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Pieniny Mountains
A region of Poland as small as it is delightfully picturesque. Lying on the Slovak border east of the Podhale region and north of the Tatras, the Pieniny mountains extend for some 22 miles in a narrow range rising to 1,000 feet. These old limestone mountains have weathered in many wonderful ways. Just east of the National Park is the spa resort town of Szczawnica.

Dunajec River Gorge
The river, a tributary of the Vistula, transects the central portion of the Pieniny range. In the process it drops some 75 feet. The river's narrow gorge changes direction by more than 90 degrees a dozen times in half as many miles crating many picturesque vistas. Raft trips through the gorge have been one of the most popular tourist attractions of the region for the last century and a half. Just west of the Park stood two important castles, one on each side of the river. Niedzica Castle on the south side, a major tourist attraction, remains in excellent repair. A dam was constructed below the castle in the 90's creating a large lake, the possible ecological effects of the lake have caused much concern.

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Mapservers Maps Descriptive Information Town: Szczawnica a health resort Niedzica and Czorsztyn Area - castles and hydroelectric project The Dunajec River Rafting