Poland is a strongly developing country, in the Eastern Europe, that becomes more and more popular travel destination. In 2011 Poland was visited by 14 million tourists, which was 7% more than in 2010. The most popular destinations are the main Polish cities, such as Warsaw, Krakow and Wroclaw. However there are many more interesting places to visit in Poland. This article presents the seven most beautiful places and landmarks that are located in Poland.
Hel Peninsula is very unusual, because it is bent into a shape of a scythe, and enters deeply into the sea. Its length is 35 km, its width is 100m in the narrowest point and 3 km on the promontory. Hel Peninsula is a land protruding into the sea, surrounded the Bay of Puck. A road and a railroad run along the peninsula from the mainland to the town located at the furthest point, Hel, a popular tourist destination. Other towns, ports, and tourist resorts are Jurata, Jastarnia, Kuźnica, Chałupy, and Władysławowo.
Bear Cave in Kletn
It is the biggest cave in the Sudety mountains (the total length of tunnels – about 2,5 km). It originated in lime lenticle forced into metamorphic rocks. It was discovered on 14.10.1966. Bear Cave has three levels. The middle one is open for tourists. Additional, unique attraction which, incidentally, gave its name to the cave, are silts with Pleistocene animals’ bones, like the cave lion or the cave bear.
Hańcza Lake is located in Suwalski Landscape Park. It is the deepest lake in Poland and entire central Europe, with the maximum depth of 108,5 meters. It is 311.4 ha large, 4.5 km long and 1.2 km wide. Its entire area is a nature reserve and it is protected by law.
Bialowieża Forest, Bialowieża and Bialowieża National Park are not just a natural habitat for bison. This is the last primeval forest in European Lowlands. None of the trees, and the oldest is estimated at almost five centuries, was not planted by man. The forest covers an area of 150 000 hectares. Today, the Polish part of the Bialowieża Forest in the one-sixth (most valuable part of it) is covered by the best protection in the form of the Białowieża National Park. Białowieża oaks remember the times of Wladyslaw Jagiello, who in the fifteenth century was hunting in the Bialowieza Forest. In the wilderness there are many hiking trails that can be crossed by foot or by bicycle. In addition to the bison, you can also see other animals living in the Białowieża Forest – including tarpans, wolves, deer and elk.
Dunajec River Gorge
This canyon is one of the most famous tourist trails in Poland and one of the most beautiful river gorges in Europe. Daily, the river transports around 3 000 visitors. Annually to Szczawnica flows 25 000 excursionists. Dunajec River Rafting is a very interesting way to look at the National Pieniński Park. Tour takes place under the watchful eye of highly trained oarsmen.
The most beautiful lake in the Tatry Mountains, Morskie Oko is located 1,393 m above sea level. Its length is 862m and width 566m, and it covers the area of 34 ha and is 50 m deep. This is the only lake in the mountains, where the fish live, so locals call this lake the Fish Pond.
Krutynia River kayaking in the summer is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Mazury. It is also among the most beautiful trails in Europe. It is not only a good way to stay active, but also to get to know Mazury. This route connects several lakes, rivers and streams to form one of the most beautiful waterways in Europe. This waterway runs through scenic areas and Mazury Piska Park and has more than 100 km.
To sum up, Poland offers tourists not only famous historical cities, but also remarkable natural landmarks. When you will visit Poland you should definitely check them out!