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Velo Czorsztyn - cycling route around Lake Czorsztyn

Organisation: Institute for Sustainable Development - Foundation Website: Added: October 03, 2023
Project start date: July 01, 2018
Project end date: December 31, 2019


The cycling route around Lake Czorsztyn in the vicinity of the Pieniny National Park is considered one of the most picturesque in Poland. The trail referred to by cyclists as "Velo Czorsztyn" is very popular, especially in the summer season. It has two variants of routes – the basic one with a length of about 27.5 km and a longer one (about 38.5 km) recommended for more advanced cyclists. With the first variant, it is necessary to use the ferry running between the castle in Niedzica and the castle in Czorsztyn. The second route, on the other hand, runs partly along the main road, so you have to watch out for a lot of car traffic. The "Velo Czorsztyn" trail is well marked and equipped with numerous service points for cyclists, where tourists can rest or make minor bicycle repairs.

Financial data

Total cost: PLN 33 160 829,53 (about EUR 7781127,14) EU fund contribution: PLN 18 395 202,73 (about EUR 4316400,20)


Most cyclists of the trail assess the route as accessible and safe, but there are also voices that in some places the bicycle path could be wider. In many places along the route, protective barriers have been installed - according to some users, in some places they affect the deterioration of safety, because on narrower parts of the route it is easy to catch them when passing a cyclist from the opposite direction. There are also places on the route (e.g. sharp turns) where accidents occur during the period of increased tourist traffic.

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European Climate Initiative (EUKI)
This project is part of the European Climate Initiative (EUKI). EUKI is a project financing instrument by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK). The EUKI competition for project ideas is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. It is the overarching goal of the EUKI to foster climate cooperation within the European Union (EU) in order to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions.