Roztocze National Park

Park in Zwierzyniec

The park, which covers an area of 79 sq km and lies to the south and east of Zwierzyniec, was a nature reserve for more than 350 years as part of the Zamoyski family estate. Today, it’s home to a diverse range of flora and fauna, and is popular for its hiking and cycling opportunities.

The symbol of the park is the Polish pony – a descendent of a wild horse known as the tarpan that died out in the 19th century. The horse was reintroduced to the park in 1982 and there's a small pony refuge near Echo Ponds.

The normal starting point for walks is the Education and Museum Centre, where you can buy booklets and park maps. For a Roztocze sampler, take the Bukowa Mount didactic path (2.6km) south from the museum to the top of Bukowa Góra (Beech Mountain, 306m) along a former palace park lane. If you want to visit the pony reserve near Echo Ponds, there is a short route (1.2km) from the museum.

Longer walks generally weave from Zwierzyniec through forest terrain to neighbouring villages (such as Florianka, known for its Polish pony breeding). Intersecting paths enable you to return by a different route or cut to another path.