Pieniny National Park
The park offers one of the best rafting experiences in Europe, as well as steep mountains to climb and medieval castles to visit.
The most frequently visited national park in Poland, Pieniny is located in the southern part of the Małopolska Province, on the border with Slovakia and only a few dozen kilometers away from Tatra National Park. The Park’s main attractions are jagged rock massifs and the Dunajec River Gorge, one of the most picturesque in Europe.
Pieniny is a small mountain range comprised of limestone rocks, offering truly Alpine landscapes. The most frequently visited peaks include the spectacular Three Crowns (982 meters mamsl) towering above the Dunajec river and Sokolica (747 meters mamsl), both with tourist observation decks.
The Dunajec River Gorge is by far the greatest tourist attraction the Pieniny National Park has to offer. The Dunajec River flows through a meandering channel with cliffs over 300 meters high. Rafting trips in wooden canoes, which last from two to three hours, have been organised in the Pieniny National Park since the first half of the 19th century until the present. The trip can also be made on foot along the Pieniny trail, almost entirely on the Slovak side of the Dunajec.
The Czorsztyn Castle, a gothic 14th century building is another tourist attraction of the Pieniny National Park. It is located on the Czorsztyn Lake, an artificial reservoir created as a result of damming the Dunajec River.