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Vistula Bicycle Route (with detours around missing sections)

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Scale of difficulty: For beginners
Length of trail: 235
Jawiszowice Tourist region: Kraków i okolice, , Tarnów i okolice
A current proposal to travel the entire Vistula Bicycle Route in Małopolska (220 km) with detours along the local roads of those sections that are still under construction, renovation or in the planning stage.

The trail leads along existing portions of the Vistula Bicycle Route in Małopolska (Brzeszcze-Skawina and Niepołomice-Szczucin) and bypasses the sections that are still under construction (Okleśna, Jankowice) or those being planned in Kraków. Note! On the detour of the Skawina-Tyniec section and from the Wanda-Brzegi bridge, the route overlaps roads with quite heavy traffic and steep inclines. The trail is suitable even for road bikes, because the only gravel or hardened sections are in Kopanka (800m) and Brzeszcze (1 km) and they can be bypassed on local roads. For family trips, we recommend in particular the Niepołomice-Szczucin section, where the route runs almost entirely along the asphalt crest of the Vistula embankments, exiting them only in a few places to let you stop off at local stores and cafes. Along the way, there are several resting places, on average one every 20 kilometres. Some of them are located several hundred meters away from the route, in particular where the route goes along embankments. On this route, riders have to take a ferry from Wietrzychowice to Siedliszowice that during the summer season runs between 6:00 and 20:00. The route is very well marked except for the Skawina-Kraków-Niepołomice section, where the PTTK markings are rather worn, but gpx can be used in this section. At the height of the Niepołomice Forest the route meets with the finished part of the EuroVelo 4 route (VeloMetropolis), in Niedary with VeloRaba, and in Wietrzychowice with the VeloDunajec route. We recommend combining all these routes and existing trails in different options of cycling trips. 64% of the the trail runs on roads free of car traffic. Beginning of the trail: Jawiszowice; end of the trail: Szczucin; total length of the trail: 235 km; difficulty: easy; notes about the route: there are two short but steep climbs (Kamień and Tyniec, ul. Bogucianka). There are also a few gravel and dirt sections: • gravel road across the ponds in Brzeszcze (1 km) • chamfered road in Oświęcim • gravel road on the embankment in Kopanka (800 m) • dirt driveway to the Grunwaldzki Bridge in Kraków (the asphalt one is available from the side of Hotel Forum). The trail bypasses on normal roads the following sections, which are still under construction or in the concept/planning stage: • temporary closure of the embankment due to repairs in Gromiec (2 km) • temporary closure of the embankment due to repairs between Rozkochów and Okleśna (7 km) • temporary closure of the embankment due to repairs between Skawina and Tyniec – ul. Kolna Kraków (10 km) (more at bit.ly/wtrtyniec) • basically unmarked route across the city of Kraków to the border with Niepołomice. Mostly along separated cycling infrastructure except for the Wanda Bridge-Niepołomice section on which a 10 km ride in general traffic is proposed (32 km in total). Maximum elevation: 281 m a.s.l. The lowest point on the route is at elevation: 164 m a.s.l. The route runs through the following protected areas: Landscape parks: Ciężkowice-Rożnów Landscape Park National Parks: Pieniny National Park Natura 2000: Dolna Skawa valley, Ponds in Brzeszcze, Dolny Dunajec. 8% of the route runs through the forest. Tourist attractions: Manor house in Ochodza from 1831, Regional Chamber in Kamień, Rock blocks after the earthquake of 1786, Tyniec – Benedictine Abbey complex, Palace in Piekary, Auschwitz-Birkenau Former German Nazi Concentration and Extermination Camp (1940–1945), Railway bridge in Okleśna, Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, Ruins of the Great Synagogue in Oświęcim, Jewish Centre, Museum of Podgórze, Fort 31 ‘Saint Benedict’, Podgórze Cultural Centre, Walls of the Jewish Ghetto, Centre for Documentation of the Art of Tadeusz Kantor CRICOTEKA, Oscar Schindler’s Enamel Factory, Ethnographic Museum (Esterka House), MOCAK Museum of Contemporary Art in Kraków, Ethnographic Museum, Museum of Urban Engineering, Corpus Christi Basilica, Manggha Museum of Japanese Art and Technology, Galicia Jewish Museum, Museum of Jewish History and Culture, Chapel of Saint Margaret, Krakow Pinball Museum, Sandomierz Tower, Saint Salvatore Church, Women's Tower, Noblemen's Bastion, Senators’ Tower, Wawel Royal Castle, Jordan Tower, Arcaded Courtyard, Royal Gardens, John Paul II Cathedral Museum, Cathedral Basilica of Saints Stanisław and Wacław, Zwierzyniec House, Natural History Museum of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Długosz’s House, Archdiocesan Museum, Bishop Erazm Ciołek Palace, Foucault’s Pendulum, Archaeological Museum, Geological Museum of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Former Hotel Cracovia, Stained Glass Museum in Kraków, Papal Window, Mirror Maze, Emeryk Hutten-Czapski Museum, Museum of Independence Movement, National Museum in Kraków, Zbaraski Palace, Church of St Adalbert the Bishop and Martyr, Plate commemorating the Prussian Homage of 1525, Europeum, Kraków – historical city complex, Town Hall Tower, Collegium Maius, Jagiellonian University Museum, Lem-birynt, Stanisław Lem Garden of Experience.

Vistula Bicycle Route won an award in the 2019 Tourist Treasures of Małopolska competition in the Most Interesting Tourist Route category.

Szczucin – Mędrzechów – Bolesław – Gręboszów – Żabno – Wietrzychowice – Szczurowa – Drwinia – Niepołomice – m. Niepołomice – Wieliczka – Podgórze Nowa Huta – Kraków – Liszki – m. Skawina – Skawina – Brzeźnica– Czernichów – Alwernia – Babice – Zator – Libiąż – Chełmek – m. Oświęcim – Oświęcim – Brzeszcze – Wilamowice - Jawiszowice

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