Bieszczady Travel Guide

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Bieszczady Highlights

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     Delightful old-world communities. 

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     Difficult to get there... 

  • In a nutshell
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     The wildest area of Poland! 

Bieszczady Things to Do

  • Hiking in the Bieszczady Mountains

    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...

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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...

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  • A narrow-gauge train.

    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....

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  • Zorbing

    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...

    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...

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  • Chatka Puchatka

    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...

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  • Polonina Wetlinska

    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...

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  • Ropica Gorne

    (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....

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  • Rizepedz

    (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...

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  • Szczawne

    (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...

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  • Moczary

    (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...

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  • Hoszov

    (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

    (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

    (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

    (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...

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  • Pielgrzymka

    (Ukrainian: Perehrymka) This tserkva is dedicated under St. Michael the Archangel and dates from 1870. It is built in Lemko style with three chambers in line. Two ancient wooden crosses stand in front of this active Orthodox parish church.

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  • Horse-riding

    Horse-riding is a very popular pastime in Bieszczady- almost in every village you may find a place where there are horses to hire, there are also several places providing with accommodation and wide range of activities including either short rides or a few-day-long trips.Here are some of them:Przyslup: www.biesisko.plZubracze :...

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  • Hiking 2

    Although I hate being surrounded by crowds of people every time I am in Bieszczady I walk up Polonina Wetlinska. I have my favourite route which is steep and quite short up so I recommend it to you. The next thing I recommend is to get up very early to admire the views and silence. The route I always take starts from Brzegi (Berehy) Gorne and leads...

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Bieszczady Restaurants

  • A good place to eat in the evening

    We found this restaurant in the evening when after a long trip to the mountains we found ourselves in Wetlina -hungry and thirsty. As far as thirst is concerned I must admit that there were numerous places to drink beer but hardly any to eat something (it was about 8.30 pm). But finally -to our relief- we found that karczma and tried some dishes...

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  • Absolutely yummy home-made dishes

    Don't get misled by the humble appearance of this restaurant, but get inside and try their home-made food: everything what you'll try is not sophisticated but absolutely yummy! It's open from about 11 am till... That's the problem, because it's open until everything is eaten. It's a small restaurant so sometimes it closes at 5 pm, sometimes a bit...

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Bieszczady Transportation

  • Mini buses

    Fortunately the transportation in the Bieszczady mountains has improved recently and when you miss the bus it doesn't mean that you have to walk another 10 kilometres (as it used to be!) and there are many mini buses operating from/to popular tourist destinations. There's also no problem with hiring a mini bus. Some guesthouses (as Podkowiata in...

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  • PKP or PKS ?

    The Bieszczady mountains are situated in quite a distant part of Poland but they are easily accessible by train (PKP) or regular bus service (PKS) and of course they operate more frequently in high season (even from Gdansk ) to Sanok which is a town from where one should take another bus to the heart of the mountains.Buses operate from Warsaw to...

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Bieszczady Warnings and Dangers

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    by zaffaran Written Jan 14, 2006

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    If you don't travel by car, be careful and mind bus timetables. Although transport in places popular with tourists is quite reliable, if you miss the bus in some distant area , you may find yourself stranded. Don't cry then, but start walking towards your destination. If you are lucky somebody may stop and pick you up...

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Bieszczady Off The Beaten Path

  • Polonina Wetlinska

    Take a taxi/car from Ustrzyki Gorne (the village) to the Brzegi Gorne junction, and from there walk up Polonina Wetlinska - The walk normally takes about 1 1/4 hours, and provides some beautiful views of the surrounding valleys. At the top is the highest hostel in the Bieszczady mountains, where you can spend the night. If you're hiking in the...

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  • Road shrines and crosses.

    In many distant places in Bieszczady you may see shrines and crosses, sometimes the only remains of lively villages which used to be there in the past, sometimes completely new.

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  • Non-existant villages

    In Bieszczady it's not difficult to find yourself "off the beaten path" because if you step off the marked route you may find memories of past villages, places which many years ago used to be crowded with people- wild fruit trees or crosses somewhere on the meadowsSometimes people try to revitalise these places-like this one in Lopienka, where an...

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Bieszczady Sports & Outdoors

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    by zaffaran Written Jan 14, 2006

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    Bieszczady is a wonderful area to ride a horse in beautiful surroundings and there are many places offering this kind of spending time.The best known, I think, is Wolosate (7km from Ustrzyki Gorne) - in the end of nowhere where there is a big stud and all kinds of horse-riding activities are provided, and also accommodation.
    Another place is Latarnia Wagabundy in Michowa Wola (on the road from Komancza to Cisna)
    Some horses and beautiful surroundings far away from civilisation. Very basic accommodation available.

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Bieszczady Favorites

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    VIew from Carynska on Wetlinska

    by rolnik Written Oct 26, 2004

    Favorite thing: The most obvious reason for visiting Bieszczady is for having some rambling or hiking.
    These mountains are rather easy even for begginers. There are not many steep parts so you don't have to worry that you're nnot experienced enough.

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