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Tarnów - Nowy Wiśnicz

Tarnów – Nowy Wiśnicz

Zamek w Nowym Wiśniczu
Estimated travel time: 07:00
Scale of difficulty: For beginners
Length of trail: 80 km
Tarnów Tourist region: Tarnów i okolice
Tarnów, Dębno, Lipnica Murowana, Nowy Wiśnicz
Visiting Tarnów, Dębno, Lipnica Murowana and Nowy Wiśnicz
1) Tarnów - sightseeing starts from the Market Square surrounded by Renaissance tenement houses with arcades. In the middle, there is a town hall with preserved Gothic fragments of original architecture. The whole building is preserved in the Renaissance style. At the top of the thirty-meter-high tower, there is a working mechanism of the oldest hand-winding town hall clock in Poland.
Cathedral Basilica (150 m)
- the largest temple in the city; behind the altar there are over 13-meter-high monumental tombstones of the Tarnowski and Ostrogski families, the highest in Europe.
“Mikołajowski House” (20 m) - a nearly 500-year-old building houses the treasures of the oldest church museum in Poland, the Diocesan Museum. Inside there is a rich collection of sacral art from the Middle Ages and folk art, including folk painting on glass.
Going further, across the Cathedral Square, you reach the Sobieski Square, then Przedmieście Większe with the most popular marketplace in the city, called “Burek”, Józef Bem was born in one of the surrounding houses (500 m).
Walking down Najświętszej Marii Panny Street, you reach one of three Gothic wooden churches in Tarnów - the church of Our Lady of the Scapular (200 m). On the other side of the street, there is the oldest and the most beautiful necropolis of the Lesser Poland, the “Old Cemetery”. On the other side of the cemetery, there is the church of Saint Trinity “on Terlikówka” from 1527. Another one is situated 2 km further to the south on St. Martin Hill: it is called church of St. Martin And dates back to the 15th century. All three churches lie on the Lesser Poland Wooden Architecture Route.
Coming back to Sobieski Square (450 m), you should walk along Krakowska Street, a former imperial route and feel like in Vienna. There is an Ethnographic Museum here, its seat is located in a preserved suburban manor with a shingle roof. A permanent exhibition is devoted to the history and culture of the Romani people. In the courtyard of the museum, you can see real Gypsy cars, take part in a gypsy bonfire or admire dances of Gypsy dressed in colourful costumes. Each July, the “Memorial Camp” starts here, gathering Romani people and tourists from around the world.
Going further along Krakowska Street, you reach a two-tower church of the Missionary Order (800 m) from 1904-1906, which until the outbreak of World War II was a garrison church. Right next to it there is an attraction for the youngest - a “cosmic fountain” with the sun and the solar system. The star was made of glass and steel, and granite planets on “water” cushions were placed on steel orbits. On the opposite side of Planty Kolejowe Street, and behind it the “Pearl of Secession”: a restored train station from 1910. A bit further, on the other side of the railway tracks, a technical monument - OI 4972 steam locomotive from 1953. From Sobieski Square, you turn into Wałowa Street with a monument of King Władysław Łokietek (100 m), who located the city of Tarnów in 1330. Nearby there is a bench of poets with crouching figures of Agnieszka Osiecka, Jan Brzechwa and Zbigniew Herbert. Going further, you get to Basztowa Street (250 m) with the restored Basteja - a half tower, one of remaining fragments of defensive walls. Going further along Wałowa Street, you get to the monument of gen. Bem (200 m), and behind the monument, through the city walls you enter Żydowska Street, at which bimah is located - the only remnant of the Old Synagogue. Going further along Żydowska Street, you enter the Market Square (150 m).
Take a car and get to Dębno (about 30 km), to the car park near the castle.

2) Dębno is a small, historic town in the Lesser Poland Province, where you can visit a Gothic castle from 1470-80 founded by Jakub of Dębno - the Grand Chancellor of the Crown. The castle currently houses a branch of the Regional Museum in Tarnów.
Church of St. Margaret (300 m) is also a Gothic stone building founded by Jakub of Dębno.
Visiting Dębno in September, you can see the largest outdoor event in Dębno - the International Knight's Tournament “The Golden Braid Tarłówna”, participated by knights brotherhoods from Poland and abroad.
Take a car and get to Lipnica Murowana (about 30 km), to the car park near the market square.

3) Lipnica Murowana is a village famous for the annual Easter Palm and Handicraft Competition. In Lipnica there is the church of St. Leonard, which is entered into the UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage List. A Gothic church from the 15th century has survived in an unchanged form since its construction. From the 14th century to 1933, Lipnica Murowana had civic rights and until the mid-17th century it was surrounded by defensive walls. An urban layout was preserved with a rectangular market and streets running from its corners. Around the market you can see old houses with peaks directed towards it. The oldest preserved house is the staroste's one from the seventeenth century with a spectacular wooden arcade. In the middle of the market, there is a statue with a figure of St. Szymon of from Lipnica.
Take a car and go 9 km from Lipnica to Nowy Wiśnicz to the car park near the castle.

4) Nowy Wiśnicz is a city founded in 1616 by Stanisław Lubomirski under the privilege of Sigismund III Vasa and to this day, this place is a pearl of the Baroque in Poland. Nowy Wiśnicz is located entirely within the borders of the Wiśnicz-Lipnica Landscape Park, whose most valuable fragments are forest complexes: Bukowiec and Kopaliny. The greatest tourist attraction of the city is the castle of Kmita and Lubomirski families standing on the hill, visible from almost every spot in the town. It is one of the best-preserved baroque residences in Poland, and at the same time a wonderful example of Polish defence art. You can visit the castle courtyard and take a guided trip inside.
Opposite the castle, there is an early Baroque monastery of the Discalced Carmelites surrounded by bastion fortifications. Now, the monastery has become a prison.
Between the castle and the monastery, near the road, there is a small wooden manor house from the mid-nineteenth century, “Koryznówka”, which houses the Jan Matejko Memorial Museum.

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