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Sącz Ethnographic Park

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 of several ethnic cultures from the Carpathian Mountains and f…
Museum in Nowy Sącz

Gothic House

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. Dedicated to the religious and folk traditions of Sądecczyzna (the la…
Italian in Nowy Sącz


A narrow alleyway south of the Rynek hides one of Nowy Sącz's best restaurants, a pleasant trattoria in a brightly lit cellar space. The pizzas are a sure bet, but the authentic pastas and secondi are definitely wor…
Museum in Nowy Sącz

District Museum

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 Galician autonomy and during the two world wars. There are also…
Church in Nowy Sącz

Collegiate Church of St Margaret

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 for a miraculous image of the Transfiguration of Jesus, painted…
Cemetery in Nowy Sącz

Jewish Cemetery

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, including the ohel (monumental tomb) of Rebbe Chaim Halberst…
Synagogue in Nowy Sącz


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 co…
Polish in Nowy Sącz

Restauracja Ratuszowa

This restaurant below the town hall specialises in pierogi and has an impressive range indeed, including some stuffed with nettles, poppy seeds, buckwheat groats and black pudding for the especially daring. Eat outd…
Club in Nowy Sącz


This bar and club on the southeast corner of the Rynek makes atmospheric use of vaulted brick cellars to host DJs, live acts and one-off parties. It's the only real option for a boogie in central Nowy Sącz.
Ruins in Nowy Sącz

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 Dunajec and Kamienica Rivers. In use until the early 17th century,…