Wadowice Tours

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A small town in southern Poland, Wadowice is best known as the birthplace of Pope John Paul II. The town has been the site of ermanent settlement since the 10th or 11th century and was once a regional center of crafts and trade. Today its primary industry is tourism, attracting 200,000 visitors each year. The primary attractions are the Museum of John Paul II, set in the home where he lived between 1920 and 1938, and the nearby Church of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin May, which is where the Pope was baptized, confirmed and served as an altar boy. Stop at the tourism office to pick up a booklet outlining a trail of 11 sights related to Pope John Paul II.

Also worth seeing are the 19th-century houses surrounding Pope John Paul II Square, the Municipal Museum of Marcin Wadowita and the monument to writer Emil Zegadlowicz, who often wrote about Wadowice. Don’t leave without trying kremowka, the town’s famous pastry made of cream, eggs, sugar and brandy.

Practical Info

Wadowice is located about 30 miles southwest of Krakow. Trains from Krakow are infrequent and slow, so a bus or mini-bus is a better option. Mini-buses leave from a parking lot across from the Galeria Krakowska mall, and buses leave from a station on the other side of the mall. The Museum of John Paul II is generally open daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., with tours conducted in groups of up to 25 people.
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Address: Wadowice, Poland
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In the Footsteps of John Paul II from Krakow

Get an up-close look at the life of John Paul II on this 5-hour tour to Wadowice, the former pope’s childhood home, from Krakow. Journey through the Beskidy Mountains, visit the Sanctuary of Divine Mercy and explore the Archbishop’s Palace as your expert guide provides illuminating background on the beloved pope. Your tour will conclude with transportation back to Krakow.
  • Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes
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Day Trip to Lagiewniki - Wadowice - Kalwaria Zebrzydowska From Krakow

Immerse yourself in all things John Paul II and St. Sister Faustina on this guided half-day tour by minibus. This pilgrimage-like tour takes you to Sister Faustina's Shrine, Pope John Paul II's home town and the Divine Mercy Sanctuary in Lagiewniki, among other spiritual sites. Learn about the history of the pope-turned saint and about the interesting life of Sister Faustina.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Private Saint John Paul II Day Trip to Wadowice and Lagiewniki

Immerse yourself in all things John Paul II, the beloved Polish pope-turned-saint, on this guided day trip from Krakow to Wadowice and Lagiewniki. Visit John Paul's hometown and marvel at the Way of the Cross in Kalwaria Zebrzydowsk.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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US$62.35
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  • Duration: 7 hours
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