The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence
What awaits a foreign tourist who types into the search engine “parks in Poland”? Full of experiences journey from the sea to the Tatra Mountains, across thick forests and the Great Masurian Lakes.
Nature conservation in Poland
The origins of nature conservation in Poland date back to the time of Bolesław the Brave, who already in the eleventh century ordered the protection of beavers. However the first national park in Poland – Białowieża – was established only nine centuries later: August 17th, 1932 year (under the name of the Białowieża National Park). The youngest is a National Park “Warta Mouth” created on the 1st July 2001. Currently, we have in Poland 23 national parks, which occupy a total of 1% of the country.
“Parks in Poland”- Polish National Parks
Poland is among the few countries in Europe (and the world) that can boast about such a variety of landscapes. From wandering dunes and coastal cliffs on the Baltic Sea, the bogs, the wetlands and the lakes to the highlands and foothills, up to the high mountains of alpine character. Polish national parks are distributed fairly evenly and cover the main geographical zones of the country.
“Parks in Poland” versus “Parks in the world”
The oldest park in the world is Yellowstone National Park, which was created in 1972 (i.e. 60 years before establishing the Białowieża National Park). There are here: hot springs, geysers, mud volcanoes, canyons and waterfalls. The park landscape is determined by the Rocky Mountains, dominated by forests – mostly coniferous ones.
Europe’s first national park was established in Sweden on May 24th in 1909 and to commemorate this day European Day of National Parks “Europare” is celebrated.
Each park in Poland has a policy of sightseeing, which if not obeyed could pose a threat to wildlife and sometimes also to tourists. Not to mention the fines. Prohibitions are often associated with natural conditions and weather, for example possibility of avalanche going down or marshy paths after heavy rains. It is worth to remember that in all the parks there is an absolute prohibition of picking plants, mushrooms, berries, moss. You cannot scare animals and hunt them. It is forbidden to collect rocks and minerals. You must not fish, camp or light fires.