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  • Location:Krakow, Poland
  • Duration:5 hours (approx.)

Lipowiec Castle and Vistula Ethnographic Park Day Trip from Krakow

Visit Vistula Ethnographic Park and Lipowiec Castle in Wygielzow on a 5-hour tour from Krakow! With an expert guide at your side, learn about life in the western Cracovia region between the 17th and 20th centuries while exploring Vistula Ethnographic Park. The large open-air museum is a recreation of a typical Polish peasant village, complete with peasant huts, a school classroom, village tavern and more! After touring the park, visit Lipowiec Castle to admire forest views from its tower.

Numbers are limited to seven on this small-group tour, ensuring personalized attention from your guide.


  • 5-hour day trip to Vistula Ethnographic Park and Lipowiec Castle from Krakow
  • Learn about Polish peasant culture between the 17th to 20th centuries from an expert guide
  • See the insides of a typical peasant hut, mill and school as you explore the open-air ethnographic museum
  • Visit the museum’s 18th-century manor house
  • Explore Lipowiec Castle and enjoy forest views from its tallest tower
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of seven people ensures a more personalized experience

What You Can Expect

Lipowiec Castle and Vistula Ethnographic Park Day Trip from Krakow

See wooden houses at the open-air museum

Leave central Krakow and travel by luxury minivan to Wygielzow – a small village roughly forty-five minutes west in Krakow Province. As your guide drives, you’ll learn about Poland’s folk culture and village life between the 17th and 20th centuries. Your destination is Vistula Ethnographic Park, a large open-air museum at the foot of Lipowiec Castle Hill that’s home to more than 20 different cultural exhibits.

Comprising a reconstructed peasant village with wooden houses, places of worship and a manor house, the museum aims to introduce you to Polish peasant life in bygone days. Walk around the peasant village with your guide, exploring inside its pretty huts, and calling in at a 19th-century tavern – Zagroda Inn -- as well as two mills and a wicker workshop. Head inside the house of the village chief to see it adorned with rich folk décor and admire the architecture of the village presbytery and school.

Contrast the smaller building of the village with the museum’s 18th-century manor house – built to represent a house in the town of Droginia -- and hear how it’s now used to host chamber music concerts once a year.

Just outside of the grounds of the open-air museum is Lipowiec Castle, and you’ll explore this, too, with your guide. Learn about its 13th-century roots, starting out as a watch tower before turning into a bishops’ residence, then a prison, and then as a fortress for both the Swedish and Austrian armies. Stroll around inside and walk up to its tallest tower to enjoy views of the forest and the open-air museum that sprawls across the hillside below.

After three hours in Wygielzow, exploring both the museum and the castle, your guide will drive you back to central Krakow, where your tour ends.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

Initially I booked Lipowiec castle and Vistula ethnographic park but I was relocated to the three castles trip. We were only 2 persons and we had a great time, enjoying the ride in style in a BMW. The guide give us a walk with specific information at every castle. I did know that Pieskowa was closed but we enjoyed the third castle, lovely ruins, and still got in time back to Krakow to spend the afternoon in this beautiful city.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

We had this tour on 6/01/14 and it was very interesting to experience polish culture and countryside. Exelent tour guide Yanek offered a lot of explanations and was very helpful.

4 star rating: Recommended May 2015

Beautiful drive interesting tour. Lots of walking - bring comfortable shoes!

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