With Giant Mountains, Sudetes, High Tatras and visit to Slovakia
Track profile: Curvy areas in the foothills changing with serpentine roads and some u-turns in the highlands. The pavement is good, potholes are on village roads. Risk of traffic jam around bigger cities like Wrocław and Cracow. Traffic jams can be bypassed.
Duration: 7 days
Travel distance: approximately 1,650 km in Poland
Recommended period: May-September. As temperature especially in the mountains can change quickly, waterproof clothing is recommended
Highlands are the characteristic landscape of southwest Poland. The Karkonosze Range with its mystic legends, the Jizera Mountains, the wild-romantic Silesian Beskids as well as uncrowded mountain villages are a paradise for motorcycle cruisers. In the Kłodzko Valley, there are numerous spa resorts and Częstochowa is one of Europe’s most important place of pilgrimage. Wrocław and Cracow are full of culture and big city life. In the South, visitors are fascinated from the pre-Alpine landscapes of the Beskids and the Tatras with its winter sports capital Zakopane.
(Distance app. 150 km in Poland) Arrival to Boleławiec, near the German border and worldwide famous for its unique Pottery manufacture. Then drive to Karkonosze Range, also known as Giant Mountains, a region, where the mountain spirit „Rübezahl“ has his home, a subject of many legends and fairy tales. The curvy Giant Mountains are the highest part of the Sudets with Mt Śnieżka (1,604 m.) as the highest peak. The whole area is dominated by agriculture and the inhabitants of the mountain villages are known for warm hospitality. In the higher parts of the Giant Mountains you will find bizarre rock formations that gives the region a bit mystical. Use the rest of the day to cruise along lonely mountain roads and to visit small and charming villages! In the evening, city walk in Jelenia Góra, capital of the Giant Mountains with beautiful arcades under colored baroque houses on the market square. Overnight in the Karkonosze Range area.
(Distance app. 270 km) The first stop of the day is Karpacz. Here, at the valley station of the chairlift to Mt Śnieżka, you will admire the biggest tourist attraction of the Giant Mountains. This is the wooden church „Wang“, which was built in the 13th century in Norway and came to Poland 600 years later as a gift of the German Kaiser. Karpacz is also a popular winter sports resort and painted dolls can be found in showcases in the Municipal Museum of Toys. After that, drive to the Table Mountains. The huge rock blocks are fascinating and form complicated labyrinths. Before you go to Wrocław, a trip to the UNESCO Church of Peace in Świdnica is possible. In Wrocław, European Capital of Culture 2016, you will be met by a guide for a city tour. Wrocław is the biggest city in Lower Silesia and its heart beats in the Old Town. The charm and atmosphere of the city was created by the culture of three nations. A witness of the rich history are the magnificent buildings of the Old Town and on Cathedral Island. The twin house is called „Hansel and Gretel“ and the University of Wrocław is often visited by tourists because of its Aula Leopoldina. On the market square, most beautiful place of the city, trade and culture is present as a hundred years ago. Around the City Hall, many very good restaurants with cozy beer gardens are placed. Quite rightly, Wrocław applies as one of the most beautiful cities in Poland. Overnight in the Wrocław area.
(Distance app. 340 km) The journey continues through Silesia and in Opole a break is recommended to visit the Town Hall, which was modeled after the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence. Also worth a visit are the Baroque buildings in the center and the Gothic Holy Cross Cathedral with Piast Tower from the 13th century. Now, you drive eastwards to visit Poland’s spiritual capital of Częstochowa. Millions of pilgrims from all over the world are visiting annually the local Pauline monastery, where the miraculous image of the Black Madonna can be seen – a real national shrine. On your way to the mountains, you will pass now the Silesian conurbation around the cities of Katowice and Gliwice, the most densely populated region of Poland. Numerous technical and industrial monuments illustrate the importance of mining in the region, but the Art Noveau and contemporary architecture in Katowice, the churches in Gliwice and the market square in Bytom are still real insider tips. The sightseeing programme of today can be concluded on request with a visit to the former concentration camps of Auschwitz and Birkenau. Still to visit are unchanged parts of extermination camp, barracks, exhibitions and memorials to the victims. Today’s overnight is planned inside the beautiful natural landscape and scenery of Silesian Beskids. Places like Bielsko-Biała, Ustroń and Szczyrk are very popular for winter sports and hikes. One of our national idols, the former ski jumper Adam Małysz, lives around the corner in Wisła.
