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Pieniny National Park (Polish: Pieniński Park Narodowy) is a protected reserve of land in Lesser Poland, Poland, in the heart of Pieniny Mountains.

Pieniny National Park is one of the smallest Polish National Parks in the Southernmost part of the country, by the border with Slovakia. The Pieniny mountain range is divided into three parts - Pieniny Spiskie, Małe Pieniny, and Pieniny Właściwe (where the park is located). Park’s area is 23.46 square kilometers, of which 13.11 km² are forested. One-third (7.5 km²) is strictly protected.

The Pieniny mountains are mainly built from limestone and they create picturesque and impressive, almost perpendicular walls which go down towards the Dunajec River. The most famous peak - Trzy Korony (Three Crowns) is 982 meters above sea level high, however Pieniny’s highest peak - Wysoka - is 1050 meters above sea level and is not located on Park’s area.

Pieniny National Park is located in the Dunajec river basin, and the river occupies important position among factors that influence Pieniny’s look. Even though the Park is small in size, on its area thrive hundreds of species of plants, including 640 kinds of mushrooms. Sometimes, on the same rock, grow plants with opposite means of survival. Park’s meadows, which are the result of human activity, are some of the richest plant ecosystems of Poland (30 to 40 species of flowers for every square meter).

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