Introduction - general information about the Jura, practical information and tips.
Castles and Strongholds - 33 sites, including 23 castles and watchtowers preserved to different degree, 6 non-existent ones and four fortified settlements.
Palaces and Manor Houses - 57 sites, including 13 preserved palaces, five ruined ones and 35 preserved manor houses and three ruined ones.
Past Technology and Industry - 96 sites, including 46 mills, 14 limestone kilns, 13 railway structures, 12 industrial sites and 3 fire protection facilities.
Militaria - 57 locations with 534 sites, including 13 sections of the OKH Stellung B1 line with 110 sites, 5 sections of the OKH Stellung B2 line with 374 sites, 36 Austrian forts and structures of the Kraków Fortress and 12 preserved shelters of Częstochowa’s Polish Position.
Dirt Zone - 43 sites, including 15 quarries, 3 sand pits, 3 deserts, 5 off-road tracks, 12 industrial places.
Sanctuaries and Churches - 128 sites, including 11 sanctuaries, 2 sanctuaries - basilicas, 11 sanctuaries with monasteries, 3 basilicas, 88 churches and 10 chapels.
Judaica - 61 sites and structures, including 24 cemeteries (7 unpreserved ones), 20 synagogues (4 unpreserved ones), 9 memorial places, two Mikvehs, two Cheders and one Kibbutz.
Memorial Places - 97 sites commemorating those fighting in the Kościuszko Uprising, November Uprising, January Uprising and participants of the First and Second World Wars.
Nature - 67 sites, including 7 nature reserves, 24 streams and ponds, 16 limestone monadnocks, 5 monuments of nature and 9 caves.
Mishmash - 57 sites.
Tourist Facilities - 274 sites, including 38 motorcycle garages and shops, 16 guarded and supervised parking places and 195 sleeping facilities, including 92 hotels of different category, 58 agrotoursim farms, 33 sites offering lodging rooms, 6 camps sites and 6 youth shelters and 25 catering facilities.
Sources - publications and the Internet.
Map atlas - at a scale of 1:125 000, including in particular the marked sections of the roads with landscape values and especially dangerous spots and sections of public roads.
All the tourist sites are described in descriptive modules including, in particular a 2 x 2 cm photo - insight view, short description, address or (and) description of access, availability rules, entry fees, location in the atlas, link to the website of source information or (and) site manager, commune’s website.
All the sites have their GPS coordinates acc. to the WGS84 system and hdddOmm’ss.s” format.
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The idea emerged in 2007 while recalling our motorcycle travels across Europe in our family circle during a winter evening. We returned longingly with our thoughts to Spain, France, Italy, Germany - countries friendly to motorcycle tourists, safe, with well-prepared facilities and guides. Then one of us said: "Listen, maybe we can make a guide for motorcyclists for Poland?" We exchanged glances and there was only one choice - JURA.
There is no need to convince anyone of the assets of the Polish Jura Chain. There is no person in Poland who would not have heard about the Eagles’ Nests, Błędowska Desert, Łokietka Cave or Hercules’ Club. Everybody knows the Wawel and Jasna Góra. The best evidence of the region’s numerous tourist highlights is the huge and increasing tourist traffic and popularity of various types of leisure activities. Climbing, spelunking, horse-back riding, diving, balloon flights, parachutes, rope parks, off-road - are just a few examples of the activities available for visitors, not only during holidays. This common perception omits, however, the almost magical ambience of the Jura as a region not fully explored, not conquered in all its forms. This is good and bad. Bad - as we know the Jura only superficially. Good - as there is still something to be discovered...
