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Let’s Catch Up – My Road Trip In Poland & The Czech Republic

The perfect road trip in 2 great countries…

If it wasn’t for the fact that I am traveling around 2 amazingly beautiful countries, discovering places most tourists haven’t even heard of, it would be sad at how easily I can get behind on creating new posts for this site. My goal is to create new content here at least a few times a week but it’s not always easy to live through these experiences and simultaneously document them.

Although I’ve been good at keeping my Instagram and Twitter pretty much up to date, writing about what I’m up to sometimes takes a little longer. Anyway I’ve finally got around to letting you guys know what I’ve been doing on this road trip in Poland and the Czech Republic.

Train From Poznan to Wroclaw

Train From Poznan to Wroclaw

After realising that I needed to get away and go on a trip, not only to refresh my mind but also to get some inspiration for new content, I booked a flight from Barcelona to Poznan and packed my bags.

I flew into Poznan but didn’t hang around for long and after a couple of hours I was at the central train station trying to find a train to take me to Wroclaw.

I love Wroclaw, I’ve been a few times in the past and it is one of my favourite cities in Poland. Probably my favourite actually. When it comes to travel photography the city oozes picturesque sights and endless compositions.

Cathedral Island, Ostrow Tumski

Ostrow Tumski (Cathedral Island) Wroclaw

So naturally I wanted it to be my first stop. Well second after Poznan but you get my point.

Centennial Hall Wroclaw

Centennial Hall Wroclaw

In Wroclaw I met up with my girlfriend, picked up a car and started our road trip together ultimately heading for the Czech mountains.

Our first stop was Kolorowe Jeziorka on the slopes of the Wielka Kopa mountain. Like I said, I made sure this trip wouldn’t be on the normal tourist route. The only language I heard was Polish, we visited on a national holiday so it was a little busy but only with what seemed to be Polish people.

Kolorowe Jeziorka

Kolorowe Jeziorka

Kolorowe Jeziorka is Polish for ‘Small Colourful Lakes’ and is the site of 3 old mines which have been flooded and turned into small lakes or ponds. Each lake is a different colour due to the minerals found in the old mines.

Iron minerals turn the first of these 3 lakes into a deep brown colour (sometimes referred to as the purple lake, although today it definitely looks more brown than anything else)

Kolorowe Jeziorka Lake 1 (Iron)

Kolorowe Jeziorka Lake 1 (Iron)

The second lake has a turquoise colour to it from copper minerals in the soil that line its banks and bottom.

Kolorowe Jeziorka Lake 2 (Copper)

Kolorowe Jeziorka Lake 2 (Copper)

The third lake also has a green/turquoise colour to it but can dry up and disappear during periods of little/no rainfall. Which of course had to be when we were there. So unfortunately we didn’t get to see it. What we did see though was amazing! Highly recommended to anyone looking for an off-the-beaten-track Polish road trip adventure.

Fast forward a couple of relaxing days in the countryside and it was time to pop my Czech cherry. We loaded up the car and started heading towards the border.

Driving to the Czech Republic

Driving to the Czech Republic

Polish Countryside

The Polish Countryside

The great thing about Europe is how you can drive from one country to another as if you were driving down the road to a friends house. No borders, no stops, no hassle. The next thing you know, you see a sign welcoming you to your new destination and that’s that.

Crossing the Border into Czech

Crossing the Border into Czech

Adršpach is the name of the village you find yourself in when crossing the border from Poland into the Czech Republic on highway 35. It’s a million miles away from the craziness of Prague. Adršpach has a total population of only 520.



It is also where you will find great hiking trails that weave in between amazing natural lakes, up through the rocky mountain slopes all whilst you are surrounded by some of the most beautiful views you could ask for.

Adrspach Lake

Lake in Adrspach

The unique rock formations are incredible and a lot have their own names based on what they look like. For example these are called the 2 lovers because they look like two people about to kiss.

2 Lovers

2 Lovers

After one more night in the mountains we headed back to Wroclaw, Poland.

We had planned to visit an old castle (Zamek Książ) in Poland but had decided against it in the end in favour of going to Adršpach. Turns out our route back actually passed the castle, we arrived at the perfect time just as the sun was setting.

As we pulled up to the castle we saw a wooden sign with the word ‘viewpoint’ etched into it that pointed towards a path leading into a forrest. As it was peak golden hour for taking photos we thought we would skip going into the castle and see what this viewpoint had to offer.

Well, it turns out we made the right decision.

Zamek Książ

Zamek Książ

Zamek Ksiaz

So what’s next?

Well I managed to capture a lot of really amazing images from the trip so far, so expect to see them on my Instagram and Twitter (follow me if you aren’t already).

Then as soon as I get back to Barcelona that day I’ll be getting the train back to my apartment, picking up my scuba diving and camping gear then with a friend driving up the Costa Brava for a couple of days camping and scuba diving.

Expect a lot of photos and a blog post about that trip shortly after!

Thanks for reading!

Charlie Gardiner
Article by Charlie Gardiner

Charlie, originally from the UK but currently based in Spain, is a travel photographer and the founder of World of Travel Photography. For the last few years he has been making a living from his travel photography which has enabled him to see more and more of the world. Check out his Instagram and Twitter accounts below to follow his latest adventures.

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