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Pieniny National Park

Pieniny National Park: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Krakow: Slovakia Treetop Walk, Zakopane & Thermal Spa

1. From Krakow: Slovakia Treetop Walk, Zakopane & Thermal Spa

Discover the beauty of the Pieniny National Park on this day trip from Krakow. Marvel at stunning views as you stroll with a bird's-eye-view on the Bachledka Treetop Trail.  Be picked up from your Krakow hotel in a climate controlled bus. Relax on the drive through the Polish countryside on the way to the Bachledova Valley in Slovakia. Stop at the start of the 1234-meter long Bachledka Treetop Trail. Walk on a trail that is 24 meters above the ground with a 32-meter high observation tower. Take in views from this position in the heart of the majestic forests of the Pieniny National Park. View the Belianske Tatras and learn about the animals and plants that are unique to the area. Purchase a nice lunch in Zakopane, then walk down Krupowki and enjoy the unique ambiance at the heart of the Tatra Mountains. Finish your day on a relaxing note and plunge into the hot springs in Chochołow Thermal Spa, before driving back to Krakow.

From Krakow: Dunajec River Rafting with Thermal Baths option

2. From Krakow: Dunajec River Rafting with Thermal Baths option

Start your trip directly from your accommodation. Then, travel from Krakow to discover the natural beauty of Pieniny National Park, located in the south of Poland, near the Slovak border. Enjoy the trip around the picturesque area of Pieniny surrounded by the mountains and thick forests. Learn more about well-preserved ecosystems composed of rare species of flora and fauna. Check out the greatest tourist attraction the National Park has to offer and go rafting on The Dunajec River Gorge. This activity has been organized since the early 19th century. During the two-and-a-half hours, you will be able to observe impressive limestone rocks and mountain peaks. Being on the small wooden raft do not forget to take great pictures of the river which meanders through the valley. At the end of the rafting reach the charming resort town of Szczawnica, 20 kilometers downstream.  If you select an option of the tour extension, make your way to Białka Tatrzańska, a famous ski resort where the complex of thermal baths is located. Dip into the geothermal water, at a perfect temperature of 34-38 degrees celsius. Reduce stress in many pools, among other the external ones overlooking the Tatra Mountains. Do not skip the sauna zone and strengthen your immunity in the salt grotto and Russian banya. The tour ends with the drop-off at your hotel.

From Kraków: Dunajec River Rafting with Hotel Pickup

3. From Kraków: Dunajec River Rafting with Hotel Pickup

Raft down the Dunajec on traditional raftsman boats to explore the Pieniny National Park from a unique perspective. Enhance your experience by upgrading to options that include a visit to Niedzica Castle or the Palenica cable car for stunning views of the Pieniny Mountains. Get picked up from hotel and travel and drive for 2 hours on an air-conditioned car to the Pieniny National Park. Begin your rafting adventure in the raftsman harbor in Sromowce and set sail on a river journey lasting about 2.25 hours.  See the diverse wildlife along the river route, which runs along a neutral border band between Poland and Slovakia. Look up to admire the highest peak of the Pieniny mountains. After your river journey, your driver pick will be waiting for you, and, if you desire, you will have the opportunity to visit this charming town of Szczawnica and try the local cuisine.

From Kraków: Slovakia Treetop Walk and Tour of Zakopane

4. From Kraków: Slovakia Treetop Walk and Tour of Zakopane

Discover the natural beauty of Slovakia's breathtaking Tatra region from the treetops, before exploring the popular holiday town of Zakopane. Travel from Krakow to the treetop walk in Ždiar, a folk village with distinctive architecture and culture, situated in the very north of Slovakia around 10 kilometres from the Polish border. Enjoy a scenic walk up-hill for 30 to 40 minutes to reach the unique treetop path, which is 18 to 24 meters high and is surrounded by magnificent tree crowns. Feel on top of the world on the wooden pavement, which is held up by huge pillars and stretches over 600 meters. Reach out and feel the treetops as you find yourself in the heart of the forests of Bachledova Valley. Indulge your senses in a breathtaking panoramic view of the Tatra Mountains and Pieniny National Park. With fair weather, gaze out over the highest peak of the Pieniny mountains in the distance: the iconic Three Crowns Massif.  This tour is perfect for families, nature lovers and mountain lovers alike. For the adrenalin hunters, there are special fragments of the route with obstacles, which can  also be omitted. For the ecologists, learn about rare local wildlife by reading educational plaques. Walk at a leisurely pace to the 32 meters-high observation platform situated on the border of Pieniny National Park and Tatras National Park. Observe the majestic natural world below. When you have finished, feel a rush of adrenalin as you slide down a 60-metre slide straight to ground level, or walk at your own pace back down the hill. Then, travel back into Poland to explore the authentic town of Zakopane, nestled at the base of the stunning Tatras Mountains. Proudly named the "winter capital of Poland", this beautiful town is Poland's most popular holiday resort. Visit Krupowki, the vibrant and bustling main street. Chat to some locals and discover what village life has to offer, before shopping for charming souvenirs. During this tour, you will be able to see the unique Chocholow village and its traditional wooden houses, which were built by the local highlanders years ago. Spot the historical wooden chapels along the way. You will also be able to view the ski jump hill, which is used for the Grant Prix Ski Jump Competition.

