Świętokrzyski National Park (Polish:Świętokrzyski Park Narodowy) is a National Park in Świętokrzyskie Voivodeship in central Poland. It covers the highest ridge of the Świętokrzyskie (Holy Cross) Mountains – the Łysogory – with its two highest peaks: Łysica at 612 metres (2,008 ft) and Łysa Góra ("Bald Mountain") at 595 m (1,952 ft). It also covers the eastern part of the Klonowski Ridge and part of the Pokrzywianski Ridge. The Park has its headquarters in Bodzentyn.
The Park is famous for its trees, of which 674 are regarded as monuments of nature and as such are under protection. Park's authorities successfully managed to reintroduce yew trees here - now there are around 1300 of them. Most of Park's area is forested, mainly with pines and beeches. Fir trees are less numerous as well as forests of mixed oak-fir character. Among the Park's curiosities we must emphasize the endemic, unique only for this area, fir wilderness and areas of Polish larch on Chełmowa Góra.
The national park is located somewhat between Warsaw and Krakow. It takes around 2 hours by car to get there from both cities. Going by car is the easiest way to experience the national park.
When to visit
Apart from winter, all seasons are good options. The weather might not be perfect during spring and autumn but you will see less visitors than in summer.
Map of Świętokrzyski National Park
Image gallery of Świętokrzyski National Park
Sights in Świętokrzyski National Park
Some national parks contain more than just natural wonders. This list shows you some of the sights that are located in the national park. This includes museums, cathedrals, bridges, dams and much more.
Hiking trails in Świętokrzyski National Park
Almost all national parks have some opportunities for hiking. You can see some of the more popular trails here. You should get local information for detailed information on all trails of the national park.
Wildlife in Świętokrzyski National Park
These sections shows you some of the characteristic wildlife to the national park.