Attractions in Szczawnica

Szczawnica is one of the most beautiful Polish mountain resorts. Its uniqueness is related to the location - on the west side charming recesses of the Pieniny on the eastern Beskid Sądecki with mysterious remains of the Carpathian Forest. Here, the Poprad Landscape Park meets the Pieniny National Park, protecting natural treasures of nature.
According to records from 1810, Szczawnica already hosted numerous patients thirsty for mineral waters known throughout Europe for their healing properties, mountain air and attractions offered by the Pieniński Highlanders.


Contemporary Szczawnica offers a wealth of attractions. Everyone will find something for himself. In spring and summer, the mountains invite to hiking and biking tours. Dunajec for rafting, rafting, kayaking. Winter is primarily winter sports: cross-country skis, ski slopes, sleigh rides in the White Water Reserve.

Dietla Square

By the inhabitants of the Pieniny called for years a small market square. It is here that we move to the 19th century and Szczawnica by Józef Szalay, the founder of the SPA. In the central place you will find illuminated fountain with cascades that makes an impression on tourists. Above Dietla Square we can admire the villas, which are a reference to the hikes of the founder of Szczawnica in the most popular resorts of contemporary Europe – Bavaria, the Alps or Greece. The richness of architecture combined with Count Adam Stadnicki’s Upper Park creates an enclave of hiking among tourists.

Walking routes

Szczawnica also attracts mountain hiking enthusiasts in winter. It is worth going for a walk in the direction of Czerwony Klasztor, Leśnica in Slovakia or along Grajcarek. The White Water Reserve is also an ideal place. These are ideal places not only for reasons of less demanding routes, but above all a unique microclimate that has a beneficial effect on the body.

Trail in tree crowns Bachledka in the Tatras – Slovakia

Only 40 km from Szczawnica is one of the biggest attractions of Slovakia – a viewing platform in the crown of trees with a beautiful view of the Belianske Tatras. For tourists who want to move in the heart of Pieniny forests there is a pavement of 1234 meters, which is located at 32 meters in height. The lookout trail also has corners for adrenaline seekers, where here is a network of panoramic terraces or descending around the lookout platform. Additionally, educational paths and a bobsleigh track have been prepared for visitors.

40 km from Szczawnica
Promenade over the Grajcarek

Szczawnica Promenade is one of the longest attractions of this type in Poland. Walking along Grajcarek is a great opportunity to take advantage of the unique microclimate. The route starts at the lower station of the railway to Palenica and runs as far as the pedestrian and bicycle route to Slovakia – along the Dunajec River. During the walk you will come across numerous benches, viewing terraces, numerous bridges and flower decorations.

Mineral waters

Szczawnica SPA has as many as 12 mineral springs. These are bicarbonate, sodium, iodine and bromide waters rich in mineral salts and numerous microelements. They are recommended for use in diseases of the respiratory tract, gastritis, constipation, urinary tract infections, arteriosclerosis, high cholesterol level and osteoporosis.

“Helena” Water – indicated for gastric and duodenal ulcer diseases
- “Pitoniakówka” Water – recommended for diseases of the digestive system
- “Wanda” Water – recommended in case of gout and allergies
- “Szymon” Water – recommended especially in case of anaemia
- “Magdalena” Water – recommended for diseases of the biliary tract and constipation
- “Jan” Water – recommended for respiratory tract diseases and stomach hyperacidity
- “Józefina” Water – recommended in case of sore throat and rhinitis, inflammation,
asthma, lung emphysema, urinary tract disease and obesity
- “Stefan” Water – especially recommended for respiratory tract diseases

Krościenko over Dunajec

This picturesquely is located village on the Dunajec River, surrounded by the unique nature of Pieniny Mountains and Gorce Mountains. It is a perfect place for mountain hiking, walking, cycling, and horse riding, canoeing and fishing. Krościenko’s natural treasure is the mineral springs in Zawodzie. The waters named Stefan, Michalina and Maria are helpful in the treatment of respiratory, lung and digestive system diseases.

3,6 km 6 minutes by car http://kroscienko-nad-dunajcem.pl/
Grywałd

It is one of the largest villages being a part of Krościenko over Dunajec commune. Picturesquely located in the Gorce band at the foot of Lubania; the most valuable monument of this mountain village is the well-preserved wooden church of St. Martin, built at the turn of the 15th and 16th century. This building is a real gem of architecture. The church is an example of the Gothic Gothic log construction in Podhale.

8,4 km 11 minutes by car
Niedzica

Niedzica is a popular, large holiday village at the foot of Spiskie Pieniny, not far from Czorsztyn, located on the huge Czorsztyn Reservoir. The main tourist attraction of Niedzica the beautiful Dunajec castle from the 14th century, which has been attracting tourists for years. This fortress is beautifully located by the lakes – Czorsztyńskie and Sromowieckie. The castle can be visited all year round. While in Niedzica it is also worth seeing St. Bartłomiej Church – a temple dating back to the 14th century, containing valuable historical equipment.

18,1 km 22 minutes by car
Czorsztyn

Czorsztyn is a picturesque village located on the Sromowieckie and Czorsztyńskie Lake. The biggest attraction of this village is the Castle Mountain and ruins of a 14th-century castle, dating back to the times of Kazimierz Wielki. These ruins are open to the public. Additionally, there are gondolas prepared for tourists, thanks to which you can sail to Niedzica.

12 km 13 minutes by car
Stary Sącz

Stary Sącz is such a unique city mainly due to its location. It lies in the fork of two most beautiful mountain rivers (the Dunajec River and Poprad River). The city is located in the “embrace” of Beskid Sądecki. Stary Sącz is considered to be one of the oldest cities in Poland, as it was granted city rights as early as in the 13th century. Being in Stary Sącz, it is worth seeing the medieval buildings of this town, the Pope’s monastery and the Papal Altar.

38,1 km 35 minutes by car
Sokolica

The peak of this mountain reaches 747 m above sea level. It is known for the relict pine growing on it. The name itself is derived from the fact of nesting falcons on it. The peak is a great viewpoint on the Dunajec Gorge, Central Pieniny, Little Pieniny, Spiska Magura, Bielskie Tatry and High Tatras.

Three Crowns

Three Crowns, next to Sokolica, the most spectacular peak in the Pieniny Mountains; the rock crown is formed by five gable-turns. The highest of them is Okrąglica, 983 m above sea level. From the top of this mountain massif there is a panorama of the Dunajec valley, Beskid Sądecki, Gorce and the Tatra Mountains.

Czerteż and Czertezik

Czertezik is a peak 772 m above sea level located in the Pieniny Właściwe. It is adjacent to Sokolica (from the southeast) and Czerteż (from the west). Czerteż can boast the title of the highest peak Pieninek. On the slopes of Czertezik you can find a small cave about 6 m long. The first trail to the region of Czertezik was marked already in 1906; from the top you can admire a nice view of the central part of Dunajec Gorge.

Wysoka

Wysoka is the highest elevation of Pieniny Mountains. It is 1050 m above sea level and lies in the Little Pieniny Mountains on the Polish-Slovakian border. The peak is included in the Crown of the Polish Mountains. From Wysoka in good weather we can see: the Tatra Mountains, Beskid Sądecki, Gorce, Lewockie Mountains, Czerchowskie Mountains, Magure Spiską Mountains and the Pieniny Mountains. Babia Góra and Pilsko are also well visible.

White Water Reserve

The White Water nature reserve is another interesting place in the Pieniny Mountains. It was created to protect the remains of Łemko village, as well as unusual rock formations, flora and fauna, and elements of inanimate nature, such as cascades of the stream with numerous boulders. It is an ideal place for walks as well as cycling and horse riding.

11,4 km 25 minutes by car
Durbaszka

The peak between the Polish-Slovak borders is located in the Little Pieniny Mountains, in the High range. From the top there is a beautiful panorama of Beskid Sądecki, more precisely the Radziejowa range, Pieniny Właściwe and Tatry.

Homole Gorge

Homole Gorge is one of the most wonderful places in the Little Pieniny. In 1963 a nature reserve was established here, which covers about 40 ha. It is a Kamionka Valley forming a ravine with fantastic, very high limestone formations. The combination of rocks and cascading stream flowing through the gorge gives this place a special charm.

8,1 km 11 minutes by car
Droga Pienińska (Pieniny Road)

It is one of the most beautiful trails in the Pieniny Mountains. The road leads along the right bank of Dunajec River and is an alternative to rafting, because hiking through it you can admire all the most beautiful corners of the Pieniny. The Pieniny Road is 10 km long and is closed for motor vehicles. There is a red trail from Szczawnica to Czerwony Klasztor (2.5 hours in one direction) and other hiking and biking trails.

