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.
The parks range from dense forests and pristine lakes, to rugged mountains and rolling hills, and are home to a wide variety of plant and animal species. Some of the most notable national parks in Poland include:
Bieszczady National Park: Located in the southeastern part of the country, this park is known for its rugged mountains, which rise to over 2,000 meters, and its diverse wildlife, which includes bears, wolves, and lynx.
Tatra National Park: This park is located in the Tatra Mountains and is the oldest national park in Poland, it has rugged peaks and is a popular destination for hiking, skiing, and mountaineering. The park is home to many unique alpine plants and animals, including the Tatra chamois, which is an endemic subspecies.
Biebrza National Park: This park is located in northeastern Poland, and is famous for its vast wetlands, which are home to a wide variety of bird species, including the marsh harrier, bittern, and white-tailed eagle. The park is also home to many species of mammals such as the European bison and beaver, and is a popular destination for bird watching and nature photography.
Kampinos National Park: This park is located in central Poland and features a diverse range of landscapes, from dense forests and rolling hills to wetlands, and has a rich wildlife, like deer, boar, and wolves.
Wielkopolska National Park: This park is located in the Greater Poland region, it is known for its forests, lakes, and hills, and is a popular destination for hiking, canoeing, and horseback riding. The park is home to many species of birds and mammals, such as the black stork, and beaver.
Bieszczady National Park: Located in the south-eastern part of the country, this park is known for its rugged mountains, which rise to over 2,000 meters, and its diverse wildlife, which includes bears, wolves, and lynx.
These are just a few examples of the many national parks that can be found in Poland. Each park offers its own unique combination of natural beauty and wildlife, and provides visitors with the opportunity to explore and experience the country’s diverse landscapes and ecosystems.
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.
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