Raftings down the river

Raftings down the river

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This thrilling experience has been one of Poland’s greatest tourist attractions for more than 160 years. Admire the most stunning views and historic monuments of Pieniny, while flowing down the Dunajec River Gorge on original rafts, skilfully controlled by local highlanders.

The mountain river  makes its way through calcareous rock formations that dwarf the rafts and make them look like mere matches. Near the tallest peak of Pieniny – the Three Crowns – Dunajec forms as many as 7 loops. The length measured along a straight line connecting both sides of the gorge, amounting to 2.8 km, extends there to almost 8 km.

The adventure begins in the Sromowce Wyżne-Kąty raft harbour. Over the course of 2-3 hours, the rafts, very skilfully controlled by local highlanders, cover a stretch of 18 kilometres to Szczawnica or a 23-kilometre route to Krościenko.

Rafting down the Dunajec Gorge

Polish Association of Pieniny Rafters, Sromowce Wyżne-Kąty 14, phone 18 262 97 21, Rafting trips from April to October from the Sromowce Wyżne-Kąty harbour to Szczawnica (18 km, 2 h 15 min) and to Krościenko (23 km, 2 h 45 min). There is a car park next to the Sromowce harbour, where you can leave your car and return to collect it by bus from Krościenko or Szczawnica.

Boating down the Poprad valley
It is a unique tourist attraction of the region. During your trip down the fast flowing Poprad river, you can admire the beautiful landscape of Beskid Sądecki and see how merchants used to travel and carry their goods on rafts from Hungary. The route from Piwniczna -Zdrój to Rytro is covered on a flat boat steered by two rafters using wooden poles. The trip down the 10 km route takes about 2 hours.

Boating down the Poprad valley

Piwniczna Harbour, phone 18 446 84 49, trips organised by PPHU Centrum , Nowy Sącz, phone 18 442 05 63, trips from April to October, starting point: Piwniczna, ul. Gąsiorowskiego, finishing point: Rytro, near the castle ruins.


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