Poland

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Mizerna - by Vanessa

Among the gems of Poland are the primeval forests in the north, on the border with Belarus. Wherever there is nature, the Polish establish a national park or nature reserve. For those interested in forests and lakes, there are Bialowieza or Drawienski. But there is more to be explored: marshes, limestone formations, cliffs on the Baltic coast and true mountains. Everyone knows the Tatras, a mountain range on the border with Slowakia, which has Polands highest mountain Rysy (just under 2500m).

How wonderful it must be to explore this country on foot. Good news: Poland has a fantastic system of hiking trails. As proverbial worker bees of Europe the Polish took up the task in a serious way. Believe it or not, there are 45000km of marked hiking trails. A coloured strip between two white bars is the characteristic waymark.

The paths form a maze of colourfully marked trails. Most do not carry a name, but are known by the names of their starting and ending points in combination with a particular colour, which is also indicated on the map. So forget about trails with magical names, and keep in mind that the majority of trails only last 10 to 50km. As a foreigner your best strategy is to set your mind to a specific region or biotope, buy the maps thereof, put on your backpack with camping gear, and set out to explore and enjoy.

All is well organised by the Polish Tourist Association, the PKKT. Their website gives you all you need, if you read Polish that is... PKKT owns 179 mountain huts in the most popular hiking areas.

Winters are cold and summers are hot in Poland. Summer is the best time for the High Tatra mountains, although dry days are few. Lowland areas are best in spring.

Opinions

Rate 7.5 | 2 votes | No 8. in Europe
  • Hiking Experience October 2018
  • Rate 8
  • Positive We experienced the High Tatras. This high mountain range is just awesome! It´s really for trail lovers and rock climbers. If you´re depending on the bus transport system you´ll love it! It´s always on time and cheap!
  • Negative You have to pay in Złoty currancy. Sorry!
  • pc22 September 2010
  • Rate 7
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Trails

