Karkonosze National Park
The Karkonosze are sometimes called miniature Alps. Mouflons, rarely found anywhere else in Poland live there in the wild.
The Karkonosze National Park is located in southwestern Poland, along the border with the Czech Republic. It consists of the Karkonosze Mountains, the highest mountain range in the Sudetes. The characteristic features of its landscape are the glacial kettles with boulders and ponds hidden inside. Weathered granite rocks shaped like mushrooms or maces can also be found on the mountainsides.
Śnieżka, located within the Park’s borders, is the highest peak in the Karkonosze (1602 meters mamsl). An old chapel, a restaurant and a meteorological observatory are situated on top of Śnieżka. It has the highest above-the-ground elevation of all Polish mountains. There is a chairlift on the Czech side of the Śnieżka Mountain. Another attractive summit in Karkonosze is Szrenica, with a chairlift from Szklarska Poręba and a mountain lodge located on its summit. Both summits have breathtaking views of the Jelenia Góra valley. The visibility on Śnieżka exceeds 200 meters on a sunny day.
Stags, does, boars, muskrats, otters and white-tailed eagles and other species inhabit the Karkonosze National Park. Mouflons, brought at the end of the 19th century from Corsica and Sardinia can also be found here. The Karkonosze National Park and the protected area located on the Czech side have been defined as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Visitors to the Park can find accommodation in Karpacz and Szklarska Poręba.