The Bieszczady Mountains are paradise for anyone who loves hiking with delightful views and wants to get closer to nature. But what if it’s going to rain all day? Don't let dreary weather dampen your spirits. Get your raincoat on and discover other incredible tourist attractions.
It isn’t just a coincidence that the phrase: ‘Leave everything behind and go to the Bieszczady Mountains’ is so popular. This region is full of charm all year round.
The Polish-Slovak-Ukrainian borderland attracts more and more relaxation seekers each year. But what to do in the Bieszczady Mountains when the weather crashes your hiking adventure? Turn it upside down, grab a map and begin planning a fascinating rainy day with our list of undiscovered places in this beautiful region.
Local Ethnographic Museum in Myczków (Polish: Muzeum Etnograficzne w Myczkowie): It was founded by Stanisław Drozd, a historian, who is passionate about the culture of the Bieszczady Mountains region.
The museum explores folkloric diversity heritage. It features diverse rural cultures and houses a collection of objects documenting the history and folk culture of the Bieszczady Mountains region. Visitors can gain an insight into everyday work, customs, rituals and traditions of ordinary people living in the bygone age. The institution is also called the Museum of the Boykos Culture (Polish: Muzeum Kultury Bojków )due to its high dedication to preserving the memory of the former inhabitants Boykos, who had been vividly enriching ethnic landscapes of The Bieszczady Mountains for five centuries and were massively displaced in the middle of 20th century. This drastic event rapidly changed the rich history of this region and left only few signs of past settlement of the Boykos and memories that have been gradually fading away.
Ursa Maior Centre in Uherce Mineralne: Craft Brewery and Art Gallery (Polish: Centrum Ursa Maior: Wytwórnia Piwa I Galleria Sztuki): This unique place will make you want to step into every time you walk past. Created by people with passion to beer and art, the Bieszczadzka Craft Brewery in the Ursa Maior Centre offers astounding ambiance, great music, flavoury local beer and original handicrafts. It enthuses visitors with regional culture in a broad sense. You can savour a variety of awesome beverages, have a snack that will definitely make your mouth water, visit the Borderland Art Centre and get inspired by works of talented young artists. And on top of that you can buy your favourite beer or other local handmade goods that will remind you of your trip to this distinctive place in the middle of wild greenness.
Aquarius Public Swimming Pool in Lesko (Polish: Basen Aquarius w Lesku): This sports facility features a swimming hall, a wellness zone as well as additional services. The main hall consists of a swimming pool, a recreational pool, two hydroslides and a hydromassage bath. The wellness zone comprises a sauna, a steam room, a fitness club and a gym.
The fitness and workout area is equipped with a multistation gym, a treadmill, an exercise bike, a step machine, a twist machine and a holder for weight bar with weight plates and a storage rack.
The Solina Dam (Polish: Zapora w Solinie): Lake Solina is the best known tourist attraction in the region of the Bieszczady Mountains, especially among water sports enthusiasts. There are several lakeside resorts around the lake and a popular SPA village of Polańczyk located on its western shore.
The idea for a dam in this region dates back to 1921, when the early plans were created. The initial works, however, began in 1960 and continued for 8 years. The first phase of the construction was completed in 1964. The first turbine was put into operation on 9th March 1968 and the dam was finally opened on 20th July the same year.
The Solina Dam immediately became a must visit local attraction,mainly due to its impressive dimensions and panoramic views. You can walk across the dam and enjoy scenic views of the lake surrounded by the incredible mountains or visit its interiors with an entrance ticket. If you plan to get into the dam, allow sufficient time to buy your ticked(10 minutes before each visit at the latest). The entrance tickets are available at the Centre of Renewable Energy Power (Polish: Centrum Energetyki Odnawialnej). The building is adjacent to the Solina Hydropower Station (Polish: Zespół Elektrowni Wodnych Solina. In case of groups of more than 15 people, you will be asked to book your ticked in advance. Group entrance tickets are available online at: email@example.com .
The Bieszczadzka Forest Railway (Polish: Bieszczadzka Kolejka Leśna): The Bieszczadzka Forest Railway is rising in popularity year by year. No wonder, as there is no better perspective to discover spectacular views than from one of a carriages of the narrow-gauge train. As many as 40,000 amateurs of rail tourism have discovered the Bieszczady Mountains’ scenic railway this summer so far and whenever it was raining, tourists were even more willing to visit some of the parts of the Bieszczady Mountains using this form of transport.
The Bieszczadzka Forest Railway runs through incredible forests at an average speed of less than 15 km/h, offering visitors an opportunity to have a relaxing trip with fantastic views along the way. It traverses beautiful landscapes over two different lines that start at the main station in Majdan, adjacent to the village of Cisna. The first route is 12km long and runs to Przysłup, whereas the second, 9 km long, leads to Balnica. The forest railway runs regularly on Weekends from the beginning of May until the end of September and daily throughout the summer (in July and August). It also offers private trips in winter.
Wooden Relics scattered throughout the region: The wooden churches of the Bieszczady Mountains represent examples of distinctive architecture that merges into the enchanting landscapes of this region. Numerous tserkovs are located mainly along a bypass between the village of Ustrzyki Górne and the town of Ustrzyki Dolne. Some of them are still actively used and the two following, the most outstanding ones, were included in UNESCO world heritage list; St.Michael Archangel’s Church located in the village of Smolnik (Polish : Cerkiew św. Michała Archanioła w Smolniku) and St.Michael Archangel’s Churchlocated in the village of Turzańsk. (Polish : Cerkiew św. Michała Archanioła w Turzańsku) Moreover, the most impressive art of the Orthodox and Greek Catholic church in Poland can be seen in one of the chambers of the Historical Museum located on the site of Sanok Castle.
Historical Museum of Sanok (Polish: Muzeum Historyczne w Sanoku): Located in a beautiful setting, the museum describes the history of these wonderful rural landscapes. It features an impressive collection of gems from the Stone Age artefacts to modern art arranged around its chambers. The interiors of the castle invite you to have a journey in time and walk around the chambers where you will find large collections of the Orthodox and Greek Catholic church art, sacral art of the Roman Catholic church, portraits partially coming from a pinacotheca of the house of Załuski, ceramics from the Pokucie region (numbering over 500 items) and many more interesting objects.
The museum also displays various militaria, including the original bunker located outside the castle as well as a variety of paintings of contemporary artists and a collection of archaeological findings from a span that ranges from the Stone Age to the early modern period.