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Jura Mountains

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Jura Mountains is in Lesser Poland Voivodship and Silesian Voivodeship in Poland.

Regions[edit]

Cities[edit]

  • Alwernia — Old town with movie studios and Skowronek artificial lake
  • Bobolice — Royal castle
  • Bukowno — Lovely town among nature
  • Koniecpol — Hometown of one of the most famous Polish military commander Stanisław Koniecpolski
  • Mirow — Nearby castle
  • Myszków — One of the most know Jura towns
  • Morsko — Ski center with old castle ruins
  • Ojcow — Gateway to Ojcowski National Park and Dolinki Krakowskie valleys
  • Olkusz — Old city
  • Oświęcim — Old city, place of Auschwitz German Nazi Concentration Camp
  • Pieskowa Skała — One of the most famous Polish landmark.
  • Pilica — Town famous by Smoleń castle ruins and Wodąca Valley
  • Rabsztyn — Renewed castle and Pazurek natural reserve
  • Rudno — Place of Tenczyn castle ruins
  • Szczekociny — Town and place of last Kosciusko battle.
  • Wolbrom and Żarnowiec — Two old cities

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Understand[edit]

Jura Mountains are composed by limestone rocks. There're many Karst phenomena like caves. In the past there were many castles built. Nowadays many of them are ruined although some as Bobolice and Mirów one have been renewed.

Talk[edit]

People in the most tourist places can speak at least one foreign language. There would be a problem with foreign language knowledge in less tourist places. Young people can speak English while older ones Russian or German.

Get in[edit]

Much of attractions are located not far from Kraków or Katowice airports. Częstochowa and Jura Wieluńska're located much further to airports. There're international buses stopping in Zawiercie, Kraków, Częstochowa, Wieluń or Szczekociny.

Get around[edit]

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  • Auschwitz German Nazi Concentration Camp in Oświęcim
  • Błędowska Desert (in Błędów or Chechło)
  • Ccastle ruins in Ogrodzieniec, Pilica and Olsztyn
  • Góra Zborów mountain in Podlesice
  • Hermitage in Czatachowa
  • Holiday villages of Hutki-Kanki and Żarki-Letnisko
  • Jasna Góra monastery in Częstochowa
  • Ojcowski National Park and Dolinki Krakowskie valleys
  • Old cities in Kraków, Wieluń, Żarnowiec, Wolbrom or Olkusz.
  • Palace ruins in Włodowice and Szczekociny
  • Small spa village of Jaroszowiec
  • Załęczański Landscape Park

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Climbing[edit]

Jura Mountains are popular climbing area. There're many climbing schools and trails. The most popular climbing places are Olsztyn, Kroczyce, Podlesice, Łutowiec, Ogrodzieniec, Żelazko, Ryczów, Pilica and Dolinki Krakowskie.

Horse Riding[edit]

Horse riding is very popular sport. There're many stud farms. There's a special horse trail called Transjura Horse Trail (Transjurajski Szlak Konny). The trail starts in Nielepice (near Kraków) and ends in Częstochowa but you can take it also in reverse way. It's one of the most known Polish horse trails. It's marked in orange. The trail is suitable mostly for people more experienced in horse riding. There's no problem with buying simple supplies as it crosses the most popular places in Jura Mountains as Olsztyn, Ostrężnik, Czatachowa or Błędowska Desert. You can take it alone or with a group.

Canoeing[edit]

There're many rivers crossing Jura Mountains as Pilica, Warta, Liswarta and Biała Przemsza. You can rent your canoe in many places.

Hiking[edit]

Jura Mountains is full of many walking trails. The most popular multiple day ones are: Szlak Pustynny (Deser Trail), Szlak Orlich Gniazd (Eagle's Nests Trail), Szlak Warowni Jurajskich (Jura Mountains Fortresses Trail), Szlak Jury Wieluńskiej (Jura Wieluńska Trail), Szlak Rezerwatów Przyrody (Nature Reserves Trail), Szlak Ziemi Chrzanowskiej (Chrzanów Region Trail) and Szlak Zamonitu (Zamonit Trail)

Camping and vans[edit]

Jura Mountains's a true mecca for camping, some places have regular tent or camping places. Lots of them are a backcountry ones, mostly located in stunning scenery. As almost every place in Jura Mountains has camping place, it's a good choice for vanlife. If you're planning to spend van or tent holiday, the most popular places are Kostkowice, Poraj Lake, Ostrowy nad Okszą, Blachownia, Załęczański Landscape Park, Zakrzew Lake, Ojców, Ogrodzieniec and many more.

Cycling[edit]

There're many cycling paths. Many accommodation objects offer bike rental.

Caves[edit]

Jura Mountains has the second cave digest after Tatra Mountains. There're tourist caves: Łokietka, Ciemna, Wierzchowska, Nietoperzowa, Smocza Jama and Głęboka. You can find non-tourist caves easy to explore in Ryczów, Ostrężnik, Pilica, Olsztyn, Dolinki Krakowskie (some), Załęczański Landscape Park (some)

Lakes[edit]

There're many artificial lakes in Jura Mountains: Poraj, Siamoszyce, Skowronek in Alwernia, Częstochowa (Lisiniec), Kraków (Kryspinów and Bagry), Blachownia, Szczekociny, Wolbrom, Pilica, Kostkowice and Poręba. There're open air pools in Ogrodzieniec, Włodowice, Żarki-Letnisko, Zawiercie, Olkusz, Bukowno and more.

