Trail of the Eagles' Nests
When you are in Krakow, it’s worth exploring the nearby string of medieval castles known as the Trail of the Eagles’ Nests. One of the most popular hiking trails in Poland
, it begins in Krakow, passes through a fairy-tale chain of 25 castles and watchtowers, and ends in Czestochowa. The route’s name comes from the ruins themselves—the castles are called “eagles’ nests” due to the fact they’re perched high upon rocks, overlooking limestone cliffs and deep valleys. If you don’t feel like hoofing it or biking along the trails, most of the castles are reachable by bus. Besides the Eagles’ Nests trail, there are a number of other stops that any traveler interested in the days of knights and the royal history of Poland should include on their itinerary: Krakow’s Wawel Castle, the Royal Castle of Warsaw, and Malbork Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.