Dunajec River Gorge Rafting and Tree Top Walk from Krakow

5. Dunajec River Gorge Rafting and Tree Top Walk from Krakow

Travel from Krakow to the Dunajec River Gorge and Tatra Mountains, the most picturesque tourist attractions in southern Poland, on a 12-hour excursion. Marvel at the beauty of the gorge, featured on UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites in Poland. Wooden raft trips have been offered since the early 19th century, when customers were guests of the nearby Niedzica and Czorsztyn castles. Your raft trip begins in the village of Sromowce Wyżne-Kąty and ends in the resort town of Szczawnica, 18 kilometers downstream. Enjoy a restaurant lunch to refuel after rafting. Continue on to Bachledova Valley in Slovakia to walk the 1234-meter-long Bachledka Treetop Trail, situated up to 24 meters above the ground and with a 32-meter high observation tower in the heart of majestic forests of the Pieniny National Park. Discover the unique nature of the Belianske Tatras to learn about many animals and plants that can be found only in a few places of the world.

From Kraków: Slovakia Treetop Walk and Thermal Baths

6. From Kraków: Slovakia Treetop Walk and Thermal Baths

Discover the natural beauty of Slovakia's breathtaking Tatra region from the treetops, before relaxing in the luxurious thermal baths of Chochołów. Travel from Krakow to the treetop walk in Ždiar, a folk village with distinctive architecture and culture, situated in the very north of Slovakia around 10 kilometres from the Polish border. Enjoy a scenic walk up-hill for 30 to 40 minutes to reach the unique treetop path, which is 18 to 24 meters high and is surrounded by magnificent tree crowns. Feel on top of the world on the wooden pavement, which is held up by huge pillars and stretches over 600 meters. Reach out and feel the treetops as you find yourself in the heart of the forests of Bachledova Valley. Indulge your senses in a breathtaking panoramic view of the Tatra Mountains and Pieniny National Park. With fair weather, gaze out over the highest peak of the Pieniny mountains in the distance: the iconic Three Crowns Massif.  This tour is perfect for families, nature lovers and mountain lovers alike. For the adrenalin hunters, there are special fragments of the route with obstacles, which can  also be omitted. For the ecologists, learn about rare local wildlife by reading educational plaques. Walk at a leisurely pace to the 32 meters-high observation platform situated on the border of Pieniny National Park and Tatras National Park. Observe the majestic natural world below. When you have finished, feel a rush of adrenalin as you slide down a 60-metre slide straight to ground level, or walk at your own pace back down the hill. Then, travel to Thermal Baths, the largest thermal complex in Podhale. Bathe in its therapeutic water, which is extracted from a depth of nearly 3,600 meters and emits beneficial micronutrients. Relax in the warmth of eight thermal whirlpools. Dip into the brine bath or outdoor swimming pools, all with a temperature of 36°C. Enjoy fun activities in the outdoor pools; from the Wild River to water basketball and volleyball, from massage jets to waterfalls and geysers. Ride down inflatable and pontoon slides. There is also a steam bath suitable for children. Relax in the regular steam sauna, or try out the salt cave and 'Textile' dry sauna. Observe the surrounding landscape from the beautiful Highlander Cottage Sauna observation deck. Revitalize your energy in the cooling pool on the terrace. You can also indulge in the restaurant during your visit.

From Krakow: Full-Day Dunajec River Rafting Tour

7. From Krakow: Full-Day Dunajec River Rafting Tour

On this private full-day tour you will discover Pieniny National Park and Niedzica Castle as you enjoy rafting down the beautiful Dunajec River. Here you can admire the spectacular scenery of the surrounding mountains and the magnificent sight of Niedzica Castle, standing 566 meters high on a hill upstream from the mouth of the Dunajec River. With transfers from Krakow, you will discover the Pieniny mountain range situated in the south of Poland and the north of Slovakia. Admire the variety limestone rock, the vertical white rocky walls along the Dunajec River, and the highest peak of Three Crowns at 982 meters. You will visit Pieniny National Park, which protects the unique landscape and natural features of the most beautiful part of the mountain range. Enjoy rafting down the Dunajec River, which forms a border between Poland and Slovakia for 27 kilometers. The river begins in the town of Nowy Targ at the junction of 2 short mountain rivers – Czarny Dunajec and Bialy Dunajec.

