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Nature of Poland - national parks and reserves for active recreation

The third of the Polish territory is occupied by forests that are protected by the state. In this country, people highly value the nature and take a full range of measures to preserve it. The northern part is located on the picturesque coast of the Baltic Sea. The Sudeten and the Carpathians mountains are to the south. There are 23 national parks in Poland. The protected areas include the Augustow Forest and the Red Forest. The Augustow Forest is a virgin place that consists mostly of centuries-old pine and fir trees. There are many picturesque lakes and a huge number of various animals. The Red Forest is characterized by hilly terrain and numerous lakes. The largest of them is Vishtynetskoe Lake. The territory of the forest is inhabited by reindeer, roe deer, wild boar, beaver, raccoon dog, lynx, and wolf.
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The Biebrza Park is the largest national park in Poland; most of it is occupied by wetlands. The area is almost untouched by the man, which allowed a large number of birds to settle and nest in trees. In total, you can find more than 270 species of different birds in Biebrza Park. The place is their stop during the seasonal migration. The fauna is represented by wolves, foxes, and beavers. There are special hiking and bicycle trails for tourists, which allow going on an exciting journey. The tour is designed for a week, which is ideal for conducting research and bird observations in natural habitats. Fans of kayaking in mountains will be able to ride along the river Biebrza.
The second largest reserve in Poland is the Kampinos National Park, located near Warsaw. Despite its close proximity to the capital, the authorities managed to preserve the pristine landscape and nature. That shows how careful the people of Poland are when it comes to their natural resources. The park is incredibly popular among tourists and locals. Annually, it is visited by about a million people. There are more than 1700 different kinds of plants; 125 species are under the state protection. Rare black storks, gray herons, white-tailed eagles, snake eagles, and bitterns nest in the trees. About 360 kilometers of pedestrian and bicycle routes are laid along the park. The movement of tourists through its territory is strictly regulated. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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In the north of the country, off the coast of the Baltic Sea, lies the Slovinski National Park. It is widely known and popular among tourists due to its amazing terrain. The park features sand dunes created by the Baltic Sea. They move at a speed of 3 to 10 meters per year. There are hiking and cycling trails on its territory, which are very popular in the warm season. Another park on the Baltic coast, Volinsky, has a moraine relief. That’s also a popular holiday destination. There is a nursery, in which bison are bred to replenish the population of these animals. Pomor Bay is home to rare gray seals and porpoises. In the rest of the park, you can find more than 200 different species.
Poznan_Old_City The relief of the Wielkopolska National Park is formed by the oldest glacier, which moved to the terrain about 10 thousand years ago. There are several lakes of glacial origin. The most significant and picturesque one is Lake Goretskie. About 70% of the park's territory is occupied by of pine forests, in which more than 200 species of different animals live. The Polesie National Park together with the adjacent territories forms the Western Polesie, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On the plain territory of the park, there is a large number of lakes and marshes. More than 30 species of fish and amphibians can be met there. There are 35 species of mammals in forests. Mooses, beavers, and otters are among them.
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Fantastic City Tours and Excursions in Poland

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Map of all parks
National and city parks of Poland
♥   National Park 'Babiogórski Park Narodowy' . On the map   Photos
♥   Landscape Park 'Barlinecko-Gorzowski Park Krajobrazowy' . On the map   Photos
♥   National Park 'Białowieski Park Narodowy' . On the map   Photos
♥   World Heritage Site 'Białowieża Forest' . On the map   Photos
♥   National Park 'Biebrzański Park Narodowy' . On the map   Photos
♥   Landscape Park 'Bielańsko-Tyniecki Park Krajobrazowy' . On the map   Photos
♥   National Park 'Bieszczadzki Park Narodowy' . On the map   Photos
♥   Landscape Park 'Bolimowski Park Krajobrazowy' . On the map   Photos
♥   Landscape Park 'Brodnicki Park Krajobrazowy' . On the map   Photos
♥   Landscape Park 'Brudzeński Park Krajobrazowy' . On the map   Photos
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Cultural sights in regions of Poland

Krakow
There are many notable religious buildings in Krakow. Church of the Holy Cross, built in the 14th century, is surely among them. The halls of this beautiful Gothic building are decorated with hand-painted pictures, made by the legendary monk Stanisław Samostrzelnik. Don’t forget to visit Zygmunt Chapel, near which … Read more
Warsaw
The city is also home to several ancient palaces, the most famous of which is the Royal Castle. The main building of the palace was built in 1618. During the long history of the palace its territory has expanded greatly and so new wings and outbuildings appeared there. All visitors are welcome to walk through most … Read more
Zakopane
The Jan Kasprowicz Museum also deserves the attention of guests. Jan Kasprowicz is the famous Polish poet, who was born in a simple peasant family and had achieved great success. In an old house where the family lived, guests can see the living room, a bedroom and a dining room, which is recreated the atmosphere of … Read more
Poznan
Not far away from the library there is National Museum, which is included to number of the most notable cultural establishments of the country. The wealthy collection of art and sculptures is represented there, also there are five branch offices of the museum in the city. it is a necessity to visit the historical … Read more
Wroclaw
An excursion to the historic part of the city usually starts with visiting magnificent Tumski Bridge. This pedestrian bridge serves as a link between Old and New parts of the city. The main part of historic sights of Wroclaw is located in Tumski Island. The island is often called “the holy land" because of a huge … Read more
Gdansk
Dwor Artusa building, the construction of which was finished in the beginning of the 14th century, is a no less interesting object of excursions. Shortly after the completion of the building a huge fire damaged it severely. It took almost a hundred years to bring the building back to its original form. Tourists are … Read more

Poland: Map of sightseeing in regions

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