Zaskalnik Waterfall

Zaskalnik Waterfall is located in Szczawnica outside the tourist trails of the Pieniny and Beskid Sądecki. It can be found in Szczawnicki near the Sewerynówka hamlet at the foot of Wysoka in the Poprad Landscape Park. It formed in the lower run of Sopotnicki Potok and is as much as 5 meters long.

6,1 km 10 minutes by car
Czorsztyńskie Lake

Czorsztyńskie Lake is an artificial reservoir that spills over to the Pieniny, between Niedzica and Czorsztyn. The area around the lake is so picturesque that it is a favorite stopping place for tourists heading for the Pieniny. From the Czorsztyńskie Lake there is a view of the Pieniny, Podhale, as well as an unearthly view of Tatra Mountains. In summer, cruise ships run on the lake waters, which allow tourists to easily move between the castles standing on the shores of lake.

15,7 km 17 minutes by car
Palenica

The lower station is located in the centre of Szczawnica, by the Grajcarek stream. It is possible to get to the top with 4-person seats of Doppelmayra railway. It is open all year round, there are numerous restaurants and ski rentals nearby. The TatrySki pass is accepted, which includes 9 ski resorts in Poland and Slovakia.

2,4 km 3 minutes by car http://www.pkl.pl/palenica/palenica.html (+48) 22 444 66 66
Czorsztyn Ski

Czorsztyn-Ski station is located in Kluszkowce. For skiers there are four ski slopes, which are artificially snowed and illuminated. In addition, there is a cross-country trail around the Wdżar Mountain. In the resort there is a ski school, sports equipment rental and a restaurant. There is a small zoo with ostriches, sheep, goat and pony for the youngest visitors.

15,2 km 18 minutes by car http://www.czorsztyn-ski.com.pl/ (+48) 18 26 50 222
Rafting down the Dunajec River

Tradition of rafting took place already at the beginning of the 19th century. Today, rafting down the Dunajec River is one of the main tourist attractions of Pieniny Mountains. From 1 April to 31 October you can admire the beauty of Pieniny from a rafting boat. This is the best way to visit the Pieniny National Park. The Dunajec River excavated a gorge called the Dunajec Gorge in the limestone rocks. During the rafting rafters tell about the Pieniny Mountains, quoting legends about Janosik and showing the most interesting places on the route.

15,2 km 18 minutes by car http://flisacy.pl/ (+48) 18 262 97 21
Rafting and canoeing on the Dunajec River

In the upper run from Niedzica to Nowy Sącz, the Dunajec River flows through the range of the Pieniny Mountains and the Western Beskid Mountains. In this section the river has a character of Mountain River with numerous small rapids and small faults. The adventure on Dunajec River is intended for both advanced and novice participants. Children can also take part in it. Cold water, mountain air and the beauty of Pieniny landscape will make you forget about the stress of everyday life.

Horseback riding

The Beskid Sądecki and Pieniny Mountains are rich in infrastructure of horse riding trails. Beginners can take advantage of professional lessons given by instructors. For experienced jockeys there are mountain horse trails, multi-day rallies or sports competitions. Riding in winter will also provide an unforgettable experience.

9,0 km 14 minutes by car
Mountain climbing

Wdżar Mountain (Kluszkowce) is built of Carpathian flysch and anezite. In the “Snozka” quarry 14 climbing routes have been opened, the difficulties of which oscillate from: III+ to VII+. All roads are equipped with fixed safety points (spits, rings); some of them have a downhill chain. Climbing can also end with going out onto the path and downhill from the tree or downhill to the base of wall by a comfortable path.

12,5 km 13 minutes by car http://www.czorsztyn-ski.com.pl/atrakcje_letnie/kamieniolom
By bicycle in the Pieniny Mountains

Pieniny is an ideal place for all lovers of cycling – both professional and amateur. It is a great way to visit all the attractions located in the area. It is worth trying your hand at the local cycling routes leading through steep slopes and picturesque meadows and forests. One of the most scenic routes leads along the 35 km long Krosno loop. The route begins and ends in Krościenko over Dunajec. From the market square the route leads in a direction of Szczawnica. After crossing the bike and pedestrian border crossing with Slovakia, you have to get to the Pienińska Road, which leads through the Dunajec Gorge, to the village of Czerwony

Promenade over the Grajcarek

Szczawnica Promenade is one of the longest attractions of this type in Poland. Walking along Grajcarek is a great opportunity to take advantage of the unique microclimate. The route starts at the lower station of the railway to Palenica and runs as far as the pedestrian and bicycle route to Slovakia – along the Dunajec River. During the walk you will come across numerous benches, viewing terraces, numerous bridges and flower decorations.

Mineral waters

Szczawnica SPA has as many as 12 mineral springs. These are bicarbonate, sodium, iodine and bromide waters rich in mineral salts and numerous microelements. They are recommended for use in diseases of the respiratory tract, gastritis, constipation, urinary tract infections, arteriosclerosis, high cholesterol level and osteoporosis.

- Helena Water – indicated for gastric and duodenal ulcer diseases
- “Pitoniakówka” Water – recommended for diseases of the digestive system
- “Wanda” Water – recommended in case of gout and allergies
- “Szymon” Water – recommended especially in case of anaemia
- “Magdalena” Water – recommended for diseases of the biliary tract and constipation
- “Jan” Water – recommended for respiratory tract diseases and stomach hyperacidity
- “Józefina” Water – recommended in case of sore throat and rhinitis, inflammation,
asthma, lung emphysema, urinary tract disease and obesity
- “Stefan” Water – especially recommended for respiratory tract diseases

Dietla Square

By the inhabitants of the Pieniny called for years a small market square. It is here that we move to the 19th century and Szczawnica by Józef Szalay, the founder of the SPA. In the central place you will find illuminated fountain with cascades that makes an impression on tourists. Above Dietla Square we can admire the villas, which are a reference to the hikes of the founder of Szczawnica in the most popular resorts of contemporary Europe – Bavaria, the Alps or Greece. The richness of architecture combined with Count Adam Stadnicki’s Upper Park creates an enclave of hiking among tourists.

Grywałd

It is one of the largest villages being a part of Krościenko over Dunajec commune. Picturesquely located in the Gorce band at the foot of Lubania; the most valuable monument of this mountain village is the well-preserved wooden church of St. Martin, built at the turn of the 15th and 16th century. This building is a real gem of architecture. The church is an example of the Gothic Gothic log construction in Podhale.

8,4 km 11 minutes by car
Stary Sącz

Stary Sącz is such a unique city mainly due to its location. It lies in the fork of two most beautiful mountain rivers (the Dunajec River and Poprad River). The city is located in the “embrace” of Beskid Sądecki. Stary Sącz is considered to be one of the oldest cities in Poland, as it was granted city rights as early as in the 13th century. Being in Stary Sącz, it is worth seeing the medieval buildings of this town, the Pope’s monastery and the Papal Altar.

38,1 km 35 minutes by car
Wysoka

Wysoka is the highest elevation of Pieniny Mountains. It is 1050 m above sea level and lies in the Little Pieniny Mountains on the Polish-Slovakian border. The peak is included in the Crown of the Polish Mountains. From Wysoka in good weather we can see: the Tatra Mountains, Beskid Sądecki, Gorce, Lewockie Mountains, Czerchowskie Mountains, Magure Spiską Mountains and the Pieniny Mountains. Babia Góra and Pilsko are also well visible.

Trail in tree crowns Bachledka in the Tatras – Slovakia

Only 40 km from Szczawnica is one of the biggest attractions of Slovakia – a viewing platform in the crown of trees with a beautiful view of the Belianske Tatras. For tourists who want to move in the heart of Pieniny forests there is a pavement of 1234 meters, which is located at 32 meters in height. The lookout trail also has corners for adrenaline seekers, where here is a network of panoramic terraces or descending around the lookout platform. Additionally, educational paths and a bobsleigh track have been prepared for visitors.

40 km from Szczawnica
Krościenko over Dunajec

This picturesquely is located village on the Dunajec River, surrounded by the unique nature of Pieniny Mountains and Gorce Mountains. It is a perfect place for mountain hiking, walking, cycling, and horse riding, canoeing and fishing. Krościenko’s natural treasure is the mineral springs in Zawodzie. The waters named Stefan, Michalina and Maria are helpful in the treatment of respiratory, lung and digestive system diseases.

3,6 km 6 minutes by car http://kroscienko-nad-dunajcem.pl/
Niedzica

Niedzica is a popular, large holiday village at the foot of Spiskie Pieniny, not far from Czorsztyn, located on the huge Czorsztyn Reservoir. The main tourist attraction of Niedzica the beautiful Dunajec castle from the 14th century, which has been attracting tourists for years. This fortress is beautifully located by the lakes – Czorsztyńskie and Sromowieckie. The castle can be visited all year round. While in Niedzica it is also worth seeing St. Bartłomiej Church – a temple dating back to the 14th century, containing valuable historical equipment.

