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Wooden tserkvas of Carpathians from Krakow

Just wanted to post a highlight of my trip to Krakow - a road trip through the Carpathian Mountains to see the wooden tserkvas. Hopefully the route helps someone else. This route hits three separate UNESCO world heritage sites.

First, the countryside was spectacular rolling hills, the architecture is very pretty and the region was surprisingly vibrant for being so rural - saw lots of children, young people etc. The churches were beautiful inside and out, I will post a link to pix later. Most times no tourists or one other car, you show up, poke around, and village coconut wireless gets message and caretaker shows up with keys and then explains about the church. Some villages were actually signposted in Ukrainian, very remote areas. Then crossed into Slovakia, saw one more church from different unesco list and a 3rd site an old medieval town with huge square and gothic cathedral, beautiful but zero tourists and strangely empty of even residents.

Route: https://goo.gl/maps/bnajv

Took about 11 hours.

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How did you get around? Did you rent a car? This sounds very interesting!

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We rented a car. This was part of a larger trip. We flew into Lviv, spend a few days there, took the night train to Krakow. Toward the end of our time in Krakow, we picked up a car and did a few side trips from Krakow - Auschwitz, Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, the salt mines and this one before doing a road trip through the rest of Poland.

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Poland is my new favourite country and I would love to return and do this trip--thanks for posting!

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Hi,

How was the night train ride from Lviv (Lemberg) to Krakow? When did it arrive in Krakow? In 2006 a good friend of mine chose to take the train from Kiev to Lviv, a real adventurous experience.

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Train ride was pretty uneventful. You sleep three to a cabin on top of each other. I think it left around midnight or maybe a bit earlier and arrived around 6-7 am in Krakow. The interesting thing was - and I didn't know this until I saw it and googled it later - the former soviet union used (and uses) a different gauge for their rail system, so at the polish / ukraine border they spent about an hour changing the gauge of each carriage with some sort of machine. Which is not conducive to sleep.

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@ Kaeleku....thanks for the informative answer. Going from Krakow which I visited in 2001 to Lviv (Lemberg) is on my long bucket list...day or night, makes no difference to me. When I was on the platform at Krakow, I saw the regional train heading east for Tarnow, but we had a set schedule which did not leave any time to go there. Continue east and you'll end up in Lviv.