Tarnow Travel Guide

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Tarnow Things to Do

  • St Mary's church.

    St Mary's is one of the oldest wodden churches in Poland, built from 1440 on and consecrated in 1462. The material used is larch wood.It is not open to public except that we can look through a glass door.

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  • The exhibition about the Roma people.

    The exhibition about the Roma people is very informative and well worth a visit. The Romas can be traced in the area of Tarnów since the 15th century. You find the exhibition in the Ethnographic Museum in an 18th century building. Entrance is 5 Pln for adults, 3 Pln for students, and permission to take photos will cost an extra 5 Pln.

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  • Ratusz.

    The Town Hall, in the middle of the square which got its layout in 1330 and still isn't altered, is an imposing building. It dates from the 15th century. From the beginning a Gothic style edifice but remodelled at the end of the 16th century in Renaissance style. What really strikes when looking at the Town Hall is of course the tower. Being 30...

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  • The Cathedral.

    The Cathedral was built in 1346 in Gothic style but what we can see today is the remnant of a renovation in the 1890s. The church is famous for its monumental tombstones of the Tarnowski and the Ostrogski families. There are also beautiful stained-glass windows.The tower is 72 metres of hight.

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  • The most valuable buildings along the...

    The two beautiful houses on the north-eastern corner of Stary Rynek, the Main Square, dates from the 16th century. Today they hosts a part of the Tarnów District Museum (the main part being shown in a house at the south-western corner of the square).

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  • Town Hall

    The Town Hall is perhaps the most recognisable feature of Tarnów. Located in the middle of the Renaissance market square it naturally becomes the centre of attention once you enter the square. It was built in Gothic and rebuilt in Renaissance at the end of the 16 th c. The building itself is 18 meters high but attached to it is a 30 meter tower...

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  • Bimah

    Tarnów before the WWII had a vibrant Jewish community but the Nazi extermination put an end to it. Back in 1939 as much as 45% of people living in Tarnów were Jews. Although they are no longer part of our community there are numerous memorials to their past existence in various parts of Tarnów. In the picture you can see perhaps the most important...

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  • The Diocesan Museum

    This museum is the oldest of its kind in Poland, founded in 1888. It's most valuable exhibits are the Gothic sculptures and paintings from the Malopolska region (south-east Poland). Another collection has lithurgical robes from as early as the Middle Ages. And if you're interested in folk paintings on glass, the vast collection includes not only...

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  • Ofiarom Stalinizmu Monument

    This monument was unveiled on 17th September 1999 year, representing the the 60th anniversary of the Soviet invasion of Poland. The monument was dedicated to the Victims of Stalinism in Tarnow. The work was initiated and overseen by the Społeczny Komitet Budowy Pomnika Ofiar Stalinizmu. This committee was formed in Tarnow in 1997 and...

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  • Adam Mickiewicz Monument

    This monument was unveiled on 26th November 1900. The inhabitants celebrated the 100th anniversary of the birth of Adam Mickiewicz, as well as the 45th anniversary of his death, when this bronze bust was located hidden between two ornamented candelabrums. It is said that the monument survived German occupation when Germans were told it was a bust...

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  • Tarnow Cathedral

    Originally erected in the latter 14th century, the cathedral was renovated during the 15th century and again at the beginning of the 19th century.During 1889 to 1891, it was reconstructed in its current Neo-Gothic style. It is an impressive structure with gorgeous vaults, Gothic style portals and a tower. Six Renaissance monuments commemorate...

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  • King Władysław Łokietek

    There are dozens of historical structures spread around the city. The oldest were erected in Gothic and Renaissance periods.Included in the centre is the biggest monument of King Władysław Łokietek who, on 7 March 1330, issued a document which granted Tarnów city rights. The document was issued in recognition of services rendered. On...

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  • Rynek -The Market Square

    This cobbled and paved market square, is recognised as being one of the most beautiful market squares in Poland, due to it being surrounded by Renaissance period houses and arched buildings. To be continued.....

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  • and another one.....Adam Mickiewicz...

    Adam Mickiewicz (24.12.1798-26.11.1855) was a Polish poet, activist and political journalistHis style of poetry was likened to that of Byron and Goethe. During Nazi occupation, his statue remained undamaged, as locals claimed it was in fact a statue of Goethe!Tadeusz Błotnicki, a Kracow sculptor created the monument, it was unveiled on the...

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  • Another statue- King Wladyslaw Lokielek...

    It didn't take too long to realise that Tarnow wasn't lacking in statues and monuments (not to mention plaques). This one is in honour of King Wladislaw, who ruled Poland between 1320 and 1333. He was famed for re-uniting Poland, and improving the economy of his country. He had the unflattering nicknames of Wladislaw the Elbow High (or Wladislaw...

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  • Walowa Street

    Walowa (Rampart) Street, is one of the main streets in Tarnow, which we followed to the Market Square.This broad cobbled roadway, once had tram tracks running along its length. Between 1911-1942, Tarnow was the only provincial town in Galicia to have a tram system. The 6 red coloured cars were nicknamed 'the ladybirds', and they ran daily, over 2.5...

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  • Poets Bench

    Not far from the statue of Roman Brandstaetter, we came across this seated group of 3 statues. They represent 3 Polish poets - Agnieszka Osiecka, Zbigniew Herbert and Jan Brzechwa, and are the work of the Tarnow sculptor Jacek Kucaba. This was unveiled ion December 3rd 2004. These statues are more than just pieces to look at (or touch- judging by...

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  • Roman Brandstaetter statue

    I liked this statue-all I knew at the time was that this was Roman Brandstaetter, who was 'wearing a beret, smoking his pipe, and watching the passers by'So who was Roman?Well he was born in Tarnow on the 3rd January 1906, to Jewish intellectual parents, and died 28th September 1987 in Poznań He was a Polish writer, poet, playwright and...