18,1 km 22 minutes by car
Czorsztyn

Czorsztyn is a picturesque village located on the Sromowieckie and Czorsztyńskie Lake. The biggest attraction of this village is the Castle Mountain and ruins of a 14th-century castle, dating back to the times of Kazimierz Wielki. These ruins are open to the public. Additionally, there are gondolas prepared for tourists, thanks to which you can sail to Niedzica.

12 km 13 minutes by car
Sokolica

The peak of this mountain reaches 747 m above sea level. It is known for the relict pine growing on it. The name itself is derived from the fact of nesting falcons on it. The peak is a great viewpoint on the Dunajec Gorge, Central Pieniny, Little Pieniny, Spiska Magura, Bielskie Tatry and High Tatras.

Three Crowns

Three Crowns, next to Sokolica, the most spectacular peak in the Pieniny Mountains; the rock crown is formed by five gable-turns. The highest of them is Okrąglica, 983 m above sea level. From the top of this mountain massif there is a panorama of the Dunajec valley, Beskid Sądecki, Gorce and the Tatra Mountains.

Czerteż and Czertezik

Czertezik is a peak 772 m above sea level located in the Pieniny Właściwe. It is adjacent to Sokolica (from the southeast) and Czerteż (from the west). Czerteż can boast the title of the highest peak Pieninek. On the slopes of Czertezik you can find a small cave about 6 m long. The first trail to the region of Czertezik was marked already in 1906; from the top you can admire a nice view of the central part of Dunajec Gorge.

White Water Reserve

The White Water nature reserve is another interesting place in the Pieniny Mountains. It was created to protect the remains of Łemko village, as well as unusual rock formations, flora and fauna, and elements of inanimate nature, such as cascades of the stream with numerous boulders. It is an ideal place for walks as well as cycling and horse riding.

11,4 km 25 minutes by car
Durbaszka

The peak between the Polish-Slovak borders is located in the Little Pieniny Mountains, in the High range. From the top there is a beautiful panorama of Beskid Sądecki, more precisely the Radziejowa range, Pieniny Właściwe and Tatry.

Homole Gorge

Homole Gorge is one of the most wonderful places in the Little Pieniny. In 1963 a nature reserve was established here, which covers about 40 ha. It is a Kamionka Valley forming a ravine with fantastic, very high limestone formations. The combination of rocks and cascading stream flowing through the gorge gives this place a special charm.

8,1 km 11 minutes by car
Droga Pienińska (Pieniny Road)

It is one of the most beautiful trails in the Pieniny Mountains. The road leads along the right bank of Dunajec River and is an alternative to rafting, because hiking through it you can admire all the most beautiful corners of the Pieniny. The Pieniny Road is 10 km long and is closed for motor vehicles. There is a red trail from Szczawnica to Czerwony Klasztor (2.5 hours in one direction) and other hiking and biking trails.

Zaskalnik Waterfall

Zaskalnik Waterfall is located in Szczawnica outside the tourist trails of the Pieniny and Beskid Sądecki. It can be found in Szczawnicki near the Sewerynówka hamlet at the foot of Wysoka in the Poprad Landscape Park. It formed in the lower run of Sopotnicki Potok and is as much as 5 meters long.

6,1 km 10 minutes by car
Czorsztyńskie Lake

Czorsztyńskie Lake is an artificial reservoir that spills over to the Pieniny, between Niedzica and Czorsztyn. The area around the lake is so picturesque that it is a favorite stopping place for tourists heading for the Pieniny. From the Czorsztyńskie Lake there is a view of the Pieniny, Podhale, as well as an unearthly view of Tatra Mountains. In summer, cruise ships run on the lake waters, which allow tourists to easily move between the castles standing on the shores of lake.

15,7 km 17 minutes by car
Palenica

The lower station is located in the centre of Szczawnica, by the Grajcarek stream. It is possible to get to the top with 4-person seats of Doppelmayra railway. It is open all year round, there are numerous restaurants and ski rentals nearby. The TatrySki pass is accepted, which includes 9 ski resorts in Poland and Slovakia.

2,4 km 3 minutes by car http://www.pkl.pl/palenica/palenica.html (+48) 22 444 66 66
Rafting down the Dunajec River

Tradition of rafting took place already at the beginning of the 19th century. Today, rafting down the Dunajec River is one of the main tourist attractions of Pieniny Mountains. From 1 April to 31 October you can admire the beauty of Pieniny from a rafting boat. This is the best way to visit the Pieniny National Park. The Dunajec River excavated a gorge called the Dunajec Gorge in the limestone rocks. During the rafting rafters tell about the Pieniny Mountains, quoting legends about Janosik and showing the most interesting places on the route.

15,2 km 18 minutes by car http://flisacy.pl/ (+48) 18 262 97 21
Rafting and canoeing on the Dunajec River

In the upper run from Niedzica to Nowy Sącz, the Dunajec River flows through the range of the Pieniny Mountains and the Western Beskid Mountains. In this section the river has a character of Mountain River with numerous small rapids and small faults. The adventure on Dunajec River is intended for both advanced and novice participants. Children can also take part in it. Cold water, mountain air and the beauty of Pieniny landscape will make you forget about the stress of everyday life.

Horseback riding

The Beskid Sądecki and Pieniny Mountains are rich in infrastructure of horse riding trails. Beginners can take advantage of professional lessons given by instructors. For experienced jockeys there are mountain horse trails, multi-day rallies or sports competitions. Riding in winter will also provide an unforgettable experience.

9,0 km 14 minutes by car
Mountain climbing

Wdżar Mountain (Kluszkowce) is built of Carpathian flysch and anezite. In the “Snozka” quarry 14 climbing routes have been opened, the difficulties of which oscillate from: III+ to VII+. All roads are equipped with fixed safety points (spits, rings); some of them have a downhill chain. Climbing can also end with going out onto the path and downhill from the tree or downhill to the base of wall by a comfortable path.

12,5 km 13 minutes by car http://www.czorsztyn-ski.com.pl/atrakcje_letnie/kamieniolom
By bicycle in the Pieniny Mountains

Pieniny is an ideal place for all lovers of cycling – both professional and amateur. It is a great way to visit all the attractions located in the area. It is worth trying your hand at the local cycling routes leading through steep slopes and picturesque meadows and forests. One of the most scenic routes leads along the 35 km long Krosno loop. The route begins and ends in Krościenko over Dunajec. From the market square the route leads in a direction of Szczawnica. After crossing the bike and pedestrian border crossing with Slovakia, you have to get to the Pienińska Road, which leads through the Dunajec Gorge, to the village of Czerwony

Walking routes

Szczawnica also attracts mountain hiking enthusiasts in winter. It is worth going for a walk in the direction of Czerwony Klasztor, Leśnica in Slovakia or along Grajcarek. The White Water Reserve is also an ideal place. These are ideal places not only for reasons of less demanding routes, but above all a unique microclimate that has a beneficial effect on the body.

Dietla Square

By the inhabitants of the Pieniny called for years a small market square. It is here that we move to the 19th century and Szczawnica by Józef Szalay, the founder of the SPA. In thecentral place you will find illuminated fountain with cascades that makes an impression on tourists. Above Dietla Square we can admire the villas, which are a reference to the hikes of the founder of Szczawnica in the most popular resorts of contemporary Europe – Bavaria, the Alps or Greece. The richness of architecture combined with Count Adam Stadnicki’s Upper Park creates an enclave of hiking among tourists.

Grywałd

It is one of the largest villages being a part of Krościenko over Dunajec commune. Picturesquely located in the Gorce band at the foot of Lubania; the most valuable monument of this mountain village is the well-preserved wooden church of St. Martin, built at the turn of the 15th and 16th century. This building is a real gem of architecture. The church is an example of the Gothic Gothic log construction in Podhale.

8,4 km 11 minutes by car
Promenade over the Grajcarek

Szczawnica Promenade is one of the longest attractions of this type in Poland. Walking along Grajcarek is a great opportunity to take advantage of the unique microclimate. The route starts at the lower station of the railway to Palenica and runs as far as the pedestrian and bicycle route to Slovakia – along the Dunajec River. During the walk you will come across numerous benches, viewing terraces, numerous bridges and flower decorations.

Mineral waters

Szczawnica SPA has as many as 12 mineral springs. These are bicarbonate, sodium, iodine and bromide waters rich in mineral salts and numerous microelements. They are recommended for use in diseases of the respiratory tract, gastritis, constipation, urinary tract infections, arteriosclerosis, high cholesterol level and osteoporosis.

