If you are an enthusiast of leisure activities and you wish to remark the beauty and diversity of landforms in a very short time and distance, you should check Polish mountains, which absolutely have every kind under the sun. All mountain ranges in Poland are located in the southern part of the country, so you can travel across miscellaneous regions and every mountain range easily.
Polish mountain ranges are embedded in three main chains: the Sudetes, the Carpathian Mountains and the Świętokrzyskie Mountains.
Let’s start from the West: The Sudetes
The highest part of the Sudeten mountains is Karkonosze National Park located along the border with the Czech Republic. If you are lucky, you can meet the mouflon on the trail! The highest peak Śnieżka (1603 meters) upholds the nearest town Karpacz, which is the capital of the region.
Śnieżka (or Sněžka) Peak, KarkonoszeKarpacz, Polska
The next pin: The Klodzko Valley and the Stolowe Mountains
Kłodzko Valley, as a geographical land, is strictly recommended for admirers of health resorts. However, a fan of science also would not be bored due to the Mineral Museum located in Kłodzko, the main town of the land.
The Stołowe Mountains, known as well as the Table Mountains, are called by a specific lump of rocks which are formed in intriguing labyrinths and shapes like animals or characters shrouded in legends. The main peak is Szczeliniec Wielki (919 meters).
Szczeliniec Wielki, Table Mountains57-350 Karłów, Polska
Our favourite destination: Beskidy
The Carpathians are the third longest mountain range in Europe, after the Ural Mountains. It is worth to start the trip from the Beskidy Mountains, in which eleven national parks are located. On your checklist should be Barania Góra (1220 meters), Babia Góra (1725 meters) and Turbacz (1314 meters). Beskid is heaven for paraglider pilots, skiers or long-distance hikers who wish to compose the trekking through plenty of mountain huts with amazing views.
Something for adventurous: Tatra Mountains
The second and most significant range is Tatra National Park, which heartbeats in Zakopane, the mecca of Polish hikers. If you are not resistant to very high peaks and hard trails, Rysy (2503 meters) has to be on the top of your must-do list and you can join this 1-day guided trek to Rysy. Do not forget to try oscypek, a traditional smoked cheese made of sheep milk often served with cranberries!
Rysy Peak, Tatra MountainsRysy
Almost the end of the world: Bieszczady
Bieszczadzki National Park is situated in the territory of three countries: Poland, Slovakia and Ukraine. The highest peak is Tarnica (1346 meters). The infrastructure of the eastern part of Poland is not developed (just like the western part), so if you need a real rest of overwhelming billboards and ordinary tourist attractions, you are in the right place. Besides dead silence and breath-taking sunrises on Wetlińska Mountain Pasture, a bear roar is the most common phenomenon. So, if you decided to sleep in a tent in wild, deep forest, think it over.
Tarnica Peak, Bieszczady MountainsLutowiska, Polska
The oldest sibling: Swietokrzyski National Park
Hardly anyone knows that the Świętokrzyskie Mountains are one of the oldest mountain ranges in Europe. Every seeker of unanimated nature will be fascinated by its caves and rocks. But be careful, because in the legends, the witches’ Sabbaths were celebrated on the highest peak Łysica (614 meters)!
Łysica Peak, Świętokrzyskie MountainsŁysica, Świętokrzyski Park Narodowy, 26-025 Daleszyce, Polska
Summing up, if you are ready to get lost in a mountain paradise, discover Poland. This land has undoubtedly every kind under the sun!
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