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Organizing a bicycle touring trip in Poland
climate, roads, where to sleep and
the 7 most interesting cycling routes.
GreenVelo and EuroVelo, the great European cycle network
Poland may not seem to be amongst the most popular tourist destinations, but over the years it is surfing on an increasing hype. The country’s investments in tourism are attracting a different type of travelers, those looking for cycling holidays are getting more and more interested.
Poland has been building cycling infrastructures for years, many international EuroVelo routes pass through the country, while the totally-Polish GreenVelo crosses the nation from north to south.
Poland is a rather large country, with stunning well-preserved and dynamic cities, many UNESCO World Heritage sites, and then the beauty of the Baltic Sea to the north and the Carpathians to the South.
Apart from the small mountainous part on the border with Slovakia, the Phodale region, Poland is mostly flat, ideal for a cycling trip at any level of preparation, also for families.
In this guide you will find, hopefully, all the information you need to organize a cycling trip to Poland: what climate you will encounter, the road conditions, where to stay and above all a list of the most interesting cycling routes.
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Climate in Poland
The climate during the summer season, from June to August, can be very variable in Poland; you can expect strong and long downpours in summer, sometimes it rains heavily for several days without stopping. But you could also be lucky and get long weeks of really hot and dry weather. Winters, on the other hand, is rather heavy, with lots of snow and temperatures often below the freezing point.
The beginning of autumn, during the months of September and October, is characterized by sunny days and mild temperatures. In November the cold and the rain begins and from December to February the snowfalls are very frequent.
The average temperatures vary a lot depending on the region, the north-eastern part (on the border with Belarus) and the south-eastern part (bordering Ukraine) are the colder ones, with average temperatures several degrees lower than the rest of the country. The Baltic coast and the southern part of Poland are those with milder winters, although the Baltic experiences strong winds throughout the year.
Best season to cycle in Poland
The summer, especially the months of July and August are perfect for those who love warm days and nights. It’s also the best season to cross the generally colder areas and the mountains with a favorable climate.
May, June and September are also favorable months, the climate will be cooler, but still warm and sunny.
April and October are wonderfully changeable and can be decidedly cold. We crossed Poland from the north in October, the temperatures during the day were great but during the night they were just above zero. In addition, the days began to be shorter and in the morning you had to wait a few hours after sunrise to have better temperatures.
We, however, love the warm climates, if you love the cold you can try cycling in Poland in the winter, but it is definitely not for us.
Cycling the Roads of Poland
We have often heard of narrow and busy roads and careless drivers, but we did not have any problems with our itinerary in Poland.
We have however cycled the less inhabited part of the country but the roads are mostly new and have an emergency lane that can be used by bicycles, also approaching villages or bigger cities there is always a dedicated cycle path.
We happened to ride on roads full of trucks but we did not notice any crazy driving style nor it was common for drivers to overtake us too closely.
Most cycling routes are on secondary roads, dedicated cycling paths are mostly found near the towns. Those small roads are often open to motorized traffic but you’ll mostly be alone. Sticking to a cycle route, while it might take away a bit of sense-of-adventure, will ensure you a relaxing ride.
Some routes can pass on unpaved sections, sometimes these can be either sandy or muddy; keep that in mind if there has recently been any strong rainfall.
As for the cycling rules in Poland, mind that all the bikes need to have front and rear lights, according to the law they should be visible at least from 150 meters but you’ll hardly meet a police officer wanting to fine you for that. Also, a bell would be mandatory.
Riding the bike after drinking alcohol is forbidden and keep in mind that the limit in Poland is 0.2 so even a small beer is enough, the chances to get checked in the countryside are slim, but we know for sure it can happen in cities, such as Warsaw or Krakow.
Bike shops and repairmen in Poland
Bicycle shops are usually well equipped, with most Shimano base parts, SRAMs and other international brands. Outside big cities though, do not generally expect a very wide choice, it would be better to travel on bicycles requiring standard spares, those can be found all over the place.