- Helena Water – indicated for gastric and duodenal ulcer diseases
- “Pitoniakówka” Water – recommended for diseases of the digestive system
- “Wanda” Water – recommended in case of gout and allergies
- “Szymon” Water – recommended especially in case of anaemia
- “Magdalena” Water – recommended for diseases of the biliary tract and constipation
- “Jan” Water – recommended for respiratory tract diseases and stomach hyperacidity
- “Józefina” Water – recommended in case of sore throat and rhinitis, inflammation,
asthma, lung emphysema, urinary tract disease and obesity
- “Stefan” Water – especially recommended for respiratory tract diseases

Walking routes

Szczawnica also attracts mountain hiking enthusiasts in winter. It is worth going for a walk in the direction of Czerwony Klasztor, Leśnica in Slovakia or along Grajcarek. The White Water Reserve is also an ideal place. These are ideal places not only for reasons of less demanding routes, but above all a unique microclimate that has a beneficial effect on the body.

Krościenko over Dunajec

This picturesquely is located village on the Dunajec River, surrounded by the unique nature of Pieniny Mountains and Gorce Mountains. It is a perfect place for mountain hiking, walking, cycling, and horse riding, canoeing and fishing. Krościenko’s natural treasure is the mineral springs in Zawodzie. The waters named Stefan, Michalina and Maria are helpful in the treatment of respiratory, lung and digestive system diseases.

3,6 km 6 minutes by car http://kroscienko-nad-dunajcem.pl/
Niedzica

Niedzica is a popular, large holiday village at the foot of Spiskie Pieniny, not far from Czorsztyn, located on the huge Czorsztyn Reservoir. The main tourist attraction of Niedzica the beautiful Dunajec castle from the 14th century, which has been attracting tourists for years. This fortress is beautifully located by the lakes – Czorsztyńskie and Sromowieckie. The castle can be visited all year round. While in Niedzica it is also worth seeing St. Bartłomiej Church – a temple dating back to the 14th century, containing valuable historical equipment.

18,1 km 22 minutes by car
Czorsztyn

Czorsztyn is a picturesque village located on the Sromowieckie and Czorsztyńskie Lake. The biggest attraction of this village is the Castle Mountain and ruins of a 14th-century castle, dating back to the times of Kazimierz Wielki. These ruins are open to the public. Additionally, there are gondolas prepared for tourists, thanks to which you can sail to Niedzica.

12 km 13 minutes by car
Stary Sącz

Stary Sącz is such a unique city mainly due to its location. It lies in the fork of two most beautiful mountain rivers (the Dunajec River and Poprad River). The city is located in the “embrace” of Beskid Sądecki. Stary Sącz is considered to be one of the oldest cities in Poland, as it was granted city rights as early as in the 13th century. Being in Stary Sącz, it is worth seeing the medieval buildings of this town, the Pope’s monastery and the Papal Altar.

38,1 km 35 minutes by car
White Water Reserve

The White Water nature reserve is another interesting place in the Pieniny Mountains. It was created to protect the remains of Łemko village, as well as unusual rock formations, flora and fauna, and elements of inanimate nature, such as cascades of the stream with numerous boulders. It is an ideal place for walks as well as cycling and horse riding.

11,4 km 25 minutes by car
Zaskalnik Waterfall

Zaskalnik Waterfall is located in Szczawnica outside the tourist trails of the Pieniny and Beskid Sądecki. It can be found in Szczawnicki near the Sewerynówka hamlet at the foot of Wysoka in the Poprad Landscape Park. It formed in the lower run of Sopotnicki Potok and is as much as 5 meters long.

6,1 km 10 minutes by car
Palenica

The lower station is located in the centre of Szczawnica, by the Grajcarek stream. It is possible to get to the top with 4-person seats of Doppelmayra railway. It is open all year round, there are numerous restaurants and ski rentals nearby. The TatrySki pass is accepted, which includes 9 ski resorts in Poland and Slovakia.

2,4 km 3 minutes by car http://www.pkl.pl/palenica/palenica.html (+48) 22 444 66 66
Czorsztyn Ski

Czorsztyn-Ski station is located in Kluszkowce. For skiers there are four ski slopes, which are artificially snowed and illuminated. In addition, there is a cross-country trail around the Wdżar Mountain. In the resort there is a ski school, sports equipment rental and a restaurant. There is a small zoo with ostriches, sheep, goat and pony for the youngest visitors.

15,2 km 18 minutes by car http://www.czorsztyn-ski.com.pl/ (+48) 18 26 50 222
Ski resort Jaworki - Homole

For tourists who want to go in the Pieniny Mountains we also recommend the ski resort Jaworki – Homole. For winter madness enthusiasts there is a double ski lift and several ski slopes of different lengths and difficulty level

9,1 km 14 minutes by car http://arenanarciarska.pl/ (+48) 609 306 502
Dietla Square

By the inhabitants of the Pieniny called for years a small market square. It is here that we move to the 19th century and Szczawnica by Józef Szalay, the founder of the SPA. In the central place you will find illuminated fountain with cascades that makes an impression on tourists. Above Dietla Square we can admire the villas, which are a reference to the hikes of the founder of Szczawnica in the most popular resorts of contemporary Europe – Bavaria, the Alps or Greece. The richness of architecture combined with Count Adam Stadnicki’s Upper Park creates an enclave of hiking among tourists.

Grywałd

It is one of the largest villages being a part of Krościenko over Dunajec commune. Picturesquely located in the Gorce band at the foot of Lubania; the most valuable monument of this mountain village is the well-preserved wooden church of St. Martin, built at the turn of the 15th and 16th century. This building is a real gem of architecture. The church is an example of the Gothic Gothic log construction in Podhale.

8,4 km 11 minutes by car
Promenade over the Grajcarek

Szczawnica Promenade is one of the longest attractions of this type in Poland. Walking along Grajcarek is a great opportunity to take advantage of the unique microclimate. The route starts at the lower station of the railway to Palenica and runs as far as the pedestrian and bicycle route to Slovakia – along the Dunajec River. During the walk you will come across numerous benches, viewing terraces, numerous bridges and flower decorations.

Mineral waters

Szczawnica SPA has as many as 12 mineral springs. These are bicarbonate, sodium, iodine and bromide waters rich in mineral salts and numerous microelements. They are recommended for use in diseases of the respiratory tract, gastritis, constipation, urinary tract infections, arteriosclerosis, high cholesterol level and osteoporosis.

- Helena Water – indicated for gastric and duodenal ulcer diseases
- “Pitoniakówka” Water – recommended for diseases of the digestive system
- “Wanda” Water – recommended in case of gout and allergies
- “Szymon” Water – recommended especially in case of anaemia
- “Magdalena” Water – recommended for diseases of the biliary tract and constipation
- “Jan” Water – recommended for respiratory tract diseases and stomach hyperacidity
- “Józefina” Water – recommended in case of sore throat and rhinitis, inflammation,
asthma, lung emphysema, urinary tract disease and obesity
- “Stefan” Water – especially recommended for respiratory tract diseases

Walking routes

Szczawnica also attracts mountain hiking enthusiasts in winter. It is worth going for a walk in the direction of Czerwony Klasztor, Leśnica in Slovakia or along Grajcarek. The White Water Reserve is also an ideal place. These are ideal places not only for reasons of less demanding routes, but above all a unique microclimate that has a beneficial effect on the body.

Trail in tree crowns Bachledka in the Tatras – Slovakia

Only 40 km from Szczawnica is one of the biggest attractions of Slovakia – a viewing platform in the crown of trees with a beautiful view of the Belianske Tatras. For tourists who want to move in the heart of Pieniny forests there is a pavement of 1234 meters, which is located at 32 meters in height. The lookout trail also has corners for adrenaline seekers, where here is a network of panoramic terraces or descending around the lookout platform. Additionally, educational paths and a bobsleigh track have been prepared for visitors.

40 km from Szczawnica
Krościenko over Dunajec

This picturesquely is located village on the Dunajec River, surrounded by the unique nature of Pieniny Mountains and Gorce Mountains. It is a perfect place for mountain hiking, walking, cycling, and horse riding, canoeing and fishing. Krościenko’s natural treasure is the mineral springs in Zawodzie. The waters named Stefan, Michalina and Maria are helpful in the treatment of respiratory, lung and digestive system diseases.

3,6 km 6 minutes by car http://kroscienko-nad-dunajcem.pl/
Niedzica

Niedzica is a popular, large holiday village at the foot of Spiskie Pieniny, not far from Czorsztyn, located on the huge Czorsztyn Reservoir. The main tourist attraction of Niedzica the beautiful Dunajec castle from the 14th century, which has been attracting tourists for years. This fortress is beautifully located by the lakes – Czorsztyńskie and Sromowieckie. The castle can be visited all year round. While in Niedzica it is also worth seeing St. Bartłomiej Church – a temple dating back to the 14th century, containing valuable historical equipment.

