|A view from the summit of Three Crowns towards the Dunajec river valley|
Pieniny is a mountain range in the south of Poland and the north of Slovakia. The Pieniny range is 35 km long and up to 5 km wide. The two gorges of the River Dunajec divide them into three parts: Spisz Pieniny, Small Pieniny and the Proper Pieniny. Pieniny’s highest peak – Wysoka (Polish) / Vysoké Skalky (Slovak) – reaches 1,050 metres above sea level (Small Pieniny), but the most famous peak is Trzy Korony (Three Crowns - 982 metres a.s.l. - Proper Pieniny). It is also the summit of the Three Crowns Massif (Proper Pieniny).
The Pieniny mountains are mainly built from limestone and they create picturesque and impressive, almost perpendicular walls which go down towards the Dunajec River.
Already in the 19th century some people noted that the area should be protected. The Polish Pieniny National Park and the Slovak National Natural Reserve in Pieniny was the first International Landscape Park in Europe (established in 1932).
|A view from the summit of Three Crowns towards the Spisz and Tatra Mountains|
|View of the nearby Pieniny from the summit of Three Crowns|