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Pieniny National Park

Not without reason, the first national park in Poland was established in the Pieniny Mountains in 1932. These tiny but rocky mountains, hidden between the Gorce, Tatras and Beskids, have long attracted the attention with their picturesque character, highlighted by the checkerboard of tiny farmlands at their foot. Craggy, rocky peaks protrude here among forests and meadows. The most well-known ones are the characteristic Trzy Korony and Sokolica with the famous relic pine growing on it. Also the Apollo butterfly– must be mentioned among the natural treasures. This rare and beautiful butterfly has survived in Polish lands, mainly in the Pieniny Mountains, and its breeding by the Pieniny National Park contributed to it. The Park is also proud of the treasures of material culture in the form of the ruins of two medieval castles. The third, well-preserved castle stands right on its borders. Rafting down the Dunajec Gorge, which is also located within the borders of the PNP, is a tourist attraction on European scale.
Tourist trails:
Walking– 7 trails – 29.19 km (including 1.7 km available for persons with reduced mobility – 2 trails*)
Biking– bikes ale allowed on designated sections of hiking trails*
Skiing – ski traffic only on designated hiking trails and clearings*

Educational paths:
2 trails – 0.82 km

* More information on the website of the PNP

Our Logo

The logo of the Pieniny National Park symbolically presents a view of the Dunajec River Gorge and Trzy Korony which are very often visited by tourists (approx. 150 thousand tourists a year). The Trzy Korony Massif rises between the Szopka Pass in the west and the Pieniński Potok valley in the east. This part of the Pieniny has the most diverse landscape, is the most impressive and at the same time the most characteristic. Among numerous high rock walls and screes, you can find unique flora and fauna. It is one of the places most attractive to tourists in these mountains. From the observation platform on Okrąglica, the highest peak of Trzy Korony (982 m above sea level), descending onto Rówień by Dunajec with a 500-meter precipice, lays magnificent view of the Dunajec Gorge and the Park area, as well as the Tatra Mountains, Beskid Sądecki, Gorce, Beskid Żywiecki and the Spis Magura. In good weather conditions, the Babia Góra 63 km away can be seen.

What’s worth visiting?

The opening hours of individual places are subject to change. Please check the website for up-to-date information before visiting.
At the entrances to the Park in Czorsztyn (Majerz), Szczawnica, Sromowce Niżne and at the rafting marina in Sromowce Wyżne - Kąty.
Open from April to October.
Free entry.

ul. Jagiellońska 107B
Krościenko nad Dunajcem                                              
all year round, price list on the website

Trzy Korony
E20*24'51.2” N49*24'50.2”
all year round
fees from 20 April to 15 November

E20*26'25.6” N49*25'3.4”
all year round
fees from 20 April to 15 November
Castle in Czorsztyn
Czorsztyn, ul. Zamkowaa
all year round
price list on the website

Rafting on Dunajec (Dunajec River Gorge)
beginning: Sromowce Niżne or Wyżne
end: Krościenko or Szczawnica
from April to October
Droga Pienińska (Pieniny Path) (Dunajec Gorge)
E20*27'22.6” N49*25'6.8”
all year round

Trail to Trzy Korony

6.4 km
The trip begins at the Park’s exhibition pavilion in Sromowce Niżne, holding a small nature exhibition on the rock ecosystems of the Pieniny Mountains and the Apollo (also presenting a map of the Park and an ethnographic exhibition). It is from here that you have the best view of the entire Trzy Korony Massif. In the Sobczański Gorge, you will find numerous rock walls, peaks, screes and a huge number of diverse microhabitats. Plants growing here have adapted to very difficult conditions. A characteristic rock resembling a pile of hay is visible at the end of the gorge. Making a steep climb through the forest, we reach the Szopka Pass with the Pieniny meadow rich in species. Before reaching the summit, we pass meadows situated the highest in the Park (herbaceous meadows). From June to August, the unique Apollo butterfly can be observed among numerous butterflies. While stepping up to the Trzy Korony viewing gallery, we passby rocks covered with the richest rock flora of the Pieniny Mountains. From the top, there is a unique view of the entire horizon. We descend towards the north-east. We go through the Carpathian beech forest with patches of mountain sycamore. We pass numerous aged trees. At the foot, we come back to the yellow trail on which we started our journey.