18,1 km 22 minutes by car
Czorsztyn

Czorsztyn is a picturesque village located on the Sromowieckie and Czorsztyńskie Lake. The biggest attraction of this village is the Castle Mountain and ruins of a 14th-century castle, dating back to the times of Kazimierz Wielki. These ruins are open to the public. Additionally, there are gondolas prepared for tourists, thanks to which you can sail to Niedzica.

12 km 13 minutes by car
Stary Sącz

Stary Sącz is such a unique city mainly due to its location. It lies in the fork of two most beautiful mountain rivers (the Dunajec River and Poprad River). The city is located in the “embrace” of Beskid Sądecki. Stary Sącz is considered to be one of the oldest cities in Poland, as it was granted city rights as early as in the 13th century. Being in Stary Sącz, it is worth seeing the medieval buildings of this town, the Pope’s monastery and the Papal Altar.

38,1 km 35 minutes by car
White Water Reserve

The White Water nature reserve is another interesting place in the Pieniny Mountains. It was created to protect the remains of Łemko village, as well as unusual rock formations, flora and fauna, and elements of inanimate nature, such as cascades of the stream with numerous boulders. It is an ideal place for walks as well as cycling and horse riding.

11,4 km 25 minutes by car
Homole Gorge

Homole Gorge is one of the most wonderful places in the Little Pieniny. In 1963 a nature reserve was established here, which covers about 40 ha. It is a Kamionka Valley forming a ravine with fantastic, very high limestone formations. The combination of rocks and cascading stream flowing through the gorge gives this place a special charm.

8,1 km 11 minutes by car
Droga Pienińska (Pieniny Road)

It is one of the most beautiful trails in the Pieniny Mountains. The road leads along the right bank of Dunajec River and is an alternative to rafting, because hiking through it you can admire all the most beautiful corners of the Pieniny. The Pieniny Road is 10 km long and is closed for motor vehicles. There is a red trail from Szczawnica to Czerwony Klasztor (2.5 hours in one direction) and other hiking and biking trails.

Zaskalnik Waterfall

Zaskalnik Waterfall is located in Szczawnica outside the tourist trails of the Pieniny and Beskid Sądecki. It can be found in Szczawnicki near the Sewerynówka hamlet at the foot of Wysoka in the Poprad Landscape Park. It formed in the lower run of Sopotnicki Potok and is as much as 5 meters long.

6,1 km 10 minutes by car
Czorsztyńskie Lake

Czorsztyńskie Lake is an artificial reservoir that spills over to the Pieniny, between Niedzica and Czorsztyn. The area around the lake is so picturesque that it is a favorite stopping place for tourists heading for the Pieniny. From the Czorsztyńskie Lake there is a view of the Pieniny, Podhale, as well as an unearthly view of Tatra Mountains. In summer, cruise ships run on the lake waters, which allow tourists to easily move between the castles standing on the shores of lake.

15,7 km 17 minutes by car
Palenica

The lower station is located in the centre of Szczawnica, by the Grajcarek stream. It is possible to get to the top with 4-person seats of Doppelmayra railway. It is open all year round, there are numerous restaurants and ski rentals nearby. The TatrySki pass is accepted, which includes 9 ski resorts in Poland and Slovakia.

2,4 km 3 minutes by car http://www.pkl.pl/palenica/palenica.html (+48) 22 444 66 66
Rafting down the Dunajec River

Tradition of rafting took place already at the beginning of the 19th century. Today, rafting down the Dunajec River is one of the main tourist attractions of Pieniny Mountains. From 1 April to 31 October you can admire the beauty of Pieniny from a rafting boat. This is the best way to visit the Pieniny National Park. The Dunajec River excavated a gorge called the Dunajec Gorge in the limestone rocks. During the rafting rafters tell about the Pieniny Mountains, quoting legends about Janosik and showing the most interesting places on the route.

15,2 km 18 minutes by car http://flisacy.pl/ (+48) 18 262 97 21
By bicycle in the Pieniny Mountains

Pieniny is an ideal place for all lovers of cycling – both professional and amateur. It is a great way to visit all the attractions located in the area. It is worth trying your hand at the local cycling routes leading through steep slopes and picturesque meadows and forests. One of the most scenic routes leads along the 35 km long Krosno loop. The route begins and ends in Krościenko over Dunajec. From the market square the route leads in a direction of Szczawnica. After crossing the bike and pedestrian border crossing with Slovakia, you have to get to the Pienińska Road, which leads through the Dunajec Gorge, to the village of Czerwony

Sleigh ride with torches in the White Water Reserve

During the winter stay in Pieniny Mountains the obligatory point is a sleigh ride with torches to the White Water Reserve. Traditional sleigh ride with torches is not only an opportunity to admire the peaks of Beskid Sądecki or Pieniny, but also a time filled with great fun under the care of Pieniny Mountains. Tourists will find stories about hidden treasures, Janosik or about shepherd’s spells and magic. After the sleigh ride we invite you to a highlander’s bonfire.

Dietla Square

By the inhabitants of the Pieniny called for years a small market square. It is here that we move to the 19th century and Szczawnica by Józef Szalay, the founder of the SPA. In the central place you will find illuminated fountain with cascades that makes an impression on tourists. Above Dietla Square we can admire the villas, which are a reference to the hikes of the founder of Szczawnica in the most popular resorts of contemporary Europe – Bavaria, the Alps or Greece. The richness of architecture combined with Count Adam Stadnicki’s Upper Park creates an enclave of hiking among tourists.

KOPIA Grywałd

It is one of the largest villages being a part of Krościenko over Dunajec commune. Picturesquely located in the Gorce band at the foot of Lubania; the most valuable monument of this mountain village is the well-preserved wooden church of St. Martin, built at the turn of the 15th and 16th century. This building is a real gem of architecture. The church is an example of the Gothic Gothic log construction in Podhale.

8,4 km 11 minutes by car
Promenade over the Grajcarek

Szczawnica Promenade is one of the longest attractions of this type in Poland. Walking along Grajcarek is a great opportunity to take advantage of the unique microclimate. The route starts at the lower station of the railway to Palenica and runs as far as the pedestrian and bicycle route to Slovakia – along the Dunajec River. During the walk you will come across numerous benches, viewing terraces, numerous bridges and flower decorations.

Mineral waters

Szczawnica SPA has as many as 12 mineral springs. These are bicarbonate, sodium, iodine and bromide waters rich in mineral salts and numerous microelements. They are recommended for use in diseases of the respiratory tract, gastritis, constipation, urinary tract infections, arteriosclerosis, high cholesterol level and osteoporosis.

- Helena Water – indicated for gastric and duodenal ulcer diseases
- “Pitoniakówka” Water – recommended for diseases of the digestive system
- “Wanda” Water – recommended in case of gout and allergies
- “Szymon” Water – recommended especially in case of anaemia
- “Magdalena” Water – recommended for diseases of the biliary tract and constipation
- “Jan” Water – recommended for respiratory tract diseases and stomach hyperacidity
- “Józefina” Water – recommended in case of sore throat and rhinitis, inflammation,
asthma, lung emphysema, urinary tract disease and obesity
- “Stefan” Water – especially recommended for respiratory tract diseases

Walking routes

Szczawnica also attracts mountain hiking enthusiasts in winter. It is worth going for a walk in the direction of Czerwony Klasztor, Leśnica in Slovakia or along Grajcarek. The White Water Reserve is also an ideal place. These are ideal places not only for reasons of less demanding routes, but above all a unique microclimate that has a beneficial effect on the body.

Trail in tree crowns Bachledka in the Tatras – Slovakia

Only 40 km from Szczawnica is one of the biggest attractions of Slovakia – a viewing platform in the crown of trees with a beautiful view of the Belianske Tatras. For tourists who want to move in the heart of Pieniny forests there is a pavement of 1234 meters, which is located at 32 meters in height. The lookout trail also has corners for adrenaline seekers, where here is a network of panoramic terraces or descending around the lookout platform. Additionally, educational paths and a bobsleigh track have been prepared for visitors.

40 km from Szczawnica
Krościenko over Dunajec

This picturesquely is located village on the Dunajec River, surrounded by the unique nature of Pieniny Mountains and Gorce Mountains. It is a perfect place for mountain hiking, walking, cycling, and horse riding, canoeing and fishing. Krościenko’s natural treasure is the mineral springs in Zawodzie. The waters named Stefan, Michalina and Maria are helpful in the treatment of respiratory, lung and digestive system diseases.

