Jura Krakowsko – Częstochowska vol.1

Did you know that we have a desert in Poland? Or have you heard about the legend of a large black dog on a leash or do you know where the rock from which Twardowski flew to the moon is located?
You can find all this in the Krakow-Częstochowa Upland!

We came to this area a bit by accident. When visiting Zawiercie, we were looking for various attractions in the area. However, we wanted to spend as much time as possible actively, outdoors. And we were definitely not disappointed here! On the contrary! It turned out that we didn’t have enough time to see everything we wanted

1. Błędowska Desert

It is the largest desert in Poland. It is located on the border of the Silesian and Lesser Poland voivodeships. Today it has an area of ​​approximately 32 km 2, but only part of it is available to tourists. The remaining area is a training ground. It is true that it is not the Sahara, but the view of the desert in this latitude is impressive. There are educational and bicycle paths in the Błędów Desert, so you can definitely plan a great walk or a sightseeing bicycle trip here.

2. Ogrodzieniec Castle

If you are a fan of medieval traces of history, you either already know this place very well or you should put it on your MUST SEE list. The castle is beautiful! Mysterious and well-kept. Its origins date back to the 14th century, and its construction was initiated by Casimir the Great.

Built on the rocks and among the rocks. The place is associated with a legend about a black dog with a clanging chain, i.e. the ghost of Hetman Stanisław Warszycki. This brutal and greedy man apparently keeps coming back to the castle to defend his treasure hidden in the castle.

An interesting fact is that the castle appeared in several film productions, such as Revenge or the first season of Netflix’s The Witcher!

3. Twardowski Gate

According to legend, it was from this gate that the sorcerer Twardowski flew away on a rooster towards the moon! And hypothetical traces of the animal are still visible today! 🙂

This rock outlier is located in the Janów commune, and you can easily find it on Google Maps by entering its name. Another no less true legend is that a maiden who passes under the gate will change her marital status in a short time. To make this transition easier for ladies, wooden steps were built here 🙂

Near this place you can find a cave with a unique name – Jaskinia na Dupce. Intrigued by the name, we checked its origins. It turns out that “the cave was created thanks to Mr. Twardowski, who, sitting on the top of a hill and farting with laughter, farted a hole in the ground.”(…) Curious? We will definitely go there again next time. The cave is located behind the Youth Hostel in Siedlce.

We are very curious if you know these places and what your experiences with them are! If you would like to share them with us, please contact us on our Social Media channels. You will also find more weekend recommendations there 🙂


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