Paragliding[edit]

The most popular paragliding areas are Będkowska Valley (Dolinki Krakowskie), Trzebinia, Klucze and Olsztyn.

Winter sports[edit]

There're ski centers in Morsko, Pilica and Jaroszowiec. Cross skiing is very popular winter activity.

Activities for young adults[edit]

  • Jura Mountains is rather a rural area. The most known party place is Kraków. There're many clubs and bars. There's also a popular place for bachelor/bachelorette party.
  • If you're going to organize your birthday or bachelor/bachelorette party, you can do it in historic objects in Ogrodzieniec, Bobolice, Krzykawka and Trzebinia or hotels in Ogrodzieniec. Remember that mentioned regions are much more conservative and it's in a good taste to respect local people's lifestyle.
  • Weekend in Błędowska Desert can be a fascinating experience, you can sleep in objects in Dąbrowa Górnicza-Błędów and Klucze. There're also camp places in Chechło or Klucze.
  • If you're a spiritual person, you can participate in workshops/meetings in Magiczny Dwór in Jaworznik (see: Żarki ), sometimes they invite foreign guests. Góra Głowienna in Włodowice was a pagan cult place. If you're religious person you can see smaller holy places like Lelów (tzadik's grave), Leśniów or hermitage in Czatachowa-a place reaching bigger and bigger popularity.
  • Jura Mountains's famous by caves. You can find the easy ones in Olsztyn (Silesia), Pilica, Ryczów and Ostrężnik. The rest is suitable for people with experience only!
  • There're many places popular among rock climbers.
  • If you're going to spend your holiday in much tourist place, chose Ogrodzieniec, Kroczyce, Podlesice, Żarki-Letnisko , Złoty Potok or Ojców.
  • If you're looking for good camping/campsite place on the water, chose Siamoszyce, Kostkowice, Ostrowy nad Okszą, Żarki-Letnisko, Poraj lake or Blachownia.
  • Jura Mountains has its own mysteries, haunted places etc. The most haunted places are located in Niegowa, Łutowiec, Bobolice and Ostrężnik. All places are located close to each others. There're mentions about haunted castles , devils appearing in Niegowa and living in secret tunnel joining Mirów and Bobolice castles, light orbs in Łutowiec. There're also light orbs seen in Śmiertny Dąb near Częstochowa. One of the most haunted place is abandoned house in Myszków. (Learn more at Haunted places in Silesian Voivodeship.

LGBT visitors[edit]

Jura Mountain's mostly composed with villages and small cities. While showing public affection in popular tourist destinations won't pay anyone's attention, doing it in less popular places is not recommendable. Two biggest Jura Mountains cities- Kraków and Częstochowa host annual pride marches (marsz równości).Kraków one occurs in May. Kraków gay scene's one of Poland's biggest one. Częstochowa has a very small gay scene.

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Stay safe[edit]

Jura Mountains, except bigger cities, are very safe places. The biggest hazards are poisonous snakes and wild boars. There're many dangers connected to climbing and cave exploring. If you have any problems, just call Jura Mountains Emergency Group (JOPR).

Cope[edit]

Most of caves have their entrances closed, ask the local authorities before you go if their exploring is possible. There're typical tourists caves as Grota Łokietka, Jaskinia Ciemna, Jaskinia Nietoperzowa, Jaskinia Wierzchowska, Jaskinia Mamutowa and Głęboka. Caves ideal for amateur self-exploration but requiring a headtorch're located in Olsztyn(Silesia), Pilica, Ostrężnik and Ryczów. The Szachownica cave in Jura Wieluńska's the only one suitable for self-exploration one in this region. Before exporing just take the caves' maps. Some of those caves have narrow corridors and aren't good for people suffering from claustrophobia.

If you want to explore Jura Mountains by hiking you can chose Szlak Orlich Gniazd and Szlak Rezerwatów Przyrody or Szlak Warowni Jurajskich and Szlak Jury Wieluńskiej. All the trails end and start in Częstochowa. It's worth to take 1-2 break between sepding it f.ex. relaxing in Lisiniec or swimming pool on Dekabrystów.

Study[edit]

Częstochowa and Kraków offer wide choice of both private and public univerisities. Much of them have an offer for foreign students.

Work[edit]

There's no much work in Jura Mountains cities and towns except Częstochowa or Kraków. You can work as foreign languages teacher in one of language or public schools located in cities of Olkusz, Chrzanów, Działoszyn, Koniecpol, Trzebinia or Wolbrom. Villages as Hutki-Kanki, Żarki-Letnisko, Ogrodzieniec, Niegowonice, Załęcze Małe, Złoty Potok etc. are an ideal place for digital nomads or people working on-line. The attitude of Jura Mountains is clear air and close proximity to nature.

Volunteer[edit]

The best places for international volunteering are Kraków and Częstochowa. There're many small, local organisations dealing with f.ex. nature and heritage conservation or working with local communities. You can just ask community centers about any NGOs that can support you. There're many religious ones, due to Częstochowa and other holy places community like f.ex. Mstów or Czatachowa. Unfortunately those options (except Kraków or Częstochowa) are good for people learning or studying Polish.

Get out[edit]

You can see places in Zagłębie Dąbrowskie, Holy Cross Mountains or Łódź VoivodshipCreate category

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