Walking holidays in Poland

Walking holidays in Poland will please anyone fond of charming medieval cities, time-frozen timber-framed villages, and year-round outdoor pursuits. And where photo-worthy walks, hikes, and climbs are concerned, the Tatra Mountains are tough to beat.

Take on the Tatras

The impressive Tatra Mountains take centre stage on any Poland walking holiday – and they’re one challenge every walker wants to tick-off the list. The crowning glory of the Carpathian Mountain range rises to heights of up to 2,000 metres and over 300 peaks form a formidable – but beautiful – border with neighbouring Slovakia. You’ll have the chance to ascend the scenic Boznan Ridge via the rugged Karb Pass and Black Lake, climb the popular summit of Glewont, and take a cable car ride over the borderlands.

Tatra National Park is also a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, so you can expect walks that line-up sparkling glacial lakes and ancient woodland. There’s a slew of wildlife-spotting opportunities, too, given that the Tatra chamois, wild lynx, and Carpathian brown bear are just a few of the animals that call the park home.

Explore the Polish highlands

Zakopane is a year-round resort at the foot of the Tatras that provides well-established routes for every level of walker. There’s après ski fun and white-carpeted landscapes in winter, while summer serves up walks through wildflower-filled alpine meadows.

With this heritage-rich mountain town as a base you’ll have ample time to learn about the culture of Poland’s fiercely proud highland people, and a comfortable place to pull off your boots at night, ready to indulge in a Polish beer or two.

Walk-free days full of opportunities

Our holidays put you in easy reach of Poland’s oldest city and former capital, Krakow. Famed for having the largest medieval market square in Europe, it’s in day-tripping distance of Zakopane. Make your way to the UNESCO-listed Old Town to see the majestic Wawel Cathedral and the Royal Castle, before decamping to one of the square’s basement beer halls or roomy outdoor terraces for refreshments.

Thrill-seekers may feel their free day is better spent taking on the twists and turns of the Dunajec River during a white-water rafting experience. Or you can pay a moving visit to Auschwitz for a chilling insight into Poland’s WWII past.