Gniezno

Gniezno

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Fantastic Roadtrips on Your Campervan Holiday

Poland may not have the great long driving routes as some of its European Neighbours, but it does have a great variety of trips that can be completed in one or two days, many of them following areas of specific interest.  There are even a few dedicated Papal routes, if you are interested in following in the footsteps of the Pope!

Here are just a few suggestion for visitors with campervan hire or motorhome rental, but there are many many more.

One of the most important routes in Poland is known as the Piastowski Route.  The route starts in Poznan and passes through Ostrów Lednicki, Gniezno, Trzemeszno, Strzelno, Kruszwica, Inowrocław, Biskupin, Gąsawa, Marcinkowo Górne and finishes in Gniezno.  If you are interested in history this is the route you should start with, it passes through all the areas directly connected with the birth of the Polish State.  Stop at Ostro Lednicki for the Palatium, Gniezno for its beautiful cathedral and the settlement at Biskupin, all protected UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

If you enjoy traditional towns, take the route between the small traditional towns and villages of the Pogorze region.  Start your journey in Ciężkowice then move on through, Czchów, Lipnica Murowana, Nowy Wiśnicz, Tuchów, Wojnicz and Zakliczyn. Most of these towns date back to the 14th century, and are excellent examples of medieval wooden houses which were built around small squares; there are also lots of beautiful churches and interesting museums to visit.

For a scenic tour visit the Land of Eagle’s Nests, Near Krakow.  This route takes in some of the most picturesque areas of the country.  From Skala head out into the uplands and experience deep limestone ravines, some incredible ruined fortresses or Eagles' Nests, ancient churches and even small deserts.

For a rout of ‘all round’ interest, start your trip in the area around Hajnówka.  From here a you can take a route which travels through the primeval forest region of Bialowieza, and beyond into meadows and fields.  The main attraction of this part of the route is Chata Stefana in Nowe Berezowo, an old house and a barn furnished and equipped in an traditional way; giving a good insight into traditional farming methods.   The next stop is known as the silence refuge, and is the area surrounding the ponds of Topiło.  This is a beautiful and quiet place; it’s also where you can visit Leśne osobliwości, or the Forest Curiosities.  All along the route there are places where you can stop off for a picnic, such as Lake Bachmaty near Dubicze, and after lunch perhaps visit Cerkiewne and its ostrich farm.

These routes take you thorough some beautiful countryside and there are lots of opportunities to meet with the local people.  Whatever your interests, the routes around the Polish countryside are scenic, and are the perfect way to enjoy a motorhome rental or campervan hire holiday.

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