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Via Regia

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Via Regia

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Via Regia (Regal path in Polish) is a part of Camino de Santiago. In the past it was a path Polish kings used to travel. The trail follows from Kraków to Piekary Śląskie. It has some common parts with other trails as Szlak Metalurgów or Szlak Orlich Gniazd.

Understand[edit]

Via Regia is ideal for pilgrims from Middle Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, Baltic States and Balkans due to its geographical location. They can also start their pilgrimage from their local Camino trails and then join Via Regia. Non- European pilgrims can start their journey from here.

Prepare[edit]

Things you need the most're first aid kit, water and food supplies and comfortable clothes.

Get In[edit]

From Croatia[edit]

LOT Polish Airlines offers seasonal flights from Dubrovnik to Kraków. You can fly from Zadar with Ryanair in summer season. Bus companies Retman, Eurobus and Glob Tourist offer direct connections to Croatian cities of Sesvete, Zagreb, Karlovac, Petrcane, Zadar, Sukosan, Sveti Filip i Jakov, Biograd na Moru, Drage, Pirovac, Vodice, Zaton, Sibenik, Primosten, Rogoznica, Seget Donji, Trogir, Kastel Gomilica and Split from May to October. People from other Croatian cities can travel by bus via Vienna.

From Slovakia[edit]

Bus company Leo Express, Fliperbus offers direct connections with cities of Poprad, Bratislava, Trencin, Trnava, Presov and Kosice.

From Hungary[edit]

LOT Polish airlines offers direct flights from Budapest.

From Romania[edit]

LOT Polish airlines has a direct flight to Bucharest.

From Scandinavian Countries[edit]

There're plenty of connections between Scandinavian countries. Finnair offers direct flights from Helsinki, SAS offers flights from Copenhagen and Stockholm. You can flights from Goteborg, Malmo, Oslo and Stockholm with Ryanair. Norwegian Air Shuttle offers direct flights from Bergen, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Oslo, Stavanger, Stockholm and Trondheim. Wizz Air offers flight from Billund, Oslo and Turku.

From other Middle-Eastern European countries, Balkan and Baltic states[edit]

You can fly or ride to Kraków through Warsaw or Vienna.

From non-European countries[edit]

LOT Polish Airlines have direct flights from Chicago O'Hare and New York-JFK. American Airlines offers seasonal flights to Chicago- O'Hare. You can transfer from Dubai with FlyDubai airlines. You can also get a transfer from Vienna (Austrian Airlines), Munich and Frankfurt (Lufthansa), Zurich (Swiss), Brussels (Brussel Airlines), Amsterdam (KLM), Paris (Air France) or London (British Airways). You can also try to transfer from Copenhagen, Helsinki, Oslo or Stockholm with Norwegian Air Shuttle.

Itinerary[edit]

There're two versions of Via Regia. (One of them include alternative parts)

Version 1[edit]

  • Day one:

Kraków-Ojców- Pieskowa Skała- Przeginia total time: 8 hours

  • Day two:

Przeginia-Olkusz- Bukowno- Sławków-Sosnowiec (Maczki) total time: 7h 20 min.

  • Day three:

Sosnowiec (Maczki)- Dąbrowa Górnicza (Gołonóg)-Będzin- Będzin (Dorotka Hill)-Rogoźnik- Sączów- Piekary Śląskie total time: 9-10 h

Version 2[edit]

  • Day one

Kraków- Ojców- Pieskowa Skała- Przeginia total time: 8h

  • Day two:

Przeginia-Olkusz-Bukowno-Sławków- Sosnowiec (Maczki) total time: 7 h 20 min.

