Bieszczady Things to Do

  • Bieszczady in autumn
    Bieszczady in autumn
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    Hiking in the Bieszczady Mountains

    by eMGeographer Updated Dec 28, 2013

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    Eastern part of the Polish Bieszczady Mountains (with the Bieszczady National Park) is the most visited part. Nowadays, you can meet lots of day-trips enthusiasts on the trail. Most often they ascend Tarnica (the highest peak of Bieszczady), Mala Rawka and Wielka Rawka or Połonina Caryńska and Wetlińska. Popularity of the region has grown thanks to the increase of its accessibility - improvement and construction of new roads and the development of public transport. Nevertheless being in the Bieszczady Mountains, you can still find yourself "at the end of the world" ... simply choose the appropriate time and place.

    After the summer season Bieszczady become empty and life comes back to its normal slow rhythm. Hiking trails are traversed only by tranquility lovers who come here to contemplate nature… and life too. Shelters become a meeting place of people who share a true love for the mountains. But the one who is looking also for a peaceful summer in Bieszczady shall visit the western part of the mountains. Slightly lower but equally beautiful mountains do not attract so many tourists. One can safely say that still this is wild land.

    In general:
    - there are beautiful marked hiking trails
    - trails are easy and medium-hard
    - mountains are available during whole year
    - you shouldn't make light of the weather conditions - strong wind, freezing cold, rain, storms may surprise you even in those not very high mountains
    - you can buy maps in local shops, tourist information points, shelters

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    The Solina Lake

    by Skeptic-jr Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Solina Lake

    The huge artificial lake in the mountains (shore line - 150 km!), made by the Solina Dam. One big island inside and interesting places around. The lake is popular amongst sailors, anglers, water sports and fans of recreation on the water.

    In villages and small towns at the shore you can easy find a place for sleeping and rent a boat, canoe or what else. The most popular places are: Solina, Polanczyk, Myczkowce, Jawor, Chrewt and Rajskie.

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    A narrow-gauge train.

    by zaffaran Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Unfortunately it's no longer a choo-choo train like for instance Mocanita in Maramuresz(Romania) but it's a kind of local attraction. There are two possibilities-you may board in Przyslup and go to Cisna or Majdan, or from Majdan to Wola Michowa. I personally recommend this second option as the area is more interesting -up and down the mountains. However if you choose this option remember to plan your route back also by train, as Wola Michowa is quite distant and the bus operates there only maximum four times a day.
    The regular trains operate only in summer (till the end of September); three years ago we chose to rent a motor car (not hand!!!) instead of going by train which was a great idea!

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    Zorbing

    by zaffaran Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Of course people come to Bieszczady to hike in the mountains, see Orthodox churches or so. But if you like to feel this rush of adrenaline go to Czarna and on the slopes of the mountain called Zukow try zorbing or other extreme sports.

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    Cisna-Majdan: The Bieszczady Choo-Choo Train

    by Skeptic-jr Updated Aug 19, 2006

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    The Bieszczady Choo-choo train on the station in M

    Built in the end of 19th century and forgotten after communism's collaps in 1989, now is a famous tourist attraction in the region. To be honest its route is not so exciting, going mainly in the valleys and forests, but the journey could interesting, especially in the open carriages. Personally I think it is a best proposition for families with children and integrating/incentive trips for firms.

    At the moment (2006) the trains go almost during holidays (July-August), in other months there are only few of them. But plans are ambitious - the Foundations that runs the railway want to prepare new lines, more trains and connections not only for tourist, but also for local people (now the train is too slow for efective people transport between places).

    Everything what you could want to know about the choo-choo train - the routes, history, schedule, tickets' prices, gallery and what else - you can find on the official train's website. There is an English version of the page, too.

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    Chatka Puchatka

    by Skeptic-jr Written Aug 18, 2006

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    Chatka Puchatka refuge

    The shortest way to the Polonina is from saddle Wyznia (a few kilometers from the village of Wetlina; on the spot there is the parking place and bus-stop) to the refuge "Chatka Puchatka" (1228 m). The yellow route that is established there one can pass up to 1 hour.

    By the edge goes the main route of Bieszczady (color red). On the right (East) it leads to Berehy, next to Polonina Carynska and then to Ustrzygi Gorne, Tarnica (the highest mount in Polish Bieszczady - 1346 m) and Wolosate. On the left (West) one can go to village of Komancza, via peaks of Roh, Hnatowe Berdo, Smerek, Okraglik and the Cisna village.

