Wadowice is a town located in lesser Poland Voivodeship, 50 km from Krakow, in the Eastern part of Silesian Foothills. The city is known as the birthplace of Pope John Paul II.
The first permanent settlement in the area of Wadowice appeared in the late 10th century or early 11th century. The first documentary mention in Wadowice dates back to 1325, and two years later appears in the feudal register of Prince John I. At this time the area was a trading settlement belonging to the Dukes of Silesia of the Piast dynasty.
environmental and historical heritage of the region and its status as the birthplace of Pope John Paul II led to the rapid growth of tourism. Currently, more than 200,000 people visiting Wadowice every year. The city has a family house of the Pope, which collects valuable family heirlooms. In addition, each year there are Days of Wadowice – the holiday, which begins annually on may 18 in honor of dad’s birthday.