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When you are planning the trip to Rzeszow, it’s also worth staying out of town for a bit to learn about the beauty of this region. Podkarpacie is rich in many historical places, wooden architecture and areas blessed with beautiful wildlife. Discover the furthest corners of Podkarpacie.

The Gate of Podkarpacie

Because of its location and a very good access to the communication routes, as well as varied choice of hotels, Rzeszow is a great place to start any touristic escapade. While going to Podkarpacie, it’s worth staying in the city and seeing interesting monuments, going to one of many restaurants or visiting recreation places offered in this charming city.

Below is the list of a few places that are worth visiting during a stay in Podkarpackie voivodeship:

If you are interested in wooden construction then the Wooden Architecture Trail is a great choice for you. Podkarpacie is full of enchanting cottages and picturesque orthodox churches, which are a testament of many different cultures living in the area. There are 127 wooden structures on the trail. The combined length of all 9 trails located in Podkarpacie comes to 1202 kilometres. You can see open air museums, orthodox churches, palaces, manor houses, churches and complexes of provincial housing. The most beautiful are pearls of wooden architecture that are listed on the World Cultural and Natural Heritage List UNESCO.

Cerkiew w Radrużu, fot. Michał Bosek
Orthodox church in Radruż, photo by Michał Bosek

Jasło Wine Trail was developed in western part of Podkarpackie voivodeship to promote the wine and food of the region. It is worth stopping by and trying the specialties while travelling. Visit the vineyards located on the trail. With the wine map in hand, taste the wines from Jasło and check local agritourism. Travellers are drawn by the warmth of the hostellers and a good quality of liquors. The trail includes 15 vineyards; while crossing it you will be able to see many interesting places and facilities that attest to a rich past of the city, as well as virgin territories of the surrounding natural world.

Winnica Jasiel Szpak,  fot. Tadeusz Pozniak
Jasiel Szpak Vineyard, photo by Tadeusz Pozniak

Would you like to buy some natural cosmetics or take some sanative water on your travels? Then you have to visit one of the health resorts of Podkarpacie, located south from Krosno. Places like Rymanów Zdrój or Iwonicz Zdrój are perfect to relax with your family.

Iwonicz Zdrój,  fot. UMWP Krzysztof Zajączkowski
Iwonicz Zdrój, photo by UMWP Krzysztof Zajączkowski

Are you interested in baronial history? Then the Łańcut Castle is waiting for you. It was built in the years 1629-1642. The castle is famous for its beautiful interiors and extremely precious collection of horse-drawn vehicles. Its current look can be credited to the Potocki family and the modernisation they did. Inside the castle you can admire precious exhibits that come from former museum collections in Łańcut. The oldest exhibits are the part of the collection of duchess Lubomirska.

Łańcut,  fot. Michał Bosek
Łańcut, photo by Michał Bosek

Another castle that is famous in Podkarpacie is the one in Krasiczyn. It was built in renaissance style. Around the castle is a garden where members of noble lines planted trees to commemorate births of their descendants. The lime trees have names of the daughters and the oak trees have names of the sons. Among them there is the oak of cardinal Adam Stefan Sapiecha.

Krasiczyn,  fot. Michał Bosek
Krasiczyn, photo by Michał Bosek

Podkarpackie voivodeship also has its own little Wawel castle. It is the castle in Baranów Sandomierski, which is one of the most valued relics of the Renaissance in Poland. It was built in place of the medieval defensive manor house of knights.

Baranów Sandomierski, fot. Krzysztof Zajączkowski
Baranów Sandomierski, photo by Krzysztof Zajączkowski

Porkarpackie voivodeship is one of the most forested regions of Poland (even 37% of voivodeship’s area is covered with forests). Magura National Park is the forest in 96%. Huge stretches of forests are also in Bieszczady National Park.

You have to check the arboretum in Bolestraszyce that is located 7 kilometres north-east from Przemyśl, and which is visited by around 100 000 people each year. It is one of the important monuments of Polish nature and culture. It functions as a natural, cultural, scientific and educational facility. In the mid-19th century, it was the place of residence and creation for the painter Piotr Michałowski.

Arboretum Bolestraszyce, fot. Waldek Sosnowski
Arboretum in Bolestraszyce, photo by Waldek Sosnowski

Close to Rzeszow, on the border of Podkarpackie and Lubelskie voivodeships, is Roztocze, a range of hills rich in landscape parks.

You can reach all of those places and many more on your way to Rzeszow. A lot of restaurants, hotels and many attractions are waiting for every visitor in the capital of innovation. The time you spend in Rzeszow is a great warm-up before visiting the rest of Podkarpacie.


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