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The best walking itineraries in Poland, from the Tatra mountains to spiritual paths

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The best walking itineraries in Poland, from the Tatra mountains to spiritual paths

If you search the best walking itineraries in Poland this summerhere you will find those suitable for every leg and occasion.
Poland has been a favorite destination for years hikers and nature lovers, a land that has always attracted for the beauty of its virgin landscapes, for the incredible variety of ecosystems and for the rich historical and cultural heritage that makes the experience even richer. To be experienced at a slow pace, traveling through the many nature trails in Poland which lead to the heart of Polish biodiversity, among primeval forests, crystal clear lakes, spectacular waterfalls and truly unique rock formations.
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The best walking itineraries to do in Poland

Cities of art are the hallmark of Poland, a country where culture can be felt everywhere. But this is also a land of excursions, characterized in many of its regions by an untamed nature, majestic mountains, centuries-old forests and lakes with transparent waters.

In Poland, ‘unprecedented’ adventures await you: paths that hide in the heart of overflowing vegetation, walks permeated with culture and history: come on Tatra Mountainschain included in the list of UNESCO nature reservesai Sudeten Mountainsso unique with their unusual sandstone formations, up to the religious paths: here are some of the unmissable itineraries in southern Poland.

Orla Perc, in the Tatra Mountains: for many, but not for all

It is one of the most evocative routes along the Polish hills, suitable only for trained and experienced people because it crosses the highest part of the Tatra Mountains, connecting the Zawrat Pass and the Krzyzne Pass. However, if you love walking and have a good preparation, then don’t be intimidated and tackle theOrla Perc.

It is an excellent path for all adventure lovers, both for the difficulty it represents in some sections, but also for the majesty of these mountains which, although they cannot be compared with the Alps (ed. the highest peak of Rysy reaches 2,499 metres), are the only ones in Poland to show alpine characteristics and create some of the most beautiful Polish mountain landscapes, with peaks and deep valleys greens.
Although it is not a real via ferrata, this mountaineering trail is equipped with cables, chains and fixed anchors to allow those who undertake it to discover every corner and experience the adrenaline that this mountain range can offer.

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Morskie Oko, along the lake in the Tatra Mountains

If you are looking for an easy excursion, on asphalted terrain and accessible to many, the drawing Morskje Oko in the Tatra Mountains is the one for you. It takes its name from the namesake lake with emerald green waters (literally meaning ‘Eye of the Sea’) – the largest and most famous of the Tatras, not far from the Slovakian border.

Nature trails and alpine landscapes await you where the protagonists are the lakes and mountains. Along the path that begins from Palenica Bialczanskayou will have the opportunity (weather conditions permitting) to admire the White Water Valley, Mount Gerlach (2,655 masl) located on the Slovakian side – the highest peak not only of the Tatra Mountains, but also of the Carpathians, the picturesque Wodogrzmoty Mickiewicza waterfalls up to the legendary Morskie Oko, crossing the Roztoka Valley which has the shape of a deep and narrow gorge and reaching the Valley of the Five Polish Lakes.

Eagle’s Nests itinerary, between castles and nature

One of the most beautiful areas for hiking lovers is theEagles Nests itinerary or Szlak Orlich Gniazd, 164 km route which unisce Cracovia con Czestochowa. Whether you decide to cover it a piedi o in mountain bike, you will cross two regions (Silesia and Malopolska) and on the top of hills covered with woods and picturesque plateaus of limestone origin you will spot castles once used as defensive strongholds, including Ojcow, Olsztyn, Lelow, Bobolice and Mirow of which today, unfortunately , only some ruins remain. In addition to the castles, you can admire a number of other attractions along the route: historic religious buildings, protected natural areas and completely unusual natural formations, making it one of the most picturesque trails in Poland.

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The Bieszczady mountains, where nature reigns supreme

In the Region Subcarpathia, among the greenest Polish regions, protected areas cover almost half of the territory, with pristine meadows and beautiful forests, as well as being the habitat of the brown bear, lynxes, wild cats and numerous species of rare birds such as the Golden Eagle. These are some of the attractions of the Parco Bieszczady and the two landscape parks that surround it which, together, constitute the “Eastern Carpathians” International Biosphere Reserve.
Here, where nature still reigns supreme and manifests itself in its wildest form, there are hundreds of kilometers of tourist trails, numerous panoramic points and guided tours waiting for you if you wish to explore the flora and fauna of the region or relax immersed in the vegetation .

From the primeval forest to the characteristic subalpine meadows (called polony, the largest are Carynska and Wetlinska), from mountain villages to the rich cultural heritage, a walk in this uncontaminated environment allows you to explore the most remote corners and appreciate its incredible beauty. Equally fascinating is the Starry Sky Park “Bieszczady”, one of the best places to observe the starry sky in Europe (up to 7,000 stars can be spotted!) thanks to the little artificial lighting.

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Trekking in Lower Silesia

If you are passionate about searching for minerals or you are fascinated by nature or unusual rock shapes or you are simply a lover of pwonderful views and the outdoors, the Lower Silesian Region has a lot to offer. Among the various walking paths in the Sudetenland mountain range – the oldest Polish mountains located in the south of the region – history, culture and many activities await you.

From the less demanding paths from Karpacz al Temple Wangfrom Szklarska Poreba to the Kamienczyk, Szklarka or Szrenica waterfalls to longer hikes along the crest of the Karkonosze Mountains, from Szklarska Poreba to Karpacz, up to the highest peak in the area, Sniezka – to name a few –, a trek on these peaks will allow you to admire the splendid landscapes (including the famous rock forms called Pellegrini and the remains of an ancient volcanic activity in the area of Geopark The Land of Extinct Volcanoes), but also learn about places linked to history, such as the route of Princess Marianne of the Netherlands. Not far away, the Table Mountains National Parka mountain range in the Central Sudetenland which, due to its sandstone structure, offers a truly unique panorama, also particular for the labyrinths that have been created over time between the rocks, known as “wandering rocks” (Bledne Skaly).

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Religious paths: Romea Strata and the Way of St. James

From the Camino de Santiago de Compostela to the Via Francigena: who hasn’t heard of these two routes that cross the length and breadth of Europe, once important pilgrimage routes, at least once. However, there is another way of culture and faith over 4,000 kilometers that crosses seven European countries, from Rome to the Czech Republic, passing through Poland. It is the Via Romea Strata which, from the Polish-Lithuanian border to the Czech border, for a total of 51 stages from north to south of the country, takes you to discover countryside, national parks, forests and lakes, but also cities, including Czestochowa e Krakow.

Another path that allows you to retrace the steps that were once taken by merchants and pilgrims is the Way of St. James (also known as Polish Way of St. James o Malopolska Road): a route that has an intense spiritual charm and which passes through cities and small villages rich in history and tradition. The route, included in the international network of the well-known Camino de Santiago, is a medieval itinerary of approximately 200 kilometers which develops along the valley of Vistulayes Sandomierz a Krakow.
Foto: Polish Tourism Organization

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