Carpathian Mountains

For centuries Jews lived in the area north of the Rynek. This is also the area where the Germans built their wartime Jewish ghetto, before shipping 25,000 residents to extermination camps in 1942. Not much of the community or the ghetto remains, with the exception of this beautiful 18th-century synagogue, which miraculously survived the war and has now been restored as a place of worship.

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Nearby Carpathian Mountains attractions

1. Royal Castle


The remains of Nowy Sącz's royal castle, built by Kazimierz III Wielki in the 1350s, stand in pleasant parklands just south of the confluence of the…

2. Collegiate Church of St Margaret

0.22 MILES

Dating in its earliest parts to the 14th century, this parish church was made a minor basilica under Pope John Paul II in 1992. It's principally famous…

3. Gothic House

0.25 MILES

Built for canons of the nearby Collegiate Church in 1448, this broad-beamed brick townhouse now contains a branch of Nowy Sącz's regional museum…

4. Jewish Cemetery

0.43 MILES

Around 500m north of the Old Town, on the opposite side of the Kamienica River, is the former Jewish cemetery. It contains a couple of hundred headstones,…

5. District Museum

0.71 MILES

Occupying a stately pre-WWI bank, the main branch of Nowy Sącz's regional museum features permanent exhibitions exploring the city in the early days of…

6. Sącz Ethnographic Park

2.13 MILES

About 3.5km southeast of central Nowy Sącz, this ethnographic park is one of the largest and best skansens in Poland. Houses and other buildings typical…

7. Church of the Poor Clares

5.05 MILES

The Church of the Poor Clares was where Stary Sącz was born. Commenced in Gothic style in 1285 and completed in 1332, it later gained opulent baroque…

8. Regional Museum

5.06 MILES

This very worthwhile regional museum owes its existence to local shoemaker Józef Paszkiewicz, who amassed a collection of artefacts relating to the city…