Crooked Forest (Mystery) Poland

Crooked Forest (or Krzywy Las), is a grove of oddly shaped pine trees, located outside the village of Nowe Czarnowo, in western Poland. It covers an area approx. 1.7 hectares. The trees are bent at an angle of approx 90 degrees to about 20cm above the ground, and the curvature in some reaches to a height of 3 m. The total height reaches about 11-12 m.

Nowe czarnowo-krzywy las

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This grove of approximately 400 pines was planted around 1930, when its location was still within the German province of Pomerania. It is generally believed that some form of human instrumentality was utilized in order to make the trees grow this way, but the precise method, as well as the motive underlying this methodology, have both been apparently lost to history (hence this forest’s commonly being described as “a mystery”).

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12 Responses to Crooked Forest (Mystery) Poland

  1. Snoring Dog Studio says:

    This is fascinating and eerie! What a beautiful place to visit … but it does sort of give me the creeps! I wouldn’t want to wander in there during the night.

  2. Selma says:

    It looks like something from a movie set. And it IS creepy. Incredible!!

  3. Texasjune says:

    I have acres of woods, and those natural benches look really appealing to me! My grandchildren would think I built them a playground out there! Wouldn’t have designed them all in the same direction though.

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi Texasjune,
      How lucky you are to have such a large area of woods, the kids must love it there. 🙂
      It is very strange how they are all going in the same direction, but yes I can see kids having a ball in an area like this.

  4. Kymbo says:

    All curved to the same direction? How strange.. but then, who knows. Mysteries make life interesting.

  5. travelrat says:

    It’s a bit like the Troldeskov, near Aalborg in Denmark. This is a grove of beech trees which have somehow got twisted into surreal shapes. One of them has made a complete circle and it’s believed that, to pass a schild through this circle will give it immunity frim rickets. There’s a plaque on the tree commemorating the day in the 1950s, when the little girl who was to become Queen Margarethe II and her sisters were so treated.

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi travelrat,
      That is incredible, I haven’t heard of that one, thank you for letting us know about this tree. I love it when there is a sort of ‘fairytale” to go with something unusual like that.

  6. Val says:

    When I saw this earlier on today, it reminded me of the gales (aka hurricane) we had in the UK in the late eighties… lots of trees that were blown over took root and began growing from a horizontal position. I don’t suppose that’s what happened to these ones, they look like they were weighted down during their early growth period – but there’s definitely a similarity.

    Unlike the hurricane trees, I quite like these… I like the curves… they look like pipes or horns – some kind of musical instrument reaching to the sky. 🙂

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