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Added by Villiana on 1 Sep 2013 12:51
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50 places you must see being in Poland (part 5)

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Bielsko-Biala is a small, but full of attractions city. It is located in the mountainside, surrounded by nature reserves and landscape parks. Worth seeing architectural monuments like Castle of the Dukes Sulkowski, Cathedral of St. Nicholas, neo-Renaissance town hall, a unique pan-European Railway and many monuments of Old Polish.
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Prądnik Valley

Dolina Prądnika

Prądnik Valley in the Ojców National Park is considered to be the most beautiful valley in the Kraków-Częstochowa Upland. Rock walls extend up to several hundred meters along both sides of Prądnik and cliffs change places the valley in canyon. There are also interesting caves and beautiful beech forests and sycamore forests growing on slopes drooping to the valley.
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The Small Pond

Mały Staw

Mały Staw (1,183 m (3,881 ft), Polish for The Small Pond) is a natural lake of glacial origin in the Krkonoše mountains in western Poland. It is situated in the Polish Karkonosze National Park at the bottom of the cirque, on the southern slope of the Smogornia mountain, 1 km south of Wielki Staw.

With its area of 2.8 hectares, it is the second biggest glacial lake in the whole range. Its depth reaches 7 m. The place is accessible from the Polish-Czech Friendship Trail and a blue marked short distance trail from Równia pod Śnieżką. A mountain hut Samotnia is situated on the north shore.

source: en.wikipedia.org
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Wigry National Park

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Połoniny Caryńska and Wetlińska

Bieszczady Mountains. Trips to Połoniny Wetlińska and Caryńska is meeting with a beautiful Bieszczady nature. Połonina Wetlińska is an excellent vantage point, it runs on several trails. Polonina Caryńska is characterized by wildness landscape. There are living among others bears, lynxes, wildcats, wolves.
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Churches of Peace in Jawor and Świdnica

Kościoły Pokoju w Jaworze i Świdnicy

Churches of Peace in Jawor and Świdnica in Silesia are the largest religious buildings in Europe timbered buildings. Though built of wood and clay, without the towers and bells, they amaze splendor interior.
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Kazimierz Dolny

Kazimierz Dolny is a small town located in the picturesque Lesser Poland The turn of the Vistula. There is among others beautiful square with a characteristic water well and magnificent mansions and interesting church St. John the Baptist and St. Bartholomew. More than market rises also Three Crosses Hill, which offers a magnificent view of the city and surrounding area.
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The Dunajec River Gorge

Przełom Dunajca

The Dunajec River Gorge runs through the Pieniny Mountains in the south of Poland and the north of Slovakia (as Dunajec is the border river between the two countries in the area). The gorge is characterized by some of the most interesting geological and geomorphological structures and area-specific natural ecosystems with little anthropogenic influence. It is featured on UNESCO's Tentative List of World Heritage Sites in Poland.

Dunajec Gorge is also one of the best-known tourist attractions in the Pieniny Mountains. Wooden canoe trips have been organized daily by Goral highlanders since the early 19th century — when their customers consisted mostly of guests of nearby Niedzica and Czorsztyn castles. The trip begins in the village of Sromowce Kąty, and ends in the resort town of Szczawnica, 18 km downstream. It takes about 2-3 hours. The second leg of the tour is only 5 km long. It begins in Szczawnica and ends in the town of Krościenko. The Gorge makes 7 loops in its length. The surrounding rock reaches 300 m in height almost all the way through.
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Rafting on the Dunajec toward the Trzy Korony massif visible in the background.

Photo from personal collection Marek27. Thank you for this picture.
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Colourful lakelets

Kolorowe jeziorka

Colourful lakelets is the name of three (sometimes four) artificial ponds formed in place of former mines at the slope of Wielka Kopa mountain (871 m) in Rudawy Janowickie, range in Sudetes Mountains, Poland. The biggest one and the eldest (1785) was named Hoffnung and now became the Purple lakelet. Names of the other mines were: Neues Glück (1793, presently Azure Lakelet), and Gustav Grube (1796; the Green Lakelet). These places were mined (from 1785 to 1925) for pyrite.

The lakelets have various surface elevation. The Purple lakelet (560 m) owes its colour to chemical composition of its banks and bottom which are abundant with iron compounds, mainly pyrite. The pond is filled with water solution of sulphuric acid (pH = 3). It is highly recommended to avoid any contact with the water for it might be dangerous. Below Purple Lakelet there is a smaller hollow which is at times filled with waters falling from the pond above – it is called Yellow Lakelet.

The colour of Azure Lakelet (635 m; also called: Blue or Emerald) water is connected with the presence of copper ions. Its water, besides its colour, is clean, thus during hot summer days there can be seen people bathing in it; water is usually quite cold here, though.

Green Lakelet (730 m; also called Black Pond), same as Azure Lakelet owes its colour to copper compounds. Depending on rainfall, it temporarily disappears.

source: en.wikipedia.org
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10 places in Poland, that are worth seeing.

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