Despite being a mountain lover and avid hiker, my own of this 1500km long mountain range - the second longest in Europe, was embarrassing low. That's why I loved learning about them, and insisted on visiting the Carpathians when I was in Lviv. Fortunately it's just a 2 -3 hour drive away. Where are the Carpathian Mountains? The Carpathians are located in Central Europe and range through the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Hungary, Ukraine, Serbia, and Romania, where 53% of the Carpathians lie. While the Carpathians may be easy to find, they're not so easy to discover their sometimes well kept secrets on your own. That's why I recommend going with an experienced local guide like Andriy Kharatyn, owner of T.O. Karpatskyi Tour. He speaks a little bit of English and has a fabulous network of local guides who speak a variety of languages fluently. Stilsko Ancient Village You may be wondering why I'm showing you unremarkable mounds of dirt. There are no signs, no parking lot. Just a dirt road that ends near a village. While they may not look like much, the earth mounds date back somewhere between the 9th and 11th century - no one knows the exact dates. They're part of the ancient Stilsko settlement. It was the capital of the Slavic Croats, a country which existed over 1000 years ago! The earth mounds are part of a 10 km long defensive structure built to protect the ancient Stilsko fortified settlement. What is visibly impressive about the Stilsko settlement are the 8th century caves. They once served as shelter, but the pragmatic locals now use them to store food. Some of them even have doors with a lock on them! Goshiv Monastery on Yasna Mountain This monastery is an important pilgrimage for many Ukrainians. The great attraction is
Despite being a mountain lover and avid hiker, my own of this 1500km long mountain range – the second longest in Europe, was embarrassing low. That’s why I loved learning about them, and insisted on visiting the Carpathians when I was in Lviv. Fortunately it’s just a 2 -3 hour drive away. Where are the Carpathian
[fusion_builder_container admin_label="" hundred_percent="no" equal_height_columns="no" menu_anchor="" hide_on_mobile="small-visibility,medium-visibility,large-visibility" class="" id="" background_color="" background_image="" background_position="center center" background_repeat="no-repeat" fade="no" background_parallax="none" enable_mobile="no" parallax_speed="0.3" video_mp4="" video_webm="" video_ogv="" video_url="" video_aspect_ratio="16:9" video_loop="yes" video_mute="yes" video_preview_image="" border_size="" border_color="" border_style="solid" margin_top="" margin_bottom="" padding_top="" padding_right="" padding_bottom="" padding_left="200"][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type="1_1" layout="1_1" background_position="left top" background_color="" border_size="" border_color="" border_style="solid" border_position="all" spacing="yes" background_image="" background_repeat="no-repeat" padding="" margin_top="0px" margin_bottom="0px" class="" id="" animation_type="" animation_speed="0.3" animation_direction="left" hide_on_mobile="small-visibility,medium-visibility,large-visibility" center_content="no" last="no" min_height="" hover_type="none" link=""][fusion_text] Wielkopolski National Park is a popular getaway for Poznan locals! If I lived in Poznan, I'd be there every weekend! Located just 15km south of Poznan, Wielkopolski is easily reached by bus or train (the Poznan to Wroclaw line), or you could even cycle there for more of a work out. There are two look out points which are worth the climb. The first is in a wooden church that dates back to the 17th century. Unfortunately it was closed when I was there, but I did climb the second look out tower (pictured below). You get a bird's-eye view over the entire park (the first photo in this post) and on a clear day can see Poznan! Wielkopolski is popular with walkers, joggers and cyclists and something that not even all the locals know yet is that there's a small beach by the lake of the look out tower! It was too cold for swimming during my visit, so instead I cycled the mainly flat terrain so that I could cover more territory and make the most of the few hours I had there. It was a great way to see the park. There are five tourist tracks, each marked with a different colour of sign that total 85km. In general though, the park is not well signed, so it's worth picking up a map from the Museum and Ecological Educational Center in Jeziory. There are a whopping
Budapest Tram #2 is the most scenic tram journey in Europe according to National Geographic. And according to our guide it's the second most scenic tram journey in the world (after San Francisco). Regardless of it's rating, It's spectacular!
Budapest Tram #2 is the most scenic tram journey in Europe according to National Geographic. And according to our guide it’s the second most scenic tram journey in the world (after San Francisco). Regardless of it’s rating, It’s spectacular!