Regardless of getting a fascinating town, Karłów isn’t actually top rated of the need to-see list for most folks going to Poland. Of course, it’s not simple to compete with charming cities such as Warsaw and Krakow, but Karłów is also a amazing and exciting location.
And the most surprising spot I’ve visited in Karłów was, undoubtedly, Gory Stolowe National Park, also recognized as “Table Mountains.” For hiking enthusiasts like myself, it’s a spot you need to go to once again and once again. Positioned in South-West Poland and sharing territory with the Czech Republic, its 63 square kilometer mountain variety gives a plethora of one of a kind activities for its guests.
The park region is a enormous patchwork of hiking trails with more than 100 km of traced paths. The reserve’s highest point is Szczeliniec Wielki, reaching 919 meters and, along with Mały Szczeliniec, which reaches 896 meters, they produce a huge and wide landscape situation, with quite a few cracks and deep canyons.
Hiking to the top rated requires about a single hour for seasoned hikers and the trail is not as well difficult. Nevertheless, to attain the summit, you need to conquer the 665 measures carved into stone in the late 18th century by Karlów’s mayor, Franz Pabel.
What actually sets the park landscape apart — amongst stone mazes and groves, also not possible to ignore — are the rock formations shaped like animals and humans, sculpted by Nature thousands of years ago. You can discover an “Elephant,” a “Monkey,” and a “Mammoth,” amongst several other folks.
When you lastly attain the summit of Szczeliniec Wielki, on the other hand, you will discover your self in a entirely distinct planet. At the top rated, there is the one of a kind B&B “Na Szczelińcu”, completed in 1845 in Tyrolean style, exactly where you can see all the Sudetes mountain variety.
Right after taking in all the splendor of the West view of “Table Mountains” in the Czech side, the way back may perhaps be completed in two distinct paths: either by going down the very same trail or via “Piekiełku,” which, in English, signifies “Hell.” And hear this assistance attentively: going back the very same trail would be an unforgivable sin. This path is packed with atmospheric mazes created out of stonewalls and huge slabs covered with moss, and the views are just breathtaking!
Preservation of this marvellous all-natural region that we contact Gory Stolowe National Park is paramount. Either by climbing up the highest spot of the Table Mountains or by exploring cosmopolitan Warsaw, going to Poland is normally an unforgettable practical experience.
Cover Photo: The Highest peak of Szczeliniec is a rock formation named “Fotel Pradziada or “Good Grandfathers Armchair”, which can be reached by metal stairs
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