|Malopolska -Southern Poland|
also known as Little Poland or Malopolskie Voivodeship, is
considered the cultural capital of Poland. An
historic region with many ancient towns and castles, the rhythms of many
generations are carried forward in the song and dance of the
The capital of this region is Kracow, Poland's capital from the 12th. to the 17th. Many of Krakow's treasures were carried off to Germany in World War II, but fortunately, most of them were subsequently recovered. The City has also been spared from the great destruction of World War II which nearly leveled the capital of Warsaw, less than three hours away by train. The great wealth of artistic and architectural treasures was recognized by the Cultural Commission of the European Union, which designated it European City of Culture 2000.
| The Carpathian mountain
range forms Poland's southern border with the spectacular Tatry
Mountains and its charming City of Zakopane
being the centerpiece. The gondola from the valley floor to Kasprowy
Wierch brings you to 1,985m. (6,500ft) look out.
The resort is very
popular in winter and has been a finalist in its quest to host the Winter
LUDOWY in Bukowina Tatrzańska
fosters the love of tradition and
cultivation of highlander folk heritage. The ambitious institution
Highlander Carnival which has been taking place since
1973 and includes national competitions for carolers, dancing sleigh racing,
skiing as well as a Grand parade. They also organize a meeting for all
Polish Theatre Companies in the first week of July as well as "The Sabasa's Chats," an all Polish contest of story-tellers, instrumentalists,
and singers during the second week of August.
Only a 25 minutes drive away from Zakopane, Bukowina Tatrzańska
shares the same long-lasting snow cover and vast slopes that make it one of
Eastern Europe's biggest ski-centers, especially for family skiing.
Bukowina is also a good starting point for hiking in the Tatra Mountains
is Poland's major mountain resort,
crowded with visitors throughout its summer hiking and winter
Find it south of Nowy Targ, the road continues another 20km along the course of the Bialy Dunajec before reaching the edges of Zakopne. It has been an established attraction for Poles since the 1870s, when the purity of the mountain air began to attract the attention of doctors and their consumptive city patients. Within a few years, this inaccessible mountain village of sheep farmers was transformed, as the medics were followed by Kraków artists and intellectuals, who established a fashionable colony in the final decades of Austro-Hungarian rule.
Rough Guides hints Zakopane's main drag
may becoming too touristy for some:
The savvy traveler will wish to use Zakopane as a base to explore the surrounding mountains andthe vibrant highlander culture. The Catholic country has many old Carnaval traditions including wild costumed celebrations which mix well with the highlander folk tranditions in the winter season between New Years and Shrove Tuesday.
POLAND INVITES THE WORLD: FECC International President Henry Van der Kroon enjoys a dance with FECC Poland President Dr. Margaorzata Wnuk near the end of the Polish presentation by the 3 Mayors in St. Petersburg Russia 2001
deep in Poland's Tatra Mountains, where the forests are soulful, the
slopes steep, and the trails most holy
By Lisa Ann Auerbach
God Almighty, you who gave us corporeal life and entrusted us with it, so we would honor and care for it, looks out for the men and women who ski, may they maintain their health and use their free time wisely.
—Pope John Paul II
Zock-o-pah-nay, the Pope and "where the quiet of immeasurable distances prevails, which allows a person to more clearly hear the inner echo of the voice of God."