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Olkusz [1] is a historic town in Jura Mountains in southern Poland, situated north of Kraków.

Get in[edit]

By bus[edit]

There're buses from Dąbrowa Górnicza, Kraków and Katowice. Place to Place buses from Prague, Brno, Ostrava, Berlin, Munich and Vienna also stop in Olkusz. You can check the timetable on E-Podroznik site.

By car[edit]

Olkusz is located on DK 94 way.

Get around[edit]

See[edit][add listing]

  • City center. City center with market place, tenement house- "Batorówka" where Polish King and Prince of Transylvania, Stephen Bathory stayed, middle age st.Andrew's basilica and well-preserved city walls. There's also an underground trail.
  • African Museum (Muzeum Afrykanistyczne). A museum dedicated to Africa
  • Regional Museum
  • Firefighting Museum. Museum with an unique firefighting exhibition
  • Rabsztyn castle. Medieval castle close to Olkusz, recently renewed
  • Pazurek. A nature reserve close to Olsztyn with beautiful rock formations
  • Osiedle Słowiki (Nightingales Settlement in Polish). Much more known as Smurfs (Smerfy). A group of short block of flats with blue roofs.
  • Kosciusko hill (Kopiec Kościuszki in Polish)
  • St.Stanislaus chapel. A chapel in woods with some benches located in nearby village Żurada.
  • Saint Maximilian Maria Kolbe church (Sosnowa 1), a contemporary church with a beautiful interior and building.
  • Grodzisko. Ruins of medieval settlement near DK94 way.
  • Pomorzany rocks. Limestone rock formations in Pomorzany district.
  • Christ the Good Shepard church(Miła 31). A big contemporary church with light and spacious interior, located near Osiedle Słowiki
  • Our Lady of Częstochowa church. An interesting contemporary church in nearby village of Kosmołów
  • Holy Savior church . A beautiful church and sanctuary in nearby village of Przeginia. The main holiday is celebrated last Sunday of September
  • Old cemetery. There's a grave of Francesco Nullo- an Italian January Uprising volunteer died in Krzykawka battle and Memory Wall commemorating city dwellers killed by German Nazi. There's also a Ist World War quarter with graves of Austro-Hungarian soldiers (mostly of Polish, Hungarian and Austrian origin) and Polish soldiers.
  • Jewish Cemeteries. There're two Jewish cemeteries in Olkusz, one on Kolorowa and other on Jana Kantego streets.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • There're open air swimming pools Czarna Góra and skate park Silver Park
  • City Culture House organizes culture events as meetings with local authors, live concerts etc. There's also a basketry museum in a Culture house branch located in an old palace (Szpitalna street)
  • GSW BWA art gallery organizes art exhibitions as well as other events.

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Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • hotel Victoria, Mickiewicza 18.  edit Hotel near DK94, free WiFi, restaurant
  • hostel Kigo, Przemysłowa 15.  edit Hostel located not far from DK94, free WiFi and car park
  • MOSIR, Wiejska 1a.  edit Guest rooms in the city center , restaurant and sport objects
  • Jura Youth Hostel (SSM Jura Olkusz), Legionów Polskich 3.  edit Youth hostel near the city center, shared and private bathrooms, bonfire/barbecue place
  • Angela, Długa 2.  edit An object located near DK94 with restaurant
  • Zajazd Pan Tadeusz, Kogutek 1a.  edit An object near DK94, restaurant

Get out[edit]

Olkusz is ideal place for visiting Ojcowski National Park, Kraków or Miechow region as well as closer destinations:

  • Bukowno — A beautiful nature city
  • Bolesław — Small village with a beautiful church
  • Wolbrom — A nice town with two artificial lakes
  • Jaroszowiec — A holiday village in Jura Mountains
  • Klucze — Small town with I st world war cemetery
  • Chechło — A village on Błędowska Desert
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