Regions

Books

Bol.com
Netherlands
2018
  • DK Eyewitness Travel Guide Poland
  • The ideal travel companion, full of insider advice on what to see and do, plus detailed itineraries and comprehensive maps for exploring this historic and diverse nation.Take a guided tour of Warsaw, join in at a festival, hike Poland's beautiful countryside, or visit peaceful churches:everything you need to know is clearly laid out within... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
2018
  • DK Eyewitness Travel Guide Poland
  • The ideal travel companion, full of insider advice on what to see and do, plus detailed itineraries and comprehensive maps for exploring this historic and diverse nation.Take a guided tour of Warsaw, join in at a festival, hike Poland's beautiful countryside, or visit peaceful churches:everything you need to know is clearly laid out within... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
2016
  • Tatra Mountains of Poland and Slovakia Sunflower Landscape Guide
  • Within the compact area covered by this guide (140km east-west, 65km north-south) are two outstanding national parks in southernmost Poland: Pieniny and Tatra, and the best of neighbouring Slovakia`s mountains in four national parks: Tatra, Slovensky Raj (Slovak Paradise), Low Tatra and Mala Fatra. There can be few places where walkers are... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2016
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Netherlands
  • Reisgids Exploreguide Cracow - Krakow | ExpressMap
  • A guidebook with a difference. Mapped out itineraries, a detailed city atlas and a folding laminated map - all prepared especially to complement the guidebook format. With this set, it is easy to plan your sightseeing tour, move about the city and find your way to selected sights. 11 suggested itineraries. 11 itineraries featuring 99 of the... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Warsaw City Journal, City Notebook for Warsaw, Poland
  • Journal your time in the city Here's the Dragon Dragon City Journal deal: You wander the world having adventures, exploring citie and such. Dragon Dragon offers you 200 pages to document your experiences. That's it. Simple. Beautiful. True. To help keep things organized, we've given each journal a unique city name. Wherever you go in this... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Warsaw City Journal, City Notebook for Warsaw, Poland
  • Journal your time in the city Here's the Dragon Dragon City Journal deal: You wander the world having adventures, exploring citie and such. Dragon Dragon offers you 200 pages to document your experiences. That's it. Simple. Beautiful. True. To help keep things organized, we've given each journal a unique city name. Wherever you go in this... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Yiddish
  • Worldwide interest in Yiddish has often concentrated on its secular forms of expression: its literature, its theater, its journalism and its political-party associations. This all-encompassing study, covers these phenomena as well as investigating the demographic and political mushrooming of Yiddish-speaking Ultra-Orthodoxy, both in America and... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Yiddish
  • Worldwide interest in Yiddish has often concentrated on its secular forms of expression: its literature, its theater, its journalism and its political-party associations. This all-encompassing study, covers these phenomena as well as investigating the demographic and political mushrooming of Yiddish-speaking Ultra-Orthodoxy, both in America and... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2019
  • Reisgids Polen - der Süden, zuid Polen | Reise Know-How Verlag
  • Reisgids Polen - der Suden van uitgeverij Reise Know-How is een duitstalige praktische reisgids voor alle leeftijden, boordevol informatie over accommodatie van budget tot luxe, vervoer en plaatsbeschrijvingen kenmerk : brede cultuur en achtergrondinformatie, bondig geschreven. Polens Süden mit diesem detaillierten Reiseführer voller... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2011
  • Reisgids Kunstreiseführer Polen | Dumont
  • Nur wenige Kilometer von Berlin entfernt beginnt Polen, der große, unbekannte Nachbar Deutschlands, mit dem ihn eine wechselvolle Geschichte verbindet. In der geographischen Mitte Europas gelegen, befand sich das Land seit einem Jahrtausend an der Schnittstelle europäischer Kultur, sodass sich hier eine erstaunliche Vielfalt kultureller... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2013
  • Natuurgids - Reisgids North-East Poland - Noordoost Polen | Crossbill Guides
  • Wildernis - Ontdek de mooiste natuurgebieden van Europa Het noordoosten van Polen is een walhalla voor natuurliefhebbers. Je vindt er de uitgestrekte Biebrza-moerassen, de oerbossen van Biaowiea, het Mazurische merengebied en nationale parken zoals Wigry en Narew. In deze aaneengesloten wildernis leven wolven en wisenten, edelherten en wilde... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
  • Reisgids ANWB extra Krakau - Krakow | ANWB Media
  • Handige en overzichtelijke, kleine reisgids voor een eerste kennismaking met de vakantiebestemming. Globale uitklapkaart achterin, makkelijk binnenzakformaat. Ontdek Krakau met de compleet vernieuwde reisgids ANWB Extra Krakau! Wil je op ontdekking in een levendige stad met nostalgische charme? Gooi dan de vooroordelen die je hebt over Polen... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Insight Guides Travel Map Poland
  • Travel Map Poland is a double-sided, indexed, road map at 1:800 000. It includes detailed city plans of Krakow and Warsaw together with plans of Prague in the Czech Republic and Bratislava in Slovakia, each city has its own separate listing in the attached index. Places of interest including nature reserves, national parks, museums, monuments... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Insight Guides Travel Map Poland
  • Travel Map Poland is a double-sided, indexed, road map at 1:800 000. It includes detailed city plans of Krakow and Warsaw together with plans of Prague in the Czech Republic and Bratislava in Slovakia, each city has its own separate listing in the attached index. Places of interest including nature reserves, national parks, museums, monuments... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Yiddish
  • Worldwide interest in Yiddish has often concentrated on its secular forms of expression: its literature, its theater, its journalism and its political-party associations. This all-encompassing study, covers these phenomena as well as investigating the demographic and political mushrooming of Yiddish-speaking Ultra-Orthodoxy, both in America and... Read more
  • Also available from:
  • Bol.com, Belgium
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Yiddish
  • Worldwide interest in Yiddish has often concentrated on its secular forms of expression: its literature, its theater, its journalism and its political-party associations. This all-encompassing study, covers these phenomena as well as investigating the demographic and political mushrooming of Yiddish-speaking Ultra-Orthodoxy, both in America and... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2018
  • Reisgids Breslau - Wroclaw | Trescher Verlag
  • Goede Duitstalige reisgids met veel culturele beschrijvingen over Breslau / Wroclaw. Daarnaast ook aandacht voor praktische zaken als overnachten en rondreizen. Bijzondere duitse uitgever, vaak als eerste een boek over een bepaald gebied of land. In Breslau verbinden sich vielschichtige Vergangenheit und lebendige Gegenwart zu einer weltoffenen... Read more
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Maps

Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Karkonosze
  • Karkonosze Mountains in Poland and the Czech Republic on a detailed hiking map at 1:50,000 from EKO-GRAF, with on the reverse on overview map of hiking trails with timings, seven street plans and a sightseeing map of the region highlighting locations of palaces and other historic buildings in Poland.On one side is a detailed map at 1:50,000... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Szczecin + 4 (Goleniow, Police, Swinoujscie, Stargard Szczecinski)
  • Szczecin + 4 (Goleniow, Police, Swinoujscie and Stargard Szczecinski) at 1:25,000 from Demart, Poland’s leading publisher of high quality street plans, showing public transport routes with line numbers and stops, coach connections, petrol stations, hotels, campsites, youth hostels, places of interest, etc.Demart’s street plans are designed to... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Bialowieza / Puszcza Bialowieska National Park
  • Puszcza Bialowieska - Bialowieza National Park at 1:50,000 in a series of recreational maps from Poland’s Army Cartographic Service. The maps use as their base the military topographic survey, with contours at intervals varying from 5m to 20m according to the terrain and contoured depths shown on lakes. An overprint highlights waymarked hiking,... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Oder Estuary (Zalew Szczecinski)
  • Oder Estuary (Zalew Szczecinski) at 1:50,000 in a series of recreational maps from Poland’s Army Cartographic Service. The maps use as their base the military topographic survey, with contours at intervals varying from 5m to 20m according to the terrain and contoured depths shown on lakes. An overprint highlights waymarked hiking, cycling and... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Poland F&B Road Atlas A4 PAPERBACK
  • Poland Compact Road Atlas from Freytag & Berndt, presenting their mapping of the country at 1:500,000 in an A4, paperback format with street plans of Warsaw and Kraków, plus coverage of the whole of Europe at 1:3,500,000.The atlas uses the same cartography as the publisher’s folded map of the country at 1:500,000. Relief shading with spot... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Kazimierz Dolny and Environs
  • Kazimierz Dolny and Environs at 1:50,000 in a series of recreational maps from Poland’s Army Cartographic Service. The maps use as their base the military topographic survey, with contours at intervals varying from 5m to 20m according to the terrain and contoured depths shown on lakes. An overprint highlights waymarked hiking, cycling and... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Baltic Coast Cycle Route Part 3: Usedom - Gdansk (480km) Bikeline Ma/Guide
  • The Baltic Coast Cycle Route Part 3 – a 480-km long section from the island of Usedom and the Polish/German along the coast of Polish Pomerania to Gdansk presented by Verlag Esterbauer in a German language guide with maps at 1:75,000 showing the route and its variants. Extensive information is conveyed by symbols, indicating road surface,... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Drawienski (Drawno) National Park
  • Drawienski (Drawno) National Park at 1:50,000 in a series of recreational maps from Poland’s Army Cartographic Service. The maps use as their base the military topographic survey, with contours at intervals varying from 5m to 20m according to the terrain and contoured depths shown on lakes. An overprint highlights waymarked hiking, cycling and... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Klodzko and Environs
  • Klodzko and Environs (Ziemia Klodzka) at 1:50,000 in a series of recreational maps from Poland’s Army Cartographic Service. The maps use as their base the military topographic survey, with contours at intervals varying from 5m to 20m according to the terrain and contoured depths shown on lakes. An overprint highlights waymarked hiking, cycling... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Poland Michelin
  • The Michelin National road map of Poland at 1:700,000 scale is ideal for route planning. The map gives comprehensive coverage of national road networks showing all major motorways, dual carriageways, national & regional main roads and some single-lane roads.Distances between major locations are marked along roads, with total distance and... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Tatra Tourist Attractions (Dookola Tatr)
  • The Tatra Mountains in Poland and Slovakia on an overview road map at 1:100,000 from Cartomedia showing access to the mountains on both sides of the border and highlighting picturesque locations and other places of interest, plus street plans of Nowy Targ in Poland and Poprad and Liptovský Mikuláš in Slovakia. Coverage extends from Nowy Targ... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Beskid Sadecki
  • Beskid Sadecki at 1:50,000 on a contoured and GPS compatible map from CartoMedia highlighting waymarked hiking trails, mountain huts and campsites, places of interest, etc, plus street plan of local resorts of Stary Sacz, Piwniczna Zdrój, Lubowla, Krynica Zdrój, Muszyna, Rytro, Kroscienko and Dunajcem and Szczawnica. Maps in the Cartomedia... Read more
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Walking holidays

Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Polen - Bialowieza & Biebrza
  • Het noordoosten van Polen is met zijn oerbossen, moerassen en kleinschalige cultuurlandschappen een paradijs voor de vogelliefhebber! Gewapend met gedetailleerde beschrijving van routes en de beste vogelspots reis je per auto rond in dit  vogelparadijs. Twee dagen ga je met een lokale Engelstalige gids op stap: in Bialowieza verken je het meest... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Polen - Hoge Tatra
  • De Karpaten vormen een natuurlijke grens tussen Polen en Slowakije. Midden in dit gebied vind je het bloemenrijke, alpiene landschap van de Hoge Tatra met zijn spiegelende kaarmeren en steile toppen. Maak prachtige bergwandelingen aan zowel de Poolse als de Slowaakse kant. Goed gemarkeerde routes wijzen je de weg langs watervallen en... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Polen - Mazurië
  • Stille natuurfietstochten over verharde en onverharde wegen door het Poolse boerenland van ooievaars, blonde korenschoven en pruttelende tractoren. Je fietst langs spiegelende Mazurische meren en uitgestrekte loofbossen. Ook rijd je door de onvergelijkbare 'wetlands' rond de Biebrza: thuisland voor zeearenden, otters en elanden. Je verblijft... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Duitsland - Sächsische Schweiz
  • Afwisselende wandelvakantie door het Nationaal Park de Sächsische Schweiz, bij het drielandenpunt van Duitsland, Polen en Tsjechië. Klauter door kloven, beklim imposante tafelbergen en verbaas u over de bizarre rotsformaties. Geniet tijdens de niet al te lange wandelingen van prachtige panorama's over dit spectaculaire landschap. Overnacht in... Read more
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