ring of public gardens surrounds Krakow's entire Old
Town historic district since 1822.
The city of Krakow boasts
forty two public parks, including the
1020-acre Las Wolski forest on the range of hills that adjoin the
downtown area from the west. Also, there are 334 official city
green. They all total 631 hectares.
popular parks of Krakow
Visitors cannot miss the Planty
ring of about 30 gardens since it encircles the central Old
Town historic district. Its leafy alleys and flowerbeds
replaced Krakow’s once awesome city
walls in the 1820s. At the same time the natives prefer
the 22-hectare downtown Park Jordana (near the National
Museum) with its recreational facilities from a paddling
pond to playgrounds to volleyball and basketball courts. As the park
borders on the plethora of dorms alongside three major campuses and
the central university library, no wonder it teems with students
besides families, kids and mothers with babies. The Park Jordana
adjoins also grounds of the Wisla Club, Krakow’s biggest sports
organization, with its main stadium, public swimming pools, and hall
that seats 1,500. Moreover, the huge Blonia
the full length of both the parkland and the sports grounds. The
120-acre meadow amid bustling downtown Krakow has the legal status
of a national heritage. The everyday refuge of joggers, strollers,
dog owners, sunbathers, etc.–and an occasional cow–proves ideal
for open-air events when necessary, be it a concert, a parade, or a
papal mass heard by millions.
at 27 Kopernika street was set up in 1779 and nowadays boasts some
5,000 plants, both exotic and native. Situated in the city’s
downtown, it appears an oasis for traffic-weary residents.
Krakow contains also a number of wildlife
preserves within the city limits, established mostly for the
protection of endangered flora species.
Botanical garden of the Krakow
university adjoins the 18th-century palace
that served as its first astronomic observatory.
With its mere 21.5 sq. km it may be the
smallest of Poland’s twenty national parks, but
the Ojcow National Park ranks among the most
attractive recreational areas in Europe, and it
is just a 15 minutes’ drive–i.e. 24
km–northwest of Krakow.
green oasis boasts some 5,000 plant species.
vast expanse of grassland in downtown Krakow, called Blonia,
is protected by law as the national heritage.
The best way to enjoy
Krakow is on foot.
Krakow and beyond.