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Przehyba

Przyhyba
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Przehyba (Prehyba, Przechyba) is one of the main peaks in the Radziejowa Range in Beskid Sądecki. In addition to the asphalt route from Gabon, there are several hiking trails to the top, incl. from Szczawnica and Stary Sącz, as well as from Krościenko, Rytro, Jazowska and Piwniczna-Zdrój. The name of the hill comes from the Czech language, meaning the pass, but it was dropped by the Ruthenians living in the nearby village. Initially, this term was used in relation to the surrounding hall, and with time the summit itself was called so. Probably falls under the Poprad Landscape Park, which was created in 1987 and where the protection covers mainly mineral water springs (szczawy), Carpathian beech forest and other interesting species of flora and fauna. In the western part of the hill, there is the PTTK Shelter on Przehib (1150 m) and the Radio and Television Broadcasting Center with an 87 m steel tower. Probably it is a very scenic place – there are wide panoramas to the south, from where you can see the Pieniny and Tatra Mountains, but also to the north, with the characteristic Sądecka Basin.

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180 min

Giewont

Zakopane
Nature

Giewont is a mountain massif in the Western Tatras, rising at an altitude of 1894 m above sea level. and 2.7 km long. Its main peak, Wielki Giewont, is usually considered the highest peak of the Western Tatras, located entirely in Poland. It towers over Zakopane and is perfectly visible from there. The Giewont Massif is located in the northern ridge of Kopa Kondracka, between the Bystra Valley, the Kondratowa Valley, the Mała Łąka Valley and the Strążyska Valley, and it consists of three parts: Wielki Giewont (1894 m), Mały Giewont (1739 m) and Długi Giewont (1868 m). On the Wielki Giewont there is an iron cross, 15 m high, both attracting crowds of tourists and pilgrims, and being a particularly dangerous object in the event of a storm. The shape of the summit from the north (Zakopane) resembles a „sleeping knight”  according to legends, the knights of king Bolesław the Brave sleep under the Tatra Mountains, ready to wake up as soon as Poland is in danger. For many Poles, Giewont is a symbol of the Tatra Mountains and Zakopane.

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20 min

St. Kinga`s Stone

Przysietnica
Culture
Nature

St. Kinga, also known as the chair of St. Kinga, a monument of inanimate nature, and more precisely a group of rock outcrops made of Magura sandstone, located near the Skałka summit (1163 m) in the Radziejowa Range, near the Przehyba peak (1175 m). This rather peculiar rock is surrounded by a dense spruce forest on the northern slope of the mountain. The shape of the sand stone resembles a chair, next to which there are rock outcrops of various sizes. St. Kinga is located exactly in a straight line between Stary Sącz and the castle in Pieniny. The spring that flows from under the stone was associated as a pulsating heart in which Kinga was washing her eyes and feet. To this day, the local population believes in the healing effects of water (especially in eye diseases).

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120 min

Nosal

Zakopane
Nature

Nosal is a mountain peak in the Western Tatras, located at an altitude of 1206 m above sea level, above Kuźnice, between the Bystra Valley and the Olczyska Valley. The name of the mountain comes from the shape of the nose-like rocks on the northwest side. It offers a beautiful panorama of the Tatra peaks and Zakopane. The crossing of the entire ridge of Nosal takes only 1.5 hours. This hill is commonly associated with the legendary „K” route – the most difficult ski run in Poland (unfortunately closed for several seasons). In 1974, the Men's Alpine Ski World Cup was played here. Nosal was also very popular with mountaineers, and in its western walls, falling down to the Bystra Valley, there are about 30 climbing routes, which are currently not accessible. In the north-west slope of Nosal there is also the cave „Dziura pod Nosalem”, inaccessible to tourists.

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120 min

The ,,Rachelowskie Góry”

Kamionka Wielka
Nature

The ,,Rachelowskie Góry” nature and tourist path is situated in the village of Kamionka Wielka, situated in the valley of the Kamionka, Królówka and Wolanki rivers, on the border of the Sądecki Beskids and the western part of the Niski Beskids, at the Tarnów-Krynica railway line. The landscape of the village is shaped by the low ranges of the Rachelowskie Mountains with peaks: Palenica (665 m above sea level) and Rychelowa Góra (589 m above sea level), cut by many valleys and stream beds, which constitute the unique landscape and natural values of these areas. A 7 km long nature and tourist path „Rachelowskie Góry” leads through the village, with 8 thematic boards promoting historical and natural knowledge. The path with numerous viewpoints allows you to get to know the rich flora and fauna found in forest habitats and picturesque meadows. You can see monumental specimens of beeches, oaks, limes and ash trees, as well as rare varieties of birds, insects, amphibians, butterflies and larger animals. It is a great place for hiking and cycling.