From Kraków: Slovakia Treetop Walk and Dunajec Rafting Tour

8. From Kraków: Slovakia Treetop Walk and Dunajec Rafting Tour

Discover the natural beauty of Slovakia's breathtaking Tatra region from the treetops, before passing through forests and mountains on an enjoyable rafting tour of the stunning Dunajec River. Travel from Kraków to the treetop walk in Ždiar, a folk village with distinctive architecture and culture, situated in the very north of Slovakia around 10 kilometres from the Polish border. Enjoy a scenic walk up-hill for 30 to 40 minutes to reach the unique treetop path, which is 18 to 24 meters high and is surrounded by magnificent tree crowns. Feel on top of the world on the wooden pavement, which is held up by huge pillars and stretches over 600 meters. Reach out and feel the treetops as you find yourself in the heart of the forests of Bachledova Valley. Indulge your senses in a breathtaking panoramic view of the Tatra Mountains and Pieniny National Park. With fair weather, gaze out over the highest peak of the Pieniny mountains in the distance: the iconic Three Crowns Massif.  This tour is perfect for families, nature lovers and mountain lovers alike. For the adrenalin hunters, there are special fragments of the route with obstacles, which can  also be omitted. For the ecologists, learn about rare local wildlife by reading educational plaques. Walk at a leisurely pace to the 32 meters-high observation platform situated on the border of Pieniny National Park and Tatras National Park. Observe the majestic natural world below. When you have finished, feel a rush of adrenalin as you slide down a 60-metre slide straight to ground level, or walk at your own pace back down the hill. Then, travel back into Poland for an exciting rafting tour of the breathtaking Dunajec River, which winds through forests and majestic mountains. Your traditional wooden raft will pass through Pieniny Gorge, with its towering cliffs and limestone formations. View the spectacular high summits of Trzy Korony (982m) and Mount Sokolica (747m) in the Pieniny Range, nestled in a protected national park boasting rare flora and fauna. Enjoy a truly unforgettable experience!

From Krakow: Full-Day Dunajec Rafting and Thermal Baths Tour

9. From Krakow: Full-Day Dunajec Rafting and Thermal Baths Tour

Rafting on the Dunajec river on a wooden raft is an amazing meeting with wild, unchanged from millennia nature – one of the biggest tourist attractions of Europe. That is the best way to visit the Pieniny National Park. The Dunajec river gouged in limestone rocks the Dunajec river George. Rafting tradition on a wooden raft reaches first half of the 19 century. Thermal baths is a place where you can find something for yourself, no matter the age and preferences. At your disposal they have over 30 swimming pools saline iodiozed water, hydro massage, raging river, climbing net and water geysers.The water in the pools has the temperature of 32-36ºC, so in out external pools you can relax on freezing days.

From Krakow: Slovakian Forest Walk and Thermal Baths Tour

10. From Krakow: Slovakian Forest Walk and Thermal Baths Tour

Walk along with the heart of the majestic forests of the Pieniny National Park, just a few hours outside of Krakow. Be picked up and dropped off at your hotel in Krakow before and after enjoying a day out of the city. See the mountain ranges in north-central Slovakia, and enjoy a plunge in a thermal bath. After pick-up at your Krakow hotel, you will be driven to the Bachledova Valley in Slovakia to walk the 4,049-foot long Bachledka Treetop Trail. Situated up to 79 feet above the ground, you can even climb the 105 foot high observation tower for a panoramic view. See the Belianske Tatras, one of the famous mountain ranges in Slovakia that are nestled within the Inner Western Carpathian mountains. Learn from your guide about the animals and plants that live in the area and help make the landscape unique. Continue to Chochołow Thermal Spa, which offers thermal pools, slides, a gym and restaurant, and spa services. Relax and enjoy inclusive entry to the Spa before heading back to your hotel in Krakow.

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What people are saying about Pieniny National Park

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 153 reviews

Nice trip with family - long boat trip of 2 1/2 hours with beautiful scenery - maybe a bit monotonous for younger children, who will, on the other hand, love the treetop walk, which can end with the slide for those who are into the wild - we think it was a fun ending - you sit in a stitched felt blanket with a strap to hold onto, so everyone can participate - the cable car, which is an attraction in itself, is preferable, as it is otherwise a hard and hot ride up

Fantastic trip with Mr. Paweł. Very professionally organized. Mr. Paweł picked us up at the address and drove us to the place after finishing. Everything was well organized. They would not have to worry about anything. On the way we learned interesting things about Krakow. Very nice day spent We highly recommend this trip. You can have a great time rafting, admire the views and then relax in the thermal pools. A great trip.

Absolutely brilliant day! Our guide, Gregory was very friendly and helpful, providing fab recommendations and conversations, making the whole experience all the better. He was very flexible with how long we wanted to spend at the different locations so at no point did we feel rushed. The views everywhere were stunning and this day was definitely our favourite of the holiday.

Great trip, the treetop walk is a must see! thermal baths were very busy but a fun afternoon, Milo our driver was very helpful and friendly and gave us lots of local food recommendations. would recommend this trip to others

Gregory was an amazing guide. He talked us through every experience and made sure we knew what to do when he wasn’t with us.