SAFETY FIRST

In case of emergency call GOPR

———Górskie Ochotnicze Pogotowie Ratunkowe———

985 or +48 601 100 300

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This website uses a system of the icons intended to make searches more intuitive. The meaning of each symbol is been described below.

What season? Information about what season is the best to take the hike, cycling route or trip

Starting point: Description of the place where we suggest to start the hike, cycling route or trip.

Level of difficulty: Graphic illustration of the length and height of the hike, cycling route.

Please note, although the maps on this website may be considered useful to plan your trip, they are mainly for illustrative purposes as it reflects only approximate locations and distances. However, these are not the accurate maps to be used in the mountains. Every tourist should carry a map of hiking trail markers while trekking.

Food availability on the way: Contains a list of places which are on the way of your hike, cycling route or trip under the condition you follow the suggested tour.

Information for family with children below 3:

Under this section you may find information which should be taken into account while considering a trip with children under 3.

Admission fees:

Here you will find information about existing entry fees except the fees to the national park.

Watch the sample:

This icon means that we have a movie available about the hike/object described on this page.

Safety always goes first, therefore it is strongly recommended to read this section before the trip. It won’t cost much time, but may keep you away from troubles, injuries and even death.

Regulations of National Parks in Poland

Some Polish territories are treated as natural treasure and protected by law due to rare plants or animals. Such areas include in their names Park Narodowy (National Park), Park Krajobrazowy (Natural Landscape Park) etc

National Parks have their own set of regulations which have to be respected by tourists. The most important rules that should be remembered at all times:

⇒ Hiking is allowed only on the approved trails

⇒ Fireplaces can be made only in the designated and adapted spots

⇒ Smoking is allowed only in the approved spots

⇒ Noise is strictly prohibited

⇒ Feeding or approaching wild animals is strictly prohibited

⇒ Picking wild mushrooms, flowers and fruits is strictly prohibited

⇒ Littering is strictly prohibited

Breaching any of the above points is considered an offence and subject to fines.

In order to enter Polish National Parks, you need to pay an entrance fee. Usually, there is a wooden booth at the entrance which accepts cash only.

Admission fees:

Type of the ticket

Regular fee

Reduced fee*

One day – individual entry

5,00 zł

2,50 zł

One day – Group of people with the Sudety Guide

4,00 zł

2,00 zł

3days – individual entry

12,00 zł

6,00 zł

7days – individual entry

24,00 zł

12,00 zł

*Entitled to a reduced fee: pupils and students, retirees, pensioners, disabled, and active military. Free entry for children under 7 years old.

Accommodation in the mountains

To avoid unpleasant scenarios like being left without accommodation due to fully booked hostels, contact in advance. Bear in mind that some shelters do not accept card payments, therefore, it is advisable to always have cash. We strongly recommend and encourage contacting shelters up front and only come upon receiving room booking confirmation. It is a must especially for the holiday period and the weekends.

Hiking Trail Markers

The basic and the most popular markers for the hiking trails in entire Poland are rectangular and consist of three horizontal stripes. The top and the bottom stripes are white while the middle one shows the colour of the trail. There are 5 colours used in this system of markers: red, black, yellow, green and blue. The colour usage for routes is random and none of the colours represent a level of difficulty.

The basic hiking trail markers look as on the picture below:

Znaki piesze podstawowe 1

You may also come across of different variations:

Szlaki piesze rozne

⇒ An arrow should be interpreted as a direction of e.g. a red trail

⇒ Corner-like shapes inform about the turn of the trail, e.g. black going left

⇒ A circle with a coloured dot means the end of trail.

Closed trails in a winter time

During the winter, some paths are closed for hikers due to dangerous conditions caused by huge amounts of snow. In places where there is a risk of avalanche or where icing appears, e.g. over Śnieżne Kotły (Snowy Cirques) or Kocioł Małego i Dużego Stawu (the Cirque of Small and Large Tarn) there are specially designated winter trails. They can be easily recognized by long sticks every 10 metres along a path. The distance between the posts is reasonably short, because the dense fog which occurs in the area can reduce the visibility considerably. Check and double-check your map carefully if you are allowed to take a particular hike. Depending on the map a winter trail can be presented differently. We have chosen an example map published by Wydawnictwo Turystyczne Plan. The red trail along the edge of Śnieżne Kotły (Snowy Cirques) changes during winter time and goes on the southern side of Wielki Szyszak peak (Great Zischagge). A winter path on the map is marked as a line of little blue crosses.

Przykład Zimowego obejscia zmniejszone

List of trails closed during winter time

1. Blue trail – Droga Jubileuszowa (Jubilee Way) to the top of Śnieżka (Snowy Summit) from Dom Śląski (Silesian House shelter) to descent of the trail to Kowarski Grzbiet (Kowary Ridge).

2. Red trail – from Schronisko nad Łomniczką (Shelter by Łomniczka) through Kocioł Łomniczki (Łomniczka Cirque) to Dom Śląski (Silesian House shelter).

3. Yellow trail – from Strzecha Akademicka (Academic Thatch shelter) to black trail called Śląska Droga (Silesian Way) via Kocioł Białego Jaru (White Gorge Cirque).

4. Blue trail – from Domek Myśliwski (Hunting Lodge shelter) to Samotnia (Hermitage shelter).

5. Yellow trail – from Schronisko pod Łabskim Szczytem (Shelter under Laba Summit) up to Śnieżne Kotły (Snowy Cirques).

6. Green trail – from Schronisko pod Łabskim Szczytem (Shelter under Laba Summit) via Śnieżne Kotły (Snowy Circuses) to Rozdroże Pod Wielkim Szyszakiem (Crossing under Great Zischagge).

Before a winter hike you can also check a link to the Avalanche Bulletin published by Mountain Emergency Group (GOPR). These announcements can be a valuable asset.

In case of emergency call the emergency services known as GOPR – Górskie Ochotnicze Pogotowie Ratunkowe:

985 or +48 601 100 300

Safety tips recommended by GOPR:

Before going to the mountains:

⇒ Make sure you are in a good physical condition

⇒ Investigate the area you are going to

⇒ Plan the routes according to the abilities of all participants

⇒ Check the weather condition and forecast before the start

⇒ Lonely hikes can be dangerous, if possible do not go into the mountains by yourself

⇒ Be well equipped, always carry with you:

→ A Backpack

→ Footwear adjusted to weather conditions

→ Water and wind-proof clothes

→ Extra warm clothes

→ First aid kit

→ Food and beverages

→ Map and a compass

→ Flash-light

→ Mobile phone with the full battery and the saved emergency numbers

→ Hat and gloves during the wintertime

→ For more difficult trails during winter ice axe and crampons (appropriate training necessary)