You visited Zakopane, walked to Morskie Oko lake and hiked Chocholowska valley.
Now you're in need of peace and quiet - you got tired of crowds in Tatra mountains.
Now it's time to explore Gorce National Park.
It's a mountain area located close to Tatras - only about 1.5 hour by car. Since the majority of tourists head to Pieniny and Tatras, Gorce are peaceful region, great for a relaxing one-day trip.
The highest peak in Gorce National Park is Turbacz reaching 1310 metres. Not a lot, but enough to get your legs tired at the end of the day.
The best hiking route leading to Turbacz peak starts in Koninki village:
On our way back, at the final part of our hike, we decided to take a shortcut and climbed down along ski piste Koninki. I guess it shortened our hike for about 15 minutes.
If you plan to stay in Gorce area for a few days and want to diversify your trip, you may want to consider nearby fun tourist attractions:
- Rafting on Dunajec river - it's definitely not an extreme sport as the river is rather slow-flowing. There are mostly families with youngsters and pensioners, but still it's a nice experience. The views on Dunajec river are amazing!
- Pieniny National Park - another scenic mountain area with famous Trzy Korony peak (982 metres). Considered one of the most beautiful mountain ranges in Poland.
- Dam on Czorsztyn lake - the best place in the area for taking romantic photos. You can also take a cruise on Czorsztyn lake in even more romantic gondolas. There are 2 cruise options, shorter 15-minute route for those with seasickness and longer 40-minute trip along the shores of the lake.
- Homole gorge - about 1 kilometre long, very picturesque trail in Jaworki village. Nice and easy.
- Dunajec castle in Niedzica - 14th century castle located right on the shoreline of Czorsztyn lake. Sightseeing trip lasts for about 1 hour. For those who are really keen on castles, there's an option to book a chamber there. Price starts from 250 PLN per night. Contact details: +48 18 26-29-480 / +48 18 26-29-489, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Czorsztyn castle - more accurately: Czorsztyn castle ruins. Individual sightseeing only. The castle is open for tourists from the beginning of May until the end of September, 10 AM - 3 PM.
- Cerveny Klastor museum - built in 14th century by a bad guy from Hungary who used to kill people and thought it would be nice to fund a monastery as a way of saying "my apologies". This sacral complex of buildings is a real treat for history aficionados.
- "Rabkoland" amusement park - the biggest theme park in Southern Poland. Carousels, exhibitions, puppetry, arcade machines, cafes and restaurants - true paradise both for youngsters and adults. You can buy tickets online here, but the website has to be translated with Google.
- Szopczanski gorge - another fantastic trail in Pieniny mountains. This yellow trails leads along beautiful valley - perfect for a short walk with children.
- Chairlift PKL Palenica - it's not the highest peak in the area (only 719 metres), but you get to admire nice landscapes without having to hike. Opening hours on weekdays: 9 AM - 6:30 PM. On weekends' evenings it's open 1 hour longer.
- "Dom Nad Zdrojami" pump room - located in Szczawnica health resort. Lots of mineral waters to choose from.
- "ABlandia" ropes course - offers adrenaline rush both for children and adults. Open every day from 10 AM until 8 PM.
- Orthodox church - this sacral building is currently a catholic church, but has well-preserved orthodox decor. Located in Jaworki village.
- Lookout tower on Luban peak - 22-metre high tower in Eastern part of Gorce National Park. Amazing view on Tatras, Pieniny, Gorce and Beskidy mountains.
Finally, a few photos from our hike to Turbacz peak.
Have you ever hiked in Polish mountains? Would you like to try?