The terrain of Kraków District belongs amongst the most beautiful in Poland – no wonder it is eagerly visited by tourists. Across the Vistula River, the valley of which is a natural boundary separating mountains and lowlands, stretches the Jurassic Krakowsko-Częstochowska Upland, featuring such attractions as limestone rocks, caves, ravines and inselbergs. The most popularly visited and the most interesting are the Prądnik River Valley near Ojców and the Sąspówka River Valley.
Almost 30% of the district is covered by protected areas. The Ojcowski National Park and fragments of the Group of Jurassic Landscape Parks (Dłubniański, Tenczyński, Rudniański, Bielańsko-Tyniecki, Dolinki Krakowskie) have been established as habitat refuges with the status of special protection areas. The Ojcowski National Park – the smallest of all Polish parks – is distinguished by an exceptional abundance of fauna and flora, diversity of surface features, and picturesque landscapes. Poland’s biggest orchid (yellow ladies’ slipper), the goat’s-beard and the Ojców birch occur in the park. Limbless lizards, cave spiders, rock thrushes, many species of butterflies, beetles and bats (including the large mouse-eared bat – the biggest Polish bat in the park’s caves) live here.The most important natural resources of the poviat include: ”Kajasówka” strict reserve, ”Mnikowska Valley” landscape reserve, ”Zimny Dół” inanimate nature reserve, the nature reserves – ”Szklarka Valley”, ”Bolechowicka Valley”, ”Kobylańska Valley” and ”Kluczwoda Valley”, Kmita’s Rock, as well as caves formed as a result of karst processes, i.e. dissolution of limestone in water – the Nietoperzowa, Łabajowa, Psia Klatka, Koziarnia, Dzika, Krasowa, Wierzchowska, Górna, Łokietka and Ciemna caves. The Landscape Park Dolinki Krakowskie (Kraków Valleys) delights with many unique, scenic rock forms such as – Hercules’s Club, a limestone inselberg soaring in Pieskowa Skała, Kraków Gate and Deotyma’s Needle.
The exceptional values of Kraków District are conducive to the development of different forms of tourism and recreation. It is estimated that Ojców – a former spa located in the deep ravine of the Prądnik River – and the Ojcowski National Park are visited each year by about 400,000 people, with field guides leading 20,000 people in the summer season.
Tourists should visit monasteries and castles that recall the rich past: the monasterial complex of the Discalced Carmelites with the tomb and museum of St. Rafał Kalinowski, ruins of a hermitage and the so-called ”Devil’s Bridge” in Czerna, Renaissance castle in Pieskowa Skała, ruins of a 14th-century castle in Rudno, and ruins of a castle in Ojców. Equally interesting are palace-manorial complexes, e.g.: 17th-century country manor in Goszyce, palace-park complex of the Potocki family and Vauxhall little palace in Krzeszowice, manors in Michałowice, Młodziejowice and Książniczki, palace in Niedźwiedź, manorial complex in Karniowice and a manor with a park in Świątniki Górne. The landscape of Kraków District includes well-preserved, mostly wooden churches and chapels, e.g. in: Ojców (chapel ”On the Water”), Więcławice, Wola Radziszowska, Czernichów, Jerzmanowice, Rudawa, Bolechowice, Przeginia, Racławice, Luborzyca, Czulice, Goszcza, Sąspów, Czubrowice, Paczółtowice (late-Gothic church with a Gothic painting of Our Lady with the Child Jesus and a black marble antependium), Raciborowice, Prandocin (Romanesque church) and Świątniki Górne.In the area of Igołomia-Wawrzeńczyce community, primitive iron smelting furnaces that are Poland’s oldest metallurgical furnaces and potter’s kilns have been discovered; they attest to the fact that a ceramic production settlement had been functioning here in the distant past. Other sights that are worth visiting include the baths building ”Zofia” in Krzeszowice, the stud farm and mill in Wilczkowice, the park in Aleksandrowice, Austrian forts in Zielonki-Marszowiec, Pękowice and Bibice, and the Regional Chamber in Bibice.