On the night we stayed in the buffer zone of the Roztocze National Park, in the Zwierzyniec village. It’s a small village, in the middle of which is a historic church on the island.
We pitched our tent on a Echo campsite. We got there early in the evening. Camping was nice, with buildings arranged around a square, and in the middle there were sports fields and space for tents.
In the morning next day we drove to the forest of the national park. We left our car on the parking lot next to a roadside near Echo Ponds. It wasn’t best choice. There was parking fee, later we discovered other places that was free.
Echo Ponds are artificial reservoirs of Świerszcz river. Established in 1929-1934. The coastline has eroded over the years. Today, to preserve this unique phenomenon wooden footbridge was built there. We could safely walk without destroying tree roots.
We walked the trail through the forest to the Centre of Education and the Museum of Roztocze. There, we took advantage of the permanent exhibition called “The land of fir, beech and tarpan.” Tour takes place in groups with a guide. In the middle is a beautiful reproduction of flora and fauna that can be seen in the national park. With the guide we went through the rooms, which were exhibitions of animals inhabiting the park. Sightseeing was accompanied by adequate lighting and sounds, which were run by a tour guide with a mobile application. We’ve learned a lot about different animals and their habits. We started from ancient times, which show the primary forest, then went through a peat bog, pine wood, beech wood and fir forest and the rut. Each of the rooms was very interesting.
Such an educational center and museum we think is a great idea. At one point, during visiting hours, we can discover the beauty of the national park. Live it would be difficult to find them in the field.
On the ground floor of the resort there was also a temporary exhibition depicting the Arctic, the land of ice and cold. The animals there were the far north, as well as the history of discoveries and research (with poles) on Norway’s largest island Splitzbergen.
In front of the center was parking, which was free.
After the walk we decided to go back to the car and later to the Zwierzyniec village for dinner. We ate it in Mill Tavern, which was located right next to the “pedestrian zone”. By the way, we had the opportunity to see (though only from the outside), the historic church on the water.
Early in the afternoon we set off on our way – our goal was Cieszanów, a small village in Lubaczów county, which is famous for its organized every year rock festival Cieszanów Rock Festival, which we had tickets for.