Almost all visits to Wadowice are religious, with travelers flocking to the fascinating museum in the Family Home of John Paul II. The pope was christened and took his first confession and his first communion at the attractive 15th-century Minor Basilica of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which has a chapel devoted to him. The town’s historic main square, renamed in honor of the pope, also houses a statue of him.
While the town is served by trains from Krakow, many travelers opt to book tours that combine Wadowice with other Catholic sites. Popular options include tours covering John Paul II’s Krakow or visits to Czestochowa, known for the Black Madonna, a medieval icon held in the Jasna Góra Monastery (a UNESCO World Heritage Site).