Read what other Viator.com travelers think about the Pieskowa Skala Castle and Czestochowa including the 'Black Madonna' Day Tour from Krakow. What they loved, what they liked and what they think could be improved, it's all here to help you make the most of your next trip.
Absolutely beautiful and very well organised. Our guide Andrzej was very well informed and a wonderful guide. Czestochowa is beautiful and we got there in time to see the unveiling of the picture in the church, a beautiful moment. Would definitely recommend going there!!
The highlight of the tour was the Nun lead tour of Czestochowa and seeing the Black Madonna. Meanwhile our Viator guide went home while we were touring the shrine and brought us back home made cookies. We loved the Poles and Poland.
Fabulous tour. Our tour guide was Krystof, so knowledgeable, perfect gentleman, fun day together.
A wonderful day out. At the black Madonna there is so much to see. A placeof prayer for us catholics. Time was short, though our wonderful guide granted us another half an hour on our request. At the Castle we could have saved time to spend at Cztochowa.
The driver Andrew was very informative.
You get plenty of time ate the black madonna.
In the castle you get a good insight on the work of arts. Especially if the tourguide i very passionate about the object their.
This was a fantastic trip.Pieskowa Skala Castle is a definite must for all travellers. It's a beautiful place.Czestochowa is a fantastic spiritual place and the black Madonna worth the trip alone.A nun was our tour guide and she was amazing.The only down side was the maroon coach and the inadequate knee room .
Excellent tour with very knowledgeable guide. Art in Pieskowa Castle exceptional
This was a very good tour. There were 6 people in our group and the driverguide was excellent. I strongly recommend this tour if your are religious or want to see an aspect of Polish Catholicism. However, be warned that it is a two hour drive to Czestochowa and two hours back. In a car, it was a bit cramped. Our guide gave us lots of information about Poland and Polish history on the ride to and from Czestochowa. Czestochowa was very crowded with lots of pilgrims. We spent three hours there. two hours with the guide and one hour on our own The visit to Pieskowa Skala castle was about an hour long.
At the last minute we decided to rather do the trip to the Tatra mountains because it was thought there would not be that much to see on this trip seeing as though the castles were ruins. We were expecting to go by coach but went by car with a wonderful guide who had been a school teacher with a great depth of knowlege and love of Polish history which really enriched this experience. We went to Zagapone and visited villages with 800 year old wooden houses that look brand new, as well as the studio of a famous mountain sculptor and bought some lovely items. Went around a unique cemetary - very unusual headstones maximising use of wood from the area. Visited a large open market and would have gone up in the cable car would have been great as there was snow on the peaks, but it was being repaired. Rounded the trip off with lunch at a Hungarian restaurant with huge open fire place, perfect. I think November is just the right time to visit Krakow and environs when it is not overrun with tourists and one can really absorb all that is there to be found.
I booked this tour solely for the trip to monastery at Czestochowa, and I was not disappointed. In addition to the chapel with the "Black Madonna", there were three very interesting and moving museums. Then on the way back to Krakow, we stopped at an amazingly well preserved castle with an interesting decorative arts museum. What a great day!
It was really a surprise for me because I was the only one taking this tour that day, Oct 24, 2013. It was a good thing the tour wasn't cancelled and I was instead referred to an independent travel agency. Imagine I had my own driver cum tour guide in a private car! The Pieskowa Scala Castle was not really that impressive and there were some construction/renovations going on. However, the museum inside was quite impressive! For that alone it was worth the trip! After that, we went straight to the Shrine of the Black Madonna in Czestochowa which was really beyond my expectations! I was able to attend the unveiling ceremony of the icon followed by a mass. Over-all, it was a tour I would really recommend.