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Tarnów [6] is a historic town in Lesser Poland Lowland in southern Poland, situated 80 km east of Kraków. Tarnów is known for its traditional Polish architecture, which was strongly influenced by foreign cultures and foreigners that once lived in the area, most notably Jews, Germans and Austrians. The entire Old Town, featuring 16th century tenements, houses and defensive walls, has been fully preserved. Tarnów is also the warmest city of Poland, with the highest long-term mean annual temperature in the whole country.

Get in[edit]

From Kraków:

  • By train - a train goes each way every hour or so, costs about 11-18 PLN, takes from 1:00 up to 1:30 hours. Times and prices vary between train operators. Check the timetable at [7]. The ongoing modernization has already cut the journey time to around 1 hour.
  • By bus - buses leave from the MDA Bus Station in Kraków (MDA - Małopolskie Dworce Autobusowe) [8] located at ul. Bosacka 18, every 15 minutes. Price is around 16 PLN and time of travel is around 1:30 hours.
  • By car - take A4 motorway East. Once you make it out of Kraków, you should reach Tarnów in up to 50 minutes. The A4 east of Kraków remain free of tolls (update: december 2018)
  • By plane - Local airstrip (for small aircrafts): Tarnow, ul. Lotnicza

The nearest international airport: KRAKOW AIRPORT - 90 km From the Airport you need to get to Krakow first and then continue by train or coach.

Get around[edit]

If you travel by car, you should know that the center of Tarnów is restricted parking zone. To park your car within the zone you need to pay and display. The pay and display machines accept coins, banknotes and credit/debit cards (Chip & Pin or contact-less card). Tickets are valid for a given time (half an hour, one hour...). Overnight parking (from 4 p.m. until 9 a.m.), weekends and holidays are free of charge. Visit for up-to-date tarrifs.

There are two Park & Ride facilities in Tarnów: 1. ul. Do Huty street (south of the Tarnów Train Station). The P&R is connected to the concourse and platforms by pedestrian tunnel. Parking costs 1 PLN (from 1st of January 2018) for all users of public transport. Just remember to keep your bus or train ticket. The P&R is served by bus route 10 offering convenient connections to the city center. 2. ul. ks. J. Marszałka (north of the city center). The P&R is served by bus route 10 offering convenient connections to the city center.

Public transport

Bus services connect all major tourist attractions and locations in Tarnów. If you arrive by train or bus, you can easily get to the center from 'Krakowska - Planty' stop, located close to main bus and train stations. Tickets are available at the kiosks or from bus driver. Keep in mind that bus drivers sell only 4 zł tickets and always ask the exact change. Ticket prices vary depending on duration and distance of a ride. If you travel within Tarnów city borders than you travel within zone 1. Zone 2 are just few services operating outside the city. There are regular and discount tickets available. Pupils and students (under 27) are entitled to discounts. Prices:

  • 2.20 zł/1.50 zł (15 min ticket, all zones and lines)
  • 3.00 zł/2.00 zł (30 min ticket, all zones and lines)
  • 4.00 zł/3.00 zł (60 min ticket, all zones and lines)
  • 2.40 zł/1.70 zł (no time limit, one line, zone 1)
  • 3.40 zł/2.20 zł (no time limit, one line, zone 1 and 2)

For ride from the main train and bus stations to the center buy 2.20/1.50 zł ticket. Hop on at "Krakowska-Planty" stop and get off at "Bema-Targowa".

The same route by Taxi should not cost more than 10 zł. Cabstands are conveniently located right outside the stations and around the old town.

