We got to Czestochowa early and since we were in a mini bus there were no a lot of us, seven in all, and we were very lucky because we went around the altar to see the Black Madonna and there was no queuing. It got very busy later, but we would not have missed it. I was told it was busier because of the Marian month of May. I think people going to Pieskowa Castle should be told about the long climb up to the castle. We had a good guide who was very knowledgeable for both of the trips.