Karkonosze National Park
Probably the last snow hike in Poland for the winter season of 2021/2022 got me up to 1400 metres ASL in Karkonosze National Park, in the Silesia region. It is the highest part of the Sudetes. The shelter on top proved to difficult to reach, as there was hardly any grip on the steep, icy slopes at a certain point on the route we took.
Ojcow National Park
Ojcow is like stepping into some sort of Narnia. A little north of the city, the village and surrounding national park are, especially in summer, a popular day escape from Kraków.
An autumn hike up to the top of Mount Klimczok, 1117m ASL. Located in the Park Karjobrazowy of the Silesian Beskids, it's an easy way up from the city of Bielsko-Biała. For the lazy ones, there is a cabin lift that brings you to half an hour walk from the peak.
Severely damaged in the battle with the Swedes in the 1800s, falling apart under Communist ignorance in the 1900s, the ruined castle on the hill is still the centrepiece landmark of Lanckorona. A popular day escape from Kraków the village's wooden houses in the give Lanckorona a nice touch.
Chasing the Czorsztynskie Sunset
Lake Czorsztynskie in the far south of Poland is known for its castles and its mystical views of the Tatra Mountains a bit further south. A small winter series from my February journey.
Old Lady Mountain
Known for her moodiness, the Mount Babia Góra (The Old Lady) is not always the potentially easy hike up it seems to be. Tales of witches conferencing at the top at 1725 metres (5695 ft) ASL brings an extra dimension to this legendary rounded rock in Southern Poland. But on this winter day, she was in such a good mood - flirting with the Tatra lads in the distance all the time.
The city of Poznań is famous for its St. Martin croissant, but even if you don't bare the same name as the tasty bite, it is a delight to visit.
Shipyards, German-Dutch-Flemish architecture, a good night and day life and the birthplace of Solidarity: Gdańsk.
Looking proud on the banks of the Wisła river (Vistula), the former royal city of Kraków is remarkably easy going.
While children run for icecream, a rockband plays on the corner, the procession makes its own way around the Maria Cathedral (Bazylika Mariacka) at Kraków's main square (Rynek Główny)
"I wasn’t in a hurry. I never have to be in any particular place at any particular time. Let time watch me, not me it," wrote Nobelprize in Literature winner Olga Tokarczuk about her hometown of Wrocław in her novel Bieguni (Flights).