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Whether you’re a budget traveller, an adventurous family or a fan of the great outdoors, camping in Poland is a terrific way to experience many of the country’s delights.
There are numerous campgrounds all across the country. Many campsites are in scenic locations too, near mountains, beaches, lakes and rivers. It’s also often fairly easy to find places to camp within easy reach of popular cities and towns.
1. Bieszczady Mountains
The Bieszczady Mountains are located in the southeastern part of Poland, close to the borders with Ukraine and Slovakia. One of Poland’s biggest national parks is also in the mountains: Bieszczady National Park.
Wildlife that roams the area includes bears, wolves and bison, as well as diverse bird and rodent species. Some creatures cannot be found in other parts of the country. There are many hiking routes to enjoy on your camping trip, with meadows filled with vibrant flowers.
2. Hel Peninsula
The Hel Peninsula is a great place from where to explore Poland’s Baltic coast. The narrow peninsula is the most northern point in Poland.
There are plentiful campsites to choose from along the coast, allowing access to the lovely sandy beaches. The beaches also offer surfing, kite surfing and windsurfing. The seal sanctuary is a top place to visit.
3. Masurian Lake District
The picturesque Masurian Lake District has more than 2,000 lakes, many of which are connected by rivers and canals. One of the most scenic places for camping in Poland, don’t forget your camera!
Campsites are scattered throughout the lake-side villages, and boating and cycling are popular activities. You’ll find remote and tranquil campgrounds as well as those that provide a range of facilities and amenities.
If you want to combine a city break with an urban camping adventure, Poznan could be ideal. Relax in the Maltese Baths alongside Malta Lake, where you will also find camping pitches that overlook the waters.
Visit the religious sites on the island of Ostrów Tumski. See the medieval buildings that surround Stary Rynek. Enjoy nature at Wielkopolska National Park.
Learn more in the city’s varied museums, including the Museum of Poznan Uprising 1956, the Museum of the History of Poznan and the Archaeological Museum.
5. Pieniny Mountains
The Pieniny Mountains are ideal for weekend camping in Poland. Activities include hiking, rafting, cycling and nature spotting.
Winters offer skiing and other snow adventures, though you probably won’t want to sleep under canvas in the colder months! Look for a campsite alongside the Dunajec River to really feel immersed in nature.
The famous pine tree which you can see on the picture above, a 500-year-old tree, a symbol of Pieniny National Park growing at the top of Sokolica was damaged during the rescue operation, which was carried out at the Sokolica summit by GOPR and TOPR rescuers.
During this rescue operation, due to the strong momentum of air created by the rotor of the helicopter, the crown of this pine got broken. I got rather upset by this information, but to cheer myself by getting some travel stickers with a picture of this pine to keep it on the top of my MacBook.
Gdansk, in the north of the country, is another great option for people who want to take a camping trip in the Baltic Sea area.
The beaches outside of the city have a good selection of campsites, though you are still close enough to the historic heart of the city to inject some culture into your trip.
Highlights of the large city include Long Lane, Artus Court, Uphagen House, the Great Mill and a variety of churches, museums, bridges and gates. Gdansk Zoo is perfect for families.
Other top spots for camping in Poland include the towering Tatra Mountains, the Beskidy Mountains, Drawsko Landscape Park and alongside the Obra River in Lubuskie.