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.

Trails

Regions

Books

Stanfords
United Kingdom
2019
  • DK Eyewitness Travel Guide Poland
  • Discover Poland with this essential travel guide, designed to help you create your own unique trip and to transport you to this beautiful country before you`ve even packed your case - step back in time in Torun, Lublin, Krakow and Gdansk, explore the tranquil Mazurian Lakes, tuck into barszcz beetroot soup, or take in some folk music. The DK... Read more
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
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2020
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2015
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
  • Reisgids Krakau - Krakow | Trescher Verlag
  • Goede Duitstalige reisgids met veel culturele beschrijvingen. Daarnaast ook aandacht voor praktische zaken als overnachten en rondreizen. Bijzondere duitse uitgever, vaak als eerste een boek over een bepaald gebied of land. Zeer uitgebreide stadsgids over Krakau / Krakow Krakau, die einstige Hauptstat Polens, macht auf einzigartige Weise mit... Read more
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
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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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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
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • 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
  • Also available from:
  • Bol.com, Belgium
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • 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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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2018
  • Reisgids ANWB Wereldreisgids Polen zuid | ANWB Media
  • De ANWB Wereldreisgids is een praktische reisgids voor zowel de georganiseerde als de individuele reiziger met interesse voor bezienswaardigheden, de achtergronden van een land en haar bevolking. De heldere opbouw, prachtige foto's en goede plattegronden spreken elke reiziger aan. Behalve praktische informatie over adressen en prijzen van... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Hiking a Tatra Mountain Trail in Poland Journal
  • This journal with 150 ruled pages awaits your writing pleasure. You can use it to record your hopes and dreams, express your gratitude, to keep a bucket list, as a daily diary, or to jot down your “To-Do” lists. The possibilities are endless and the choice is all yours. Enjoy! Read more
  • Also available from:
  • Bol.com, Belgium
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Hiking a Tatra Mountain Trail in Poland Journal
  • This journal with 150 ruled pages awaits your writing pleasure. You can use it to record your hopes and dreams, express your gratitude, to keep a bucket list, as a daily diary, or to jot down your “To-Do” lists. The possibilities are endless and the choice is all yours. Enjoy! Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Wereldwijzer / Polen
  • Wandelen door het Tatragebergte en door eeuwenoude steden. Zwemmen in de heldere meren van Mazuri'. Zonnen op de mooie stranden van de Oostzee. Ski'n in het Reuzengebergte. De Middeleeuwen ervaren in Europa's mooiste kastelen. Dit is een korte samenvatting van wat Polen u te bieden heeft. Polen is een brug tussen het westen en oosten van... Read more
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  • Bol.com, Belgium
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Wereldwijzer / Polen
  • Wandelen door het Tatragebergte en door eeuwenoude steden. Zwemmen in de heldere meren van Mazuri'. Zonnen op de mooie stranden van de Oostzee. Ski'n in het Reuzengebergte. De Middeleeuwen ervaren in Europa's mooiste kastelen. Dit is een korte samenvatting van wat Polen u te bieden heeft. Polen is een brug tussen het westen en oosten van... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2018
  • Reisgids Pocket Guide Krakow - Krakau | Berlitz
  • Krakau Pocket Guide Berlitz is een handzaam engelstalige reisgids met bezienswaardigheden, kaartjes, hotels en restaurants Berlitz Pocket Guide Krakow combines snappy text with full-colour photography to highlight the very best that this surprising city has to offer. The Where To Go chapter details all the key sights that you will not want to... Read more
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Maps

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
  • Baltic Coast Cycle Route Part 3: Usedom - Gdansk (480km) Bikeline Map/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
  • Oder Estuary (Zalew Szczecinski)
  • Oder Estuary with the town Zalew Szczecinski/Szczecin at 1:50,000 in a series of recreational maps from Polish 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... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Krakow and Environs North Cycling Map
  • A series of maps around Krakow/Cracow and northern area, following the trail of the most beautiful cycling routes at 1:100,000 scale, include: - the exact course of the trail - facilities for cyclists - mileage and slope of the area - sights, viewpoints, museums- accommodation - and lots of other attractions 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
  • Krakow and Environs South Cycling Map
  • A series of maps covering Krakow/Cracow and southern area, following the trail of the most beautiful cycling routes at 1:100,000 scale, include: - the exact course of the trail - facilities for cyclists - mileage and slope of the area - sights, viewpoints, museums- accommodation - and lots of other attractions 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
  • Tatra National Park
  • Detailed hiking map of the Tatra National Park (Tatrzanski) at 1:25,000. The back of the map contains a city map of Zakopane, a small overview map as well as tourist information (in Polish) and pictures.This map covers the whole of the Tatra National Park.Map legend includes English. Cartography all in Czech and Polish.PLEASE NOTE: to see the... 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
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Bieszczady
  • Bieszczady Mountains on a double-sided, contoured and GPS compatible map from CartoMedia highlighting waymarked hiking trails, mountain huts and campsites, places of interest, etc, The map covers region at two scales: the furthermost south-eastern corner of Poland including the Bieszczady National Park and Jezioro (Lake) Solinskie at 1:50,000,... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Biebrza National Park ENGLISH
  • Biebrzanski National Park, Poland’s prime nature and bird watching area along the marshes of the Biebrza River, on a detailed map in an English language edition with extensive text describing hiking, cycling and water trails, places of interest, etc.The map shows the whole of the Biebrzanski National Park at 1:100,000, extending out across the... Read more
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
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