Poland is well known for its historical cities like Krakow, Warsaw, Gdansk and Wroclaw. But there is more to the country than just historical monuments and cultural heritage. There are 23 National Parks across the country that have stunning scenery and amazing wildlife undisturbed. All the parks are scenic getaways with diverse landscapes that are perfect for all nature lovers, outdoor enthusiasts and those who want to explore the natural beauty of Poland. And some of those natural treasures are unique that you can’t find anywhere else. Let’s just have a look at these natural wonders in Poland! ?
In north-western Poland, close to the German border, there’s a grove of 400 oddly-shaped pine trees that were planted in the village located 40 km south of Szczecin. Each pine tree bends sharply and kind of looks like shepherd’s crooks, all pointing in the same direction — north. The strange shape of the grove earned it the title of “The Crooked Forest” and became one of the nine most amazing forests in the world (according to Daily Mail). Visitors from all over the world come to admire this magical scenery and immerse themself in nature. So far, there is no definitive answer that can explain this phenomenon.
Moving sand dunes
The moving sand dunes lie between Lake Łebsko and the Baltic Sea and are well known for being one of the largest of their kind in Europe. It’s probably the biggest attraction of Słowiński National Park. Sand deposited by the sea first settles on the beach and then, propelled by winds, shifts to the Łebska Spit, creating a stunning desert landscape with dunes 30-40 meters high. Climbing up the Rowokół hill, the highest peak of the park, you can take in the sweeping views from the watchtower.
Morskie Oko lake
Morskie Oko lake, which means “Eye of the Sea” in English, is the largest lake in the Tatra Mountains that can be found in the scenic Tatra National Park. Gaze into Lake Morskie Oko and admire the reflection of the highest polish peak (Rysy, reaching 2,503 m) on the surface. This blue-green alpine lake is truly a wonder of nature, which is formed during the sculpting processes of the last ice age, in which you can easily find trout through the clear water.
Dubbed the Polish Sahara, the Błędów Desert is an improbable area of shifting sands that spreads over 32 square kilometers on the Silesian Highlands in the Lesser Poland Voivodeship. Błędów Desert is the biggest desert in Central Europe that was deposited thousands of years ago by a melting glacier. Although it’s viewed as a marvel of nature, the Błędów Desert was rather a result of human activity.
Masurian Lakes District
Known as “The land of a thousand lakes”, Masuria is a picturesque region located in northeast Poland. With more than 2,000 lakes surrounded by lush forests and unspoiled countryside, this region is a paradise for sailing enthusiasts as well as water sports enthusiasts. Its natural beauty, clean air, and silence captivated all who visit here. If you are fed up with being at home and eager to immerse yourself in nature with clear water and fresh air, then Masuria is the best spot for you.
Hercules’ Club is a 25 meters tall limestone column situated in Ojców National Park near southern Poland. Abundant in uniquely shaped and eerie rock formations, numerous caves, picturesque castles and strongholds, the area has been enchanting its by-chance visitors for ages.
Paradise Cave is a horizontal limestone cave in Poland located in the hill Malik, to the south of Kielce, Świętokrzyskie. The cave has a length of 240 m and a vertical range of 9.5 m; however, only 180 m and 2 entrances are open to visitors. Its corridors lead through five chambers ornamented with stalactites, stalagmites and columns of rock created over thousands of years. Only fifteen people are admitted to enter the cave every fifteen minutes and only under a guide’s protection.