However, if you need special spare parts, bring them with you, otherwise, you may have to order them and consequently lose several days waiting. Most tubes and tires are 700cc.
The bicycle shops are open from Monday to Friday, they close rather early, between 5 pm and 7 pm, those open on Saturday close in the early afternoon, around 2 pm and on Sundays they are all closed.
Basic tools can be found along the main cycle trails, in the form you can see in the picture below.
Cycling Community and Critical Mass in Poland
In the Polish countryside, cycling is still seen as a means of transportation for poor people. In the city, however, there are many fans and many people who use the bike every day to go to work and run errands.
In some cities, particularly in Warsaw, Critical Mass is frequently organized, often attracting more than a thousand cyclists. The Critical Mass in Warsaw is the biggest event of its kind in Central Europe and probably one of the biggest in the world.
If you are in Warsaw on the last Friday of the month, take a look at 18.00 in Plac Zamkowy (Zamkowy Square), in the historic city center and take part! Here you can find the contacts.
Geography of Poland
Poland is a central European state located to the east of Germany. In short, it is a huge plain, the average altitude of the country is 173 meter. The southernmost part of the country, where the Carpathians are, is the only mountainous part of the country, just 3% of the landmass.
Poland has a total extension of 312,683 km² and borders Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Ukraine, Belarus, Lithuania and the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad. The highest point is Mount Rysy (2,499msl) in the Tatra chain, which is part of the Carpathians.
The main rivers are the Oder River, along which there is a famous cycle path (more about it later), and the Vistula River that cuts the central and eastern part of Poland.
The Polesia primeval forest ends up in the central-eastern area, between Byalistok and Lublin. Poland has a combined wetland area of 145,075 ha, made up by 13 wetland protected sites scattered across the whole country, a birdwatching paradise. Cycling these areas in late September, when the migrations occur, is sure to offer a great show.
Do not be fooled by the fact that Poland is mostly flat, tracing the right path you will come along with many interesting places. Below in this article, there are some ideas of itineraries to follow, complete with GPX tracks to download, maps, and lists of the most interesting things to see.
Where to sleep while cycling Poland
Wild camping in Poland
Finding out about the regulations of different countries in terms of free camping is not always easy. However, we can safely say it is generally forbidden to wild camp in Poland, except in some national parks and beaches, but only during the autumn and winter.
Apparently, anyway, the controls are not so strict and, outside the protected areas, it is tolerated. Especially the north-eastern part of the country, sparsely inhabited and rich in forest, it is not very difficult to find a place for the tent.
According to several travelers, we have not personally experienced this, asking to pitch your tent in someone’s backyard is not a problem, the answer will be most likely positive. Especially in summer, remember not to light fires in the woods, however careful you may be it can be risky and you could attract the attention and concern of the inhabitants.
Naturally, there are also equipped campsites, we crossed Poland in October and they were already almost all closed. If you are going through the country in a warmer season, consider that the cost for a tent without electricity but with a shower included between 4 and 10€.
Hotels e Hostels in Poland
Hotels, Hostels, and Guest Houses are quite cheap, ranging from 15€ up, on average 20€ per double room per night. Usually the rooms are spacious and clean and are almost always equipped with a common kitchen that guests can use, which is great for traveling on a budget and allows you to find cheap places to sleep even in areas where there are no restaurants.
Couchsurfing and Warmshowers Poland
Both the Couchsurfing and Warmshowers communities are quite well developed in Poland, not just in cities. In our experience, we have never had problems to have positive feedback and we met many interesting people.
Cost of cycling in Poland
Despite its quick economic growth, Poland is still a fairly cheap country, supermarkets are affordable and so are restaurants, around 20 zlotys (4.5€) for a plate of delicious pierogi, ravioli stuffed with potatoes.
