The 60 sq km Świętokrzyski National Park covers a stretch of low-lying hills known as the Świętokrzyski Mountains. It offers a perfect full-day, back-to-nature respite from urban Poland and includes a particularly sacred site and some sweeping views.
This is Poland’s oldest mountainous geological formation and it shows its age. Erosion has whittled down ancient peaks; look for unusual piles of broken gołoborza (quartzite rock) on the northern slopes that date far back into prehistory.
The park draws hikers who usually follow the centuries-old pilgrimage route from the unappealing town of Nowa Słupia to the famous Benedictine monastery high in the hills at Święty Krzyż (Holy Cross).