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120 min

Tarnica

Ustrzyki Górne
Nature

Tarnica is the highest mountain of the Polish Bieszczady (1346 m above sea level), distinguished by two peaks, separated by a saddle, hence its name (the Romanian word „tarnita” means saddle), belonging to the Crown of Polish Mountains. On a narrow peak, lined with rock scrap heap, surrounded by a fence, there is an iron cross, 8.5 m high. Tarnica is also known as the „Mountain of Three Crosses” – to commemorate the pontificate of John Paul II (Bieszczady lover), three crosses were erected on the top. The first two were carried on their shoulders in secret from the authorities of the time: the first in 1979 – a one-meter cross consisting of two pipes, the second in 1987 – a metal cross (7.5 m), placed in the place of the first, which, however, was destroyed by a storm, and also the third one in 2000 – iron (8.5 m). From the top there are wonderful views of the Polish and Ukrainian part of the Bieszczady Mountains. In good weather, you can see the Tatra Mountains, Ukrainian Gorgany and even Romanian Rodniańskie Mountains. Tourist routes from Ustrzyki Górne and Wołosaty lead to Tarnica.

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60 min

Rusinowa Polana

Rusinowa Polana
Nature

Rusinowa Polana is located at an altitude of 1170-1300 m above sea level. and covers an area of approximately 100 ha. It is one of the most popular destinations for individual and family trips in the Polish Tatras. It offers a beautiful view of the High Tatras – both Polish and Slovak. From here you can see Hawrań, Murań, Gerlach, Ganek, Rysy, Mięguszowieckie Szczyty and many others. Rusinowa Polana is also a junction of other tourist routes. From here, you can go to Palenica Białczańska, Polana near Wołoszyn, Gęsia Szyja, as well as Wierch Poroniec and the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Jaworzyńska in Wiktorówki. Cultural sheep grazing is conducted on its territory. In the season, a mountain hut is open, where you can taste traditional oscypek cheese. Tourists can relax here at one of the wooden tables, admiring the view of the mountains.

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100 min

The Strążyska Valley

Dolina Strążyska
Nature

The Strążyska Valley, located near Zakopane, is one of the Tatra valleys that is easily accessible to tourists of all age groups. You can get to its outlet with your own transport and park in one of the car parks or use public transport. The valley is about 4 km² in size and 3 km long, and is made of sedimentary rocks. It is covered with forests, but on both of its steep slopes you can see numerous rocky crags. The Strążyski Potok flows along the trail. During the walk, you can see the 600 m north face of Giewont. At the northern entrance to the valley there is a boulder called the Sphinx, as well as wooden benches and a tea room where you can order drinks and traditional highlander meals. Going a bit further (about 15 minutes), it is worth reaching the Siklawica Waterfall.

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15 min

Siklawica Waterfall

Zakopane
Nature

Siklawica Waterfall is located in the Western Tatras, in the upper part of the Strążyska Valley, under the northern wall of Giewont, and is 23 meters high. It consists of two almost vertical walls – the lower one is 13 m high and the upper one is 10 m high, along which the water of the Strążyski Stream flows. The shortest trail from Zakopane to Giewont (along the Little Valley and the Warzecha gully) used to lead by the waterfall, but it is now closed. The waterfall is one of the greatest attractions of the Strążyska Valley. You can walk right up to its wall, which is why in the season it is often crowded with tourists sitting at its feet.

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60 min

The Marian Sanctuary in Wiktorówki

anktuarium Maryjne na Wiktorówkach
Culture
Nature

The Marian Sanctuary in Wiktorówki, also known as the Sanctuary of Our Lady Queen of the Tatras or Our Lady of Jaworzyńska, is located in the Tatra National Park in the High Tatras, in the immediate vicinity of Rusinowa Polana at an altitude of about 1,200 m above sea level. You can get there by the tourist trail from Zazadnia. The creation of this object is related to the shepherdess Marysia Murzańska, who around 1860 was to experience a miraculous revelation of a Beautiful Lady or Shining Lady. Over time, this place became a destination for pilgrimages. Currently, there is a statue of the Mother of God in the altar, which was originally placed in a small chapel. Fathers from the Dominican order take care of the sanctuary. Nearby, there is a spring with water believed to be healing, as well as a wall with plaques dedicated to mountaineers and other people who died in the mountains.

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