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Exploring Warsaw area on two wheels

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If you are in Warsaw and you are a keen cyclist, you will have an opportunity to explore the city and the area following numerous attractive cycling paths.

Warsaws area is a perfect place for cyclists. It features hundreds of kilometers of cycling paths through Kampinoski National Park just a few kilometers to the northwest of Warsaw and along the scenic banks of the Vistula River. The cycling trails are suitable for both mountain and trekking bikes. They are 40-60 km long, but some of them may be up to 120 km long.

Kampinoski National Park is the largest protected area in Poland. It offers more than 200 km of signposted bicycle trails. You can set off for a cycling trip from towns near Warsaw: Dabrowa Lesna, Izabelin, Truskaw or Zaborow. Within the National Park there are many parking lots and campsites equipped with shelters, tables and benches.

On your way through the Kampinoski National Park, you will have a chance to enjoy diverse scenery rich in fauna and flora: the virgin forest, dunes and swamps.

Apart form beautiful nature, you will find a range of historical monuments including World War II national remembrance sites (e.g. Palmiry village) and Uprising insurgents' graves.

You can cycle through the Kampinoski Forest from Warsaw to Zaborow Lesny along the blue trail. Then along a green trail to Palmiry, and then a black trail from Palmiry to Janowek. From Janowek you can take a red trail to the village of Roztoka. From the village you can get to the Karpaty nature reserve and then to the 1863 Uprising monument.

Your next stop will be at the village of Granica, which features the Kampinoski National Park museum and is located within the nature reserve. The Granica nature reserve is the oldest reserve in the Kampinoska Forest. The next stop on your way will be the village of Kampinos, which features 18th-century Baroque church. From Kampinos you can cycle to the town of Leszno and further to Blonie. Do not miss the village of Rokitno with a beautiful church, an old cemetery and village buildings.

Another option will be to start the trip in the village of Granica, close to the nature reserve. In close proximity to the village, there are the nature reserves of Pozary, Nart, Zamczysko and Karpaty.

If you want to combine cycling and watersports you can take a cycling trip to Zegrzynski Lake, located about 36 km north of Warsaw. To get to the lake start your trip at the Zoliborz district, along the Vistula boulevard, cross Grota-Roweckiego bridge, turn from the overpass into Modlinska St. and follow the road along the railway, which runs along the Zeranski Canal and ends in Nieporet, close to the lake. The road is very scenic and runs far away from the traffic.

Also the southern districts of Warsaw offer great cycling and tourist attractions. You can visit the historical Wilanow palace and park complex, the Krasinskich Palace in Ursynow and the Potockich Palace in Natolin, currently occupied by the College of Europe.

In Ursynow district you can follow the cycling path located along the underground line up to the Kabacki Forest, which offer many cycling paths.

A longer, two-day cycling trail leads from Warsaw via Otrebusy (featuring a vehicle museum), Chojnowski Scenic Park, Gassy and Wyspy Swiderskie nature reserve back to Warsaw.

From Warsaw's Wawer district, east of the city centre, you can make a trip to the Mazovian Landscape Park.

Cycling to the west of the city, you can visit Nieborow Palace, the Arkadia landscape garden, the town of Zelazowa Wola and a folk museum in Sromow. You can set off in Plock, then head to Gabin and Maurzyce, where there is an open-air ethnographic museum, and then go to Lowicz, Arkadia and Nieborow. You can also go to Niepokalanow to visit the local monastery complex.

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