As we said the price of a camping night is about 5€ and a room costs about 20€. Even the means of transport are cheap and you can transport your bike on trains paying a fixed surcharge of 9.10 zlotys, no matter how many kilometers you’ll travel.
Not considering hotels and restaurant dinners, we feel like saying that you can travel to Poland on a budget of 5€ per person per day.
7(+1) best bike routes in Poland
- Amber Cycle Trail – EuroVelo 9 (EV9)
- Est Europe Cycling Route – EuroVelo 11 (EV11)
- Baltic Sea Cycle Route – EuroVelo 10 (EV10)
- Szczecin Lagoon Cycleway
- Oder River Trail
- East Carpathian Cycle Route
- Dunajec River Gorge
1 – Green Velo: the Most Famous Poland Cycle Route
You can download the Green Velo map here.
This track in the map above is the main route of the Green Velo cycle trail, along the itinerary you will find several bifurcations, they are alternative cycle ways usually leading to particular cities os sights which the main route doesn’t touch. Find more information on alternative routes here.
In 2017, the Green Velo cycle track was named for the title of “Cycle Route of the Year”, the first time for a cycle route in Poland.
We have to say that a really good job has been done, both for the care of the track itself, for the signage always present and complete with map and information, not mentioning the refreshment points and the presence of free tools to fix smaller mechanical problems along the way.
The Green Velo cycle project consists of the construction of new cycle paths, but above all of exploiting low-traffic roads and paths to create a route that crosses five Polish regions: Lublin, Podkarpackie, Podlaskie, Świętokrzyskie and Varmia-Mazury for a total of almost 2,000 kilometers.
In the northern part, the bike path is mostly in the forest, it is specifically marked and there are rest areas and points to fix the bike, equipped with the most common tools that can be used free of charge. The only missing thing is public toilets, quite rare along the path. Going south you cross more cities and towns.
What to see along the Green Velo
Here is the so-called “Wooden Architecture Route” where you will see more than 100 wooden buildings and 6 churches, also in wood, declared World Heritage by UNESCO.
These are the churches of Blizno, Haczow, Chotyniec, Radruż, Smolnik and Turzańskil. The capital of the region is the city of Rzeszów, where you can visit the castle and the underground path of the city, the Rzeszowskie Piwnice.
It is the region that borders with Belarus, the capital is the city of Białystok, a city of new development with a nice central square but nothing interesting.
The rest of the region is famous for its forests and national parks including the Wigierski National Park, the Biebrzański National Park, the Narwiański National Park, and finally the Białowieża National Park, where you can spot the famous bison.
Not far from Białystok, about forty kilometers, is the village of Tykocin, one of the oldest settlements in the region. At the beginning of the Second World War, it was inhabited by about 2,000 Jewish inhabitants who were deported en masse to the nearby forest and killed in 1941.
A memorial for these people exists today. The village is very nice and there are excellent restaurants.
Region of Świętokrzyskie
The capital is the city of Kielce, famous for the statue of Miles Davis. The region is famous for its 4 geological reserves with petrified seabeds, fossils and, of course, dinosaurs.
If you are interested you can visit the Jurassic Park of Baltowa. Then there are beautiful caves, the most beautiful of which is probably that of Raj, and the oldest oak in the country, almost 700 years, Bartek in Zagnansk.
Region of Warmian-Masurian
The capital is the city of Olsztyn. This region is called the Land of the Thousand Lakes, the landscape is dotted with many water bodies and the presence of numerous SPAs.
Frequented by water sports enthusiasts, this area of Poland is one of the favorite places for canoe lovers, even those less experienced.
There is a kayak trail of the Krutynia river about 100 km long, along the river there are reported shelters (PTTK) where you can park the canoe, eat and sleep, in a tent or indoors.
2 – The Amber Route – EV9
You can download the GPX track of the “Cycle Route EuroVelo 9: Amber Route – leg Poland” at this link.
The Polish side of the Amber Route (Euro Velo 9) is 534 kilometers long and has an average gradient of 0.63%, which makes for another family-friendly cycling holiday.
