Have you managed to get to know the most important cities and towns in Poland? You don’t know what else to look for in the country? We have an answer for you: national parks! Because of the pandemic, cross country travelling is not something we recommend. However, we are more than sure that it is worth planning a few trips there for when the situation gets better.
A national park is, generally speaking, one of the forms of nature protection. Such a park covers a specific area distinguished for some reason (e.g. by its natural values). There are 23 national parks spread all over Poland – ale the way from the sea to the mountains. On the map below, you can see exactly where each of them is located.
It's hard to describe each wonderful park in just one article, so we decided to present the ones we find the most interesting! As a starting point for the selection of the parks, we chose their symbols (each park has one). For the most part it is an animal living in a given park.
Pieniny National Park (Polish: Pieniński Park Narodowy)
The oldest national park in Poland, established in 1932. It is one of four parks which symbol is not an animal. In this case, the symbol of the park is the Three Crowns (Polish: Trzy Korony) - a characteristic peak located within the park.
Białowieża National Park (Polish: Białowieski Park Narodowy)
The symbol of this park is a European bison, which you can encounter during your visit. European bison was included in the symbol of the Białowieża National Park because this is where the species was saved from extinction. After all free-living bisons in the world had died, specimens were brought to the Białowieża Forest from zoos. After many years, the species had been saved and the first bison was released to the wild.
Tatra National Park (Polish: Tatrzański Park Narodowy)
This park covers the entire Polish area of the Tatra Mountains - the highest mountain range in the country. Its symbol is a Tatra goat, whose population after World War II was only 26 individuals on the Polish side of the Tatras. Since the creation of the Tatra National Park (and a park on the Slovak side), the population has grown enormously.
Wielkopolski National Park (Polish: Wielkopolski Park Narodowy)
In this park, you will find not only beautiful pine forests, but also many interesting animal species. One of them is a symbol of the park: tawny owl, the most common owl in Europe.
Kampinos National Park (Polish: Kampinoski Park Narodowy)
The park is located near the Polish capital, Warsaw. In Kampinos National Park you can encounter many interesting animals: foxes, beavers, lynxes, or hedgehogs. But the symbol of the park is a moose!
Bieszczady National Park (Polish: Bieszczadzki Park Narodowy)
The symbol of this park is the Eurasian lynx! This animal from the cat family is under protection and its population in Poland is estimated to be only 200 individuals.
Wigry National Park (Polish: Wigierski Park Narodowy)
It is one of the largest national parks in Poland and its symbol is a beaver - representative of rodents. Thanks to the existence of this park, the population of beavers has increased significantly over the years.