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  • Stanisław Lem trail

    Author: Ewa Zamorska-Przyłuska

    Lem’s Małopolska is only a few important addresses - the house, the house of creative work, friends' houses. Mountains. But in his works one can see how important for him was the surrounding space.

  • Sławomir Mrożek trail

    Author: Ewa Zamorska-Przyłuska

    Family villages near Tarnów, Kraków, emigration, Kraków, and again. Vivid landscapes which could be reliably reconstructed by a literary adventurer are difficult to find in the works of Mrożek.

  • Czesław Miłosz trail

    Author: Andrzej Franaszek

    Many roads brought Czesław Miłosz to Krakow, where he spent his final years: they led through pre-war Krakow, Krzeszowice, Goszyce and the Krakow of 1945. Another thing that brought him to Krakow was a memory of Vilnius in the years of his youth.

  • The Women’s trail

    Author: Monika Świerkosz

    “Oh past, thou art no less a way than the present days...” Words found in Marcelina Kulikowska’s journal, Z dziejów duszy (On the History of the Soul), published posthumously, seem to best reflect the meaning of the draft literary map of Malopolska presented here, as seen from the perspective of women’s biographies.

  • The criminal trail

    Author: Marta Zabłocka

    If you want to make a criminal trip through Malopolska, it is best to start from Krakow and its surroundings. Learned from this perspective, Kazimierz and the Market Square are surprising and intriguing places. Krakow is not far from Podhale – Zakopane and Tatra mountain trails are waiting for lovers of adventure.

  • Jewish literature trail

    Author: Izabela Suchojad

    What was the name of world-famous troubadour from the Krakow district Kazimierz? Which synagogue is haunted? Where could people buy hot chestnuts? You can find the answers by travelling around Malopolska along the Jewish literature trail.

  • Young Literature trail

    Author: Piotr Marecki

    A journey through the changeable literary NOW which is taking place in Krakow and Malopolska, following recent events, the latest books and areas which have the greatest influence on contemporary writers of the young generation.

  • Modern reportage trail

    Author: Łukasz Wojtusik

    Krakow and Malopolska as seen through the eyes of several contemporary reporters: full of ambiguous, historically complex stories. Small journeys may be an interesting alternative to what we already have. It is enough to trust the book and follow the reportage route.

  • Jerzy Turowicz Trail

    Author: Anna Mateja

    While describing Krakow and Malopolska in terms of their connection to Jerzy Turowicz, it is necessary to select only these places that were the most important for a journalist so deeply enrooted in the city at the Wawel hill, otherwise we would end up describing the entire city and region.

  • Krakow bar realism

    Author: Agnieszka Pudełko

    Contemporary writers often choose Krakow bars as locations for the plots of their books. Critics have even coined the name of the new genre that is supposed to describe this trend – Krakow bar realism.

  • Children's literature trail

    Author: Barbara Gawryluk

  • Around Krakow

    Author: Radio Kraków

    Where did Jan Sztaudynger spend his summer holidays as a little boy? Why do the residents of Krzeszowice know exactly what is going on in Sorrento? Where is one of Tadeusz Kantor’s ‘impossible statues’ located? Who visited Goszyce during World War II? One may ask dozens of such literary questions in Malopolska. We will be answering the most interesting ones throughout summer holidays while preparing literary tourist routes.

  • From Krakow to the Beskidy

    Author: Radio Kraków

    What piece did Mikołaj Rej write in Mogilany? Who used to dine at Willa Tadeusz in Lanckorona? Why did Maria Konopnicka find no peace in Sucha Beskidzka? Is it possible to meet Mephistopheles in the famous Rzym inn? These are the questions for the next week of literary journeys around Malopolska. This time, we are heading west.

  • Tarnów and its surroundings

    Author: Radio Kraków

    Who never leaves the bench at Wałowa? What does Mrożek know about courtships of carters and dairymaids? Which subject did Brandstaetter fail during his matriculation exam? The literary route: Tarnów and its surroundings will help you answer these and other questions.

  • The villas of Zakopane

    Author: Radio Kraków

    What flowers are in bloom on the veranda of Jan Kasprowicz’s house? Which book did Stanisław Lem write in Astoria? Where is the monument of Koziołek Matołek located in Zakopane? Where did Henryk Sienkiewicz first read Quo Vadis out loud in public? These are the next questions that our literary journey following the trail of Zakopane villas may help to answer.

  • With a view of the mountains

    Author: Radio Kraków

    What did Władysław Orkan do with his remuneration for the novel W Roztokach [In Roztoki]? Did Odysseus live in Kasinka Mała? What is the second Tischnerówka? What do highlanders love Tetmajer for? Why was Grypa w Naprawie [Influenza Ravages Naprawa] not liked by the inhabitants of this place? Our series presents the authors who loved the mountains.