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    Polonina Wetlinska

    by Skeptic-jr Written Aug 18, 2006

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    Hnatowe Berdo and Roh

    The mountain range in the south-eastern part of Poland, a part of Bieszczady Mountains, beautiful place and still one of the least exploited by man part of the Polish nature. Famous for its gorgeous landscapes and great scenic points.

    Like in the rest of Bieszczady there is no so called "upper regiel", the level of flora. There are only three of them: foot-hills (valleys), lower regiels and polonina (or alpine grass-lands, above 1150 m). The highest peak of Polonina Wetlinska is Roh (1255 m).

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    Ropica Gorne

    by lemkouk Updated Apr 26, 2006
    St Michael's, Ropica Gorne, Poland

    (Ukrainian: Ropycja Rus'ka) The Church of St. Michael the Archangel dates from 1819 and is in the Lemko style with bell tower, nave and sanctuary all attached and in line. A large interior gathering space surrounds the bell tower unlike many others. There is also a covered entry gate through the low, shigle protected fence. Note the shingled domes. This is the way traditional structures were built. Many tserkvas have metal covered domes, a more "modern" inovation. This tserkva was in the deanery of Horlytsi, now Gorlice.

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    Rizepedz

    by lemkouk Updated Apr 26, 2006
    St Nicholas, Rzepedz, Poland

    (Ukrainian: Repid') The church of St. Nicholas dates from 1826. It is of East Lemko Oslawa type with three log chambers. The three storey bell tower detached but in line. It has a stone fence and a traditional covered entrance gate. The iconostasis is also from 1826 but has polychrome walls from 1896. It has been used as a Roman Catholic kostel since 1949 but now is also used by an Orthodox parish.

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    Szczawne

    by lemkouk Updated Apr 26, 2006
    Dormition Tserkva, Szczawne, Poland

    (Ukrainian: Shchavnyk) Dormition of the Blessed Virgin Mary dates from 1888. It is a traditional East Lemko tserkva built of logs in three chambers. The three storey bell tower (1889) is separate, but in line with the three. The iconostasis is from 1888 and has figurative polychrome walls from 1925. It is not under the protection of the state as a valuable archicetural structure so materials here are not authentic. Crafstmanship has prevailed, however and the structure is in good usable and weather protected form.

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    Moczary

    by lemkouk Written Apr 25, 2006
    St. Nicholas, Moczary, Poland

    (Ukrainian: Mochary) This tserkva served a parish of 700 before the banishment. It was built in 1903 replacing an earlier structure and dedicated to St. Nicholas the Miracle Worker. It is in Boyko style of three two-storey chambers with a wide overhanging opasanya. Since 1951 it was used as a storage shed, but has been restored. It has a gatehouse of squared logs and has been fitted with a ramp to be accessible to the residents of the nearby home for the disabled.
    Looking up the valley across the road from St Nicholas, the Poland/Ukraine border is only 6km.

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    Hoszov

    by lemkouk Written Apr 25, 2006
    St. Nicholas, Hoszov, Poland

    (Ukrainian: Hoshiv) St. Nicholas the Miracle Worker was built in 1858 and is a tserkva in Hutsul style with three chambers and three storeys. It has a wide overhanging opasanya all the way around the structure. It is in a beautiful location on a hilltop and is prestly a Roman Catholic kostel.

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    Rownia

    by lemkouk Written Apr 25, 2006
    St Mary, Rownia, Poland
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    (Ukrainian: Rivnya) This is an early 18th century tserkva in Boyko style. Each of its three log chambers is square. There are two domes and a square roof, all in singles. The central changes from square to octagon then an octagonal dome. It was restored in 1975 and is presently a Roman Catholic kostel.

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    Komancza

    by lemkouk Written Apr 25, 2006
    Shingle Detail, St. Mary's, Koma'ncza, Poland
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    (Ukrainian: Komancha) Under the patronage of the Blessed Virgin Mary and erected in 1805. This tserkva has four log chambers in line with four domes. The bell tower is detached and in line. This is a state protected site. It has been used by an Orthodox community since 1963.

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    Turza'nsk

    by lemkouk Written Apr 25, 2006
    St. Michael's, Turza'nsk, Poland
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    (Ukrainian: Turyns'ke) This beautiful five-domed tserkva is dedicated under St. Michael the Archangel and dates from 1838. It is in cruciform plan with side arms placed closer to the altar chamber. It has a detached three-storey bell tower in line with the major three chambers. It once served a parish of 800, but is now an active Orthodox church again. It has wonderful interior polychromes of the protection of the Virgin, Christ in a peasant's home, angels and banners.

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