The Vamber route, or EuroVelo 9 (EV9), is a 1,900-kilometer-long cycling route that starts in the Polish city of Gdańsk, on the Baltic Sea and reaches the Adriatic Sea, in Croatia, in Pula.
The name Amber Route comes from the ancient route through which amber was transported, from its place of origin in the North Sea to the countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea. Amber was used and worked since the days of the ancient Egyptians and was very common for the Romans who used it to make objects and toilet products.
The Ambra cycle route crosses seven European countries: Poland, Czech Republic, Austria, Slovenia, Italy, and Croatia.
The Polish part of the itinerary is almost completely flat, the route is still undergoing refinement and there may be several sections where to share the road with cars.
The signage in Poland is quite good, above you can consult and download the GPX track but it may not be 100% accurate. Keep in mind that the Polish name of this cycle route is R9, so you might find it indicated as such.
What to see along the Amber Cycle Trail – EuroVelo 9
It is from here that the cycle path begins. The city of Gdansk was one of the crucial nodes of the Hanseatic League, the alliance of cities that from the late Middle Ages to the modern era held the monopoly of naval trade in Europe.
Gdansk is still one of the most important ports in the Baltic region. Despite being largely destroyed during the Second World War, the reconstruction work was magnificent, giving back Poland its beautiful port city. Famous for being the city where Solidarnosc was born, which significantly contributed to the liberation of Poland from the Soviet Union.
Not to be missed are the Old Town which lies along the Motlawa River, the large crane of the port, built in wood in 1444, the largest of medieval Europe. And then the Long Market Square, the Gothic church of the Virgin Mary where you can climb the bell tower and admire the city from above.
The old capital of Poland. From Gdańsk, the cycle path runs along the Vistula riverside crossing the cities of Tczew, Grudziadz, Bydgoszcz, and Inowrocław and reaching Gniezno. Gniezno is one of the oldest cities in Poland, located within a natural defensive barrier consisting of lakes. A picturesque town where you can spend a few hours walking along the streets of the center.
Shortly after Gniezno, the Ambra bicycle path gets to Poznań, the capital of the Wielkopolska region. The symbol of the city is the clock with the two goats, located in the town hall on the ancient Market Square. Every day at noon, the goats come out and bang their heads 12 times.
Also worth seeing is the Stary Browar, a center of art and commerce created inside an old nineteenth-century brewery. And then the Imperial Castle, the National Museum and the basement of the cathedral on Ostrów Tumski.
Continuing southwards, EuroVelo 9 arrives in Wroclaw, an important historical city on the Odra river, located on 12 islands connected by 112 bridges. The historical center of the city consists of the ancient Market Square (Rynek Starego Miasta) where there are several UNESCO sites.
Wrocław is rich in Baroque buildings and churches but also important modernist buildings such as the Centennial Hall, designed by architect Max Berg and built in the first decade of the twentieth century.
Going south, the EV9 crosses the town of Głuchołazy and heads towards the Sudeten mountain range that draws the border between Poland and the Czech Republic. If you are fond of hiking in the mountains, here have been created 3 long paths: the Great Path of the Sudetes (350 km), the Grand Trail of the Beskidy (500 km) and the Great Trail of Świętokrzyskie (100 km).
3 – Est Europe Cycling Route – EuroVelo 11
You can download the GPX track of the Cycle Route EuroVelo 11: East Europe Route at this link.
We did not ride this path, we only crossed it in Augustow but knowing a bit the area we can say that probably is not one of the most beautiful cycling routes in Poland.
It is part of the EuroVelo 11, the cycle touring route of Eastern Europe, which from Greece reaches North Cape, in Norway, crossing Macedonia, Serbia, Hungary, Slovakia, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, and Finland.
The Polish part of the EV11 is 762 kilometers long, covering it from the north it will be in a very slight climb, practically imperceptible, you’re more likely to suffer for the strong winds.