(Distance app. 250 km) Today is the day for summiteers! First you drive towards the Low Tatras and in Dębno you should visit necessarily the small wooden church of Archangel Michael from the 15th century, which is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Carpathian foreland. Then drive along Pieniny National Park, populated by butterflies, salamanders and bats. Its highest mountains is called the „Three Crowns“ and measures 982 meters. Biggest attraction of the National Park is the Dunajec river, which runs wild through the mountains and is characterized by up to 300 meters deep gorges. If you like it quiet, you can participate in river tour with a wooden boat, wilder ones can book a rafting trip. On your motorcycles you travel now to Slovakia and will pass famous ski resorts such as Tatranska Lomnica and Stary Smokovec. On the way back to the Polish Zakopane you have a fantastic view of the mountains of the High Tatras with Mt. Rysy (about 2,500 m.) as its highest peak. It is the only alpine region of Poland, whose landscapes are formed of glaciers, caves, mountain lakes and waterfalls. Golden Eagles flying over the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and have a look of the high mountain villages of Białka Tatrzańska and Bukowina Tatrzańska, of the 5-Lakes-Valley, the „Ocean‘s Eye“ and the winter sports capital Zakopane. While strolling you feel the very special atmosphere of this city, which is a popular tourist destination throughout the year. The countrywide known architectural „Zakopane style“ comes from this city and so many distinctive and typical wooden houses can be admired here. Overnight in the Tatra Mountains / Zakopane area.
(Distance app. 180 km) You leave the alpine mountain world after breakfast and will descend to Wadowice to visit the birthplace of Karol Wojtyła, who is known to the world as Pope John Paul II. Next door, St Mary’s Church houses the original font and several items from the private Pope collection. Only about 15 km from here is the village of Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, whose UNESCO World Heritage Site monastery is visited yearly by a million pilgrims. The Calvary mountain is beautiful located between hills, on which there are crosses, chapels and other religious buildings. Another spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Site is the salt mine in Wieliczka, located in a picturesque atmosphere just outside of Cracow. In the chambers and shafts, chapels and lakes, statues, monuments, figures, reliefs, cribs and altars can be admired – all of them made from salt and hand. A guided underground tour takes up to three hours and visits should booked with us to make sure a tourist guide in your chosen language. Then drive to the hotel and overnight in the Cracow area.
(Distance app. 310 km) After breakfast guided city sightseeing tour of Cracow. It is said that you can not get to know the Polish soul without visiting Cracow. Cracow is one of the most popular city break destinations in the world, was the seat of Polish kings and capital of Poland until 1596. The medieval, magnificent, historic architecture of Cracow is obtained and the city is called often as „Slavic Rome“ because of its many churches. With the Wawel Castle of Polish kings, the city owns the perhaps most important building in the country. Many restaurants and jazz clubs around the market place invite you to stay and with Cloth Halls and St Mary’s Church the main sights of the Old Town are nearby. Also recommended is a walk through the old Jewish district of Kazimierz with an interesting contrast of old synagogues and modern trendy bars. Departure from Cracow and a drive through the Silesian Beskids to your today’s destination: the Kłodzko Valley. The farewell dinner can be served in an old mill on request.
(Distance app. 200 km in Poland) Should you have some time left, we suggest a round trip through the Kłodzko Valley, as here in the German-Polish-Czech triangle, there is a lot to discover! The region combines a number of prestigious spa and health resorts in a breathtaking landscape with Italian flair. In the spa center of Kudowa Zdrój a tasting with local mineral water is possible and near the city you should ride on the „Road of 100 curves“… Duszniki Zdrój is known for its well-kept spa gardens with the Frederic Chopin monument, the Mendelssohn House and for the paper mill. Spa guests also appreciate the atmosphere in the town of Polanica Zdrój and in the chapel of Czermna skulls from the Thirty Years‘ War are exhibited. Wambierzyce is called as „Silesian Jerusalem“ and thanks to its monastery one of the most important pilgrimage destinations of the country. Kłodzko is the capital and namesake of the region and proud of its mini version of the Prague Charles Bridge. After that, departure from Poland. Depending on your destination, we organize a stopover on request.