Krynica-Zdrój is one of Poland’s oldest and most famous health resorts. It is known as the “Pearl of Polish Spas” and is situated 560-620 meters above sea level in the picturesque valley of the Kryniczanka river surrounded by the Beskid Sądecki mountain range.
The area owes it fame to the curative powers of its waters, which have been known and used since the early 1800’s to cure a range of illnesses. One of its most notable waters is “Zuber”, which has an extremely high mineral content and is reputed to cure stomach and digestive ailments.
Krynica-Zdrój is also well known as a sports center, as well as a center for leisure, conferences, and cultural events. Many national and international events are held annually in Krynica, including political and scientific seminars, business and political conferences, aritistic and cultural festivals, and many concerts. The most famous of these events is the annual festival held in August honoring one of Krynica’s most famous citizens, the opera singer Jan Kiepura. Krynica also hosts an annual Economic Forum in September that unites Presidents and Financial Ministers from the regions countries to discuss ways of cooperation that will further the area’s economic growth and development.
However, Krynica-Zdrój has much more to offer than just mineral water. Regardless of age or individual interests, everyone can find something to keep them occupied and content. For strollers, we offer garden walkways, romantic arbours, bubbling fountains that are dramatically lit in the evenings, and the promenade itself, which is beautifully landscaped with a large variety of flowers and trees. Here you can reminisce about the past while listening to the music of the Orkiestra Zdrojowa (Spa Orchestra) coming from the Concert Shell.
For hikers we can recommend the several marked trails which twist around Krynica-Zdrój like colourful streamers. These trails wind through mystical forests, through open meadows and past traditional farms dotted with haystacks and cows. They afford the hardy with the most secluded landscapes and breathtaking views. These mountain trails can also be used by both beginner and experienced mountain bike riders and also make for great cross country ski trails in the winter.
Winter sports lovers have long been coming to Krynica-Zdrój to enjoy the areas many ski resorts and lifts, which range in levels of difficulty from the areas longest and most difficult ski runs on Jaworzyna, to the beginner and intermediate ski lifts located in the nearby village of Tylicz. Jaworzyna Krynicka has the longest and most modern gondola lift in the area (open winter and summer). Nearby Słotwiny offers a wide variety of intermediate and beginner runs and there are also a few ski lifts located in the very center of Krynica, such as “Henryk” or “Gospoda”. The majority of ski slopes are lit and many have snow making equipment. Snowboarders are also welcome. To service the skiers, there are equipment rentals (ski and snowboard), ski schools, private instructors and cross country trail guides. After you have built up an appetite, you can select from a wide variety of restaurants, inns, and food bars, who serve delicious regional cuisine, as well as international foods.
Krynica-Zdrój is transformed into a “winter wonderland” in the winter. The city is lit by thousands of colored lights that reflect off the snow covered trees and roadways to give it a truly unique and special atmosphere.
There is a world class ice rink located in the Sports Center, which is open almost year round. The Center also boasts five well kept, red clay, tennis courts that are open to the public in the summer (tennis instructors and hitting partners are available), as well as a toboggan run that is open for the whole family’s entertainment in both winter and summer.
Krynica’s surrounding countryside can also be explored on horse back. There are two stables in the area, a small one “Jakubik” located in Krynica and a larger one, “Farma LaMa” located in Tylicz. Under the supervision of instructors you can either learn to ride by taking beginning or intermediate riding lessons, or for more experienced riders, take advantage of the areas superb trail rides, where you can encounter sheepherders grazing their flocks of sheep and goats, deer, foxes, and wild boar.
Krynica-Zdrój has always been home to a thriving artist community. One of Krynica-Zdrój’s most famous artists was Epifan Drowniak, better known as Nikifor Krynicki. He was one of Poland’s most well known primitive painters who lived and worked in Krynica during 1960s. His works and keepsakes are housed in the “Romanówka” Art Gallery, a museum located on the walking promenade and dedicated to this interesting artist.
We hope that we have been able to adequately present Krynica-Zdrój and the many interesting possibilities available to tourists. We are sure that a visit to our town will be a happy, memorable experience, regardless of the season. We hope to see you soon.