The bike path is still a good choice if you are heading to Warsaw, avoid passing along busy roads and you will always be surrounded by vast plains, forests and a few lakes.
Leaving Warsaw, the route continues to the beautiful city of Krakow, and is a good route if you are heading towards Slovakia and the Carpathian. South of Krakow the road becomes more hilly and scenic, don’t miss a visit to the Wieliczka Salt Mines.
What to see along the Eastern European Cycleway: EuroVelo 11 in Poland
Augustow and its channels
Augustow is a town of about 30,000 inhabitants, in the west of the country. It was almost completely destroyed during the Second World War and remained mostly uninhabited until the seventies, when it resumed attracting visitors and inhabitants after becoming a spa.
It is crossed by the Augustow canal, 120 kilometers long, built to connect the river Biebrza to the river Neman. The water levels in the Augustow canal are regulated by 18 locks, of which 14 in Poland – most of them were kept in the same technical conditions as the day they were built, in 1839.
In the city, you can also visit the Augustow Canal Museum. The city offers many accommodations at low prices.
About 150 kilometers north of Warsaw, is a pleasant town in which to stop overnight. In the vicinity of the city lies the Łomża Landscape Park of the Narew Valley (Polish Łomżyński Park Krajobrazowy Doliny Narwi) an unspoilt area where you can admire pretty wild valleys and swamps.
Also around the city you can visit the Łomża Fortress, a series of fortifications used during the many battles fought in these parts, the last of which was during the Second World War. Guided tours are also organized and if you are interested in the bunker network there is a shooting range where you can shoot with an AK-47, the Kalashnikov, not our cup of tea.
A beautiful city that surprised us. Before going, many told us that it wasn’t worth it, and that Krakow is much nicer. We found them both fascinating and for different reasons.
Warsaw is the capital of Poland and the atmosphere, as perhaps in all capitals, is different from other cities in the country. Warsaw was completely destroyed during the Second World War and the reconstruction work that followed was titanic.
Thanks also to the paintings known as “the views of Canaletto”, they were able to reproduce everything exactly as it was before the bombing and who knows, maybe even better. Thus the old city, the historic center of the metropolis, has been recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Apart from the historical center, Warsaw is a very lively city, full of university students and bars at acceptable prices. You can take a look here for a more complete list of things to see in Warsaw.
We’ll add the Church Holy Cross Church (Kosciol Swietego Krzyza) where the heart of Chopin is kept (the composer was born in Warsaw), whose vicissitudes are one of the most famous legends in the history of music.
4 – Baltic Sea Cycle Route in Poland – EuroVelo 10
You can download the EuroVelo 10: Baltic Sea Cycle Route Poland GPX track at this link
The Baltic Sea Cycle Route in Poland is part of the EuroVelo 10 (EV10), which runs in a circular fashion along the Baltic coasts of Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia (Kaliningrad) and Poland. This route is also known as the Hansa Cycle Way.
The Polish part of the EV10 is 582 kilometers long and crosses beautiful cities and unique natural landscapes. Coming from the east you will cross the Wislany lagoon and the Vistula estuary, the beautiful city of Gdansk and the lake region. The route is completely flat, with an average slope of 0.60%.
At the end of the route, to the west, you can take the path that goes to Szczecin (Stettin), and runs around the lagoon or, on the east side, the Baltic Sea cycle path connects to the Euro Velo 9 which heads south to the Adriatic Sea.
What to see along the Baltic Sea bike path in Poland – EuroVelo 10
Wislany lagoon, or Vistula lagoon
It is a mirror of fresh water within the Gdańsk Bay. It is separated from the waters of the Baltic Sea by a 70-kilometer-long strip of sand and borders with the Kaliningrad Oblast in Russia.
The mouth of the Vistula River
A labyrinth of sandbars, dunes spits and beaches with water meadows constantly changing due to the material within the river itself after its meandering journey and mans intervention.
