DUNAJEC RIVER TRIP
The main attraction of the Pieniny National Park is the raft trip down the Dunajec river through the picturesque limestone ravine known as the Dunajec canyon. This experience has been available for over 150 years and is the best way to see the park.
The rafting marina is located at Sromowce Wyżne-Kąty and is open daily from 1st April to 31st October except for Easter Sunday and Corpus-Christi Day.
Tickets are sold at the rafting marina and advance booking is not required.
Facilities found at the marina include toilets, a restaurant, a car park, a tourist information office and souvenir shops. There is an exhibition called: “Dunajec Ecosystem and the History of Pieniny Rafting” in the pavilion. The harbour is accessible for disabled tourists.
The duration of the trip varies from 2 to 3 hours depending on the chosen destination and also on the level of the Dunajec water. The destination marinas are located in Szczawnica Niżna and Krościenko.
The ticket office opening hours are:
April, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
May - August, from 8.30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
September, from 8.30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
October, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Ticket prices since 2019:
01.04-31.06 and 01.09-31.10
The entrance ticket to the water trail in the Pieniny National Park:
5.00 PLN – full price
2.00 PLN – concessions (pupils, students, pensioners, disabled people)
Free admission: children up to 7 years of age.
For more information contact the Polish Association of Pieniny Rafters. Address: Sromowce Wyżne-Kąty, 34-443; tel. +48 (0-18) 26-297-21, fax: + 48 (0-18) 26-297-93; e-mail: www.flisacy.com.pl.
Getting to the rafting marina
If you travel to the raft by car it is best to park at the car park in Szczawnica, Krościenko or Sromowce-Kąty where the marinas are located. It is easy and convenient to travel by private bus from Krościenko or from Szczawnica to the marina in Sromowce-Kąty where the ride begins. Leaving the car at your destination and taking the bus to the point of departure allows you to relax and enjoy the picturesque scenery; you will also help to protect nature by not taking your car into the park! You can then collect your car after the trip is finished.
Blue tourist trail - This walk will take approximately 5 ½ hours.
The path begins at the visitor centre in Czorsztyn and passes the mountain hut on the Majerz glade, Macelak summit and Trzy Kopce pass (1 hour) (junction with the red trail). After 1 ½ hour from the starting point, the path reaches the Szopka pass (junction with the yellow trail) – then it climbs to the top of the Three Crowns. When you climb to the sightseeing spots at the top of the peak and on your return, make sure that you keep to the left hand path. After 2 hours and a half from the starting point, the path takes you down to Kosarzyska glade (junction with the green trail) and to Pieniny castle ruin on the Castle Mountain (Góra Zamkowa). After 3 and a half hours it descends to Bajków Gronik (junction with the yellow trail) – from this point the path starts to climb gently, passing the Burzana glade (junction with the green tourist trail) – and reaches the top of Czertezik summit – then it goes down to the Sosnów pass (junction with the green trail) – from this point the path climbs to the top of Sokolica peak. At the end, the path descends to the Dunajec river and it is possible to cross it using the riverbank transport:
open from 15th April – 31st October during restricted hours
from 15th April to 30th June; from 8.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m.
from 1st July to 31st August; from 8.00 a.m. to 8.00 p.m.
from 1st September to 30th September; from 8.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.
from 1st October to 31st October; from 8.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.
transport fees: adult 3.00 PLN, child 1.50 PLN (fees for 2017).
When you cross the Dunajec river, it’s worth going back towards the border crossing to visit the entrance pavilion in Szczawnica.
Yellow trail - this walk will take approximately 2 hours 45 minutes.
The path starts in Krościenko and climbs to Bajków Gronik (junction with the blue trail) and Szopka pass (junction with the blue trail that leads to the Three Crowns). This trail takes you down through the beautiful Sobczański gorge to Sromowce Niżne village.
Green trail - duration time: 1 ½ hour.
Starting point: Sromowce Niżne. The path climbs to the Kosarzyska glade (junction with the blue trail)
Green trail - duration time: 1 hour.
Starting point: Krościenko n/D. At first, the trail follows the road from the market square (Kingi Street) to Kras. After a short stretch the path turns right and starts to scramble up to the Sosnów pass.
Green trail - this walk will take approximately 1 ¼ hour.
Starting point: Krościenko n/D. At first, the trail follows along Jagiellonska Street from the market square to Trzy Korony Street and then starts to climb steeply to Stolarzówka glade. In this section the green and yellow trails coincide, but after a short length (in Stolarzowka) they branch in two directions. The green path scrambles to the Czertezik summit.
Green trail - duration time: ¼ hour.
Starting point: Czorsztyn village. The trail leads to the Czorsztyn castle.
Red trail - duration time: 1-¼ hours.
Starting point: Rafting marina at Sromowce Wyżne Kąty. This path climbs to the Trzy Kopce pass (junction with the blue trail).
Red trail - this walk will take around 5 hours.
Starting point: Rafting marina at Szczawnica and Pieniny National Park visitor centre. The trail starts in Poland and after crossing the border, follows the Droga Pieninska (Pieninska Road) in Slovakia, passing the Lesnicki stream (on the left), Huta (junction with the yellow trail) and Červený Klásztor (Red Monastery). After about 3 hours from the starting point it reaches the Cerla pass and leads to Plasna and Velky Lipnik. On the section that stretches from Lesnicki Potok (Lesnicki stream) to Červený Klásztor, the trail displays twelve educational boards written in Slovak and English for tourists.
Blue trail – Slovakia -duration time: 2 hours. Starting point: Lesnicki Potok (Lesnicki stream). The trail passes PIENAP visitor’s centre, Lesnica, Vyhliadka, Cerla and leads to Červený Klásztor (Red Monastery).
Yellow trail – Slovakia - a short walk which takes around ¾ hour.
Starting point: Huta. The trail leads to Wyhliadka.
Green trail – Slovakia - duration time: 1 ¾ hour.
Starting point: Lesnica. The trail passes Plasna, Haligovskie skaly and leads to Haligovce.
CYCLING IN THE PIENINY NATIONAL PARK
The Pieniny Road - red trail
Starting point: Szczawnica Niżna. Length: 10.5 km. The trail leads to Červený Klástor (Red Monastery), passing border crossing, Lesnicki Potok (Lesnicki stream) and continue along the Pieniny Road.
The road to Kras - green trail
Starting point: Krościenko. Length: 2.5 km.The trail passes the blessed Kinga shrine, Zawiesy and ends in Kras.
Caution! The cycle tracks coincide with walking trails. Tourists are requested to be particularly careful.