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We have divided the Vistula trail into 4 sections (to be selected) for your convenience, each 200 km long. We designated seven days for passing one section. Therefore, you do not need to go a very long distance per day (maximum a few hours in water), which will give you an opportunity for intensive sightseeing of the places around and enjoy other pleasures (angling, swimming and sunbathing or just “sweet laziness”). Please, select the section that interests you out of the list below or click on it on the general map attached.


In its upper section the river, still relatively narrow, mostly flows through a wide valley developed in terraces. It is distinctly asymmetric, as a number of the Carpathian tributaries, regularly supplying the Vistula with large volumes of clean water and contributing in widening its basin, pushed it northwards to the threshold of the Ma�opolska Upland. The point of contact of the valley channeled for thousands of years with sand and loess hills gives unforgettable landscape impressions. Ma�opolska surrounding the upper Vistula trail is closely related to large part of Polish history. The oldest history, partly legendary and the history still remembered by our generations, marked with hundreds of soldier and partisan graves, scattered among the forests and woods. Visiting areas so rich with natural and historical monuments, charming with their particular beauty and atmosphere of past events is a true rarity.


„The central section of the Vistula is distinguishable by its wildlife values, thanks to its preserved natural character. The river spreads on the width from 600 to 1200 m. Its aerial view impresses with a mosaic of sand, water and green created by the numerous shoals, sandbanks and holms located in its bed. The appearance of the river bed varies all the time – the sand islands are destroyed, then some other ones appear elsewhere.” A significant part of the central Vistula section is located in Mazowsze – a land rich with the works of architecture and art. This is the very region of Poland that used to be the theater of historical events forming the fate of the country through the ages. This is where eminent artists and architects created their works we may now visit and admire the rich variety of them. The development of art was obviously under the prevailing influence of the capital city of Warsaw, being the artistic and cultural center of the region.


In the lower section the „steep slopes of the Vistula valley, breaking through the Pomeranian moraines concentrate the midstream and create gorgeous, green frames, worked by the carver’s chisel of the postglacial geology. The minor streams eroded the upland slopes, carving numerous ravines, potholes and canyons. Inside them there are small natural reservations of stenothermal steppe flora. There are only remnants of the forests left, just small clusters, but the stand consists of picturesque lime trees, hornbeams, ash-trees and elms. The willows stayed in Mazowsze”, where we start the second stage of the cruise, however we leave it, in order to enter areas occupied by the Teutonic Knights for centuries. The land is beautiful. Let us say it frankly and without chauvinistic obstinacy that the Teutonic Knights also decorated it because they could build beautiful brick structures and incorporated some elements of oriental architecture seen in the Holy Land in the Gothic structures. Let us be fair and say their castles are beautiful and they integrated with Polish landscape ages ago.