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  • Jozef Bem statue

    Jozef Bem was born in Tarnow on March 14th 1794, and died on December 10th 1850 (aged 56) in Aleppo, (now in Syria). His remains were returned to Poland in 1929, and placed in a mausoleum in the place of his birth in Park Strzelecki. Bem had converted to Islam during his time spent in the Ottoman Empire (and changed his name to Murad Pasza, so...

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  • A short walk around Tarnow

    We only had a couple of hours to spend here, as we were heading towards Zakopane, and had many miles to travel yet. Tarnow looked like an interesting place to visit. Some of its main attractions are its Market Square, Cathedral, wooden churches, Ethnographic museum (with an exhibition of Romany history, and painted caravans), and reminders of the...

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  • Ethnographic Museum

    Ethnographic Museum is located in a 18 th century wayside inn that was renovated in the 1980's. Its most important feature is an exhibition illustrating the history and culture of the Gypsies in Poland, which is the only of its kind in Europe.

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Tarnow Hotels

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  • Tarnovia Hotel

    The title explains it all: it was once a busy hotel when Tarnow was the capital of the Tarnowskie...

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  • Hotel Cristal Park

    ul. Traugutta 5, Tarnow, 33-101, Poland

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Business

Tarnow Restaurants

  • Restauracja Impresja.

    It was a cold and rainy day day when I visited Tarnów so I needed to eat something warm. I saw the sign to Restauracja Impresja and went in. I didn't have to regret that!Some examples of prices: x English breakfast 14 Pln (you can have breakfast quite late there...)x salads 18 - 20 Plnx chicken breast in chanterelle sauce, together with fried...

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  • Pizzeria in Tarnow

    We were starting to feel a bit hungry, and decided to re-fuel here in Tarnow, as we still had quite a way to go on our journey. We spotted this pizzeria, and decided to eat here. It was a self-service place, with one of those illuminated boards displaying photos and descriptions of the pizzas. Although some of the names of the pizzas were easy to...

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  • Meal in the market square

    This is the restaurant of the U Jana Hotel that we didn't stop at. Nor did we try the restaurant but I peeped inside and it seemed nice.But I guess you can pick any place in the Market Sq. and it should be quite all right. We were there in October and it was pretty cold, so by that time of the year all the open air restaurants and beer gardens...

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Tarnow Transportation

  • To get there, by train.

    It is very easy to get to Tarnów by train from Kraków and there are different options to choose from depending on if you prefer the faster or the cheaper connections. Distance is 78 km, the journey takes from 1h 31min to 2h 2min and the cost ranges from 16 to 29 Pln in 2nd class or 1st class respectively. There are ~30 trains all around the clock,...

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  • By car to Tarnow

    Tarnow is 80km East of Krakow, along the E-40 international road. This would be the first town that we would visit after hiring our car at Krakow airport.We had a Sat Nav with us, that was invaluable during our road trip (especially with the detours that we were to make due to the flooding), and we soon found a parking spot near the centre of...

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  • BY train

    It is really easy to go by train to Tarnow. You need to take a direction to Przemysl or just a local train going to Tarnow as a destination. However, local trains during the weekdays are usually crowded as many people commute to/from Krakow. The train ticket is around 15-18 PLN from Krakow one way.

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Tarnow Local Customs

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    by gosiaPL Updated May 3, 2004

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    Not sure if this can be called a local custom but a few similar things struck me in Tarnow (well, I guess you find similar examples elsewhere in Poland too!).

    Some people just don't have the brains to make the best of what surrounds them. How can you call a pub "Bronx" in a place like an Old Town market square, and place an ugly sign that offends the centuries old architecture?
    A few similar things can be spotted in the main Krakowska St. that takes you to the Old Town. It's just full of beautiful ornamented old buildings, but the groundfloor stores fit them like a fist to the nose!

    Like a fist to the nose!
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Tarnow Off The Beaten Path

  • Seklerska Gate

    Seklerska Gate named after Jozef Bem and Sandor Petofi is a gift of a Hungarian foundation Irott Szo and Sepsiszentgyorgy city for Tarnow city. It is the second, except for Stary Sacz, such gate in Poland. The day of the passing of the gate was connected with the 170th anniversary of the battle of Ostriołeka-one of the battles of Polish...

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  • Marcinka - even more views

    I love the lash green of May and early June. Here are a few crop fields that were a pleasure to look at on one Sunday afternoon in May on Marcinka (that's how we call the hill in Tarnów).

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  • Marcinka - more views

    This is something I haven't seen in YEARS! A man tending a cow. When I was little, whenewer I was travelling by car I used to have the same diversion: in summer I would count horses grazing along the road, there were no use to count cows, there were so many. At Christmas time when we were visiting my granny I counted illuminated Christmas trees in...

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Tarnow Favorites

  • How to find the objects.

    I have put links to Google Map in my tips to make it easier to find the objects mentioned, when possible to get the right position. The links are marked in italics. Unfortunately Google Map isn't very precise and too often points to other buildings than the wanted one.

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  • Car Parking

    Located some 80 kilometers east of Krakow, Tarnow has some lovely historical sites to visit. If travelling here by car, it is worth noting that the center is a limited parking zone where parking is only allowed within a designated area.Tickets are valid for a given period of time during weekdays and Saturdays whilst nights (from 18:00 until 08:00)...

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  • Jewish Culture

    In XIX century Tarnow was the fourth highest Jewish populated city in Galicia after Krakow, Lwow and Stnislawow. Apart from some Hasidic influences, Tarnow was rather known as an strong Haskalah and later on Zionist center. Numerous newspapers and organizations were creating very rich and diversified cultural and political life. In 1939 Tarnow...

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