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SIMS21, Poland 2017 - Ojców

Ojców National Park is the smallest national park in Poland, just 16 km from Kraków center. It is a perfect place for a day trip from Kraków. The Park is situated along a scenic Prądnik river valley, and it is famous for numerous limestone cliffs, ravines, and over 400 caves. The biggest cave in the park - the Łokietek's Cave - is 320 meters (1 050 ft) deep. The most popular activities in the park are walks along the well marked tourist paths, mountain bike excursions, visiting old castles, and meeting local fauna and flora.

The most characteristic objects in the Ojców National Park are odd-shape rock formations, for example the famous Hercules Club, a 25 meter limestone column.

There are several castles in the Ojców National Park which were part of a multi-kilometer chain of fortifications protecting Kraków in medieval times. The most well-known are Ojców Castle, erected in the second half of 14th century, and Pieskowa Skała Castle.

Ojców National Park has high biodiversity. There are 5 500 species of animal (280 of them are protected), 950 vascular plant species, 230 species of mosses and liverworts, and 200 lichens. Note that rock climbing is forbidden in the park, although the local rocks appear to be attractive for vertical adventures.

Tour description

The buses will depart at 13:00 (1:00 p.m.) from the Conference Center. The trip to the Ojców National Park will take approximately 35 minutes. The trip is ideal for those who enjoy walking. The initial descent towards Park main attractions, lasting approximately 40 minutes is picturesque, as shown in photos below, with some sections that may be challenging. Comfortable, slip-resistant footwear is advised. The remaining part of the walk is through a flat area. A guide will be available at all times. The return to the Conference Center is planned for 17:30 (5:30 p.m.).

This excursion is NOT wheelchair accessible.


  • 13 January 2018

    Sad news
  • 22 September 2017

    Photos taken during the conference can be found here.

    A movie from the Banquet is still to come.
  • 15 September 2017

    20-25 October 2019
    Kyoto, Japan