Only 20 Km north of our bike shop nestled in a narrow valley lies Poland's smallest national park, Ojców. This area was under seawater during the mesozoic period and as a result today it is blessed with wondrous geological formations made thanks to its prehistoric sea. You will not believe how much of a contrast this scenery is to the historic center of Krakow, not to say that Ojców does not have a history of its own. Along the way we will get to explore the XIV century castle that belonged to 'The Eagle's Nests'; a string of castles and fortresses used to guard the trading routes. Although this tour is not technically difficult, we do cover 56Km and a high level of fitness is required, but we assure you at least your eyes wont get tired.
We meet at our office before riding out north of the city to where the Russia once borderd Austria durring the Polish occupation. From there on its all country roads as we head into the narrow valley of Ojcow national park. Once in the park we are blessed with beatufull scenery and practically no auto traffic. Our first major stop is the geological formation known as the 'Krakow Gate', before we ascent atop a cliff top to explore the medival remains of the 'Eagle's Nest Castle'. From there we ride to a small church built ontop of a river before making our way to one of the popular rock faces for rock climbing. Then we ride along a cyclist dream of windy roads through the national park before making our way to the Pieskowa rock palace. After exploring the palace and having a coffee we ascend out of the valley only to descend once again but this time its all wooded trails as we make our way through Poland's smallest national park. Our trail ends where the trout farm begins and a chance for us to grab lunch before making the downhill route back to Krakow's center.
-Ojcow National park
-Eagle's nest castle
-Piaskowa Rock Palace