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    Polish National Parks – Karkonosze National Park

    The Karkonosze National Park was established in 1959. Forests cover as much as 73.88% of the entire Park. Additionally, the Park’s non-forest ecosystems cover 1554.34 ha (26.12%), and the Park’s aquatic ecosystems cover 35.40 ha (0.59%).

    The world of animals in Karkonosze is characterized by a large diversity of species. This is related to the occurrence of vertical vegetation zones of different climates and diverse mosaics of flora communities. In addition, the relief and terrain – especially above the upper forest border, distinguish the Karkonosze (the Giant Mountains) from other mountain ranges of the Sudetes. 

     

    Typical for the landscape of these mountains are post-glacial lakes and cauldrons, steep rocky slopes, peat bogs on the plateau, which have become a place of occurrence for many valuable species of the Karkonosze nature.

     

    The number of animal species living in the Giant Mountains is as follows – invertebrates – at least 15 thousand species and vertebrates – more than 320 species, among them: 

    – fish – 2 species, 

    – amphibians – 6 species, 

    – reptiles – 6 species, 

    – breeding and migratory birds – about 200 species, 

    – mammals – almost 60 species.

     

    Additional information:

     

    – hiking trails (total 146 km),

    – Karkonosze Environmental Education Center in Szklarska Poreba,

    – Information and Education Centre “Hunting Lodge” in Karpacz,

    – The “Virtual Karkonosze” exposition in Szklarska Poręba,

    – Castle on Mount Chojnik.

     

    More information out the Park here – Official website of the Park

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