On foot

However, the most convenient and appealing way of getting around Tarnów is walking. All major attractions are within a short walk from the center, and the old town is just 15 minutes from both stations. There are several walking routes around the town. All stops along each are properly marked with information in Polish, English and German. "Renaissance Route" is the longest and will take you from the center up to the ruins of the Tarnowski Castle atop St. Martin Hill. Outstanding views of the city are worth the toil of climbing.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Town Square. Shape and size of the Town Square remain unchanged since the location of Tarnów in 1330 although the buildings date to the 16th to 18th century. Situated in the center of the town, the Town Square has always been a place where social life and trade concentrated. Its location in the central part of the town hill, on the ground slightly lowering towards south was advantageous as far as a rain water drainage is concerned.  edit
    • Railway Station.  edit Big building with nice interior
  • Ratusz - Town Hall, Rynek 1, 33-100 Tarnów, +48146929000. Town Hall houses exhibitions of historic Polish armor and military equipment, including one of only five preserved lances of the Polish Hussars; the biggest collection of Sarmatian portrait paintings; Polish paintings from the 19th and 20th c., and rich collections of glass and china from the 17th and 18th centuries. Town Hall's tower offers outstanding panorama of the city.  edit
  • Tarnów Diocesan Museum, pl. Katedralny 6, 33-100 Tarnów, +48146219993, [1]. The Diocesan Museum in Tarnów is the oldest of its kind in Poland, founded in 1888 by the priest Józef Baba. The most important part of the Museum's collection is the exhibition of guild art containing Gothic sculpture and paintings from the Małopolska region. These artifacts are not only pleasing to the eye, but also important testimonials to the quality and history of Polish Medieval culture. Another diocesan display includes church fabrics (vestments and covers etc) that are from as early as the Middle Ages to the 19th century. There is also a folk art department in the Museum luring visitors inside with impressive folk glass paintings collection.  edit
  • Ruins of the Tarnowski Castle. Original structure was erected in the years 1329-1331 by Specimir Leilwita. Originally it was a building made of stone and brick with a large tower, small residential area, and a surrounding rampart. At the beginning of the 16 th century the castle became the residency of Tarnowski family and was thoroughly rebuilt. The new structure composed of a high and low castle both fortified with towers. The castle has slowly deteriorated since the end of the 17 th c.  edit
  • Ethnographic Museum in Tarnów, ul. Krakowska 10, 33-100 Tarnów, +48146220625, [2]. The Museum is known for its outstanding collection of artifacts of the Gypsy, or Romany, life and culture. Everything, from small talismans to original caravans (actually 5, parked in the backyard) can be found there. It presents an everyday life, beliefs, folklore as well as their martyrdom during the WWII.  edit
  • Tarnów District Museum - Main Branch, Rynek 3, 33-100 Tarnów, +48146212149, [3]. The Main Branch focuses on local history. There are two permanent exhibitions there: one presenting most important and precious artifacts documenting history of Tarnów and the region; and collection of recovered fragments of the "Transylvania Panorama" depicting victory of gen. Jozef Bem at the Battle of Sibiu during the Hungarian Revolution of 1848. Original painting was 120 m long and 15 m high.  edit
  • Katedra - the Cathedral, pl. Katedralny, 33-100 Tarnów, [4]. The Cathedral - Basilica Minor, Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrow is the mother of all the churches in Tarnów and most important of all historic sites and monuments in the city. It shelters masterpieces of Renaissance and Mannerist sculpture - monuments to the Tarnowski and Ostrogski families located right behind the main altar. Another masterpiece, believed to be the most beautiful Renaissance representation of a woman in Polish sculpture, is tomb of Barbara z Tęczyńskich Tarnowska, set into the west wall of south nave. Make sure not to visit the Shrine during the Service.  edit
  • Railway Main Station. The design was based on the Lvov railway station. Additionally, the first and second platforms were equipped with roofs placed on cast iron columns, and after 1909 both platforms were connected by an underground passage. On the 28th of August 1939, Tarnów Railway station was shocked by a bomb explosion. The bomb was placed in the railway station by German saboteurs. In order to remember this event, a commemorative plaque was place on the right side of the main entrance, another plaque commemorating the first transport to the Auschwitz Concentration camp, was placed on the opposite side of the entrance in 2005.  edit
  • General Bem's Mausoleum. In the middle of a pond in the town park, former Shooting Garden of the Cock Fraternity, a considerably large Mausoleum of General Joseph Bem is placed. Bem, the hero of Polish and Hungarian fights for independence during the November Insurrection and the People’s Spring Struggle 1848-1849, was born in Tarnow in 1794 and died in the far Syrian Aleppo in 1850, where he was originally buried on a Muslim cemetery. General Bem’s ashes were placed in the sarcophagus on 30 June, 1929 in a ceremony in attended by the army representatives and foreign delegations.  edit
  • Jewish Historic Sites. The history of the Jewish Tarnów can be traced back to the 15th c. When WWII broke out, nearly half of city's population were the Jews. But German invasion and their consequently implemented plan of extermination left very little material traces of that centuries-long coexistence. The most important sites links the Jewish Heritage Route. It takes you from the Rynek (Town Square), along ul. Żydowska (Jewish street), to the Bimah, then the Mikvah (opposite is the Monument to the First Prisoners of KL Auschwitz located, to the Cemetery and back to the center through ul. Goldhammera.  edit
  • Wooden churches. There are 2 wooden churches within Tarnów and one located right outside its borders, in close neighborhood of the ruins of Tarnowski Castle at St Martin Hill. The Blessed Virgin Mary church (locals call it "Na Burku", "by the Burek" church. "Burek" is the neighboring open-air marketplace) was likely built in 1458. The walls inside are adorned with subtle polychrome decorations with preserved fragments of the 16th c. original wall painting. The 16th c. painting of the Virgin Mary and Child is believed to be miraculous and won the church status of a Shrine. In the summer, the church is usually opened for a whole day (with the first Mass as early as 6.30 a.m. and the last at 6.30 p.m.). If not, it is always accessible before and after the Mass. The Holy Trinity Church (again, known locally as "na Terlikówce" church. At the time of its construction the site was a suburban village called Terlików), located on the south side of neighboring Old Cemetery, dates to 1597. Its existence was threatened in the 19th c. when new railway route was opened and sparks from  edit
  • Mościce.  edit Industrial district, home place of one of the most prominent Poland's and world's contemporary artist-Wilhelm Sasnal.. There're open air swimming pools, Mościce railway station, Jaskółka sport hall, Art Center, two modernist churches, Kwiatkowski villa and park. You can find some modernist houses on 11 Listopada street.
  • First World War Cemetery.  edit. Cemetery's located in district of Chyszów. There're graves of Polish, Austrian, Hungarian, German, Russian, Serbian and Ukrainian soldiers on this big graveyard.
  • Debrza Nature Reserve, Wiśniowa.  edit Forest reserve with many old trees.
  • Katyń Oak Trees Alley, Wojska Polskiego.  editThe alley is composed by 26 oak trees being a symbol of Tarnów region military people killed by Soviets in Katyń. There's an information next to every tree.

