The Wall of Olza is an outcrop of Carpathian flysh rocks in the water gap of the Wisłok river

The Wall of Olza

Rudawka Rymanowska



The exposure is named after eminent Polish geologist – Stanisław Dżułyński and is the largest in Polish Carpatian Mountains natural outcrop of the Menilite Shales – a form of opal, which gave origin to our oil fields. The Wall reminds us that there was a sea once, called by the geologists The Tethys Ocean. Crumbling rocks unveil the water world of Oligocene marine fauna. Trace fossils or even fish bones can be found here. Combination of dynamic geological processes is reflected in different colours from chocolate, through red to yellow – the effect of weathering by wind. Such picturesque spot is a must-see for geotourism amateurs, but also any tourist will enjoy the place.


This highly valued for geological features the geotourist sight is placed in the north part of Rudawka Rymanowska. Following The Main Beskid Mountains Track you need to go 500 metres north off the track. You can reach the attraction following walking path called “To the water gap of Wisłok river”, which is in total 8 km long, its duration is 3 hours, and it is signposted with blue symbol RR.


Also the climate with curative properties contributes to the attractiveness of the area. The weather of cold months is milder owing to warm and dry winds blowing from mountains to valleys. However, moisture and minerals are add to the air by Iodine and essential oils intensively produced by rich flora.



Places worth seeing nearby:

Rymanów Zdrój SPA

Iwonicz Zdrój SPA

Glass Heritage Centre in Krosno

Podkarpackie Museum in Krosno

Museum of Crafts in Krosno

Museum of Oil and Gas Industry in Bóbrka

Maria Konopnicka Museum in Żarnowiec

Museum of Gentry Culture in Kopytowa

Historical Museum in Dukla

Experimental Department of the Animal Technology Institute in Odrzechowa

  • 19th century brick manor house in Rymanów

  • Ignacy Bielecki’s house in Rymanów

  • Baroque church of St. Lawrence founded by Józef Kanty Ossoliński from Tęczyn in 1779 in Rymanów

  • Franciscan Church with the chapel of the Oświęcim family in Krosno
  • Kiczera Ski Resort in Puławy


Photo: Krystian Kłysewicz