Take on the walk on the wild side down Pomiechówek way
Anybody wishing to escape the heat of Warsaw this summer perhaps should make the short journey north to the village of Pomiechówek. There they can find beautiful views of the River Wkra, a rope walk in the crowns of trees and the chance to discover the flora and fauna of an area encased in forest and water despite being so close to the capital city.
The region around the confluence of Wkra and Narew rivers is known for its alluring nature, and it is not without good reason that the area is designated a Nature 2000 protected area and a Warsaw Protected Landscape Area. Visitors who take a walk on the hanging bridges and platforms that constitute the rope walk can learn about the different species of mammals, insects and birds living there, as well as how to recognise the many plants surrounding them.
Pomiechówek offers several other sites for visitors. A more sombre one is Fort III, a former Nazi POW camp where many Poles and Jews were tortured and killed.
A rare curiosity is located in Stanisławowo, a village right next to Pomiechówek. The Orthodox church of Saint Aleksandra can be seen from miles away due to its shiny brand new golden roof. This prominent feature gives away its purpose, while the simple white structure looks more like a synagogue or a protestant church.
Built in 19th Century, the building belongs to the Polish Autocephalous Orthodox Church, which has as many as half a million faithful.
Yet lush green nature remains the predominant feature. Kayaking on the River Wkra is a perfect choice for the more active, while those looking to rest can choose small sandy beaches concealed by trees and bushes. Just be prepared to fight off hordes of pesky mosquitos.