TRIP NO 8
OJCÓW NATIONAL PARK - LITTLE DOG'S ROCK [ZAMEK PIESKOWA SKAŁA] – HERCULES’ CLUB – CHAPEL ON THE WATER - OJCÓW CASTLE – KING ŁOKIETEK CAVE - DARK CAVE - KRAKÓW GATE
The smallest of the Polish National Parks, has an immense natural wealth. Unusual rock formations and varied terrain give the place a picturesque character. The road along the Prądnik valley is rated as one of the most charming in Poland. It winds between rock blocks, mills, historic buildings, monastery, chapel on the water [kapliczka na wodzie], the delight valley [doliną zachwytu] etc. On the plateau rising above the valleys there are interesting rock formations such as The Needle of Deotyma and Kraków Gate. On the Ojców National Park area there are located a few hundred caves inhabited by many species of bats, which are a symbol of the park. The longest caves made available to tourists are King Łokietek Cave and Dark Cave, considered to be the biggest cave in terms of the largest chamber on the whole Kraków - Częstochowa Upland.
Archive of Association of Municipalities of Jurassic; Author: Tomasz Gębuś
On the two banks of the Prądnik Brook there is a "Chapel on the Water" whose according to legend, an unusual location resulted from the tsarist circumvent of the ban to build "on the Ojców land".
In the centre of this land there are ruins of the medieval "Casimir" Castle which was then a fortified castle. Acclaimed as the Pearl of the Polish Renaissance, the Litlle Dog's Rock Castle along with the rock "Hercules' Club" form a perfect view. The castle was used repeatedly in films such as " Stawka większa niż życie", "Janosik", "Ogniem i mieczem" or "Nie kłam kochanie".
Little Dog's Rock'; Author: Grzegorz Boksa
Sightseeing and price: download the map
Scientific Exposure at the Center for Education and Museum of Ojców National Park: year-round, price PLN 7.5 - 10)
Caves: Łokietek Cave and Dark Cave are available in summer time (April - October), price PLN 5 - 8; Ruins of Casimir Castle [Zamek "Kazimierzowski"] in Ojców available in summer time (April - October), price: PLN 2-3; Little Dog's Rock Castle [Zamek Pieskowa Skała]: year-round, price PLN 9 - 11, family fee PLN 38.
Distance from the hotel: 52-55 km (GPS: N 50° 14 '38.99' ', E 19° 46' 48.90'' - Little Dog's Rock Castle, N 50° 12 '40.56, E 19° 49' 53.16'' Car park at the Ojców National Park Centre)
Location map: Download the map.