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Thursday, 28 December 2017

Why Visit Malopolska Region?

Dearest sweethearts,
Dearest travellers, 

The UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage List was created in 1972. The aim was (and is) to protect the world's historic sites and regions of outstanding value, significant not only from a historical point of view but also culturally and environmentally. It's not easy at all to make it on the list! There is multiple criteria that must be fulfilled and the final decision is done by a special committee. The site must be authentic, exceptional and of great value to mankind. 
Currently the UNESCO World Heritage List includes 1052 places and properties (814 inscribed as a cultural site, 203 as natural site and 35 as mixed site), located in 165 countries. Poland has 28 properties recorded on the World Heritage List, with 14 of them located in the Malopolska Region (data as of 06.02.2017).  
Auschwitz Concentration Camp, Poland 
Wawel Castle - inner courtyard - Krakow, Poland
Malopolska UNESCO World Heritage Trail - the capital of the region is, of course, my beloved Krakow. The major cities that one should take a closer look at are: Tarnow, Nowy Sacz and Oswiecim (Auschwitz). The surface of the area is about 5% of the surface area of Poland: 15190 square km. The population is about 8% of the population of Poland: 3,4 mil.  But let me tell you one of the many reasons why you should visit Malopolska's magical landscape:
  • The tallest mountain peak: Rysy - 2499 m above sea level 
  • Mountains: Tatra, Beskids, Pieniny, Gorce
  • Foothills: Carpathian foothills 
  • Uplands: Krakow-Czestochowa Upland 
  • Lowlands: Vistula valley
  • Main rivers: Vistula, Dunajec (perfect for rafting!), Poprad, Raba, Skawa, Biala
  • The highest located, the cleanest lakes: Morskie Oko, Czarny Staw, the lakes of the Valley of Five Polish Lakes 
  • The largest and deepest cave: Wielka Sniezna Cave: over 22 km of corridors, 824 m deep.
Malopolska Region has many wonderful locations that offer great feelings, excitement and magic. You just need to take time and follow any of the UNESCO trails. Some make make you shudder, like the Auschwitz and Birkenau Nazi German Concentration and Extermination Camp, others will fill you with awe, like the salt chapel in the Wieliczka Salt Mine... take time for each of these wonders and ponder upon their personal meaning. For you.

Yours very much truly,
The Twisted Red Ladybug That Loves History