Tourist Information[edit]

Detailed informations about the town, tourist attractions and other things are provided by Tourist Information Center, located in the southern part of the Main Square. Office is well equipped with souvenirs and brochures in many languages. It also serves as a luggage storage, bike rental spot and small hostel (4 rooms).

  • Tourist Information Center, Rynek 7, 33-100 Tarnów, +48 14 688 90 90, mobile: 698 633 421, [5]. V-IX: mon-fri 8-20, sat-sun 9-17; X-IV: mon-fri 8-18, sat-sun 9-17.  edit

Eat[edit][add listing]

Entire city center is filled with cosy restaurants, small cafés and pizzerias.

Drink[edit][add listing]

Probably the most famous drink of Tarnow is Blackthorn Tea. You can buy this product in many places, including Tourist Information Center, located in the southern part of the Main Square. Some liquor shops are also equipped with blackthorn tincture, widely known as "Tarninówka".

In addition, the Tarnow's region is experiencing a renaissance in the field of wine. There are 30 vineyards in the region and new ones are still being created. All vineyards are connected to the the project called "ENOtarnowskie".

Sleep[edit][add listing]


  • Tarnowskie Centrum Informacji, Rynek 7.  edit Guest rooms on market place, free WiFi, bike rental
  • B&B Leliwa, Esperantystów 34.  editObject located about 2,5 km from city center, WiFi, terrace, garden
  • Centrum Kształcenia i Wychowania OHP, Mościckiego 27.  editObject located in city center
  • Mimoza, Pułaskiego 6.  editGuest rooms not far from city center, restaurant, bar


  • hotel Podzamcze, Al.Tarnowskich 75.  editCastle-like hotel located not far from castle ruins, just about 3 km from city center, free WiFi and restaurant, terrace.
  • hotel Krzyski, Krzyska 52 B.  editCastle-style hotel located 2 km from city center, Internet, restaurant, terrace
  • hotel Pod Dębem (Heleny Marusarz 9 B).  editObject located about 2,5 km from city center, free WiFi, restaurant
  • hotel Tarnovia, Kościuszki 10.  editHotel located 1 km from city center, free WiFi, bar
  • hotel Gal.  editHotel located 1 km from city center, near Jakubowskiego Park, fitness center, WiFi
  • hotel Cristal Park, Traugutta 5.  editHotel located in Mościce district, free WiFi, wellness center, garden, bar
  • hostel Inka, Hubala-Dobrzańskiego 6.  editHostel located 3 km from city center, Internet, terrace, outdoor lounge
  • Aparthotel Zakątna, Zakątna 19.  editObject in close city center, WiFi
  • hotel Kantoria, Piłsudskiego 28 A.  edit Hotel located close to city center, free WiFi, restaurant, terrace, garden
  • Apartamenty Wałowa, Wałowa 4.  editApartments in city center, bar
  • Ricardpol B&B, Krakowska 101.  editB&B located about 2 km from city center, free WiFi, bike rental


  • hotel Bristol, Krakowska 9.  editHotel located in close city center, restaurant, bar, free WiFi, terrace
  • hotel u Jana, Rynek 14.  edit Hotel located in city's market place, Internet, restaurant, bar.


  • Camping 202 Pod Jabłoniami.  edit Camping with bar, restaurant

If you're into camping you can stop on Biała River near Austro-Hungarian bunker located not far from city center. The place is located in the end of Powstańców Styczniowych street. You can both sleep in your camper or pitch your tent there. The disadvantage is proximity of railway bridge. Another camping place is located in Marcinka running park (both for campers and tents).There's located on Harcerska 1 street.

Get Out[edit]

  • Rożnowskie lake — Beautiful artificial lake with many beaches
  • Ciężkowice — Small town famous by ski resort and rock formations
  • Wojnicz — Small and lovely city
  • Ropczyce — Small town among loess gorges also famous by paranormal phenomena.
  • Sędziszów Małopolski — Small and lovely town sourrounded by lakes and woods.
  • Melsztyn — Small village with castle ruins on Dunajec river with castle ruins.
  • Dębno — Village of castle owned by Hungarian renaissance poet Balint Balassi.
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