travel back in time and learn about the history of the five basic crafts in Zarki, i.e. milling, baking, shoemaking, cooperage and wheelwrighting.
Information: 30 km away from the hotel.
Opening hours: 8:00 am - 04:00 pm (Mon.-Fri.) and 10:00 am - 06:00 pm (Sat.-Sun.).
Price list: from PLN 10 - PLN 15 Location of the attraction: Ofiar Katynia 5, 42-310 Zarki

Hokus Pokuss - sweets manufactory, Zarki

Hokus Pokuss - sweets manufactory, Zarki

Sweet workshops for children of all ages. In the Hokus Pokuss manufactory, children can see for themselves how sweets and lollipops are made, and then they can make their own sweet gift. While the children take part in the workshops, the adults can enjoy a cup of coffee in the café. You can also buy handmade lollipops and sweets on site.
Information: 30 km away from the hotel. Telephone contact required in advance + 48 530 815 045.
Opening hours: 10:00 am - 04:00 pm Mon.-Fri.
Price list: from PLN 20/person.
Location of the attraction: ul.Pilsudskiego 17, 42-310 Zarki

Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lesniow Patroness of Families

Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lesniow Patroness of Families

The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lesniow Patroness of Families is located on the outskirts of Zarki. It belongs to the Pauline monastery complex which includes the Church of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the monastery, the bell tower, the pilgrim's house and the Chapel of Our Lady of the Angels.
Information: 30 km away from the hotel.
Price list: free of charge
Location of the attraction: Lesniowska 99, 42-310 Zarki

Bledow Desert

Bledow Desert

In the magnificent Krakow-Czestochowa Upland, between the villages of Klucze, Chechlo and Bledow, on the border of Lesser Poland and Silesian Voivodships, there is an unusual attraction - the Bledow Desert, which attracts numerous tourists from all over the region.
Information: During a trip to the Bledow Desert it is worth visiting viewpoints from which you can admire its beautiful panorama. The first of them is Czubatka Hill in Klucze (382 m above sea level), with the ruins of a German WWII command post and an observation tower of the Olkusz Forest Inspectorate. There are information boards and benches on the hill where you can rest after the hike to the top. The second viewpoint is Dabrowka in Chechlo (355 m).
Opening hours: 24 hours a day. Price list: free of charge.
Location of the attraction: It is located in the Krakow-Czestochowa Upland, a few kilometres above Olkusz and an hour's drive from Krakow. It is located on the border of two voivodeships: Silesia and Lesser Poland.

Silver Mine in Tarnowskie Gory

Silver Mine in Tarnowskie Gory

The historic silver mine forms a labyrinth of mine excavations from the 15th to the 20th century. The tourist route is 1700 m long, of which a 270 m section is covered by boat. The underground route is soundtracked with authentic sounds of hard work of miners, effects of mine collapse, moving carts and blasting works. There is a mining museum in the shaft building and an open-air museum of steam engines next to the building. The undergrounds of the mine have been entered on the List of Monuments of History.
Information: 45km away from the hotel. We recommend buying tickets in advance.
Open all year round with exceptions.
Price list: PLN 45-139 (individual and family tickets).
Location of the attraction: ul. Szczesc Boze 81, 42-600 Tarnowskie Gory

Black Trout Adit

Black Trout Adit

The Black Trout Adit is located a few kilometres from the silver mine. It is a unique 600-metre fragment of the 19th century "Fryderyk" adit, draining the Tarnowskie Gory underground. Tourists cover the route by boats in the light of flickering carbide lamps and it is the longest underground passage in Poland. The adit takes its name from the trout swimming in it, which look black in the dim light. During the tour of the walkway, you can see the side walls with vertical grooves, traces of blasting holes and a "town" of bats.
Information: Entries at full time. Opening times vary - please check the website of the adit www.sztolniapstraga.pl/zwiedzanie-sztolni.
Opening hours: 10:00 am - 03:00 pm.
Price list: PLN 30-93 (individual and family tickets).
Location of the attraction: ul.Repecka, 42-600 Tarnowskie-Gory

Guido Mine

Guido Mine

The Guido Mine is a unique attraction on a European scale. It was founded in 1855 and after mining it served as an experimental mine and a drainage hub. It is the flagship venue of the Industrial Monuments Route, a place of unique events and excellent attractions. Through the railway shaft, tourists descend to levels 170, 320 and the K8 zone. So you can see the deepest coal mine tourist route in Europe and dine in probably the deepest Pub in the World.
Information: Year-round access. Tour time: 2.5 - 3 hours; route length: 3.5 km. The Guido Mine is not open on selected holidays and Mondays. Booking is essential. Entry to the individual zones is age-dependent/age limit: at least 6 years old!
Opening hours: 09:30 am - 07:00 pm
Price list: PLN 45-99
Location of the attraction: Ul. 3 Maja 93, 41-800 Zabrze

Historic Mining Estate Nikiszowiec

Historic Mining Estate Nikiszowiec

“The pearl in the crown" - the Nikiszowiec estate in the eastern part of Katowice is a must stop on your journey. The estate owes its name to the mine shaft "Nickischschacht" (today "Poniatowski"), which was built there at the beginning of the 20th century. Nikiszowiec was built between 1908 and 1919, when there was already not enough space for workers in Giszowiec. The designers of the colony were Emil and Georg Zillmann. Here you can feel the extraordinary mining community preserved in the phenomenal buildings of the mining district. The place was the background for many films about Upper Silesia, including "Salt of the Black Earth" by Kazimierz Kutz.
Information: The Nikiszowiec Estate is accessible all year round. Price list: free of charge.
Location of the attraction: Osiedle Nikiszowiec, 40-432 Katowice

Queen Louise Mine

Queen Louise Mine

The “Queen Luisa” mine is one of the oldest in Upper Silesia. Visitors to the site have the opportunity to see the shaft and signal communication equipment, the exhibition of cage slings, the shaft workshop, the departmental mine rescue station, as well as the interior of the 6 KV electrical switching station. The main attraction of the Open-air Museum is the only operating steam hoist of its kind in Europe. The underground part - 43 Sienkiewicza Street - is located around the no longer existing "WILHELMINA" shaft. Includes excavations from the early 19th century and contemporary. Tourists descend to a depth of 35m and traverse underground passages with a total length of 1560m.
Information: Visits are possible daily by prior telephone booking +48 32 370 11 27.
Opening hours: 09:00 am - 02:00 pm Tue./Wed. and 09:00 am - 08:00 pm Wed. - Sun.
Price list: PLN 18-35.
Location of the attraction: Maurycego Mochnackiego 12, 41-800 Zabrze