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Tarnów Region

Tarnów Region

Rezerwat Skamieniałe Miasto
The Tarnów region is divided into two parts characterised by different landscapes: the areas of the Carpathian Foothills and the Sandomierz Basin. Road no. 4 runs more or less along the meeting point of these two lands. If you leave from Tarnów and head for the basin, you will see agricultural lands, marshy forests, as well as dry pine forests, with small rivers winding their way through the area. This terrain is ideal for peaceful bicycle trips and mushroom picking, where the most important attraction is contact with nature. The natural environment of the Carpathian Foothills is equally enticing.
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1. Along the edge of the foothills    

Tarnów-Mościce – Wojnicz – Porąbka Uszewska (Dębno – Porąbka Uszewska) – Szczepanów – Tarnów Mościce
60 km (70 km including Dębno) 6.5 hours cycling

The trip leads along the steep tracks of the Wiśnicz Foothills, while on your way back you will be crossing the Sandomierz Basin. Start at the Tarnów-Mościce train station and follow the blue bicycle signs through Zbilitowska Góra. After crossing the bridge over Dunajec, continue on the yellow bicycle trail to Wojnicz (attractive wooden buildings). You will next pass the sanctuary of the Virgin Mary in Porąbka Uszewska. From here, you can follow the red bicycle trail to Dębno and see its late-Gothic castle. The yellow trail continues with a steep climb on the Bocheniec hill with a Gothic church, and then to the sanctuary of St. Stanislaus in Szczepanów. To return to Tarnów, follow the red bicycle trail.

 
   

2. With Tarnów in the background

Tarnów-Mościce – Radłów – Dołęga – Borzęcin – Wierzchosławice – Tarnów-Mościce
65 km 5–6 hours hiking

Begin by following the green bicycle trail from the Tarnów- Mościce train station. Pass Radłów and Dołęga, featuring a wooden manor house, and arrive in Borzęcin. Once there, take a left onto the blue bicycle trail. Cross the Radłowskie Forests and get on the yellow bicycle trail on their edge. Pass through Wierzchosławice, where you can see the museum devoted to Wincenty Witos. When you reach Gosławice, get back on the green bicycle trail, which will take you back to Tarnów-Mościce.

 
   

Bochnia, Nowy Wiśnicz, Lipnica Murowana

 

 

 

3. To the Wiśnicz stronghold

Bochnia – Kopaliny – Nowy Wiśnicz
9,5 km 2,5 hours hiking

The route follows the blue trail from Bochnia to Nowy Wiśnicz, along the picturesque area of the Wiśnicz Foothills. The further south, the higher the ridges to cross. The culmination of the trip is a visit to the magnificent, 16th century Kmita family castle in Wiśnicz, which was fortified with huge bastions by the Lubomirski family in the following century. At the foot of the castle, in the old town, you can see a few other interesting historic monuments, including Koryznówka, a manor housing the Jan Matejko museum. From Nowy Wiśnicz, it is also worth going for an hour-long walk south, still on the blue trail. In the forest near Leksandrowa lies a unique sandstone outlier, called Kamień Grzyb (Mushroom Rock) on account of its shape. To return to Nowy Wiśnicz, simply go back the same road.

 

 

 

4. Around Lipnica

Lipnica Murowana – Rajbrot – Kamienie Brodzińskiego
12,3 km 3,5 hours hiking

In Lipnica Murowana, you can visit the UNESCO-listed, wooden church of St. Leonard. However, the town boasts a few other interesting historic monuments. The easiest way to see them is to follow the trail of St. Simon of Lipnica. It is good to start the trip of the local area on the black trail. It heads south through Las Miejski (town forest). The trip continues on a green trail. Follow its signs to the Dominiczna mountain, from which you will descend to Rajbrot, ending up in front of the historic, wooden church from the 16th century. Then take the blue trail heading north through the Uszwica valley, climb the Paprotna mountain and admire the unique sandstone rocks known as the Brodziński Stones. The route ends on a car park by the road from Lipnica to Gdów. 

 

 

 

Ciężkowice, Tuchów 

 

 

 

5. Through the Stone City

Bogoniowice – Ciężkowice – Kąśna Dolna – Pławna
11 km 3,5 hours hiking

The surroundings of Ciężkowice are famous for the interesting rock formations created in hard sandstone known as Ciężkowice sandstone. Begin the trip by following the black trail from the Bogoniowice-Ciężkowice train station. It will take you to the centre of Ciężkowice and to the town’s market square featuring 18th and 19th century architecture. The trail then climbs Góra Skała (Rock Mountain), where it meets with the blue trail. This trail descends to the Stone City reserve (Skamieniałe Miasto) – the largest complex of rocks in the Carpathian Foothills. From the reserve, follow the signs that will take you to the other side of the Biała valley, to the village of Kąśna Dolna. Once there, why not visit the manor of Ignacy Paderewski. The blue trail then climbs up, where you can take a turn and get on the green trail, taking you to yet another rock called Devil’s Ground (Diable Boisko), and then down to the vicinity of the Pławna train station.

 
   

6. To the Brzanka Summit 

Tuchów – Burzyn – Brzanka – Ryglice – Zalasowa – Tuchów
26 km 3,5 hours cycling

This indirect trip to the highest peak of the Brzanka Ridge leads from Tuchów, first on a blue bicycle trail to Burzyn, and then along green signs to the summit of Brzanka and to the tourist refuge. From the refuge, cycle down to Ryglice along the yellow bicycle trail. Once in the town, why not visit the Baroque palace from the 17th and 19th centuries. Then climb the ridge passing through the hamlets of Zalasowa. You will eventually reach the signs of the green trail turning left, which will take you back to Tuchów through the Tuchów Forest.

 
   


 Recommended attractions: 
Lipnica Murowana, an extremely charming small town with a  wooden, UNESCO-listed church
Zalipie, the famous painted village with houses decorated with colourful, flower-themed patterns. 
Tarnów, known as the pearl of the Renaissance, with its unforgettable Old Town, historic tenement buildings, the Gothic Renaissance town hall and the 15th century cathedral; a good starting point for the trails of the Sandomierz Basin. 
Dołęga with its well-preserved larch wood gentry manor house from 1845, situated in the middle of a park. 
Nowy Wiśnicz famous for its 16th century castle and manor house housing the Jan Matejko museum. 
Bochnia with Poland’s  oldest salt mine (open to visitors). 
Dębno with the  defensive residence of knights from the 15th century. 
Ciężkowice with the natural reserve protecting the remarkably shaped sandstone rocks.

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