3,200 sq km to explore
There are 23 national parks in Poland representing 1% of the country’s surface (that’s about 3,200 sq km). The oldest national park, Białowieża was established way back in 1932 and is the most well-known of all the parks. It is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The area is home to the largest population of European bison in the world and you might also spot wild boar, elk, red deer & wolves.
All of the national parks in Poland can be visited and they all have a well-developed tourism infrastructure. Many of them offer specially prepared trails, educational centres and natural history museums.
Within the Carpathian Mountains, there is a cluster of six national parks, the remaining seventeen parks are scattered all around the country proving visitors with the full range of flora & fauna, rivers & lakes and landscapes in Poland’s portfolio. You’re find snow covered mountains in the south, sandy sea cliffs in the north and an assortment of other delights in between including caves, craters, a peninsula, primeval forest and even a desert.
On this page, you will find information about six national parks in Poland. We’ve picked these because, well, they are our favourites; however don’t be put off visiting the others, they are all spectacular in their own way and if you have the time, if you’re in the area, then we recommend that you take time out to see as many of the parks as possible.
With the exception of Białowieża; which is top of our must-visit list, the Tatra National Park is also a must-see destination. The Tatra Mountain Range is simply breath-taking and provides visitors with hundreds of km of hiking trails, waterfalls and underground cave systems.
Bialowieza National Park is a real phenomenon at a European level. The oldest national park in Poland and one of the oldest in Europe has an extremely diverse variety of flora and fauna. You will find here a whole bunch of plants and animals that occur nowhere else.
Slowinski National Park was formed to preserve the beauty of the Polish seaside eco-system; the unchanged sea lakes, swamps, forests, and especially the unique moving dunes. See the only 'desert' in Poland – the landscape so similar to Sahara that it was used by the German army during WWII as an experimental polygon for the Africa Corps.