Karkonosze mountains

karkonoszeThis is a strip of moderately high mountains (up to 1600m) belonging to the Sudeten massif. They are situated along the Polish-Czech border, forming a natural boundary between Silesia and Bohemia. There are also some smaller mountain ranges adjacent to Karkonosze, such as the Izerskie Mountains and Rudawy Janowickie. The main resorts of Karkonosze include Szklarska Poreba and Karpacz.

The slopes of Karkonosze are covered with pine, fir, beech and birch woods in the lower parts and alpine meadows combined with dwarf pine at higher levels, the slopes of which being surprisingly steep. Distinctive features of the landscape are large hollows bordered with rock cliffs, carved out by glaciers. An ample area of the mountains is enclosed within the borders of the Karkonoski National Park in order to protect the wildlife and landscape of the region. A wide range of outdoor activities, such as hiking or cycling, are great attractions of the Karkonosze.

HOW TO GET THERE 
Jelenia Gora, a local urban centre of about 90 000 inhabitants, forms the gateway to the Karkonosze Mountains. It is served by buses and trains from Wroclaw several times a day, and there are a huge number of buses to Szklarska Poreba and Karpacz. Szklarska Poreba is also connected by rail with Jelenia Gora and some other towns of Poland, including Wroclaw, Poznan, Szczecin, Gdansk and Gdynia. The region is crossed by road no. 3 (part of international route E65) and road no. 30.

 

A LIST OF HOLIDAY DESTINATIONS IN POLAND

Beskid Makowski
Beskid Maly
Beskid Mountains (East)
Beskid Mountains (West)
Beskid Niski
Beskid Sadecki
Beskid Slaski
Beskid Wyspowy
Beskid Zywiecki
Bialowieza Forest
Biebrza River
Bieszczady
Bory Tucholskie
Gdansk Bay and Hel Peninsula
Gorce
Greater Poland National Park
Holy Cross Mountains
Ilawa Lakes
Jura Krakowsko-Czestochowska
Kampinos & Lowicz area
Karkonosze Mountains
Kaszuby
Kurpie
Lake Zegrze and lower Narew
Lubusz Lakeland
Masuria
Masuria (centre)
Masuria (East)
Narew River
Pieniny
Podhale
Polesie
Pomerania and Slowinski National Park
Roztocze
Sowie and Kamienne Mountains
Stolowe Mountains and Klodzka Land
Suwalki
Tatra Mountains
Vistula Spit and Zulawy Wislane
Warmia
Warsaw area
Western Pomerania