Kraków: 4-Hour Ojców National Park and Pieskowa Skała Castle
- Transportation included
- Skip the ticket line
- Duration: 4 hours
The trip in the Ojcow park started from the nature's beauty Grota Lokieta, followed by a hike downhill to the Gate rock formation. Once in the centre of the park we walked through the Ojcow village to the castle ruins. After a visit to the local museum, the last stop was at the Pieskowa Skala castle (grounds only, no inside). It was nice to get off the beaten path, away from all the crammed tourist attractions. An informative and friendly guide came pick us up at the hotel and we ended up having a private tour as there were no other tourists willing to do this experience on that day. Only negative point, it is advertised as a "full day trip" and you need to read the description to realise it is only meant to last 7 hours, but then in practice after 6 hours we were already back at the hotel so it felt closer to a half day really.
We had a funny and enthusiastic tour guy who took us through parts of the Eagle trail, showed us both ruined and reconstructed castles and a 13th century cave network. Some of the views were absolutely breath-taking! However the tour claimed to be 7 hours and clearly stated what would be covered. We started seeing things that were not 'part' of the tour i.e. minature parks, markets, man-made deserts, etc. As we had a flight that evening we got a bit worried when 9-hours into the tour we were still seeing things. We also became quite famished as a stop for lunch wasn't until 3:20pm. Overall we did enjoy ourselves but wish it was a bit better scheduled given most people will have plans around their tours.