The southern border of Poland is defined by Carpathian Mountains thrusting skywards proudly. Following the Alps, its Europe’s second-biggest mountain range that sweeps over the central Europe, forming an arc all the way from the Czech Republic in the west to Romania and Ukraine in the east! Speaking particularly of Poland, the Carpathian range borders with Slovakia, providing a warm contrast to the flat landscapes which is a particular attribute to the rest of the country.
An EU passport isn’t just the opportunity to explore the amazing mountains but learn about the folk history and traditions. Besides, it’s easily accessible from major cities such as Rzeszow and Krakow allowing you to conveniently combine tour of the country’s historic towns and castles while spending moments in the sun, enjoying activities such as hiking, skiing and rafting.
The Carpathian Mountains in Poland is divided into a series of smaller ranges that runs from west to east namely the Tatry, Pieniny, Beskids and Bieszczady. Each offers something unique in terms of natural and culture beauty whereas the town of Zakopane is deemed the best spot to jumpstart the exploration. Want to know about some of the coolest activities to enjoy on high-altitude and how to do them the best, read on!
Hike the mountain trails
Other than Poland, it’s hard to find countries with remarkable hiking options. The trails intersect the land in all directions, bearing signposts in multiple colours including red, blue, green and yellow that corresponds to the trekking maps, available widely in tourist offices and bookshops.
Some of the most amazing hikes are there to experience with a Europe passport such as the Tatry range rising to the south of Zakopane. It has the highest peaks that rises to the height of approximately 2500 metres, offering some of the most dramatic vistas
The toughest trails scale through the tops and mover into Slovakia however, there’re easier ways including single-day adventures that begins in Zakopane, following the dense forest valleys leading south out of the town.
Ski across the Tatry range
Zakopane is Poland’s most renowned winter resort located in the Tatry range and there’re more than a dozen ski spots with varying slopes for nearly everyone from beginners to master skiers. Some of the most challenging are at Mount Kasprowy Wierch with an altitude of approximately 1985 metres. Here, decent conditions in terms of skiing may last all the way till late spring. A cable car can easily ascend the peak hardly in 20 minutes and from here, you may use chairlifts to access valleys at the zenith.
Rafting the Dunajec River
The much smaller Pieniny range is where lies the stunningly beautiful river rides and fun-filled activities unlike anywhere in the Central Europe speaking of which the Dunajec River that travel for more or less 18-kilometre near the town of Szczawnica. Passengers ferry in the traditional boats guided by rafters in folk costumes. The journey is rather slow allowing you to take in narrow gorges fronted by cliffs that rise more or less 300 metres from the river.
You can even enjoy typical boating and sailing with an EU passport right at Lake Solina and Lake Czorsztyn. Of the both, Lake Solina is about 30-kilometre to the southwest of the Ustrzyki Dolne whereas Lake Czorsztyn in the Pieniny range is known best for sailing with ruins of a 13th century castle across its shoreline.
The hunt for rustic architecture
The wooden churches dotted along the villages all across the southern Poland are region’s architectural highlights. One place to find such timbered beauties from the 18th and 19th centuries is the Beskids.
Make the most of your EU passport by visiting the Carpathian Mountains in Poland.