3,6 km 6 minutes by car http://kroscienko-nad-dunajcem.pl/
Niedzica

Niedzica is a popular, large holiday village at the foot of Spiskie Pieniny, not far from Czorsztyn, located on the huge Czorsztyn Reservoir. The main tourist attraction of Niedzica the beautiful Dunajec castle from the 14th century, which has been attracting tourists for years. This fortress is beautifully located by the lakes – Czorsztyńskie and Sromowieckie. The castle can be visited all year round. While in Niedzica it is also worth seeing St. Bartłomiej Church – a temple dating back to the 14th century, containing valuable historical equipment.

18,1 km 22 minutes by car
Czorsztyn

Czorsztyn is a picturesque village located on the Sromowieckie and Czorsztyńskie Lake. The biggest attraction of this village is the Castle Mountain and ruins of a 14th-century castle, dating back to the times of Kazimierz Wielki. These ruins are open to the public. Additionally, there are gondolas prepared for tourists, thanks to which you can sail to Niedzica.

12 km 13 minutes by car
Stary Sącz

Stary Sącz is such a unique city mainly due to its location. It lies in the fork of two most beautiful mountain rivers (the Dunajec River and Poprad River). The city is located in the “embrace” of Beskid Sądecki. Stary Sącz is considered to be one of the oldest cities in Poland, as it was granted city rights as early as in the 13th century. Being in Stary Sącz, it is worth seeing the medieval buildings of this town, the Pope’s monastery and the Papal Altar.

38,1 km 35 minutes by car
Sokolica

The peak of this mountain reaches 747 m above sea level. It is known for the relict pine growing on it. The name itself is derived from the fact of nesting falcons on it. The peak is a great viewpoint on the Dunajec Gorge, Central Pieniny, Little Pieniny, Spiska Magura, Bielskie Tatry and High Tatras.

Three Crowns

Three Crowns, next to Sokolica, the most spectacular peak in the Pieniny Mountains; the rock crown is formed by five gable-turns. The highest of them is Okrąglica, 983 m above sea level. From the top of this mountain massif there is a panorama of the Dunajec valley, Beskid Sądecki, Gorce and the Tatra Mountains.

Czerteż and Czertezik

Czertezik is a peak 772 m above sea level located in the Pieniny Właściwe. It is adjacent to Sokolica (from the southeast) and Czerteż (from the west). Czerteż can boast the title of the highest peak Pieninek. On the slopes of Czertezik you can find a small cave about 6 m long. The first trail to the region of Czertezik was marked already in 1906; from the top you can admire a nice view of the central part of Dunajec Gorge.

Wysoka

Wysoka is the highest elevation of Pieniny Mountains. It is 1050 m above sea level and lies in the Little Pieniny Mountains on the Polish-Slovakian border. The peak is included in the Crown of the Polish Mountains. From Wysoka in good weather we can see: the Tatra Mountains, Beskid Sądecki, Gorce, Lewockie Mountains, Czerchowskie Mountains, Magure Spiską Mountains and the Pieniny Mountains. Babia Góra and Pilsko are also well visible.

White Water Reserve

The White Water nature reserve is another interesting place in the Pieniny Mountains. It was created to protect the remains of Łemko village, as well as unusual rock formations, flora and fauna, and elements of inanimate nature, such as cascades of the stream with numerous boulders. It is an ideal place for walks as well as cycling and horse riding.

11,4 km 25 minutes by car
Durbaszka

The peak between the Polish-Slovak borders is located in the Little Pieniny Mountains, in the High range. From the top there is a beautiful panorama of Beskid Sądecki, more precisely the Radziejowa range, Pieniny Właściwe and Tatry.

Homole Gorge

Homole Gorge is one of the most wonderful places in the Little Pieniny. In 1963 a nature reserve was established here, which covers about 40 ha. It is a Kamionka Valley forming a ravine with fantastic, very high limestone formations. The combination of rocks and cascading stream flowing through the gorge gives this place a special charm.

8,1 km 11 minutes by car
Droga Pienińska (Pieniny Road)

It is one of the most beautiful trails in the Pieniny Mountains. The road leads along the right bank of Dunajec River and is an alternative to rafting, because hiking through it you can admire all the most beautiful corners of the Pieniny. The Pieniny Road is 10 km long and is closed for motor vehicles. There is a red trail from Szczawnica to Czerwony Klasztor (2.5 hours in one direction) and other hiking and biking trails.

Zaskalnik Waterfall

Zaskalnik Waterfall is located in Szczawnica outside the tourist trails of the Pieniny and Beskid Sądecki. It can be found in Szczawnicki near the Sewerynówka hamlet at the foot of Wysoka in the Poprad Landscape Park. It formed in the lower run of Sopotnicki Potok and is as much as 5 meters long.

6,1 km 10 minutes by car
Czorsztyńskie Lake

Czorsztyńskie Lake is an artificial reservoir that spills over to the Pieniny, between Niedzica and Czorsztyn. The area around the lake is so picturesque that it is a favorite stopping place for tourists heading for the Pieniny. From the Czorsztyńskie Lake there is a view of the Pieniny, Podhale, as well as an unearthly view of Tatra Mountains. In summer, cruise ships run on the lake waters, which allow tourists to easily move between the castles standing on the shores of lake.

15,7 km 17 minutes by car
Palenica

The lower station is located in the centre of Szczawnica, by the Grajcarek stream. It is possible to get to the top with 4-person seats of Doppelmayra railway. It is open all year round, there are numerous restaurants and ski rentals nearby. The TatrySki pass is accepted, which includes 9 ski resorts in Poland and Slovakia.

2,4 km 3 minutes by car http://www.pkl.pl/palenica/palenica.html (+48) 22 444 66 66
Rafting down the Dunajec River

Tradition of rafting took place already at the beginning of the 19th century. Today, rafting down the Dunajec River is one of the main tourist attractions of Pieniny Mountains. From 1 April to 31 October you can admire the beauty of Pieniny from a rafting boat. This is the best way to visit the Pieniny National Park. The Dunajec River excavated a gorge called the Dunajec Gorge in the limestone rocks. During the rafting rafters tell about the Pieniny Mountains, quoting legends about Janosik and showing the most interesting places on the route.

15,2 km 18 minutes by car http://flisacy.pl/ (+48) 18 262 97 21
Rafting and canoeing on the Dunajec River

In the upper run from Niedzica to Nowy Sącz, the Dunajec River flows through the range of the Pieniny Mountains and the Western Beskid Mountains. In this section the river has a character of Mountain River with numerous small rapids and small faults. The adventure on Dunajec River is intended for both advanced and novice participants. Children can also take part in it. Cold water, mountain air and the beauty of Pieniny landscape will make you forget about the stress of everyday life.

Mountain climbing

Wdżar Mountain (Kluszkowce) is built of Carpathian flysch and anezite. In the “Snozka” quarry 14 climbing routes have been opened, the difficulties of which oscillate from: III+ to VII+. All roads are equipped with fixed safety points (spits, rings); some of them have a downhill chain. Climbing can also end with going out onto the path and downhill from the tree or downhill to the base of wall by a comfortable path.

12,5 km 13 minutes by car http://www.czorsztyn-ski.com.pl/atrakcje_letnie/kamieniolom
Sleigh ride with torches in the White Water Reserve

During the winter stay in Pieniny Mountains the obligatory point is a sleigh ride with torches to the White Water Reserve. Traditional sleigh ride with torches is not only an opportunity to admire the peaks of Beskid Sądecki or Pieniny, but also a time filled with great fun under the care of Pieniny Mountains. Tourists will find stories about hidden treasures, Janosik or about shepherd’s spells and magic. After the sleigh ride we invite you to a highlander’s bonfire.

Dietla Square

By the inhabitants of the Pieniny called for years a small market square. It is here that we move to the 19th century and Szczawnica by Józef Szalay, the founder of the SPA. In the central place you will find illuminated fountain with cascades that makes an impression on tourists. Above Dietla Square we can admire the villas, which are a reference to the hikes of the founder of Szczawnica in the most popular resorts of contemporary Europe – Bavaria, the Alps or Greece. The richness of architecture combined with Count Adam Stadnicki’s Upper Park creates an enclave of hiking among tourists.

Grywałd

It is one of the largest villages being a part of Krościenko over Dunajec commune. Picturesquely located in the Gorce band at the foot of Lubania; the most valuable monument of this mountain village is the well-preserved wooden church of St. Martin, built at the turn of the 15th and 16th century. This building is a real gem of architecture. The church is an example of the Gothic Gothic log construction in Podhale.

