Rudnik, a sizable village in Lesser Poland, is situated approximately 7 km from Myslenice and 25 km from Krakow. The location ensures easy access to all the “big city life activities”, yet at the same time provides typical village tranquillity. It is also a good place to hold wedding banquets or conferences.
Rudnik is not a typical tourist resort frequented by leisure travellers. It is more of a destination for businessmen on their way to Krakow. Another group of visitors is the young couples holding their wedding parties in local hotels. As a result, Rudnik’s facilities for tourists are not very rich and diversified. However, since the village is well located and close to Myslenice and Krakow, you won’t be bored here.
Apart from all the unique and world-famous monuments in Krakow (25 km from Rudnik), we recommend you also see the ruins of a medieval castle in Myslenice and visit Zarabie, which is the tourist district of Rudnik.
Rudnik is situated in the Lesser Poland Voivodeship in southern Poland. It is a sizable village with a population of 3,000. Due to its perfect location, Rudnik is regarded as a good alternative to Krakow.
Rudnik most probably took its name from the iron ore (Polish: ruda żelaza) that was extracted here in the 15th and 16th centuries. The village obtained the Magdeburg rights in 1300. In 1443, it joined the “starostwo lanckoronskie” (starostwo was a Crown land administered by an official called “starosta”). The last owner of Rudnik was Prince Kazimierz Lubomirski.
During the German occupation of Poland, a resistance movement was formed in Rudnik. On September 5, 1939 Germans shot 23 Poles, among them were 15 Rudnik inhabitants. This tragic event was commemorated with a memorial in a local community centre.