Among the tourist attractions of Niepołomice, the most prominent one is the Royal Castle. Its renovated interior provides a venue for concerts, exhibitions, theatrical performances and competitions. Another place of interest is the Benedictine Convent in Staniątki founded in1216. An unmissable site on the tourist map of Niepołomice is the Ten Thousand Martyrs Parish Church. In 2008 we celebrated the 650th anniversary of its consecration. One should also not miss the Grunwald Mound which marks the historic connection between King Władysław Jagiełło and Niepołomice.

In 2007 the Gallery of 19th-Century Polish Art was temporarily relocated from Cracow’s Sukiennice (Cloth Hall) to the Royal Castle in Niepołomice. This was an unprecedented event in the history of the national museum in Cracow and the town of Niepołomice. The exhibition, presented in 17 newly renovated display rooms at the Royal Castle in Niepołomice, comprises 450 paintings and 48 sculptures, nearly 250 items more than were previously on display at Sukiennice. The Castle also houses a large collection of Wodzimierz Puchalski’s nature and wildlife photographs.

When in Niepołomice, be sure to take a trip to Niepołomice Forest, Poland’s seven largest forest complex. Niepołomice Forest covering an area of 12,000 hectares, has many walking and cycling trails.

Niepołomice was the first commune in Poland to take over the management of educational units, including secondary schools. The commune built a modern Complex of Secondary Schools, with a professionally sized sports hall. Niepołomice attach special importance to working with disabled persons. The Mayor initiated the organisation of holiday camps for disabled persons, the construction of an indoor arena for horse therapy and a Community House. Niepołomice have numerous sports and cultural associations. Ochmanów has one of Poland’s few golf clubs, providing full facilities.

Most of cultural events in Niepołomice are arranged in the Royal Castle. The Opera of Kraków performed there the Haunted Manor by Polish composer Moniuszko, the Comedy Theatre of Warsaw staged there its Chicago musical, not to mention numerous performances by various pop groups and singers. The Castle houses also the Cultural Centre and the Museum of Niepołomice; one of its collections features more than 100 slides and photographs of nature donated by the family of Włodzimierz Puchalski, a renowned Polish photographer of nature. The Hunting Club presents the its trophies in the Museum as well and the Astronomical Observatory of the Young People displays telescopes, and other astronomical apparatus. At the end of May each year, the town becomes an unbelievably busy place, as thousands of visitors come to participate in the Days of Niepołomice event.

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