8,4 km 11 minutes by car
Promenade over the Grajcarek

Szczawnica Promenade is one of the longest attractions of this type in Poland. Walking along Grajcarek is a great opportunity to take advantage of the unique microclimate. The route starts at the lower station of the railway to Palenica and runs as far as the pedestrian and bicycle route to Slovakia – along the Dunajec River. During the walk you will come across numerous benches, viewing terraces, numerous bridges and flower decorations.

Mineral waters

Szczawnica SPA has as many as 12 mineral springs. These are bicarbonate, sodium, iodine and bromide waters rich in mineral salts and numerous microelements. They are recommended for use in diseases of the respiratory tract, gastritis, constipation, urinary tract infections, arteriosclerosis, high cholesterol level and osteoporosis.

- Helena Water – indicated for gastric and duodenal ulcer diseases
- “Pitoniakówka” Water – recommended for diseases of the digestive system
- “Wanda” Water – recommended in case of gout and allergies
- “Szymon” Water – recommended especially in case of anaemia
- “Magdalena” Water – recommended for diseases of the biliary tract and constipation
- “Jan” Water – recommended for respiratory tract diseases and stomach hyperacidity
- “Józefina” Water – recommended in case of sore throat and rhinitis, inflammation,
asthma, lung emphysema, urinary tract disease and obesity
- “Stefan” Water – especially recommended for respiratory tract diseases

Walking routes

Szczawnica also attracts mountain hiking enthusiasts in winter. It is worth going for a walk in the direction of Czerwony Klasztor, Leśnica in Slovakia or along Grajcarek. The White Water Reserve is also an ideal place. These are ideal places not only for reasons of less demanding routes, but above all a unique microclimate that has a beneficial effect on the body.

Trail in tree crowns Bachledka in the Tatras – Slovakia

Only 40 km from Szczawnica is one of the biggest attractions of Slovakia – a viewing platform in the crown of trees with a beautiful view of the Belianske Tatras. For tourists who want to move in the heart of Pieniny forests there is a pavement of 1234 meters, which is located at 32 meters in height. The lookout trail also has corners for adrenaline seekers, where here is a network of panoramic terraces or descending around the lookout platform. Additionally, educational paths and a bobsleigh track have been prepared for visitors.

40 km from Szczawnica
Krościenko over Dunajec

This picturesquely is located village on the Dunajec River, surrounded by the unique nature of Pieniny Mountains and Gorce Mountains. It is a perfect place for mountain hiking, walking, cycling, and horse riding, canoeing and fishing. Krościenko’s natural treasure is the mineral springs in Zawodzie. The waters named Stefan, Michalina and Maria are helpful in the treatment of respiratory, lung and digestive system diseases.

3,6 km 6 minutes by car http://kroscienko-nad-dunajcem.pl/
Niedzica

Niedzica is a popular, large holiday village at the foot of Spiskie Pieniny, not far from Czorsztyn, located on the huge Czorsztyn Reservoir. The main tourist attraction of Niedzica the beautiful Dunajec castle from the 14th century, which has been attracting tourists for years. This fortress is beautifully located by the lakes – Czorsztyńskie and Sromowieckie. The castle can be visited all year round. While in Niedzica it is also worth seeing St. Bartłomiej Church – a temple dating back to the 14th century, containing valuable historical equipment.

18,1 km 22 minutes by car
Czorsztyn

Czorsztyn is a picturesque village located on the Sromowieckie and Czorsztyńskie Lake. The biggest attraction of this village is the Castle Mountain and ruins of a 14th-century castle, dating back to the times of Kazimierz Wielki. These ruins are open to the public. Additionally, there are gondolas prepared for tourists, thanks to which you can sail to Niedzica.

12 km 13 minutes by car
Stary Sącz

Stary Sącz is such a unique city mainly due to its location. It lies in the fork of two most beautiful mountain rivers (the Dunajec River and Poprad River). The city is located in the “embrace” of Beskid Sądecki. Stary Sącz is considered to be one of the oldest cities in Poland, as it was granted city rights as early as in the 13th century. Being in Stary Sącz, it is worth seeing the medieval buildings of this town, the Pope’s monastery and the Papal Altar.

38,1 km 35 minutes by car
Sokolica

The peak of this mountain reaches 747 m above sea level. It is known for the relict pine growing on it. The name itself is derived from the fact of nesting falcons on it. The peak is a great viewpoint on the Dunajec Gorge, Central Pieniny, Little Pieniny, Spiska Magura, Bielskie Tatry and High Tatras.

Three Crowns

Three Crowns, next to Sokolica, the most spectacular peak in the Pieniny Mountains; the rock crown is formed by five gable-turns. The highest of them is Okrąglica, 983 m above sea level. From the top of this mountain massif there is a panorama of the Dunajec valley, Beskid Sądecki, Gorce and the Tatra Mountains.

Czerteż and Czertezik

Czertezik is a peak 772 m above sea level located in the Pieniny Właściwe. It is adjacent to Sokolica (from the southeast) and Czerteż (from the west). Czerteż can boast the title of the highest peak Pieninek. On the slopes of Czertezik you can find a small cave about 6 m long. The first trail to the region of Czertezik was marked already in 1906; from the top you can admire a nice view of the central part of Dunajec Gorge.

Wysoka

Wysoka is the highest elevation of Pieniny Mountains. It is 1050 m above sea level and lies in the Little Pieniny Mountains on the Polish-Slovakian border. The peak is included in the Crown of the Polish Mountains. From Wysoka in good weather we can see: the Tatra Mountains, Beskid Sądecki, Gorce, Lewockie Mountains, Czerchowskie Mountains, Magure Spiską Mountains and the Pieniny Mountains. Babia Góra and Pilsko are also well visible.

White Water Reserve

The White Water nature reserve is another interesting place in the Pieniny Mountains. It was created to protect the remains of Łemko village, as well as unusual rock formations, flora and fauna, and elements of inanimate nature, such as cascades of the stream with numerous boulders. It is an ideal place for walks as well as cycling and horse riding.

11,4 km 25 minutes by car
Durbaszka

The peak between the Polish-Slovak borders is located in the Little Pieniny Mountains, in the High range. From the top there is a beautiful panorama of Beskid Sądecki, more precisely the Radziejowa range, Pieniny Właściwe and Tatry.

Homole Gorge

Homole Gorge is one of the most wonderful places in the Little Pieniny. In 1963 a nature reserve was established here, which covers about 40 ha. It is a Kamionka Valley forming a ravine with fantastic, very high limestone formations. The combination of rocks and cascading stream flowing through the gorge gives this place a special charm.

8,1 km 11 minutes by car
Droga Pienińska (Pieniny Road)

It is one of the most beautiful trails in the Pieniny Mountains. The road leads along the right bank of Dunajec River and is an alternative to rafting, because hiking through it you can admire all the most beautiful corners of the Pieniny. The Pieniny Road is 10 km long and is closed for motor vehicles. There is a red trail from Szczawnica to Czerwony Klasztor (2.5 hours in one direction) and other hiking and biking trails.

Zaskalnik Waterfall

Zaskalnik Waterfall is located in Szczawnica outside the tourist trails of the Pieniny and Beskid Sądecki. It can be found in Szczawnicki near the Sewerynówka hamlet at the foot of Wysoka in the Poprad Landscape Park. It formed in the lower run of Sopotnicki Potok and is as much as 5 meters long.

6,1 km 10 minutes by car
Czorsztyńskie Lake

Czorsztyńskie Lake is an artificial reservoir that spills over to the Pieniny, between Niedzica and Czorsztyn. The area around the lake is so picturesque that it is a favorite stopping place for tourists heading for the Pieniny. From the Czorsztyńskie Lake there is a view of the Pieniny, Podhale, as well as an unearthly view of Tatra Mountains. In summer, cruise ships run on the lake waters, which allow tourists to easily move between the castles standing on the shores of lake.

15,7 km 17 minutes by car
Palenica

The lower station is located in the centre of Szczawnica, by the Grajcarek stream. It is possible to get to the top with 4-person seats of Doppelmayra railway. It is open all year round, there are numerous restaurants and ski rentals nearby. The TatrySki pass is accepted, which includes 9 ski resorts in Poland and Slovakia.

2,4 km 3 minutes by car http://www.pkl.pl/palenica/palenica.html (+48) 22 444 66 66
Czorsztyn Ski

Czorsztyn-Ski station is located in Kluszkowce. For skiers there are four ski slopes, which are artificially snowed and illuminated. In addition, there is a cross-country trail around the Wdżar Mountain. In the resort there is a ski school, sports equipment rental and a restaurant. There is a small zoo with ostriches, sheep, goat and pony for the youngest visitors.

