Located about 10 miles north of Krakow, Ojcow National Park may be the smallest of Poland's national parks, but it offers plenty to see and do. You'll find two river valleys, limestone cliffs, more than 400 caves and the ruins of two castles. The largest cave is the 1,000-foot-deep King Lokietek’s Cave, while the park's impressive rock formations include the Hercules Club, a limestone column standing more than 80 feet high. Ojcow is also very biodiverse, with more than 5,500 species of insects, birds and mammals living here.
Tourist routes marked as red, blue or yellow serve to guide visitors through the park. Highlights include the ruins of a Gothic castle at Ojcow and a Renaissance castle at Pieskowa Skala, as well as the Wladyslaw Szafer Natural Museum. The castle at Pieskowa Skala is also home to a branch of the National Art Collection.
To reach Ojcow National Park, you can catch a private Unibus from a lot on ulitsa Pawia in Krakow, across from Galeria Krakowska. King Lokietek’s Cave is generally open to visitors April through November, although opening hours vary by month. Pieskowa Skala Castle is open Tuesday through Sunday year-round, and the Wladyslaw Szafer Museum is open daily year-round, with shorter hours in the off-season. Admission is charged for each attraction.