Malopolska: what to see in the historic Poland’s region
What to see in Malopolska’s region, attractions and places to visit in this historic Poland’s region between art and nature.
The Malopolska, name meaning Little Poland, is a historical region including in Midsouthern nation, extended between the Tatra mountains and the valley of the Vistula with a series of plateaus and hills to the border with Slovakia. An area rich in parks and natural reserves, with many picturesque places to admire, historic towns, castles, churches and shrines, which are part of the great cultural and historical heritage of Poland.
The beautiful Krakow’s city, center of Malopolska, the nearby salt mine in Wieliczka, and other sites of this region, are in the list of World Heritage Sites. At about 50 Km. From Krakow is Wadowice, the birthplace of John Paul II, the memory of which are linked the Shrine of Our Lady of the Angels of Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, and the shrine of Jasna Gora in Czestochowa, symbolic places and pilgrimage for Polish people.
Near Oswiecim, about 70 km from Krakow, is Auschwitz-Birkenau, the monstrous concentration camp built by the Nazis during World War II, today become a place dedicated to the memory of the deportees and victims.
Places to visit Malopolska
From the point of view of nature, the mountain range of the Tatra Mountains offers the opportunity to enjoy winter sports and summer amid mountain landscapes very suggestive. The town of Zakopane is the perfect base to stay and visit these beautiful places, is located between 800 and 1100 meters above sea level, from the second half of the seventeenth century, but began to assert itself in the aspect tourism between the end of and the twentieth century, when, among other things, in reference to the particular architecture of its houses, was born style Zakopane, a typical architectural style of the town, created by Stanislaw Witkiewicz, painter, writer and architect.
To stay in the architectural theme of the Malopolska region offers a very interesting route, which covers 252 wooden buildings, some of which are part of UNESCO, as the parish Church St. Michael Archangel in Binarowa, the Parish Church St. Michael Archangel in Debno Podhalanskie, St. Leonard’s Church in Lipnica Murowana and Church St. Philip and St. James in Sekowa. The route is marked and interesting surroundings of Krakow, Tarnów, Sacz and Gorlice, crossing the beautiful landscapes of Orawa, Podhale, Spisz and Pieniny.