Caver’s heaven in Małopolska

Małopolska is known for its diversity of touristic attractions. The regional landscapes comprising of mountains and uplands is characterized by the occurrence of hundreds of caves.

Limestone caves of the Polish Jura

 

To the north west of Krakow, the Krakow-Częstochowa Upland extends just between these two cities with its limestone rock formations and around 150 karstic caves from the Jurassic Period. It's one of the most beautiful, recreational regions of Poland. The most famous caves are Jaskinia Wierzchowska, Nietoperzowa, Ciemna and Łokietka. The last one is named after the Polish medieval king Ladislas the Elbow-high, to commemorate his legendary hiding-place, when he had to flee Krakow and hide from the troops of a Bohemian king. The cave is the main attraction in the area of Ojców National Park.

 

Caving in the Tatra Mountains

 

But, if you claim yourself a true speleologist, the Polish mountains are waiting for you to explore, especially the Tatras. There are over 650 caves worth exploring. Among all of them, seven are accessible to tourists and cavers, including the Jaskinia Mroźna and Jaskinia Mylna – the most attractive and demanding one.  The Wielka Jaskinia Śnieżna is the largest and the deepest system in the whole of Poland, which has a cave-passage 1km long (the Western Tatras). Unfortunately, the latter is closed for tourism. Only if you have adventure in mind and you're keen on potholing expeditions, grab your equipment and watch out for the stalactites in Małopolska.

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