Tour 4, Kalwaria Zebrzydowska Monastery, Stryszow Manor Museum and Lanckorona
Our tour begins with exploring the fabulous Kalwaria Zebrzydowska Monastery and pilgrimage park set in the heart of picturesque Polish countryside.
Kalwaria Zebrzydowska Monastery A UNESCO World Heritage Site
Was commissioned In 1602 by the then Voivode of Kraków Mikołaj Zebrzydowski and is one of the most impressive Mannerist, High Renaissance and Baroque Architectural working monastery’s in Poland & Europe. It’s a place of great beauty and spiritual importance attracting thousands of pilgrims a year and is surrounded by forests, hills & valleys.
The monastery and surrounding chapels, churches and other architectural structures where created as a copy of the landscape of the Holy City Jerusalem as it was believed to exist at the time of Christ.
The pilgrimage park that surrounds the monastery is closely related to the themes of Christ’s Passion and the life of the Virgin Mary. Its original layout and architectural features have survived intact.
On a clear day the monastery offers magnificent panoramic views of the surrounding area even as far as the Tatra Mountains.
The Monastery still contains all its original artwork and artefacts and has been preserved in stunning condition. A real must to see whilst visiting Malopolska Poland.
Our next stop is a little gem hidden away from the main tourist route found not far from the monastery.
Stryszow Manor House Museum
The Manor has been looked after as a branch of the Wawel Castle Museum since 1958.
Built towards the end of the 16th century as a fortified Manor house & then reconstructed in the baroque style (its present state) in the 18th century. The Manor is unusual in its construction of wood and stone, as back in the day it was typical of such important houses to be made of stone alone.
The interior shows what a moderately well-to-do Polish 19th century Manor house would look like, with some of the furnishings being imported by the former owners from Vienna & Paris, along with an interesting collection of original 18th century paintings.
The manor has a fantastic, relaxed atmosphere about it and is a joy to visit.
A short drive will then take us to our next tour destination Lanckorona, where we will explore this charming village and stop to have something to drink and eat.
Lanckorona UNESCO World Heritage Site
Lanckorona started life as a settlement built around a large wooden fortress, established at the beginning of the 13th century.
In the 1339, King Casimir the Great turned the wooden fortress into a more substantial castle made of brick and stone (now in ruins) to protect the main road to Krakow and the boarder of Duchies of Silesia.
He also funded the building of the village’s Church which is still intact and used today. In 1366 the King granted Lanckorona town rights under Magdeburg law and allowed the duty-free import of beer to the newly appointed town, all quite a privilege back in the day.
During this time the town Lanckorona developed vibrantly thanks to the King & his entourage frequent visits of royal hunting parties & gatherings.
Since its formation, Lanckorona can be found to be woven into the very colourful fabric of polish history, with its documented destruction in Swedish Deluge to the great battles of the Bar Confederation fought on the plains below Lanckorona.
In 1869 a great fire destroyed many houses and outbuildings, what we see today is the reconstruction of the town from that period.
The medieval layout and well preserved architecture has been designated a cultural monument by the Polish government.
The buildings in the centre of the village are regarded as the most beautiful examples of traditional wooden architecture in Poland.
Lanckorona is a charming, peaceful and creative village with some great cafés, galleries, potters and artisans, a place famous for attracting and inspiring artists, actors, and writers. With spectacular landscapes, fabulous walks and a great atmosphere Lanckorona is one of our favourite locations to explore.
After visiting Lanckorona we will head back to your hotel or pickup/drop off point, where this great tour and day out ends.
Tour Fact Box
Pickup & Drop Off
Pick up between 9 - 9.30 am from your hotel in Krakow or arranged pickup point. In the unlikely event we are running late due to unforeseen circumstances, we will call you to let you know what is happening and estimated time of arrival.
Return back to your hotel or arranged drop off point will be approximately between 5.30 to 6.30 pm.
Up to 4 People
94 km / 58 miles
Kalwaria Zebrzydowska Monastery - Available throughout the year.
Stryszow Manor House Museum - Not Available on Mondays,
Lanckorona - Available throughout the year.
Easy - please wear comfortable walking shoes and clothing.
No suitable wheelchair access..
Method Of Travel
Latest Mitsubishi Pajero Mk4 long 4WD and on foot.
Sustenance (Not included in price)
We will stop for lunch in one of the many restaurants found in Lanckorona.
Stops for comfort breaks as and when needed.
Tickets (Included In Price)
All tickets & attraction entry fees will be pre booked and paid for by ourselves on your behalf or by your driver on the day. All entry fees and tickets are included in the price below.
Based on 4 People includes all fees/tickets, travel expenses, your guide and private driver for the day.
A discount will be made if your group has less than 4 people. We will let you know the amended price and availability before you go ahead and finalise your tour booking.
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