Rzeszów and its surroundings

In the footsteps of the September battles of the 10th Cavalry Brigade

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About this route

An easy recreational route, mainly through plains and low hills. However, it can surprise you with long or steep climbs. This excursion, although scenic, has many educational and historical aspects, mainly because it follows the path of the 10th Cavalry Brigade led by Colonel Stanisław Maczek in defense of Rzeszów on September 8-9, 1939.

21 km
163 m
1h 30m
Surface type
Asphalt: 96%
Gravel: 4%
Bicycle type
Road , MTB , Gravel , Trekking
Route markings
Family friendly
Map inconsistent with digital accessibility resulting from the act

Practical advices

Although this route is not demanding, it is worth preparing for it properly, so that nothing surprises you at any point. Start with the most important thing, which is your helmet. A good helmet is essential for your safety. Take care also of proper lighting, both front and rear. In addition to bike lights, equip your bike with reflectors so that you are highly visible on the road.


What else is worth taking with you on a trip? Make sure to pack a sweatshirt or a rail jacket in your backpack, in case the weather changes. It is also a good idea to bring snacks to give you energy during the trip. Protein bars or energy mousses work well.


If you plan to take visit the attractions along the route, you will need to leave your bike behind in some places. To make sure it is still there after the tour, be sure to bring a bike safety device such as a U-Lock or any bicycle lock.

Rzeszów and its surroundings


Route details

Rzeszów – Rudna Wielka – Rzeszów – Galeria Nowy Świat


  • 1
    0 km

    Starting from the parking lot near the Nowy Świat shopping centre, head down Ofiar Katynia Street, passing Sybiraków Park, and cross the large intersection in the valley, to then climb uphill on Obrońców Poczty Gdańskiej Street. On the hills of today's housing estate, which was once the village of Baranówka, in September 1939, units of the 24th Ulan Regiment from Colonel Stanisław Maczek's 10th Cavalry Brigade were stationed, defending Rzeszów against the advancing Germans. Continue to the end of the road, and after the bus loop, turn left onto Miłocińska Street. Next to the Agribusiness School Complex, located in an old manor, you will find a monument dedicated to the students and teachers of this old school who died on the fronts of World War I and the Polish-Bolshevik War. After the bus loop, turn slightly left onto the residential road, and then take a left onto Technologiczna Street. This is one of Rzeszów's newest streets, located in the economic zone where entrepreneurship and production are expected to thrive in this still young and dynamic city. After nearly 2 km, you will come across the Fire Department station – turn right there, and after 600 metres, turn right again. At the crossroads of country roads, head north. You will know you are on the right track when you pass under the railway tracks and near the cemetery. After a few minutes, you will reach the centre of Rudna Wielka.

  • 2
    Rudna Wielka
    7 km
    Rudna Wielka

    Turn left at the school. You can take a moment to admire the Neo-Baroque architecture of the local church, dedicated to St. Teresa. It has a gracefully ornate design. Returning to the route, head west, slightly uphill. You will pass the local Volunteer Fire Brigade station, then a sport complex and the "Husar" shooting range. You may choose to stop and take advantage of these facilities. Continue over the viaduct above the S19 expressway. Here, Polish soldiers also fought, defending Rzeszów in 1939 – there was a clash here between Polish anti-tank guns and German armored cars, which although broke through our defense, had to retreat due to losses. After a few minutes, you will arrive in the village of Mrowla. At the large intersection near the bridge over the Czarna River, turn left. After 1.5 km, you will reach Świlcza. Proceed through the village on the main road, passing under the railway tracks. Stay on the same route until you reach National Road 94. Turn left, heading east. Exercise caution while crossing this road - it is a very busy route, often referred to as the old road to Kraków, which was heavily used before the A4 motorway was built. You can either ride on the sidewalk or use the adjacent residential road. When you reach the S19 road junction, turn right and, after going along the serpentine road, make your way across to the other side of the road. 

  • 3
    16.7 km

    Continuing straight on, on both asphalt and gravel roads, you will arrive at Przybyszówka. These hills also witnessed battles during the tragic events of September 1939, and the village itself fell victim to bombing. Over the years, traces of these battles have faded due to agricultural and construction changes. Ride along Dębicka Street towards the centre of Rzeszów – the terrain is undulating, so it will require some effort. Turn right after 600 metres past the Community Centre and continue on Ustrzycka Street. Follow it until you reach the intersection with Franciszek Kotula Street, named after a local historian dedicated to promoting the region's history. The buildings you pass by are typical single-family homes, occasionally adorned with chapels and crosses on properties and road intersections. If you feel like having a good meal, turn right – after 100 metres, you will find yourself near the Okowita restaurant, and if not - turn left to reach the Nowy Świat shopping centre through Danuta Siedzikówna aka "Inka" roundabout.

  • 4
    Nowy Świat Gallery
    20.7 km
    Nowy Świat Gallery

    Your trip ends near the starting point.