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Pieskowa Skała

Pieskowa Skała: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Kraków: Ojców National Park and Pieskowa Skała Castle

1. From Kraków: Ojców National Park and Pieskowa Skała Castle

Following pick-up from your accommodation in Kraków, journey to Ojców National Park in the Jurassic Plateau between the Prądnik and Sąspówka rivers. Visit some of the 400 caves in the park on the famous Trail of the Eagle's Nests. Marvel at miracles of nature, such as the amazing Club of Hercules rock formation, and visit Pieskowa Skala castle to admire one of the finest examples of Renaissance architecture in Poland. Now home to a branch of the Wawel Royal Castle, Pieskowa Skala was built by King Casimir III in the first half of the 14th century and is stunningly situated on the edge of a limestone cliff. Next, visit the wooden Chapel of St. Joseph ("Chapel on Water") and see the ruins of the Gothic castle in Ojców. Admire the beautiful surroundings of Ojców National Park before the return journey to Kraków.

From Krakow: Trail of the Eagles’ Nests Day Tour

2. From Krakow: Trail of the Eagles’ Nests Day Tour

Be picked up at 9:00 AM from your accommodation in Krakow. Your route runs through the closer surroundings of Krakow. See, among other sights, the castle in Korzkiew. Also, pass through a fragment of the picturesque Ojców National Park. Get an unforgettable experience at the castle in Pieskowa Skała and Hercules Club nearby. In the castle, visit the courtyard and the observation tower. Next, visit the ruins of the castles in Rabsztyn and Ogrodzieniec, which have been adapted for tourists. The monumental nature of the buildings and views from the towers provide extraordinary impressions. The huge ruins of the castle in Ogrodzieniec have recently gained popularity thanks to the series "The Witcher". On the way to the magnificent castle in Ogrodzieniec, make a stop at the viewpoint next to the only desert in Europe - the Błędowska Desert. Your final 2 attractions are located next to each other. These are castles in Mirów and Bobolice. The last one has been rebuilt in recent years and made open to the public. After the tour, you will be back in Krakow by late afternoon.

Ojcow National Park: Full-Day Trip from Krakow

3. Ojcow National Park: Full-Day Trip from Krakow

This 7-hour excursion to Ojcow National Park begins at 09:00 in the center of Krakow, or at your accommodation in the city center. Your adventure starts in Czajowice, where you’ll find the large limestone cave known as Grota Lokietka. Marvel at the sparkling stalactites and the 2 grand chambers of the famous cave. Hike through the dense woods and among the rocks to the imposing Krakow Gate rock formation. At this point, you’ll be in the center of the park, where the Gothic castle ruins lie waiting to be explored. Next, your bus will take you to Pieskowa Skala, the dramatic limestone cliff with its own, well-preserved castle. Tour this impressive Polish Renaissance property, and stop for photos at the oddly shaped boulder known as Hercules’ Club nearby.

Ojców National Park and Pieskowa Skała Castle From Kraków

4. Ojców National Park and Pieskowa Skała Castle From Kraków

Enjoy pick-up from your hotel in Kraków and travel to the beautiful Ojców National Park. Discover the picturesque landscape as you learn about its history, architecture, and geology on a guided tour. Experience breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape.  Journey through the Pradnik Valley and by the Pieskowa Skała limestone cliffs, viewing natural features of the ancient Jurassic landscape. Visit Pieskowa Skala Castle, Poland's masterpiece of Renaissance palace architecture. Take the chance to stop at the St. Florian's Gate, the Club of Hercules and the Little Church on the Water, a combination of natural and man made sites, as you experience the culture and history of this fascinating country. 

From Krakow: Ojców National Park & Ogrodzieniec Private Tour

5. From Krakow: Ojców National Park & Ogrodzieniec Private Tour

Enjoy the convenience of being picked up from your hotel in Krakow. Drive 30 km outside of Krakow to the Ojcow National Park. Although the park is the smallest national park in Poland, it’s filled with natural beauty and rich history. The park is located within the Jurassic Upland, an area of Poland known for its stunning limestone formations, caves, and wildlife. Hike along the Trail of the Eagle’s Nests. Considered to be one of the best tourist trails in Poland, the Trail of the Eagle’s Nest consists of several castles and watchtowers that were used to protect Poland’s trade routes. Visit the Gothic castle at Ojców and the Renaissance castle at Pieskowa Skała. Marvel at the ruins of the 14th-century Castle in Ogrodzieniec. See the Chapel on the Water, the beautifully simple shrine made from a former bathhouse. Admire the enormous limestone edifice known as Hercules Club. After your tour, your driver will take you back to your accommodations in Krakow.

From Krakow: Ojców National Park Tour

6. From Krakow: Ojców National Park Tour

Depart Krakow and travel by bus to Ojców National Park to marvel at the limestone rock formations of the Jurassic age, including the remarkable 25-meter tall limestone column known as Hercules' Club. Discover some of the caves inhabited by 17 species of bats. See the Renaissance castle on the limestone cliffs of Pieskowa Skala as part of a defensive chain built by King Kazimierz Wielki in the middle of the 14th century. Follow part of the famous marked Trail of the Eagles’ Nests that links 25 medieval castles between Częstochowa and Krakow. Benefit from the services of an amazing guide for 4 hours to make your trip unforgettable. Get off the beaten path and discover parts of the park that most tourists never see.

Krakow: Pieskowa Skala Castle Private Guided Tour

7. Krakow: Pieskowa Skala Castle Private Guided Tour

Pieskowa Skala Castle is a true hidden gem among the most beautiful natural areas! Jump out from the city to the fairy tale world. Enjoy picking up at your accommodation and driving safely and with comfort. Take your family or friends with you, it's a private tour. Your guide will lead you through the whole experience. There will be plenty of exciting stories and legends! At first you will have a kind welcome by your guide and quick overview of your adventure. Jump on board and enjoy private transfers. On the way, I admire the local landscapes. Most of the marvelous spots are in Ojcowski National Park, which is considered as the most beautiful Park in Poland! It will appear as a greeting to Hercules's Club (Maczuga Herkulesa), which is a symbolic rock formation. Have a glance at the amazing exterior on the slope of the rock. This castle looks like it's out of a fairy tale. Admire its gorgeous architecture. It has a picturesque garden complex outside as well. Perfect place for relaxation and deep breath. Once you get inside you will find a precious collection. All the objects presented at the exhibitions come from the collection of the Wawel Royal Castle. Your professional guide will deliver some nice stories and historical facts, including a famous legend of a local girl being thrown into the well for not wanting to marry. Also climb up on the observation terrace in the tower! It is a true gem which is not a popular tourist attraction, so you won’t be in a crowd and you will feel an intimate atmosphere. For fans of photography it will be a perfect place to find the right angle of ancient architecture with a freshly blooming nature. Inside you will find a great restaurant too (ask for a lunch break; on your own expenses).

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What people are saying about Pieskowa Skała

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 55 reviews

Was expecting to be part of a group but ended up having a personal tour from Maciek. He was very knowledgeable and informative as well as friendly . We visited 5 castles in total and were able to go inside 4 of these. Scenery is lovely and it was nice to see some of Poland outside of the city of krakow.

Our very kind and nice driver Maciek from Poland Active took us around all day to see castles around Krakow. Very interesting for those who love medieval history

A very well-organized trip. A nice, cultured and articulate driver. Beautiful attractions to watch. I highly recommend it to everyone

Great day out private tour it Rained most the day however this didn’t bother us driver/guide was very knowledgeable and funny

The whole program is awesome, guide was very friendly. :)