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Wadowice is a small town in Małopolskie Province in southern Poland. It's best known as the 1920 birthplace of Karol Wojtyła, Pope John Paul II. Wadowice and the nearby monastery at Kalwaria Zebrzydowska have become pilgrimage sites, easily reached on a day-trip from Kraków.

Get in

It is easily accessible from Kraków and Katowice by car, bus or train. The 1 Wadowice Railway Station is located on walking distance from the most important sights. Regional trains from Kraków's main train station cover the distance in around 1,5 hours. One way tickets cost 12,50 zł.


  • 1 Birth House of Karol Wojtyła, Kościelna 7, ☏ +48 33 823 35 65. Now a museum. 
  • 2 St. Mary Basilica, plac Jana Pawła II 1. This is the church where Karol Wojtyła was baptized. 
  • 3 Municipal Museum (Muzeum Miejskie WCK im. M. Wadowity), Kościelna 4, ☏ +48 33 873 81 00, muzeum@wck.wadowice.pl. 


  • 1 Energylandia. Poland's largest amusement park with area of 35 hectares and one of the Europe most searched attractions acc. to google search. Its four zones provide rollercoasters, water rides and carousels, as well as a water park - with different levels of "extremity". (updated Jul 2022)


Numerous cafes around the market square sell famous papal cake (kremówka).



Go next

Around Wadowice there are more attractions and places worth seeing such as:

  • Kalwaria Zebrzydowska
  • Bielsko-Biała
  • Lanckorona

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