Some facts worth to know - polish forests
Polish forests cover about 30% of Poland's territory, and are mostly owned by the state. Western and northern parts of Poland as well as the Carpathian Mountains in the extreme south, are much more forested than eastern and central provinces.1 The most forested administrative districts of the country are: Lubusz Voivodeship (48,9%), Subcarpathian Voivodeship (37,2%), and Pomeranian Voivodeship (36,1%).1 The least forested are: Łódź Voivodeship (21%), Masovian Voivodeship (22,6%), and Lublin Voivodeship (22,8%).
Forest in Poland occupy the poorest soil. Coniferous type accounts for 54.5%, whereas broadleaved type accounts for 45.5% (out of that, alder and riparian forests account for 3.8%). A number of forested zones are now protected by the Polish government and, in many cases, they have become tourist destinations. Over the years, many of the largest Polish forests have been reduced in size, and that reflected on the structure of forest inhabitation.
Up until the end of the 18th Century, beginning in what is known as the Middle Ages, forests were considered places for travelers and ordinary folk to stay away from, as they were home to bandits and were believed to be inhabited by evil spirits. Law and order did not apply to forests for many centuries, except for self-policing observed and administered by their inhabitants. However, the forests did contain numerous woodsmen and their families who made the best of their remote environment. These woodsmen lived on what the forest could produce, collecting pitch resin for sale ? important as method of illuminating city streets ? logging construction lumber, collecting lime, bees wax, honey, hops, mushrooms and whatever other saleable items could be harvested in the forest and sold in villages outside of it.
Families of the woodsmen produced their own food through gardening and hunting, as well as their own clothing. In some cases, their sewing of intricate laces became well known outside the forest, resulting in additional family income. Because of their isolation from society in general, woodsmen and their families developed their own style of dress, music, sewing, dialect, celebrations, and the type of dwellings. The Masovia woodsmen for example, known as Kurpie people, who lived in the forested region known in Poland as the White Wilderness (Puszcza Biała) and the Green Wilderness, still proudly proclaim and celebrate their unique culture and customs.
Tatra Mountains are range of high mountains. It is a very attractive place for tourists - lovers of nature and mountain climbing, also for skiers. The town Zakopane is very
prettily situated, most tourists choose accommodation there. The reason is a number of hotels and guesthouses - you can choose luxury apartment or a cosy room. The big advantage of Zakopane is also a chance to try some local cuisine - you can choose from many restaurants. Otherwise It is close to many popular mountain routes. You should visit Tatra Mountains - it is beautiful here in the summer and either in the winter.
place for you
Poland is still quite an exotic place for the most of foreign tourists. But the changes has already started - every year to this country comes more and more people interested in this place. Why you should also visit Poland? Because it is still not too popular, you can easily avoid the crowds. Another important reason - prices are quite low. More pluses? Good rail network - it s really cheap and easy to move between locations. Last, but no least - young polish people speak English very well. Most people here are very friendly for foreign tourists, they are hospitable and helpful.