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Krynica-Zdrój, wooden buildings

Krynica-Zdrój, wooden buildings

Known as “the Pearl of Polish health resorts”, lies in the eastern part of Beskid Sądecki, in the Kryniczanka stream valley. It is one of Poland’s most famous health resorts, which, apart from its location, owes its unique character to its delightful wooden architecture and mineral waters. 23 mineral water intakes with the most popular “Kryniczanka” are the local natural treasure, available in many stylish pump rooms.
The resort developed rapidly after 1856, which was connected with the activity of Józef Dietl – a professor of the Jagiellonian University, known as the father of Polish balneology. This period saw the construction of facilities such as the Old Mineral Baths, the Spa House and the beautiful, wooden Main Pump Room with a promenade. Krynica’s most beautiful wooden houses, featuring elaborate wood carving, were built in the second half of the 19th century, as a result of a large influx of patients. Magnificent villas with references to the architecture of Alpine health resorts usually had spacious front porches supported by pillars and one or two levels of balconies. The elevations were enriched with various bay windows, turrets and verandas. Many interesting buildings still stand by the Bulwary Dietla, i.e. Biała Róża (after 1855), Biały Orzeł (around 1857, designer: Bronisław Babel), Kosynier (1880), Romanówka (around the middle of the 19th century), Węgierska Korona (around 1880), Wisła (the second half of the 19th century), Witoldówka (1888). The beautiful Romanówka villa houses the Nikifor Museum, where you can admire the works of the ingenious primitivist painter, Epifaniusz Drowniak (1895-1968), known as Nikifor Krynicki. In the Słotwiński Park, you can also see the oldest spa facility of the resort – the wooden Słotwinka Pump Room.
Krynica is an extraordinary place that, apart from its wonderful microclimate, mineral waters, and beautiful wooden architecture, also offers some unforgettable cultural events, including the annual August Jan Kiepura Festival, attended by guests from all over the world.
The town is also an ideal starting point for walking tours, for instance along the Jaworzyna Krynicka Range, as well as a wonderful winter ski resort. The town boasts Poland’s longest gondola lift that will take you to the Jaworzyna Krynicka mountain, where you can take advantage of numerous ski slopes in Krynica and its surroundings. 

Other local attractions
Wooden Orthodox churches located on the Wooden Architecture Route in Tylicz and Muszynka
Muszyna is a health resort with delightful, wooden small-town architecture located on the Wooden Architecture Route, as well as a fragment of medieval castle walls that constitute an excellent vantage point

 

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