  • Writers on Holiday

    Author: Radio Kraków

    Which manor house played host to all the greatest poets of the time in 1928? How did Sienkiewicz meet Staś Tarkowski? What did Wisława Szymborska do on holiday in the mountains? Why was Gałczyński called a cat in Śledziejowice? Answers to these and many other questions may be found on the Writers on Holiday trail.

  • Literary walks in Zakopane

    Author: Radio Kraków

    Who was Nałkowska in love with? What can you see from Chimera’s garden? Where did Sienkiewicz use to stay in Zakopane? In which Zakopane villa did Witkacy portray his friends? Which writers are buried at an old Zakopane cemetery? Our next summer proposal includes literary walks in the capital of the Tatra Mountains.

  • Around Krynica

    Author: Radio Kraków

    Who ties ribbons in a girl's hair in front of a monument to Mickiewicz in Krynica? Where is Kraszewski’s corner located? Why do poets like Muszyna? How did Rogaś Jacek come to Rytro? What did lessons at the school over the clouds look like?

  • The eastern frontiers

    Author: Radio Kraków

    What is the Swiss connection to Kwiatonowice? Who founded the town hall tower in Biecz? Why is this town called the Polish Carcassonne? Who is Bąbel described by Mirek Nahacz? We will answer these literary questions and many others in the last literary route of Radio Kraków. This time, we will visit Gorlice and its region.

  • Literary cafés trail

    Author: Agnieszka Pudełko

    A tradition of literary cafés in Malopolska dates back to the period of the Young Poland. It has been continued until nowadays and the number of events held at these cafes definitely proves their culture-forming potential.

  • Guests in Malopolska

    Author: Ewa Zamorska-Przyłuska

    This will be a tour following the tracks of selected foreign writers, who not only visited Krakow or Malopolska, but also marked this presence – even if only slightly.

  • Jerzy Pilch trail

    Author: Agnieszka Pudełko

    Jerzy Pilch’s trail encompasses biographical and literary themes intertwining within his works. The author does not call himself addicted to his own biography for nothing.

  • Trail of literary characters

    Author: Ewa Zamorska-Przyłuska

    This will be a subjective walk following only but a few novels selected from the huge Cracoviana library, thanks to which we will visit some well-known and some less obvious corners of the city.

  • Józef Tischner trail

    Author: Joanna Podsadecka

  • The Avant-Garde Trail

    Author: Jacek Olczyk

  • The trail of printing and publishing traditions

    Author: Tadeusz Grajpel

  • Tadeusz Peiper’s trail

    Author: Jacek Olczyk

    Peiper went down in the history of 20th-century poetry as “the father of avant-garde”, “the pope of avant-garde”, “the misunderstood one”, “the original”, “the discoverer of the Americas”, although probably the most poetic epithet is the one he gave himself: “the mayor of uninhabited dreams”.

  • World War II trail

    Author: Marcin Dyrcz

  • Modern Krakow’s printing houses

    Author: Leszek Sibila

    Krakow – the cradle of the Polish book with centuries-old printing and bookbinding traditions – has become an inherent part of the history of our country through the masterpieces of this art.

  • Literary festivals and awards

    Malopolska offers not only numerous places connected with the life and work of writers, but also the literary here and now – festivals and awards of which there are many in the region.

  • Publishers and authors of children's literature trail

    Author: Barbara Gawryluk

  • Helena Modrzejewska trail

  • Kacper Ryx trail

    The trail is based on the guide by Mariusz Wollny "The Renaissance Krakow with Casper Ryx", Publisher ALTER, Kraków 2014.

  • Stanisław Wyspiański Trail

  • The trail of books and writings of historical value

    The centuries-long literary heritage is written in none other than the books created or collected in Krakow. Many of them, not unlike literary heroes, has experienced a complex fate, gone on distant “travels,” and their history is connected with legends as well as mysteries unsolved to this day. Krakow stores many of the most valuable books and writings of historical value important to Polish history, science, and literature, as well as being an example of the highest level of printed hand-written and printed craftsmanship.

  • The trail of libraries

    The numerous libraries of Krakow, shaped and built throughout hundreds of years, reflect some characteristic approaches to various collections: scientific, religious, private, theatrical etc. They were and still are an outstanding intellectual base, enabling the dynamic development of the city – the cradle of science, culture and literature. Krakow’s libraries are remarkable not only due of their sheer size, but also because of the unique and priceless books and writings of historical value kept here.