Motorcycling tourism, like other types of tourism, has its specific parameters and evokes different expectations. When preparing for a trip, one has to select baggage carefully, as there is little space in the pannier. That’s why a motorcyclist will use catering outlets and shops more than other tourists might. For obvious reasons, he or she will be exposed to the caprices of weather and will have to dry clothes after arriving at their accommodation. Frequent stops are an invariable feature of each route, as fatigue develops faster, one cannot smoke while riding, and statistical reach “per one fill” is about 200 km. Safety is also important on the road and during stops. An ordinary fall may require a doctor’s attention, and dealing with a flat tyre will take more time as there is no spare wheel. A motor with bags left unattended may easily be stolen. All those shortcomings are very well compensated by close contact with space, with nature and most of all with the people met while riding. Motorcyclists do not wait in traffic jams, it is easier to park, their solidarity is unmatched among other road users and one motorcyclist in need may always rely on the support of another. Motorcyclists organise outdoor events more often - season openings and closings, rallies and thematic or club expeditions as well as charity campaigns.
Paradoxically, the many users of tourist publications do not generally include motorcyclists, despite the fact that there are over a million users of such vehicles registered in our country, according to statistics, and more and more riders from outside our southern and western border visit Poland every year. Motorcyclists visit the Jura with great enthusiasm. The Jura, being situated in the vicinity of three large urban centres - Silesia, Kraków and Częstochowa - is a perfect destination for single-day, weekend and holiday trips.
Assumptions and the Association
We assumed that the purpose of the guide (and in fact the route planner) in the first place should be to make it easier to reach a specific place while leaving the rest to the visitor’s creativity. Many places are new destinations for tourism activity in the Jura and the proposals given in the guide should be more a stimulus spurring your own, further - practical and theoretical - exploration rather than a ready-made “tourist product”. Motorcyclists appreciate freedom. We do not suggest specific routes, therefore, but only selected topics: castles, palaces and manor houses, industrial sites and monuments of technology, militaria, a “dirt zone” (quarries, deserts, sand pits), churches and sanctuaries, Judaica, memorial places, nature. We concluded that increasingly popular GPS navigation is the basic method for reaching a chosen destination easily, especially sites without any address (e.g. bunkers, lime kilns, nature sites) or those which have almost been forgotten. In November 2008 we encouraged the Jurassic Communities Association to become interested in this topic, and the Association not only received the proposal of promoting the Jura with interest but also supported the whole project financially and helped us to attract important sponsors such as the Marshal’s Office of the Lesser Poland Voivodeship and Silesian Voivodeship and the Silesian Tourist Organisation.
We have travelled across over 20 thousand kilometres of Jurassic roads. The publication describes over a thousand sites with one fifth of them being tourist facilities checked personally according to a rider’s needs. We have indicated which roads are worth riding to enjoy the landscape of the Jura while in the seat. Safety is also important to us. The representatives of seven District Police Headquarters have helped us to indicate the places on the Jurassic roads that are most dangerous and require special attention.
We hope that the publication will be interesting not only for motorcyclists but also other explorers looking to enjoy places that have not been promoted well or at all until now - reminders of Jewish culture, fortifications, mills, lime kilns, railway industry and fire department sites, and industrial and post-industrial landscapes.
If you want to go to Paris without leaving Poland, visit the Katowice Steel Mill, see the greatest hat in the world, or if you are interested in visiting a part of the countryside where there is no power, water supply or telephone; if you go to the forest not only to pick some mushrooms but also to explore some bunkers, or if you dream about walking down the Elvis Presley Alley - welcome to the Jura!
Poland by Motorbike. Route Planner not only for Motorcyclists
Marek Rawecki, Jadwiga Rawecka,
Małgorzata Rawecka, Jakub Nieroda
Jurassic Communities Association
directly from the Authors, by mail
Price: € 11.0 (PLN 45.0)
Format: 11.8 x 22.2 cm
Volume: 198 pages
Weight: 0.72 lb (0.328 kg)
Format: 11.8 x 22.2 cm
Volume: 196 pages
Weight: 0.81 lb (0.368 kg)
Motocyklem po Polsce. Nawigator nie tylko dla motocyklistów
Jurassic Communities Association
directly from the Authors, by mail
Price: € 8.5 (PLN 35.0)