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On Narrow-Gauge Trails…

An Exciting Way to Explore Poland

No one needs convincing any more that Poland is a beautiful country with a thousand-year-old history, rich traditions and great culture as well as diverse tourist attractions. Historical heritage, including architecture, artefacts and works of art, blends in perfectly with a rich natural environment and lush landscapes.

One great way of exploring these attractions (UNESCO-listed sites and areas among them) is by choosing the exciting possibility of taking a ride on the tourist narrow-gauge railways that Poland boasts in abundance.

From among the few dozen in existence, here are a few options for exploring Poland in this unusual but extremely attractive way:

The Bieszczady Mountains tempt visitors with more than just pristine nature and unique mountain pasture landscapes. Here, amidst the wooded ridges of the Cisna-Wetlina Landscape Park, winds the famous and picturesque narrow-gauge Bieszczady Forest Railway – the only line of its kind in Poland running through mountainous terrain.

Another, no less interesting option in the same region, but intended for the physically active tourist, is the Bieszczady Bicycle Trolley. From Zagórz to Krościenko – 47 km of Poland’s most stunning railway route on a bicycle trolley propelled by your own muscle power is a great idea for an original excursion.

In the Podlasie region, also rich in natural resources and interesting cultural heritage, you can ride the narrow-gauge Białowieża Forest Railway. There’s a special surprise waiting on this route…

As an original idea for exploring Kampinos Forest in the western part of Mazovia, for instance when you come to see the Polish capital, take a ride on the vintage train of the Sochaczew Narrow-Gauge Railway. The retro train’s standard route runs from Sochaczew to Wilcze Tułowskie station – the gateway to Kampinos Forest. Tourists get to take a walk around the area with a guide and have a picnic with a bonfire.

You can reach the Historic Silver Mine in Tarnowskie Góry, added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 2017, on the periodically running train of the Upper Silesian Narrow-Gauge Railways. This is also the perfect opportunity to see Poland’s biggest and oldest narrow-gauge railway station – Bytom Karb Wąskotorowy.

Not only fans of historical railways will enjoy the fascinating vintage train rides offered by the Rogów Narrow-Gauge Railway in Łódzkie province. This is the longest museum railway route in Poland (ca. 50 km). The collection of renovated narrow-gauge rolling stock here is one of the largest in Europe. It is worth combining this trip with a visit to the attractions along the route, e.g. the Arboretum in Rogów.

  • Bieszczady Forest Railway
    Bieszczady Forest Railway
  • Bieszczady Forest Railway
    Bieszczady Forest Railway
  • Bieszczady Forest Railway
    Bieszczady Forest Railway
  • Bieszczady Bicycle Trolley
    Bieszczady Bicycle Trolley
  • Bieszczady Bicycle Trolley
    Bieszczady Bicycle Trolley
  • Sochaczew Narrow-Gauge Railway
    Sochaczew Narrow-Gauge Railway
  • Sochaczew Narrow-Gauge Railway
    Sochaczew Narrow-Gauge Railway
  • Sochaczew Narrow-Gauge Railway
    Sochaczew Narrow-Gauge Railway
  • Rogów Narrow-Gauge Railway
    Rogów Narrow-Gauge Railway
  • Rogów Narrow-Gauge Railway
    Rogów Narrow-Gauge Railway


These are just some examples of the many operational narrow-gauge railways scattered practically all across Poland. It needs noting that most of these railways only run periodically, in the holiday season, or by special order. Always be sure to check the current timetable on the operator’s website.

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