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Some national parks in Poland – Part 2

Poland is a country located in Central Europe. It has a long Baltic Sea coastline. It is bordered by:
• Belarus
• Czech Republic
• Germany
• Lithuania
• Russia
• Slovakia
• Ukraine

About National Parks in Poland

• There are 23 national parks in Poland.
• These were formerly run by the Polish Board of National Parks.
• In 2004 the responsibility was transferred to the Ministry of the Environment.
• Most national parks are divided.
• The total area of ca. 315,000 ha.
• National Parks in Poland holds the major form of nature protection.
• The area of a national park is usually over 1,000 ha. The park protects an area that has unique values of:
– Scientific
– Natural
– Cultural
– Educational

Details of few National Parks

5. Bory Tucholskie National Park
• The area of the Tuchola Forest was shaped by the Scandinavian Glacier.
• It is covered by sandy plains.

6. Drawa National Park
• This is located in north-western Poland.
• It is on the border of Greater Poland, Lubusz and West Pomeranian Voivodeships.
• The park is a part of the huge Drawsko.

7. Gorce National Park
• This is a national park in Lesser Poland Voivodeship which is in southern Poland.
• It covers central and northeastern parts of the Gorce Mountains.

8. Kampinos National Park
• This is a National Park in east-central Poland, in Masovian Voivodeship.
• This is on the north-west outskirts of Warsaw.
• It has a sister park agreement with Indiana.

9. Magura National Park
• This is a National Park that is located in the south-east of Poland.
• This is close to Slovakia which is on the boundary of Lesser Poland Voivodeship and Subcarpathian Voivodeship.

10. Narew National Park
• The Park is a wetland site that is protected under the Ramsar convention.
• Cultural attractions of the Park are mostly represented by buildings.

11. Ojcow National Park
• This is a national park in Krakow County.
• This is in Lesser Poland Voivodeship in southern Poland, established in 1956.
• It takes its name from the village of Ojcow.

12. Table Mountains National Park
• This is a National Park in Poland.
• It includes the Polish section of the Table Mountains that are part of the Sudetes range.

13. Polesie National Park
• This is a National Park in Lublin Voivodeship which is in eastern Poland.
• This is in the Polish part of the historical region of Polesie.
• It was established in 1990.

14. Pieniny National Park
• This is a protected area in Lesser Poland Voivodeship in southern Poland.
• It is located in the heart of the Pieniny Mountains.

15. Karkonosze National Park
• Karkonosze National Park along with the neighboring Czech Krkonoše National Park was designated UNESCO World Heritage site.
• This was declared as a biosphere reserve in 1992.

16. Roztocze National Park
• This is a National Park that is located in eastern Poland, in Lublin Voivodeship.
• It protects the middle part of the Roztocze range.
• These are considered the most valuable natural areas of this range.

17. Slowinski National Park
• This is a National Park in Pomeranian Voivodeship which is in northern Poland.
• This is located on the Baltic coast.
• This coast is between Leba and Rowy.

18. Swi?tokrzyski National Park
• This is a National Park in Swi?tokrzyskie Voivodeship, central Poland.
• It covers the highest ridge of the Swi?tokrzyskie Mountains.

19. Tatra National Park
• This is a National Park that is located in the Tatra Mountains in the Malopolska Region.
• This is in southern Poland.
• It borders Slovakia.
• It was created in 1954.

20. Ujscie Warty National Park
• This is the youngest of Poland’s National Parks.
• It was created on June 19, 2001.
• This was created in the region of the lowest stretch of the Warta River.

21. Wielkopolska National Park
• This is a National Park in the Wielkopolska region of west-central Poland.
• This was approximately 15 km (9 mi) south of the regional capital.

22. Wigry National Park
• This is a National Park in Podlaskie Voivodeship, north-eastern Poland.
• It covers parts of the Masurian Lake District and Augustow Primeval Forest.

23. Wolin National Park
• This National Park in Poland is located on the island of Wolin.
• This is in the far north-west of the country.
• This is in West Pomeranian Voivodeship.

Best time to visit / climate

• The climate is mostly temperate throughout the country.
• The climate is oceanic in the north and west.
• It becomes gradually warmer and continental towards the south and east.
• Summers are generally warm.
• It is with average temperatures between 18 °C (64 °F) and 30 °C (86.0 °F).
• Winters are rather cold.
• There are with average temperatures around 3 °C (37.4 °F) in the northwest and 6 °C (21 °F) in the northeast.
• Precipitation falls throughout the year.
• The warmest region in Poland is Lower Silesian that is located in south-western Poland.

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How to get to Poland?

1. By plane
• Most of Europe’s major airlines fly to and from Poland.
• Poland’s national carriers are LOT Polish Airlines.
• There are also a number of low cost airlines that fly to Poland. These include:
– WizzAir
– EasyJet
– Germanwings
– Norwegian
– Ryanair
There are also direct flights from United States and Canada. LOT operates direct flights from:
– Toronto
– New York
– Chicago
– Non-direct flights from other cities
International airlines fly mainly to Warsaw (WAW). Other major airports in Poland are:
– Krakow
– Katowice
– Gdask
– Pozna
– Wrocaw
– Szczecin
– Rzeszow
– Bydgoszcz
A new terminal has been opened at the Warsaw Chopin airport which will significantly increase the airport’s capacity.

2. By Train
Direct connections with:
• Berlin
• Amsterdam, via Koeln, Hannover
• Kiev via Lviv
• Vienna
• Prague
• Moscow

3. By Car
You can enter Poland by one of many roads linking Poland with the neighboring countries.

4. By Bus
There are many international bus lines that connect major Polish cities.
• Voyager
• Eurolines
• Ecolines
• PolskiBus.com
• Simple Express

5. By Boat
• From Sweden
– Ystad by Unity Line
– Karlskrona by Stena Line
– Nynashamn
– Visby
– Ystad by Polferries

• From Denmark
– Copenhagen
– Bornholm

• From Finland
– Helsinki by Finnlines

• From Germany
– Rostock by Finnlines

6. By Yacht
There are more and more ports along Polish coast. Bigger marinas are located in:
– Szczecin
– Eba
– Hel
– Gdynia
– Gdask

7. By plane
– Polish national carrier LOT has daily connections.
– These are between the biggest cities with a hub in Warsaw.

8. By train
– In Poland, the national railway carriers are PKP InterCity and Przewozy Regionalne.
– There are few local carriers that belong to voivod ships or major cities.
– Train tickets are quite economical.
There are new InterCity routes such as:
• Warsaw – Katowice
• Warsaw – Krakow
• Warsaw – Pozna
• Pozna – Szczecin
Train types
• E-IC (ExpressInterCity) / EC (EuroCity) / Ex (Express)
• TLK (Twoje Linie Kolejowe)
• RE (RegioEkspress)
• IR (InterRegio)
• REGIO / Osobowy
• Podmiejski
• Narrow gauge

Some Travel Books on Poland

Poland Lonely Planet Poland Poland: A Unique Country & Its People

Places to stay (hotels / restaurants along with website / contact numbers)

Hotels at tripadvisor.in
Hotels at staypoland.com
Hotels at travelpoland.com

Blogs / Sites about Poland

Blogs at wikipedia.org
Blogs at travelpoland.info
Blogs at travbuddy.com
Blogs and reviews at travelblog.org

Images and photos of Poland

Images at google.com
Images at wikipedia.org
Images at euratlas.com
Images at tripadvisor.com

Videos of Poland

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