Rafting down the Dunajec River

Rafting down the Dunajec River

Flisak na Dunajcu
The Dunajec river tour on a raft is an encounter with the wild nature of the Pieniny Mountains, unchanged for thousands of years, and one of the biggest tourist attractions in Europe. The tradition of rafting on a wooden raft, built of narrow boats connected together, dates back to the first half of the 19th century. It is currently maintained by the Polish Association of Pieniny Rafters. During the rafting rafters talk about the Pieniny Mountains, show the most interesting places on the route and entertain tourists with numerous highlander stories.

The Dunajec River flows in a deep, carved rocky gorge. At the length of 9 km it turns seven times abruptly, three turns exceed the angle of 130°, and the height of steep, limestone walls reaches 300-500 meters above the water level. At the beginning of the rafting on the Slovak side there is a Red Monastery, yet with time the buildings disappear and we can admire the panorama of the Three Crowns, until we flow between the high limestone rocks, overgrown with lush vegetation. The peaks of the Seven Monks and Sokolica, also known as the Mother of the Pieniny Mountains, are definitely worth a visit.

The route starts at the Sromowce - Kąty marina or Sromowce Niżne and ends in Szczawnica or Krościenko.  It lasts from 2 to 3 hours and runs for 18 or 23 km, depending on the chosen route. The rafting season lasts from 1 April to 31 October. Rafters sail daily except on the first day of Easter and Corpus Christi. Tickets can be purchased at the ticket offices at both marinas. Parking lots, restaurants and toilets are available on site.

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