The Malopolskie Voivodship - Not only puff pastries with cream
You can’t say you know Poland if you haven’t visited the Malopolskie Voivodship. The former capital of our country, Krakow, is situated here. And to the south, the Tatry - the highest mountains with 5 places in Malopolska on the UNESCO World Heritage List!

The Voivodship on the southern border of Poland occupies a territory between Silesia, Swietokrzyskie and the Podkarpackie Voivodships. To the south it borders with Slovakia.

Krakow, the capital of the Voivodship is the former capital of Poland and the seat of former kings. Its greatness has its roots in the city’s history. Visitors are enchanted by the Wawel, the royal castle and Cathedral. The former Jewish quarter, Kazimierz has the charm of Montmatre in Paris and the endless, grey apartment blocks in the communist-built Nowa Huta have a climate taken straight from Orwell’s, ‘1984’.

The Malopolska region is also home to the Polish Pope, John Paul II. Wadowice, his hometown, is visited by thousands of pilgrims who queue in the confectioneries to buy puff pastry with cream cakes – the favourite cake of the Pope. Apparently the demand for sweet things from Wadowice is so great that often they have to be brought in from Krakow.

Nature in Malopolska is very diversified. There are the Tatry Mountains, the only Alpine mountains in the south of Poland. Further to the east, the Beskidy, gentle hills are covered with forests, and the rocky country with rafting on the Dunajec River in the limestone Pieniny Mountains are a great delight for those visiting the area. The limestone crags, canyons and caves are the main attractions of the Krakowsko-Czestochowska Highlands.

The climate of Malopolska and the mineral springs aid greatly in the treatment of numerous ailments. Visitors can go down into the salt mine in Bochnia and Wieliczka which is the oldest Polish salt mine. In Oswiecim, the Museum in the Nazi concentration camp reminds us of the million or more people, mostly Jews, who were murdered here. The museum is now on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Tradition is highly valued in the region. Passion Plays are performed during Easter in Kalwaria Zebrzydowska. Carol singers sing in churches during Christmas and Corpus Christi, and the Lajkonik gallops around in the Main Market Square in Krakow. Every December there is also a competition for the best crib of the year.


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