Ojcow National Park - Krakow
Are you a business owner in Krakow?
Promote your business 365 days a year with the #1 Guide to Krakow.
- Gain MAXIMUM EXPOSURE with a 'Dedicated Business Profile'
Directions to Ojcow National Park
Ojców National Park (Polish: Ojcowski Park Narodowy) is a national park in Kraków County, Lesser Poland Voivodeship in southern Poland, established in 1956. It takes its name from the village of Ojców, where it also has its headquarters. It is Poland's smallest national park, with an original area of 14.40 square kilometers (5.56 sq mi), since expanded to 21.46 km2(8.29 sq mi). Of this area, 15.28 km2 (5.90 sq mi) is forested and 2.51 km2 (0.97 sq mi) is strictly protected. The park is approximately 16 kilometers (10 mi) north of Kraków, in the Jurassic Kraków-Częstochowa Upland.
Karst topography of soluble bedrock characterizes the park, which in addition to two river (the Prądnik and Saspówka) valleys contains numerous limestone cliffs, ravines, and over 400 caves. The largest of these, Łokietek's Cave (said to have shelteredKing Władysław I Łokietek, for whom it was named), is 320 meters (1,050 ft) deep. The area is also noted for its rock formations, the most famous being Hercules' Club, a 25-meter (82 ft)-high limestone column.
Ojcowski Park is very biodiverse; over 5500 species reside in the park. These include 4600 species of insects (including 1700 ofbeetles and 1075 of butterflies) and 135 of birds. Mammals include the beaver, badger, ermine, and 15 species of bats, many of which hibernate in the park's caves during the winter.
The earliest settlement in the area dates to the Paleolithic, approximately 120,000 years ago. The Ojców region is rich in flint, which attracted early humans.
The park contains numerous castles, including a ruined Gothic castle at Ojców and a better-preserved Renaissance castle atPieskowa Skała, both of which were part of a late-medieval system of defenses in southwestern Poland, known as the Trail of the Eagles' Nests constructed by the order of King of Poland, Kazimierz the Great. There are two museums in the park, the Professor Władyslaw Szafer Museum (named for the first person to advocate the creation of a national park in the Ojców area), and a branch of the Kraków-based National Art Collection, located in the Pieskowa Skała castle.
Find more informations here
You may also like
Wieliczka Salt MineWieliczka, Krakow
Wieliczka salt mine is undeniably an awesome example of human endeavour. Its justification for inclusion on UNESCO's World Heritage list includes the fact that it is the
DOLNE MŁYNY TytanoOld Town, Krakow
Dolne Młyny is a place offering a wide range of opportunities and more than 15,000 square metres of former tobacco factory adapted in 2015 to create “a city in the c
FREE Walkative! TOUR
FREE Walkative ! TOUR provides the best tours in Poland. Our tour guides have received more than 5 600 excellent reviews in six cities on tripadvisor.com.
Cloth Hall - Sukiennice in KrakowOld-Town, Krakow
All of Krakow, from its winding medieval streets to its modern blocks and outlying parks, spirals out from one central point, the heart..............
Krakow Wawel CathedralOld-Town, Krakow
The baptism of Poland and its rise as an important seat of Christianity is so closely linked to the nation's unity and cultural identity, that nothing is more emblematic
Opera KrakowskaGrzegorzki, Krakow
The Krakow Opera, established in 1954, has been proving its importance from season to season, thanks to the excellent quality of its artistic endeavours. Throughout the y
Krakow VARIETE TheatreGrzegorzki, Krakow
The idea of a theatre scene specializing in light repertoire was born several years ago. After twelve years of continuous effort the project has been completed. On the 30
Sitting across the Vistula almost in the shadow of the iconic Wawel castle, the futuristic-looking Manggha, or, to give it its full title, the Manggha Centre of Japanese
Oskar Schindler's FactoryPodgorze, Krakow
Oskar Schindler, an ambitious German businessman and member of the Nazi party, took over an unused enamelware factory in Krakow in order to profit from the available Jewi
Jama MichalikaOld Town, Krakow
In the 1890s, Krakow was enjoying a period of renewed prosperity and artistic flourishing. The Art Nouveau movement that was sweeping Europe had found a willing outlet, w