Poland Journals

Polish Peaks

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A travel journal to Poland by MagdaDH_AlexH

View from the cable car to Szyndzielnia Photo, Bielsko-Biala, Poland More Photos
Quote: Selection of reviews and tips for making the best of Poland's mountains, hilly regions and foothills.
Cable car to Szyndzielnia Photo, Bielsko-Biala, Poland
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The large town of Bielsko-Biala is located in the foothills of the Carpathians and can be a good base for exploring the surrounding countryside and particularly the mountains of Beskid Slaski. The city is located just at the feet of Beskidy and is a very good base for easy exploration of the area as it has transport connections to many resort towns and villages, while many a mountain walking trial actually starts in Bielsko-Biala or its suburbs.Even those of you who have no inclination for hill walking at all get a chance to enjoy a picnic at a mountain top (1028m or over 3300 feet above sea level) thanks to the convenient cable car that takes the less fit, the pregnant or the plain lazy a...Read More
Sanok skansen - an Orthodox church Photo, Sanok, Poland
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Sanok is a town with about 40,000 inhabitants located near the south-western corner of Poland, in what was traditionally thought of as the back of the beyond backwater, underdeveloped, poor and somewhat wild. Beyond Sanok are Bieszczady mountains, still the least developed part of the Polish Carpathians. Sanok is, however, more than just a gateway to Bieszczady. The town is worth visiting for its own sake and is worth at least a full day of exploration. **There are several interesting buildings in Sanok, including Catholic and Orthodox churches, but the most important sights are now housed in the Sanok castle, a 16th century building, now the town's museum (Muzeum H...Read More

Exploring Bieszczady

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Bieszczady Photo, Poland, Europe
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Bieszczady are the most remote and the wildest mountains of Poland, tucked away in the very south-eastern corner of the country by the Ukrainian border. Although the area opened up to tourism with the creation of the "Bieszczady Loop" (Petla Bieszczadzka) road, large swathes of Bieszczady are a national park, the development is limited and the tourist traffic, although steadily increasing, is still relatively low in comparison to other Polish mountain areas. In the time of Communist Poland, the place has been a refuge for those who want to get it away from it all, poets, misfits and rebels of all kinds. It still has a bit of rough outback feel, though it's becoming colonised by modern tourism. ...Read More

Zakopane and Easy Walks Nearby

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Morskie Oko Photo, High Tatras, Slovakia
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Zakopane, often nick-named "the Winter capital of Poland" is a town in the southern part of the Podhale region, literally at the feet of the Tatra Mountains and very much the centre of all the tourist and recreation activity in the area. The town itself has about 30,000 inhabitants, but both in the summer and in the winter it bustles with visitors from all over the country and abroad. Tatras, of which the majority is situated in Slovakia, but a substantial part lies on the Polish side of the border, is the only alpine range in the Carpathians. The highest peak of Polish Tatras is Rysy, at 2499 m (almost 8,200 ft), but the whole range offers a lot of excellent walking and beautiful terrain,...Read More

Morskie Oko

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Attraction | "Tatras' Jewel"

Morskie Oko Photo, High Tatras, Slovakia
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The mountain lake of Morskie Oko (The Eye of the Sea) is widely known for its supreme beauty, boosted by being accessible to even least athletically inclined. The lake lies at the elevation of 1,395m and reaches depth of over 50m and is located at the base of Mieguszowieckie Szczyty massif.The nearest bus stop is at Polana Palenica, or there is a car park slightly further up. You can then walk the 6 miles to the lake on foot (it's an easy stretch with only a gentle ascent on a pleasantly wooded road) or take a horse and cart run by local Gorale population all the way to the end of the road and the lake itself. The lake is very beautiful, surrounded by rocky mountain faces and c...Read More

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Morskie Oko
Tatra National Park
Tatra Mountains, Poland

Gorce & view to Czorsztyn lake Photo, Poland, Europe
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For the sake of completeness, I am adding a short note on other Polish mountains - for the sake of honesty it will remain short as I have not visited those destinations more than fleetingly passing through. (1) Beskidy range, of which I covered Beskid Slaski and parts of Beskid Zywiecki elsewhere, has also a great area, protected as a National Park of Babia Gora (Babiogorski Park Narodowy) near the village of Zawoja. This is the highest peak of Beskidy at 1,725 metres and a good hiking land, despite the changeable (and often very wet) weather.(2) Gorce is another part of Beskidy, north of Tatras and thus somehow overlooked in favour of their alpine brethren. Not particularly h...Read More