John Paul II is remembered not only as the first Polish pope, but also as the oppositionist to communism, a great pastoral guide and as a very sporty person!
He had lived in Krakow for 40 years before being summoned to the Holy See in 1978. The city is full of traces of his presence: as a student, worker, young priest, university lecturer, bishop and finally the pontiff. A controversial one (which wasn’t?), but also very human.
Some of the traces can be found during the walking tour around Krakow (e.g. Pope’s window), some require a separate tour (the tomb of John Paul II’s parents at the Rakowice Cemetery, the Papal Stone in the Blonie meadow).
What is more, following the Route of John Paul II gives you the opportunity to explore places where Catholic Saints are worshipped (St. Stanislaus the Bishop, St. Queen Jadwiga, St. Maksymilian Maria Kolbe, St. Faustyna Kowalska).