  • Day three

Sosnowiec (Maczki)- Sosnowiec (Three Emperors' Corner)-Dąbrowa Górnicza (Gołonóg)- Będzin total time :7 hours

  • Day Four

Będzin- Czeladź- Będzin (Grodziec}-Rogoźnik-Sączów- Piekary Śląskie total time: about 6-7 hours.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

There're several options for pilgrims: Kraków

  • hostel Babilon, Rostafińskiego 11.  edit Summer season object, WIFI, shared bathrooms, good restaurant
  • hostel Strumyk (Rostafińskiego 8).  edit Summer season object, rooms with TV, shared and private bathrooms, WiFi
  • hostel Akropol, Tokarskiego 1.  edit Summer season object,WiFi, TV room, shared bathrooms
  • Dom Duszpasterski Sanktuarium Bożego Miłosierdzia, Siostry Faustyny 3.  edit Religious guesthouse in district of Łagiewniki, cafe and restaurant, rooms with bathroom and WiFI
  • Dom Gościnny UJ, Floriańska 49.  edit Jagielloński University guesthouse in the city center
  • Dom Kolping, Żułowska 51.  edit Guest Rooms with TV and free WIFI.
  • Dom Profesorski im. Stanisława Pigonia, Garbarska.  edit Guest House in the city center with restaurant, rooms with bathroom
  • Zaułek, Piekarska 5-7.  edit Summer season object, shared and private bathrooms, TV room
  • Domus Mater, Saska 2C.  edit Religious guesthouse, restaurant and cafe, WIFI
  • Kolejowe Towarzystwo Kultury, św. Filipa 6.  edit Guest rooms not far from railway and bus station, rooms with private and shared bathroom
  • Oleandry Youth Hostel (PTSM Oleandry), Bulwarowa 37.  edit Youth hostel, WiFI
  • Youth hostel (SSM), Grochowa 21.  edit Youth hostel not far from center, board games, free WiFi
  • Youth hostel (SSM), Sokolska 17.  edit Youth hostel not far from city center, shared and pricate bathrooms, free WiFi
  • Piast Student hotel, Piastkowska 47.  edit Student hostel, rooms with TV, shared and private bathrooms, free WiFi
  • Nawojka Student hotel, Reymonta 11.  edit Student hostel, rooms with shared or private bathrooms, Wifi
  • Bydgoska Student hotel, Bydgoska 19.  edit Student hostel, shared and private bathrooms, rooms with TV, free WiFi
  • Żaczek student hostel, 3 Maja 5.  edit Student hotel, shared and private bathrooms, free WiFi
  • Bursa Jagiellońska, Śliska 14.  edit Youth hostel not far from city center, rooms with shared bathrooms, Internet
  • Merkury Student House, 29 Listopada 48 A.  edit Summer season object not far from city center, TV room, game and relax rooms, shared and private bathrooms
  • Balon student house, Skarżyńskiego 9.  edit Rooms with shared and private bathrooms, WIFI, gym, game and TV rooms
  • Fafik student house, Racławicka 9.  edit Summer season object, shared and private rooms, WiFi, gym, game and TV room

Przeginia There's no accommodation in Przeginia, you can sleep on the church parish. If you travel with tent, you can sleep on Rogożowa Skała or Ostra Góra hills.

Sosnowiec There's no accommodation in district of Maczki. You can try to sleep in church parish.

Będzin

  • Orange Tree Hostel, Modrzejowska 27.  edit Hostel in the city center, rooms with WIFI
  • Sportowa Dolina, Sportowa 4a.  edit Guest rooms in the city center
  • Siedlisko, Podzamcze 51.  edit Guest rooms near Będzin Castle, WiFi

Piekary Śląskie

  • Dom Pielgrzyma, Ks. Jerzego Popiełuszki 6.  edit Religious Guest house
  • Noclegi Tadeusz, I Armii Wojska Polskiego 26.  edit Guest rooms, WiFi, shared bathrooms

Stay Safe[edit]

In general areas the trail cross are rather safe. In spite of all always stay cautious, especially if you travel alone.

Get out[edit]

The next part of Camino de Santiago's called Camino Silesia and crosses places as Zbrosławice or Toszek.

Useful information[edit]

Site with trail plan and practical information (in Polish) [1]