Explore the gorgeous untamed wilderness of Poland's countryside at the Bieszczady Mountains in the south-east of the country. Part of the Outer Eastern Carpathians, it is located between the Łupków Pass and the Vyshkovskyi Pass. The highest areas of the Bieszczady Mountains form the Bieszczady National Park, which is a part of the East Carpathian Biosphere Reserve.
There are several hiking trails that take you into the heart of mountains, where you can get up close with the unique fauna that includes bears, wild boars, beavers, deer, bison, eagles, Aesculapian snakes, and some endangered species. As you walk along the grassy ridges, you will also come across several lakes, waterfalls, and caves. The highest peak in the Polish part of the mountains is the 1346 metre high Tarnica. The area also abounds in old wooden Greek Orthodox churches with domed roofs and intricate iconography, which you can further explore on the Podkarpackie Wooden Architecture Trail.
The 2 major road systems of Mala and Duza Petla Bieszczadzka run through the Bieszczady Mountains, and are well-connected with major stops at convenient spots in the region.
Bieszczady Mountains and Nearby Attractions on Map
National Museum Krakow(0.9 km)
Tatra Mountains(0.3 km)
Go off the beaten path and get high on rarified air of the Tatras.
Nestled atop a limestone hill at an altitude of 228 metres on the banks of the Vistula River, the Wawel is an imposing fortified complex that has been home to rulers from 3 Polish dynasties since the 11thcentury.
Wawel Castle(1 km)
The crowning glory of Wawel in Krakow is the Wawel Castle, a 14thcentury grand palace that was once home to Polish royalty.
Wawel Cathedral(0.9 km)
The Basilica of Saints Stanislaus and Wenceslaus, better known as the Wawel, is the Polish national sanctuary and was the coronation site of the Polish monarchs.
Main Square(0.2 km)
Rynek Główny, the Main Square of Krakow, is the historic heart of the city laid out in the 13thcentury at the time of Krakow's charter.
Malbork Castle(0.2 km)
The Castle of the Teutonic Order in Malbork was built in the 13thcentury by the Teutonic Knights as a fortified monastery on the southeastern bank of the Nogat, and has served as one of several Polish royal residences over the centuries.
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