Cyril and Methodius Route – Cultural Route of the Council of Europe

the eighth stage of hiking

Krakow - Mogilany

Basic information about the trail

This section of the trail includes Krakow with its main churches and leads through the picturesque region of Krakow-Podgórze to Mogilany.

The Kraków section begins under the famous ‘Pope’s Window’ and leads through Planty Park and Wawel Hill – a unique place on the map of Poland with the former seat of the rulers, the Royal Castle and Wawel Cathedral. Then, following the Vistula River, the trail reaches Skałka – the site of the martyr’s death (1079) of Krakow’s Bishop Stanislaus, later a saint. Kurlandzki Avenue, which runs along the Vistula River, leads to Father Bernatek’s footbridge, which connects the historical Kazimierz district with Podgórze on the right bank of the Vistula River. Podgórze’s historical Market Square with the neo-Gothic St Joseph’s Church is located here, with a richly decorated church façade. From Podgórze the trail leads south to Łagiewniki – a place best known for the cult of St Faustyna and the Shrine of Divine Mercy and the Shrine of St John Paul II. The trail then leads to Swoszowice – the only spa in Poland located within the boundaries of a large city. There you can take a walk through the spa park, admire the typical 19th-century spa buildings and enjoy the beneficial sulphurous waters. In Swoszowice the trail leaves Kraków and leads to Mogilany.

What's ahead of us?

Starting point: Krakow

Ending point: Mogilany

Distance: 22,7 km

Estimated travel time: 6:44 hours

Difficulty: medium

Altitude: ascent 458 m, descent 277 m

Surface: mainly paved roads.

Critical points: none

Our tip:

Take enough food and drink with you, as there are sections of the trail without the possibility of buying food during the journey.

What can be seen?

Archaeological, pilgrimage, technical and natural monuments.

Castle Svetla nad Sazavou

Castle Světlá nad Sázavou

Castle Svetla nad Sazavou

Museum Světelska

Church of St. Wenceslas

Church of St. Wenceslas

Information centre Světlá nad Sázavou

Peasant Museum Michael's open-air museum

Peasant Museum Michael's open-air museum

Castle Okrouhlice

Castle Okrouhlice

Information centre Havlíčkův Brod

Museum Vysočina, Havlíčkův Brod

Vysočina Museum

Church in Havlíčkův Brod

Dean's Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary

Staffl´s bastion in Havlíčkův Brod

Staffel's Bastion

Park Future

Park Future

Havlíček Square and town houses

Where to eat and sleep?

Restaurants and accommodation along the trail.

Castle Svetla nad Sazavou

Castle Světlá


Restaurant and Hotel Barbora

Pension Villa Amenity

Dublin bar

Březinka Mill

Pension Hurikán 63

Pension Starr

Pension Jantar

Hostinec U Palánů

Hotel At the Golden Lion

Pension U Kroupů

Apartment U Truhláře

Pension U Kroupů

Hotel At the Golden Lion

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Photos from hiking.

Why walk the trails of the Cyril and Methodius Route?

The long-distance trails of the Cyril and Methodius Route invite you to pilgrimage sites and archaeological sites that have contributed significantly to the development of Slavic culture. They are signposted in both directions and encourage wandering without borders, not only state borders.

What can be obtained?

Perhaps everyone likes to bring back something from hiking, be it various tourist and souvenir items. If you will be hiking the Cyril and Methodius Route, we have prepared the following printed materials to motivate you to hike the trail: