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.

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Trails

Regions

Books

Stanfords
United Kingdom
2016
  • Tatra Mountains of Poland and Slovakia: Car Tours and Walks
  • 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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Netherlands
2016
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2014
  • Reisgids Masuren – Masurië | Trescher Verlag
  • Goede Duitstalige reisgids met veel culturele beschrijvingen over Noordoost Polen. Daarnaast ook aandacht voor praktische zaken als overnachten en rondreizen. Bijzondere duitse uitgever, vaak als eerste een boek over een bepaald gebied of land. Deel van Polen, Masurie, komt zeer goed aan bod in deze gids. Masuren ist eines der letzten Gebiete... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
Bol.com
Netherlands
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2011
  • Reisgids Kunstreiseführer Polen | Dumont
  • Zeer diepgaande reisgids op het gebied van kunst, cultuur en geschiedenis. Veel plattegronden van interessante bezienswaardigheden, beschrijvingen van achtergronden. Absoluut een aanrader voor de geïnteresseerde reiziger! Nur wenige Kilometer von Berlin entfernt beginnt Polen, der große; unbekannte Nachbar Deutschlands, mit dem ihn eine... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2014
  • Reisgids CityTrip Posen - Poznan | Reise Know-How Verlag
  • Posen, auf Polnisch Poznań, liegt nur knapp 200 km von der deutschen Grenze entfernt. Die Stadt an der Warthe lebt von ihren Gegensätzen: Mittelalterliche Architektur und preisgekrönte; moderne Bürogebäude bilden eine beeindruckende Kulisse. Ob beim Bummel durch die malerische Altstadt, bei einer Bootstour auf dem idyllischen Maltasee oder beim... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2008
  • Reisgids Danzig und Umgebung - Gdansk | Edition Temmen
  • Leuke stadsgids voor Gdansk. Veel illustraties, bezienswaardigheden etc. Die Königin der Ostsee, wie Danzig im Mittelalter genannt wurde, ist nach dem Zweiten Weltkrieg restauriert und rekonstruiert worden und zeigt sich dem Besucher heute wieder mit ihren spitzgiebeligen, reich verzierten Patrizierhäusern; die von den riesigen backsteinernen... Read more
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
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2016
  • Reisgids Michelin groene gids weekend Krakau | Lannoo
  • Voor wie slechts één compacte stadsgids in zijn tas wil stoppen en toch geen enkele bezienswaardigheid of topadres wil missen. Dé gids om Krakau écht te ontdekken: de plaatsen waar u de stad in zijn authenticiteit proeft, de evenementen van het ogenblik, de heerlijkste shoppingadressen... En daarbovenop, een handige kaart van het openbaar... Read more
De Zwerver
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
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
  • Reisgids Merian live Krakau | Deltas
  • Handige en overzichtelijke, kleine reisgids voor een eerste kennismaking met Krakau. Aandacht voor o.a. winkelen, festivals en eten en drinken. Prettig formaat en toch met veel foto’s. Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2015
  • Opruiming - Reisgids Krakau - Krakow | Trescher Verlag
  • Opruiming = oude druk = halve prijs 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,... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2016
  • Reisgids Pocket Krakow – Krakau | Lonely Planet
  • Pocket reisgidsen van Lonely Planet zijn een kleinere versie dan de 'echte' Planets. Vaak echter van bijzondere bestemmingen binnen een bepaald land waardoor er meer aandacht is en uitgebreidere tips zijn voor die bepaalde streek i.v.m. de grote Planets. Handzaam formaat, makkelijk in de binnenzak! Tcoh ook deze vol met praktische informatie.... Read more
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Maps

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
  • Tatra National Park
  • Tatra Mountains (Tatrzanski) National Park in Poland at 1:25,000 on a contoured GPS compatible map from CartoMedia highlighting hiking trails, plus an overview map of the hiking routes, a street plan of Zakopane, a road map with access from Kraków, and very extensive tourist information including accommodation, flora and fauna, etc.Coverage... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Swietokrzyskie Cycling Map
  • A series of maps, following the trail of the most beautiful cycling routes across Poland 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
  • 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
  • Krakow and Environs North Cycling Map
  • A series of maps, following the trail of the most beautiful cycling routes across Poland 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • North West Warmia-Masuria Cycling Map
  • A series of maps, following the trail of the most beautiful cycling routes across Poland 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
  • Krakow and Environs South Cycling Map
  • A series of maps, following the trail of the most beautiful cycling routes across Poland 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
  • Poznan and Environs North Cycling Map
  • A series of maps, following the trail of the most beautiful cycling routes across Poland 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
  • Poland North East
  • North-eastern Poland in a series of large, detailed roads map with an index, street plans of main cities and stickers to highlight on the maps your selected locations. A fold-out flap in the jacket shows an overview of the whole area covered by the map plus the adjoining regions and highlights main places of interest, with the grid reference... 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
  • North East Warmia-Masuria Cycling Map
  • A series of maps, following the trail of the most beautiful cycling routes across Poland 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
  • Poznan and Environs South Cycling Map
  • A series of maps, following the trail of the most beautiful cycling routes across Poland 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
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Walking holidays

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
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
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