Czestochowa is one of the most important pilgrim cities in Poland. It’s set on the Warta River and home to the centuries-old Jasna Gora Monastery, where you can see the world-famous Black Madonna icon. Beyond religion, Czestochowa features tree-filled parks and a ruined medieval castle.
Things to do in Częstochowa
Every year, millions of pilgrims arrive to see the Black Madonna of Czestochowa at Jasna Gora Monastery. The sanctuary is one of the finest examples of 15th-century religious architecture in Poland and combines styles like Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque. The famous Black Madonna of Czestochowa is a famous Orthodox Christian icon and has fascinated pilgrims for hundreds of years.
Learn about the city’s industrial heyday at the Museum of Matches. It occupies a historic match factory and features exhibits on how wooden matches are manufactured and boxed. The production line hasn’t changed since the 1930s and features original antique machinery.
Explore the medieval ruins of Ogrodzieniec Castle. The stronghold dates back to the 1500s and has been rebuilt several times over the centuries and features soaring walls, towers and turrets. You’re free to wander around the ruins of the castle and climb the ramparts for sweeping views over the surrounding countryside. Bring picnic supplies and enjoy lunch on the grassy fields that surround the castle.
Watch ducks paddle around the picturesque pond in Stanisław Staszic Park. Bubbling fountains, playgrounds and shady picnic areas make the park popular with local families. Play a game of chess on the outdoor tables and watch squirrels scrambling up enormous oak trees.
Getting around Częstochowa
Czestochowa is compact and easy to get around on foot. Taxis are a fast and affordable way to get around and cover longer distances. The city is in the Silesian Voivodeship, a two-hour drive from Kraków and 1.5 hours by train. Warsaw Chopin Airport is a 2.5-hour drive away.