7 magical things on trail to Błatnia mountain, Poland


There is something intriguing about magic.

I mean…it’s all around you since childhood.

At first, you play the wizard with rabbits and your sleeve.

Then, trips on Nimbus 2000 with Harry Potter.

Along the way you say hello to Tolkien, and now you watch the dragons on the screen and feel scared cause winter is coming.

You like it.

You also like when problems are magically solved by themselves,

When the magic spark in your relationship is well maintained,

And gnomes clean your apartment. Pure magic?

Well, admit. You want to be in some magical place right now…

What about a small, forgotten mountain in the Silesian Beskids?

It’s called Blatnia and have 971m m a.s.l . Here is 7 magical things you can find on the trail:

1. Trees.

A lot of trees. Often turned into the forests. Here you’ll listen to the wind between the leaves, you’ll fall in love in green. Here you’ll be hit by squirrel’s cone. And here you’ll think twice if the trail leads to the summit or to the unknown abyss…

2. The well

It’s origin is at least unknown. Probably the roots date back to the core of the Earth, and underground channels link to Hobbiton. Possibly Dragon’s Mother had a bath in it or even Peter Pan. Strange paintings warn you of toxic substances (in the end the well has a connection to New Zealand) at the same time showing you the right way *. Or maybe it just stands there and gives you an idea where the summit is.

We heard somebody cast a spell on the well. Whoever see it must reach it (stand on the well). This applies to both humans and horses. Who knows what kind of spell it is.

3. Grass

It commands you to stop and other creatures like dogs to chase each other over and over. You won’t rest until you sit and relax (and dogs until collapse). The grass encourages you by the views, relative comfort and magical scent of a ‘relaxation moment’. The charm is irresistible:

4. Horses

You can’t miss horses on Błatnia as there is a ranch near the summit. Every year animals broad their horizons and as a result, you can feel the magic of the herd galloping next to you. Or right on you.

After a moment, as if touched by a magic wand, the animals calm down. There is nothing more magical than the horse and mountains in the background (well, or on the well – see point 2).

5. Steep path

Suddenly, out of the blue … steep path. Not that you didn’t expect it, eventually you’re on the mountain trail… but you were prepared more for a walk than a proper hike. And here you are. Magically just after the turn. But don’t worry, it is just a demanding hill, without the abyss. This time. (easy, it’s only a comparison to Orla Perć or Przełęcz pod Chłopkiem – no danger)

6. Blurry zone.

At some point of the path you enter the area where the camera suddenly loses sharpness. And surely it’s completely not you and your photographic skills. We are all professionals. Magic?

7. Landscape

It’s always magical in the mountains….

For those who require more information, Błatnia is a mountain located on west side of Klimczok in the Silesian Beskids. You can take the trail from Jaworze, Wapienica or Szczyrk (the closest ones). Hiking time (depending on option) is approx. 5 hours (including return time). Interesting one is to reach Błatnia together with Szyndzielnia and Klimczok.

I must warn you – Błatnia is highly addictive. If you go once soon will be a second time. Why? I don’t know. Maybe it’s the atmosphere of calmness and alone tree near the summit. Maybe the space and meadows, which give you a feeling of freedom… You just want to be there all the time. Magic.

And you? What magical place have you visited recently?

* in Polish mountains trails are marked, so you know which way to go

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Comments: 24

Sarah October 22, 2016 at 8:18 pm

Beautiful photos – seems like a nice, not too strenuous hike and those horses are pretty cool. Magical, as you wrote!

    Emilia Mlak October 24, 2016 at 6:43 am

    Yep, hike is not strenuous at all and lots of magic is waiting for you there! Thanks

Lisa October 23, 2016 at 11:03 am

What a beautiful post! The photos are fantastic, I’d love to go on this hike. There is indeed something magical about being surrounded by nature.

    Emilia Mlak October 24, 2016 at 6:44 am

    Thank you Lisa, hope we’ll see you there one day 🙂

Jess October 23, 2016 at 1:14 pm

Nice post! enjoyed reading this, keep it coming !

Sally October 23, 2016 at 6:28 pm

This looks like a beautiful hike. Hope we get to explore Poland some day. Btw your dogs are the cutest 😍😍😍

    Emilia Mlak October 24, 2016 at 6:47 am

    Oh thank you Sally! I’ll pass your information to dogs! 🙂 And Poland is waiting – ready to be explored 🙂

Aisha October 23, 2016 at 11:22 pm

Wow. Magical is right. The views are breathtaking. There is something quite spiritual about looking at scenic places like the ones you showed in this blog.

Kristina October 24, 2016 at 12:55 pm

Your photographs are absolutely stunning! I can totally see how you found this place to be magical, it looks that way!

    Emilia Mlak October 26, 2016 at 6:50 pm

    Thanks Kristina, it’s great you can see the magic there too!

evan kristine October 24, 2016 at 4:32 pm

This post brings back so much memories from my childhood (I’m a huge fan of fantasy fiction books!)

    Emilia Mlak October 26, 2016 at 6:53 pm

    We’re glad we could take you to the past for a moment 🙂

Angelique October 24, 2016 at 6:35 pm

This looks like a hike I could actually do! Great photos too!

    Emilia Mlak October 26, 2016 at 6:55 pm

    Yaayy! That is a nice info, hope you’ll get there one day 🙂 Thanks!

Lara Dunning October 25, 2016 at 3:46 am

Since we got our puppy Hazel I’ve been hiking a lot in the woods near on our island. It’s been great as I’ve hiked trails I’ve never hiked before. I find lots of magical spots and places that make me go-Wow! I love where I live!

    Emilia Mlak October 27, 2016 at 11:46 am

    Dogs are the best companions for all kind of walks! Say hello to Hazel from us – what breed is she? 🙂

Theresa B. October 25, 2016 at 7:33 am

Isn’t it extraordinary that magic can be found even in the most mundane things like trees and grass. Goes to show you that there is beauty and intrigue even in simplicity.

    Emilia Mlak October 27, 2016 at 11:47 am

    Totally true! We love the world we’re living in. As well as simplicity.

Nicola October 25, 2016 at 10:40 am

We absolutely love Poland but unfortunately have only really seen the urban parts, we really have to go back and get into the mountains!

    Emilia Mlak October 27, 2016 at 11:49 am

    Nicola, which urban parts did you see? It is so nice to hear Poland is visited by lots of people now! And yes, next time go to the mountains! Just for a balance 🙂

JP Licudan October 25, 2016 at 3:28 pm

I never new that Poland has such a beautiful scenery! Thanks for sharing this.

    Emilia Mlak October 27, 2016 at 11:50 am

    Thank you 🙂 Yes, Poland is beautiful and really magical 🙂 Worth a visit for sure!