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Gorce National Park The Land of the Salamander

Nestled within the picturesque landscape of Poland lies the enchanting Gorce National Park. Its gentle, wooded mountains, effortlessly traversable, offer a haven of natural beauty. Deep valleys cut through the terrain, revealing meandering streams and expansive clearings adorned with vibrant wildflowers, each vantage point offering breathtaking vistas.

The biodiversity of the Carpathian Forest thrives within Gorce National Park, meticulously preserved for generations to come. Here, amidst the protective embrace of the park, elusive creatures like wolves and lynxes find sanctuary to nurture their young. Amidst the verdant expanse, they roam freely, preying upon deer, wild boar, and roe deer, ensuring the delicate balance of the ecosystem.

It's not just the fauna that captivates visitors; the alpine-like meadows of Gorce are a sight to behold, particularly in the spring when they burst into a kaleidoscope of colour with the emergence of crocuses. Scattered across these meadows are remnants of a bygone era – pastoral huts, a testament to the area's rich history and heritage.

Venture deeper into the forest, and you'll uncover echoes of a tumultuous past – the solemn graves of partisans and the humble shelters that once provided refuge. Yet, amidst these reminders of history, there exists a tranquillity rarely found elsewhere. Here, amidst the serene trails, you can forge a profound connection with nature, an opportunity for introspection and solace away from the bustling crowds.

Gorce National Park offers more than just a scenic retreat; it's a sanctuary for the soul, a place where the wonders of nature unfold at every turn, inviting you to embark on a journey of discovery and serenity.

Our Logo

Since its designation in 1984, the Gorce National Park has adopted the fire salamander as its emblem, representing the only native salamander in Poland. A competition soliciting designs for the park's logo was launched through the pages of Przekrój magazine, with the winning entry crafted by artist Stanisław Wilczyński from Łódź.

The intricate network of stream valleys and watercourses within the Gorce National Park provides an ideal habitat for the thriving population of salamanders. Within the damp deciduous and mixed mountain forests, these creatures seek shelter amidst rotting logs, earthen burrows, and rocky crevices, essential for their survival. Furthermore, the presence of clean, well-oxygenated streams serves as vital breeding grounds for their larvae.


The striking hues of the fire salamander, visually captivating to the human eye, serve as a warning signal to potential predators, indicating the presence of venom glands in their skin. Like their amphibian counterparts, salamanders sustain themselves primarily on invertebrates such as earthworms, slugs, and insect larvae. Typically nocturnal, these creatures may also emerge during damp, warm conditions, occasionally venturing out during daylight hours.

In a departure from the aquatic mating habits of many amphibians, the fire salamander conducts its reproductive activities on land. Adult individuals generally avoid prolonged contact with water, except for females who deposit their larvae in shallow, clear streams during the birthing process.

What’s worth seeing?

Poręba Wielka 4, 34-735 Niedźwiedź                              
+48 18 33 17 944                                         

The exhibition for school groups and individuals is open all year round:
November - April
from Tuesday to Friday 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. (2 pm the last entrance)

April - October
from Tuesday to Sunday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. (3 pm the last entrance)

Groups of up to 20 people.
Paid admission

Up-to-date information on opening hours and fees is available on the Park’s website.
Poręba Wielka 4, 34-735 Niedźwiedź                                                  

Open from dawn to dusk                                                                                  

Admission free

Border of the Gorce National Park
49°31'16.3”N 20°07'31.3”E
49.521184, 20.125363                                                

Open on request in the period: May-October
To order classes, please contact the GPN Educational Centre: +48 18 33 17 944

Groups of up to 20 people*
Paid admission
49°32'43.6” N20°07'46.5”E                                                                     
49.545442, 20.129576

Up-to-date information on opening hours and fees is available on the Park’s website.

Tourists trails

Blue trail 

One of the most frequented routes within the park is the Blue Trail, renowned for its popularity among visitors. Beginning from the northern side, it guides hikers towards Turbacz, an ideal starting point being Koninki. This historic path traces its origins back to the era preceding the First World War, winding its way through the ancient woodlands of the former Władysław Orkan Reserve.

En route, adventurers will traverse through scenic landscapes, passing by notable landmarks such as Szałasisko, Średnie, and Hala Turbacz. During the summer months, these areas come alive with vibrant vegetation, particularly captivating during the flowering season of the meadows. Notable botanical specimens like Veratrum lobelianum and willow gentian add to the allure of the surroundings.

The Blue Trail also boasts a rich tapestry of historical significance, with intriguing remnants scattered along its path. Among these treasures is a mysterious inscription etched into the rock at Czoło Turbacza, chronicled by Władysław Orkan and Kazimierz Sosnowski. Moreover, from the summit of Czoło Turbacza, visitors are rewarded with expansive panoramas, including sweeping views of the Island Beskids, the Turbacz massif, and the Kamienica valley.


While the journey along the Blue Trail offers unparalleled vistas and historical intrigue, it's worth noting that certain segments of the trail can be challenging. Particularly strenuous are the steep ascents encountered on the way to Średnie and Czoło Turbacza.

Tourist trails:

Hiking – 14 trails - 64 km

Biking – 8 trails - 62 km

Walking – 8 trails - 42 km

Horse riding – 8 trails - 67 km                                                                                                

Educational paths:

10 trails – 53 km

Tourists with reduced mobility can visit the educational trail “Kamienica River Valley” (stage I) and a fragment of the nature path “Manor Park of Counts Wodzicki and Mount Chabówka.”

The nature exhibition in the park’s Educational Centre in Poręba Wielka is adapted for persons with reduced mobility and with a visual impairment.