15,2 km 18 minutes by car http://www.czorsztyn-ski.com.pl/ (+48) 18 26 50 222
Rafting down the Dunajec River

Tradition of rafting took place already at the beginning of the 19th century. Today, rafting down the Dunajec River is one of the main tourist attractions of Pieniny Mountains. From 1 April to 31 October you can admire the beauty of Pieniny from a rafting boat. This is the best way to visit the Pieniny National Park. The Dunajec River excavated a gorge called the Dunajec Gorge in the limestone rocks. During the rafting rafters tell about the Pieniny Mountains, quoting legends about Janosik and showing the most interesting places on the route.

15,2 km 18 minutes by car http://flisacy.pl/ (+48) 18 262 97 21
Rafting and canoeing on the Dunajec River

In the upper run from Niedzica to Nowy Sącz, the Dunajec River flows through the range of the Pieniny Mountains and the Western Beskid Mountains. In this section the river has a character of Mountain River with numerous small rapids and small faults. The adventure on Dunajec River is intended for both advanced and novice participants. Children can also take part in it. Cold water, mountain air and the beauty of Pieniny landscape will make you forget about the stress of everyday life.

Horseback riding

The Beskid Sądecki and Pieniny Mountains are rich in infrastructure of horse riding trails. Beginners can take advantage of professional lessons given by instructors. For experienced jockeys there are mountain horse trails, multi-day rallies or sports competitions. Riding in winter will also provide an unforgettable experience.

9,0 km 14 minutes by car
Mountain climbing

Wdżar Mountain (Kluszkowce) is built of Carpathian flysch and anezite. In the “Snozka” quarry 14 climbing routes have been opened, the difficulties of which oscillate from: III+ to VII+. All roads are equipped with fixed safety points (spits, rings); some of them have a downhill chain. Climbing can also end with going out onto the path and downhill from the tree or downhill to the base of wall by a comfortable path.

12,5 km 13 minutes by car http://www.czorsztyn-ski.com.pl/atrakcje_letnie/kamieniolom
By bicycle in the Pieniny Mountains

Pieniny is an ideal place for all lovers of cycling – both professional and amateur. It is a great way to visit all the attractions located in the area. It is worth trying your hand at the local cycling routes leading through steep slopes and picturesque meadows and forests. One of the most scenic routes leads along the 35 km long Krosno loop. The route begins and ends in Krościenko over Dunajec. From the market square the route leads in a direction of Szczawnica. After crossing the bike and pedestrian border crossing with Slovakia, you have to get to the Pienińska Road, which leads through the Dunajec Gorge, to the village of Czerwony

Ski resort Jaworki - Homole

For tourists who want to go in the Pieniny Mountains we also recommend the ski resort Jaworki – Homole. For winter madness enthusiasts there is a double ski lift and several ski slopes of different lengths and difficulty level

9,1 km 14 minutes by car http://arenanarciarska.pl/ (+48) 609 306 502
Ice rink at the foot of Three Crowns

Ice-skating enthusiasts will surely like the Three Crowns foot slide. In addition, there is a panorama of the Tatra Mountains. There are also skating rentals for skaters.

Skiing in the Pieniny Mountains

Szczawnica and Pieniny are an ideal starting point for a wide range of ski slopes. It is an ideal choice for winter madness enthusiasts. One of the most popular places is Palenica, which attracts modern ski slopes. For tourists there are downhill courses adjusted to age and difficulty level. In addition, for lovers of snowboarding there is a special track.

Sleigh ride with torches in the White Water Reserve

During the winter stay in Pieniny Mountains the obligatory point is a sleigh ride with torches to the White Water Reserve. Traditional sleigh ride with torches is not only an opportunity to admire the peaks of Beskid Sądecki or Pieniny, but also a time filled with great fun under the care of Pieniny Mountains. Tourists will find stories about hidden treasures, Janosik or about shepherd’s spells and magic. After the sleigh ride we invite you to a highlander’s bonfire.

Trail in tree crowns Bachledka in the Tatras – Slovakia

Only 40 km from Szczawnica is one of the biggest attractions of Slovakia – a viewing platform in the crown of trees with a beautiful view of the Belianske Tatras. For tourists who want to move in the heart of Pieniny forests there is a pavement of 1234 meters, which is located at 32 meters in height. The lookout trail also has corners for adrenaline seekers, where here is a network of panoramic terraces or descending around the lookout platform. Additionally, educational paths and a bobsleigh track have been prepared for visitors.

40 km from Szczawnica
Zaskalnik Waterfall

Zaskalnik Waterfall is located in Szczawnica outside the tourist trails of the Pieniny and Beskid Sądecki. It can be found in Szczawnicki near the Sewerynówka hamlet at the foot of Wysoka in the Poprad Landscape Park. It formed in the lower run of Sopotnicki Potok and is as much as 5 meters long.

6,1 km 10 minutes by car
Palenica

The lower station is located in the centre of Szczawnica, by the Grajcarek stream. It is possible to get to the top with 4-person seats of Doppelmayra railway. It is open all year round, there are numerous restaurants and ski rentals nearby. The TatrySki pass is accepted, which includes 9 ski resorts in Poland and Slovakia.

2,4 km 3 minutes by car http://www.pkl.pl/palenica/palenica.html (+48) 22 444 66 66
Czorsztyn Ski

Czorsztyn-Ski station is located in Kluszkowce. For skiers there are four ski slopes, which are artificially snowed and illuminated. In addition, there is a cross-country trail around the Wdżar Mountain. In the resort there is a ski school, sports equipment rental and a restaurant. There is a small zoo with ostriches, sheep, goat and pony for the youngest visitors.

15,2 km 18 minutes by car http://www.czorsztyn-ski.com.pl/ (+48) 18 26 50 222
Rafting and canoeing on the Dunajec River

In the upper run from Niedzica to Nowy Sącz, the Dunajec River flows through the range of the Pieniny Mountains and the Western Beskid Mountains. In this section the river has a character of Mountain River with numerous small rapids and small faults. The adventure on Dunajec River is intended for both advanced and novice participants. Children can also take part in it. Cold water, mountain air and the beauty of Pieniny landscape will make you forget about the stress of everyday life.

Horseback riding

The Beskid Sądecki and Pieniny Mountains are rich in infrastructure of horse riding trails. Beginners can take advantage of professional lessons given by instructors. For experienced jockeys there are mountain horse trails, multi-day rallies or sports competitions. Riding in winter will also provide an unforgettable experience.

9,0 km 14 minutes by car
Mountain climbing

Wdżar Mountain (Kluszkowce) is built of Carpathian flysch and anezite. In the “Snozka” quarry 14 climbing routes have been opened, the difficulties of which oscillate from: III+ to VII+. All roads are equipped with fixed safety points (spits, rings); some of them have a downhill chain. Climbing can also end with going out onto the path and downhill from the tree or downhill to the base of wall by a comfortable path.

12,5 km 13 minutes by car http://www.czorsztyn-ski.com.pl/atrakcje_letnie/kamieniolom
By bicycle in the Pieniny Mountains

Pieniny is an ideal place for all lovers of cycling – both professional and amateur. It is a great way to visit all the attractions located in the area. It is worth trying your hand at the local cycling routes leading through steep slopes and picturesque meadows and forests. One of the most scenic routes leads along the 35 km long Krosno loop. The route begins and ends in Krościenko over Dunajec. From the market square the route leads in a direction of Szczawnica. After crossing the bike and pedestrian border crossing with Slovakia, you have to get to the Pienińska Road, which leads through the Dunajec Gorge, to the village of Czerwony

Ski resort Jaworki - Homole

For tourists who want to go in the Pieniny Mountains we also recommend the ski resort Jaworki – Homole. For winter madness enthusiasts there is a double ski lift and several ski slopes of different lengths and difficulty level

9,1 km 14 minutes by car http://arenanarciarska.pl/ (+48) 609 306 502
Ice rink at the foot of Three Crowns

Ice-skating enthusiasts will surely like the Three Crowns foot slide. In addition, there is a panorama of the Tatra Mountains. There are also skating rentals for skaters.

Skiing in the Pieniny Mountains

Szczawnica and Pieniny are an ideal starting point for a wide range of ski slopes. It is an ideal choice for winter madness enthusiasts. One of the most popular places is Palenica, which attracts modern ski slopes. For tourists there are downhill courses adjusted to age and difficulty level. In addition, for lovers of snowboarding there is a special track.

Sleigh ride with torches in the White Water Reserve

During the winter stay in Pieniny Mountains the obligatory point is a sleigh ride with torches to the White Water Reserve. Traditional sleigh ride with torches is not only an opportunity to admire the peaks of Beskid Sądecki or Pieniny, but also a time filled with great fun under the care of Pieniny Mountains. Tourists will find stories about hidden treasures, Janosik or about shepherd’s spells and magic. After the sleigh ride we invite you to a highlander’s bonfire.