The Vistula trail divided for your convenience 4 sections (optional), about 200 km each. We have spent seven days in one section. Therefore, you do not have to travel far too much (up to a few hours per day), which gives you the opportunity to explore the area and enjoy yourself (fishing, water and sun bathing or just plain laziness).
Upper section (Kraków - Sandomierz)
In the upper section, the relatively narrow river flows mostly in a terraced, wide valley. It is clearly asymmetrical, because the Carpathian tributaries, which regularly supply the Vistula with considerable quantities of clean water and at the same time contribute to the widening of its trough, pushed it to the north, under the threshold of the Małopolska Upland. The advent of a millennium-long valley with its surrounding sand and loess hills provides unforgettable landscapes. With Małopolska, through which the trail of the Upper Vistula River leads, strictly tied to Polish history. This oldest, half legendary, and still in the memory of our generations, marked by hundreds of soldier and guerrilla graves scattered among the forests and groves. Rarely visit the area so rich in natural and historical monuments, captivating by the special beauty and atmosphere of the past events.
Central - Upper section (Sandomierz - Warsaw)
Middle section - Lower (Warsaw - Torun)
"The middle section of the Vistula is distinguished in terms of natural values thanks to its natural character. The river flows here at a width of 600 to 1200 m. The bird's eye view is amazing with its mosaic of sand, water and greenery, made up of shoals, rays and clumps in its trough. The view of the river bed is constantly changing - the sandy islands are destroyed, and then they are created elsewhere. "(Source: www.kp.org.pl) A significant part of the middle section of the Vistula River is located in the Mazovia region, a land rich in architecture and art. It is precisely this region of Poland that has been the theater of many historical events that have shaped the fate of our country over the centuries. They were created by outstanding artists and architects, and created a variety of works that we can now explore and admire. The development of art was influenced by Warsaw's capital, which remained the artistic and cultural center of the region.
Lower section (Torun - Gdansk)
In the lower section, "the steep slopes of the Vistula River valley, piercing through the Pomeranian Pomerania, concentrate the stream and create a delicious green frame, developed by carving woodcutting geology. Small streams eroded upland slopes, milling numerous steams, boilers, ravines. In them there are small nature reserves protecting the warm-loving steppe flora ... The remains of the forests remain small clumps, but their stand consists of picturesque limes, hornbeams, ash and elms. Willows were in Mazovia ", from which we begin the second stage of our journey, to soon enter the area for centuries occupied by the Teutonic Order.
"These are beautiful lands. Let's be honest and without chauvinistic gossip that these cruel Teutonic Knights also adorned them because they could build bricks beautifully and fit in the Gothic elements of Oriental architecture, seen in the Holy Land. We justly kicked them out of Pomerania, but let us also give justice to the beauty of their castles, which have long grown up with Polish landscapes. "