Concentration camp of Sztutowo
In the town of Sztutowo, was the first concentration camp outside the borders of the Reich.
The city of Gdansk was one of the crucial junctions of the Hanseatic League, the city alliance that from the late Middle Ages to the modern era held the monopoly of trade in Europe. Gdansk is still one of the most important ports in the Baltic region.
Despite being largely destroyed during the Second World War, the reconstruction work was magnificent, restoring Poland to a beautiful port city. Famous for being the city where Solidarnosc was born, which significantly contributed to the liberation of Poland from the Soviet Union.
Not to be missed are the Old Town, which lies along the Motlawa River, the large port crane, built in wood in 1444, was the largest of medieval Europe. And then the Long Market Square, the Gothic church of the Virgin Mary where you can climb the bell tower and admire the city from above.
Located at the mouth of the so-called “Dead Vistula” (Martwa Wisła in Polish) is the place where the 1st of September 1939 began the Second World War. The fighting, which lasted from 1 to 7 September 1939, is known as the Battle of the Westerplatte.
The peninsula is easily accessible by taking a ferry from the center of Gdansk. Ferries leave every hour, and once you arrive on the peninsula (about 40 minutes) there is a path through the woods and with a sea view.
A very pleasant itinerary but that can give strong feelings for the what this place represents. On a small hill stands the statue built in memory of all the fallen during the Second World War.
The Polish region of Pomerania is characterized by numerous lakes, among which Lake Łebsko is one of the largest. It is located within the Słowiński National Park, a paradise for bird watchers.
Is the only medium-sized city along the Polish Baltic coast (excluding Gdansk). It too was an important city of the Hanseatic League. It has a pleasant historical center to walk around and the Museum of Polish Arms in Kolobrzeg, one of the most important museums in the country, with a huge collection of historical treasures.
The Szczecin Bay
Zalew Szczecińskida in Polish. It’s a bay that also defines the border between Poland and Germany. From here you can follow the cycle path around the bay (number 5 in this article). To the north of the lagoon, on the island of Wolin, is the Wolin National Park (Woliński Park Narodowy) which houses a sanctuary of the European bison.
5 – Cycle Route Around the Szczecin Lagoon
You can download the Szczecin Lagoon Cycle Route GPX track at this link.
It is a circular cycle path that runs along the Szczecin Lagoon, also known as the Oda lagoon. The city of Szczecin, from which the lagoon takes its name, is about 10 kilometers away from the water.
Szczecin was for a long time one of the most important ports in Poland, characterized by Prussian style architecture. During the Second World War, the city suffered considerable damage that was not immediately repaired as it was not a particularly touristic city. In recent years, however, thanks to the restoration work, many tourists are beginning to appreciate it.
From Szczecin, you can then continue cycling to the south following the cycle path along the river Oder, which we will discuss in the next paragraph.
Points of interest along the Szczecin Lagoon Cycle Trail
The castle and the town hall
Among the few buildings not particularly damaged during the bombings
Cathedral of San Giacomo
On which the signs of the war are still visible. Going up the bell tower it is possible to have a nice view of the city.
The Underground City
The most popular attraction among visitors. The entrance to the underground Szczecin is located near the station, from here you go down and you can travel 40 kilometers of tunnels, bunkers, and shelters used during the Second World War and, later, for the tensest periods of the Cold War.
The beaches of the lagoon
Pedaling along the banks of the lagoon, you can relax in some small villages and beaches along the way and, if you prefer, take a bath.
6 – Cycling Poland along the Oder River
You can download the Cycle Route Oder River Trail GPX track at this link.
