Hiking is often mistaken for a strenuous outdoor activity, requiring years of experience. Even though climbing a mountain should never be taken lightly, the reality is that almost anyone can embark on a memorable journey towards an imposing mountain peak. The secret to hiking lies in simple things, such as passion for nature, will for adventure, and responsibility (staying safe up there is the most important of all).
For first-time mountain climbers, Eastern Europe is a great option. With friendly itineraries, scenic landscapes, and plenty of opportunities for one-day hikes, the locations presented below are meant to quench your thirst for the outdoors.
For first-time mountain climbers, Eastern Europe is a great option.”
Here are the eight of the friendliest and most spectacular mountain peaks in Eastern Europe, also reachable by less experienced hikers:
Northwestern Peak, Rysy Mountains – Poland
A summer journey in Poland is not complete without a hike in the Tatra Mountains, the highest mountain range in the Carpathians. Rysy lies at the border between Poland and Slovakia and can be accessed via Zakopane, a town located not far from Krakow, or via the town of Strbske Pleso (in Slovakia).
“The great thing about the beautiful Rysy peaks is that they are reachable through Poland as well as via Slovakia.”
The mountain has three famous peaks and each of them can be the target of a great hike. The north-western peak is the tallest in Poland, at an altitude of 2,499 meters (8,199 ft). The other two peaks belong to the Slovak region of Presov.
The great thing about the beautiful Rysy peaks is that they are reachable through Poland as well as via Slovakia. Either way, the hikes do not require technical climbing – probably one of the reasons why many tourists choose to climb here during the summer. It is advisable that you start your hike towards the top at the Morskie Oko lake chalet (on the Polish side), or in Strbske Pleso (in Slovakia). Just follow the red marks and the enthusiastic hikers, and you should be on top of Europe in a matter of hours.