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Tyniec is a historic village in the southwest of Kraków, Lesser Poland Voivodeship, Poland. The location is famous for its imposing historical Benedictine Abbey perched high above the Vistula River.

Get in[edit]

Tyniec is located on the western border of the Kraków metropolitan area, 8 km (5 mi) from the city center, with numerous connections with both the surrounding city and the region.

By car[edit]

Drivers can take the A4 motorway (E40) southwest of the city center. Take the Tyniec exit and follow the signs to the village.

By bus[edit]

From the Grunwald Bridge (Most Grunwaldzki) tram stop in Kraków, visitors can board Bus 112, which takes 30 minutes to reach Tyniec.

By bicycle[edit]

Tyniec is linked to nearby Kraków by bike paths going next to the Vistula River. Depending on your bicycle or physical condition, the ride takes 40-45, passing through lovely, river countryside.

By boat[edit]

During weekends in the spring and summer months, visitors can take a leisurely boat ride up the Vistula to Tyniec with Krakowski Tramwaj Wodny. Tickets start at 25PLN, with departures at 10:00, 12:00, 14:00, and 16:00, with a journey time of 90 minutes.

Get around[edit]

The community of Tyniec is easily navigable by foot.

Swans floating past the Tyniec Benedictine Abbey.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Benedictine Abbey (Opactwo Benedyktynów w Tyńcu), ul. Benedyktyńska 37, +48 12 688 54 50, [1]. (May-Oct) Mon-Sun, 10:00-18:00; (Nov-Apr) Mon-Sun, 10:00-16:00. Founded in the 1040s by King Kazimierz I, the abbey is the oldest functioning monastery in Poland. The complex consisted originally of Romanesque buildings. Destroyed by the Mongols in 1259, as well as suffering damage at the hands of the Czechs in the 15th century, the Swedish during the Deluge of the 1650s, and from Russian forces who besieged Bar Confederates here in 1772, the abbey has time and again been rebuilt and remodeled. After the area's annexation by the Austrian Empire during the Polish Partitions, the Benedictines were removed by authorities, only to return again in 1939. Today the abbey is a mixed religious and museum site, with fantastic views of the Vistula and the surrounding Lesser Poland Lowland. 5/7PLN.  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Wander through the various rooms and exhibits within the abbey, and rub shoulders with its monks, who will gladly tell you about the site's history.
  • Watch the sunset from atop the abbey's high walls overlooking the Vistula.
  • Take a casual stroll or bike ride along the river.
  • Wander through the Tyniec neighborhood to experience rural Polish life.

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Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Restauracja Tarasy Tynieckie, ul. Promowa 8, +48 12 444 65 15, [2]. 12:00-9 PM. Traditional Polish cuisine next to the Vistula. 5-24PLN.  edit
  • Mnisze Co Nieco, ul. Benedyktyńska 37, +48 12 688 52 83, [3]. 12:00-9 PM. The Abbey's own restaurant, where patrons can enjoy traditional Polish cuisine, Friday Fasting meals, and traditional monastic beers and meades. 5-24PLN.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

Tyniec at sunset.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Dom Gości, (200 m east of the Long Market), +48 12 688 54 50 (), [4]. checkout: 11:30. For any visitors curious what it's like to sleep at a thousand-year-old abbey, Dom Gości offers room and board for guests who are curious about the monk life. Contrary to their imagine, Benedictine monks are social and will enjoy guests. Singles at 80-150PLN, double at 140-220PLN, triple at 180-290PLN..  edit

Get out[edit]

As a small community, Tyniec is easy and painless to leave, with numerous connections back to Kraków.

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