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Poland with its huge diversity of landscapes starting at the Baltic Sea in the north, through lowlands, plains, highlands and finally mountains in the south has much to offer for all walking enthusiast. There is no shortage of stunning valleys, meandering rivers, vast pastures, secluded forests, demanding peaks, blue lakes and breathtaking coastal beaches. Through all these places run longer and shorter hiking trails. In Poland tourists will find numerous well marked walking trails maintained by PTTK (Polskie Towarzystwo Turystyczno-Krajoznawcze - Polish Tourist and Sightseeing Society). Summer holidays is the excellent time for discovering the beauty of Polish nature and exploring the most outstanding routes. Below you will find the description of a few of them often taken by ITS Poland tourists.

 

Most interesting walking trails by ITS DMC Poland:

 

Baltic Coast Trail

Starting from Świnoujście in the west to Hel Split in the centre of Poland or vice versa. It's an amazing experience. The over 360 km walk is a real treat for lovers of the sea. You must also visit the nearby forests, see the famous sand dunes in Łeba or the Słowiński National Park. Some tourists also traverse Polish coast along the lighthouse route. It is an interesting journey with 17 lighthouses to be found.

 

Wolf’s Trail in Białowieża Forest

In the eastern part of Poland, right next to the border with Belarus, there is Białowieża village and the Białowieża Primeval Forest, one of the most valuable forest complexes in Europe, the last natural lowland forest and the kingdom of the largest European mammal - European bison. Białowieża Forest is the only natural area in Poland enlisted at the prestigious UNESCO Natural World Heritage List. The Wolf’s green trails has a distance of about 11.5 km and shows the beauty of this area. It runs through the area of the natural reserve north of the Hwoźna River, among others through: swamp forests, next to the narrow-gauge forest exposition and a large erratic boulder, which is a nature monument and picturesque meadows by the Narewka River.

 

Eagle’s Nests Trail

The Eagles’ Nests are Gothic, fortified structures perched on rock massifs of Kraków-Częstochowa Jurassic Region of limestone hills and rocks. It is one of the most interesting, especially in terms of nature, tourist regions of the country. It stretches across southern Poland and covers an 80-kilometer belt between Kraków and Częstochowa. The local landscape is distinguished by castles built in Medieval times, though now most of them are ruins. The fortified castles perched on high rocks in Jura like eagles' nests hence their name. There is a special tourist red trail of the Eagles’ Nests from Częstochowa to Kraków which has 163 km. The trail starts in the centre of Częstochowa next to the Church of St. Zygmunt and ends near Wawel Castle in Krakow. Almost the entire trail leads through a very diversified, rocky terrain with many natural and historical peculiarities. There are also many historic churches along the way.

 

Valley of Palaces and Gardens Trails

The Valley of Palaces and Gardens is situated in Lower Silesia region in the shade of Karkonosze Mountains. It is also often referred to as Polish Loire Valley. It is a unique complex of 30 beautiful residences. In an area of only 102 km2, Gothic castles, defensive towers, Renaissance manors, baroque palaces and 19th-century, neo-Gothic, neo-Renaissance and classicist mansions, built by the most outstanding architects of the era can be easily visited and sightseen. There are a few trails available in the area leading to various monuments.

 

Valley of Loess Gorges Trails

The region is located in the western part of the Lubelskie Province (Polish: Kraina Lessowych Wąwozów). Characteristic points on the map of the region are: historic Kazimierz Dolny town, the spa town of Nałęczów and the bustling with life Puławy. The region is characterized by the largest concentration of loess ravines in Europe. A journey to the Land of Loess Gorges is learning about the mysterious and engaging art of rest. In the area there are numerous marked tourist trails.

 

Main Beskid Trail

It is the longest and certainly one of the most beautiful mountain hiking trails in Poland. A 500-kilometer, adventurous hike awaits you from Ustroń in the Silesian Beskids to the Bieszczady Wołosate, through 10 mountain ranges. It is called the Holy Grail of Polish mountain lovers. On the trail, you will discover beautiful peaks, amazing lookout towers, picturesque meadows, spend the night in hospitable shelters, meet wild nature and taste local, truly Polish cuisine.

 

Kościeliska Valley Trail

The Kościeliska Valley is located in the Tatra National Park. It is one of the most beautiful valleys in the Tatras. It is a great walking place for all groups of tourists. In the Kościeliska Valley there are numerous caves, including several made available to tourists: Mroźna Cave, Raptawicka Cave, Obłazowa Cave, Mylna Cave, and Dragon's Cave. The Kościeliski Stream flows through the bottom of the Kościeliska Valley make the whole stroll more picturesque and pleasant. In the trail’s upper part there is a tourist mountain shelter at Ornak Glade. The highest point in the surroundings of the Kościeliska Valley is Błyszcz (2159 m a.s.l.). It is possible to continue trekking from Ornak shelter either to Chocholowska Valley, Smreczynski Pond or to Tomanowa Valley.

 

The above mentioned trails are just a few examples of more than 76 thousand kilometres of marked tourist trails in Poland. Their diversity and number of tourist attractions is astronomical. This is why we really recommend exploring them on your own with a backpack and good walking shoes. If you need some help in organizing trekking holidays in Poland feel free to contact one of ITS DMC Poland professional group advisors. They will happily construct the best itinerary for you. Let’s meet at Polish trails soon!

 

Author: Agnieszka Szwedzińska

Date: 8.06.2021

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