Outdoor Activities in Poland

The Great Outdoors

Poland has a lot to offer when it comes to exploring the great outdoors and there are many outdoor activities in Poland to choose from. Outside of the big cities, you will find that much of the country feels quite unspoiled and a total contrast to the ‘joie de vivre’ of city life.

One of the reasons that Poland was invaded so quickly by the Third Reich during the Second World War is that large swathes of the country are flat providing the ideal landscape for a Blitzkrieg. These areas are ideal for cycling and you will be surprised just how far you can ride each day when you don’t have hills to contend with.

To the south, you’ll find a chain of mountains and outdoor activities that are associated with that kind of landscape. The northeast of the county is known as, ‘the land of a thousand lakes’ because it is covered by interlinked lakes and waterways; which are perfect for sailing, kayaking and canoeing.

Incredible Variety

Of all the outdoor activities in Poland, hiking and winter sports are the most popular.

Poland has 15,000 miles of well-marked hiking paths taking you through an incredible variety of landscapes ranging from dense forest to mountain passes. There’s a route for hikers of all abilities and ages, from gentle strolls around lakes to the high peaks of the Tatra Mountains.

If you’re experienced at skiing or snowboarding then the ski resorts in Poland are not going to provide you with the experience you desire; however if you’re new to winter sports, then Poland is the best place in Europe to learn. Costs are much cheaper than the well-known resorts such as Courchevel, Zermatt and St. Moritz.

Poland is a great destination for an activity-driven holiday. Just choose your landscape, from the rugged mountains in the south to the Baltic coast in the north, put on a pair of walking boots,  jump on a bike, grab a paddle and enjoy some fresh air.

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