After completing the cycle path around the Szczecin Lagoon, you can continue cycling south on the cycle path along the Oder river, or the Oder-Neisse cycle path, which starts from the Szczecin lagoon and heads south to the Czech Republic. For the first part of the route, you will follow the border between Poland and Germany, before bending southeast to Wroclaw and then finish in the Czech city of Ostrava
What to see along the Oder River path in Poland
The Oldest Oak in Poland
Before Lubin there is the Krajobrazowy National Park, within this protected park is Chrobry, the oldest (probably) oak of Poland, it should be about 720 years old. In the park there are many rare animal and plant species, some of which are reintroduced for conservation purposes. The park is divided into four nature reserves, two ornithological and two floristic.
Przemęt Landscape Park
(in Polish Przemęcki Park Krajobrazowy) is a protected park characterized by its swampy areas and lakes. Here the map of the park.
An important historical city on the river Oder, located on 12 islands connected by 112 bridges. The historical center of the city consists of the ancient Market Square (Rynek Starego Miasta) where there are several UNESCO sites.
Wrocław is rich in Baroque buildings and churches but also important modernist buildings such as the Centennial Hall, designed by architect Max Berg and built in the first decade of the twentieth century.
Kletno Uranium Mine
One of the most interesting tours is the Underground Educational Tourist Route in the Old Uranium Mine in Kletno, south of Wroclaw, almost at the Czechoslovak border. It is not along the route of this path, so you’ll need to make a detour or take advantage of an organized tour.
In 1947, the Soviets began to look for uranium ore in Poland and in the years between 1948 and 1953 they built the “Kopaliny” mine, whose excavations were about 37 km long. Over time the deposits were declared exhausted and the mine was used only for the extraction of fluorite.
At the beginning of the 2000s, the route passing through the Exploration Adit No.18 was opened to the public, here all the deposits of uranium were removed to ensure complete protection of visitors from radiation. The mine can be safely visited to admire the magnificent deposits of numerous minerals along its walls such as fluorite, amethyst, hematite, magnetite, quartz, and chrysocolla, the mine is also venue for periodic performances.
7 – East Carpathian Greenway
You can download the GPX track of the itinerary at this link
The East Carpathian greenway is a 300-kilometer circular cycle path, which crosses the Carpathians and three states: Poland, Ukraine, and Slovakia. Despite being a mountain route, it is very easy to ride and without too many slopes.
The highest part with the highest number of climbs is Ukraine, where you still get no higher than 700msl, the average slope of the route is 1.41%.
The Carpathians are very fascinating mountains, especially if, like us, you will come here during the fall, which will give you splendid views of the magnificent colors. If you get the chance you should absolutely try some hikes in the Tatra Mountains.
What to see along the Eastern Carpathian Cycle Route
Bieszczady National Park
(in Polish Bieszczadzki Park Narodowy), is the third biggest National Park of Poland, occupying the highest areas of the Polish part of the Bieszczady Mountains. In 1992 the park and surrounding areas became part of the UNESCO Eastern Carpathian Biosphere Reserve.
It has an abundant fauna that includes bears, wolves, wild boars, wild cats, lynxes, elk, otters. Keep in mind that most of the park requires a permit to walk certain paths, or you will have to go with a guide. The highest mountain in the Bieszczady National Park is Mount Tarnica, at 1,346 meters.
Poloniny National Park
A national park in Slovak territory, bordering Poland and Ukraine. Selected areas of the park are included in the primordial beech forests of the Carpathians, which have been recognized as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. Also, there are many of the animals mentioned above, one of the most interesting paths in the park is that which connects the beautiful wooden churches of the eighteenth century, in the villages of Topoľa, Uličské Krivé, and Ruský Potok.
Nadsiansky Regional Landscape Park and Uzhanian National Nature Park
In Ukraine, are also part of the UNESCO biosphere reserve. It is possible to walk through 17 different paths inside the park, also here there are wooden churches of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
8 – Dunajec River Gorge
This is not a long-distance cycle route, more of a short and easy stroll along the Slovakian border. The Dunajec River Gorge though is so beautiful that we decided to dedicate a whole article about it, with maps, tracks, rafting tips, history, and everything you might want to know about it.
Learn more about the Dunajec River Gorge
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