Szczawnica is in the border city neighboring Slovakia with 7 500 inhabitants. It is located in one of the most beautiful parts of the Southern Poland, in the borderland of the Pieniny Mountains and Beskid Sądecki Region,430 - 550 m above sea level. The city was being developed in the picturesque Grajcarek valley, the right-bank tributary of the Dunajec river. The beginnings of Szczawnica are dated back to XV th century, and the reason for its growth was the utilization in XIXth century of acid springs of mineral water. Since then the mountain village started to transform into one of the most popular and frequently visited Polish spas. Szczawnica is the spa ,which thanks to a specific microclimate and presence of mineral water springs specialized in the treatment of air passages ,alimentary canal and urinary tracts and recently the treatment of illnesses of locomotive organs. The spa has a perfect health care base, among others Zakład Przyrodoleczniczy (Physiotherapeutic Center) and Inhalatorium (Inhalation House), equipped in unique pneumatic chambers serving the treatment of lung diseases and brine bath chambers, where inhalations effective while curing persons with asthma of bronchial tubes take place. Szczawnica deeply cares about the development of tourism, sports and leisure. Simultaneously it may host 5 500 visitors, which have a wide choice of various standard accommodation - from apartments in sanatoria ,guest - houses, hotels and holiday resorts to lodgings, huts and campgrounds. Many attractions are available for tourists in Szczawnica. Mountains overgrown with forests, with rich flora and fauna, encourage to take a hike on numerous tourist routes, leading to the highest peaks of the Pieniny Mountains and Gorce Mountains as well as to nature reserved - Homole Ravine, Biała Woda, Wysokie Skałki. Routes are adapted to a physical fitness of an average tourist. From the center of the city there is a chairlift to Palenica, where from visitors may admire the panorama of Tatras Mountains, Pieniny Mountains and Beskid Sądecki region. On the top of Palenica the huge attraction for adults and children was constructed - 700 meter gravitation tube. Tourists preferring faster ways visiting the region will be happy seeing many bike and horse riding routes with a different levels of difficulty. There, in sports equipment rental everyone may take a mountain bike or rent a horse for horseback riding in the center affiliated with PTTK. The hut near Durbaszka organizes also paragliding courses. A trip to Szczawnica gives tourists the perfect opportunity to get acquainted with charms of the Pieniny National Park, to visit nearby castles in Niedzica and Czorsztyn ,to travel by ship on Czorsztyn Lake, to row a canoe or boat in a swift current of the Dunajec river. In the region still undiminished interest of tourists is drawn by one of the biggest sightseeing attractions of the Pieniny Mountains - 20 km rafting through the Dunajec gorge the end point of which is located in Szczawnica. Together with first snowfalls Szczawnica transforms into the winter sports resort. There are ski lifts in the area of the city and slopes for beginners as well as for advanced fans of white sports. From Palenica there is a ski route ,with snow making installation and FIS homologation where alpine skiing competitions are organized. The half pipe tube located on the top of the mount attracts many snowboards supporters to the region. The knowledge about the city can be supplemented by the visit in the Pieniny Museum where the permanent ethnographical - historical exhibition was arranged, devoted to the culture of the Pieniny highlanders and spa traditions. Highlanders' folklore is still vivid in the city and visible in the local Pieniny dialect, in folk dresses worn by rafts men, hackney carriage owners and native Szczawnica inhabitants during different ceremonies ,in products of local artisans and deeds of folk artists. The biggest holiday of local folklore, providing closer look to highlanders' and shepherds' customs and traditions is "The Pieniny Summer" organized in July by the City Culture Center. For the entire year in the spa pump room "Magdalena"serial exhibitions of paintings, sculptures and embroidery of local artists are organized; while in the summer - in the concert bowl - performances of the chamber orchestra take place. The opening of border check point with Slovakia for hikers and bikers and especially with the nearest Slovakian city - Leśnica definitely increased the attractiveness of Szczawnica and extended its tourist - leisure offer.Modern,6 km hike - bike education route constructed with the confounding of the European Union became the common tourist offer of both border communes. The route goes from the lower station of KL "Palenica" in Szczawnica, on the left bank of Grajcarek stream to the Pieniny Mountains, and then through the Pieniny Route to Leśnica. There are park sites for bikers along the route, benches and information boards describing the variety of the Pieniny National Park.

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Szczawnica

Altitude 430m-540m npm
Area 87 km2
Population 7300
Area code 0-18
Board register KNT
Post code: 34-460

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Szczawnica

Szczawnica is in the border city neighboring Slovakia with 7 500 inhabitants. It is located in one of the most beautiful parts of the Southern Poland, in the borderland of the Pieniny Mountains and Beskid Sądecki Region,430 - 550 m above sea level. The city was being developed in the picturesque Grajcarek valley, the right-bank tributary of the Dunajec river. The beginnings of Szczawnica are dated back to XV th century, and the reason for its growth was the utilization in XIXth century of acid springs of mineral water. Since then the mountain village started to transform into one of the most popular and frequently visited Polish spas. Szczawnica is the spa ,which thanks to a specific microclimate and presence of mineral water springs specialized in the treatment of air passages ,alimentary canal and urinary tracts and recently the treatment of illnesses of locomotive organs. The spa has a perfect health care base, among others Zakład Przyrodoleczniczy (Physiotherapeutic Center) and Inhalatorium (Inhalation House), equipped in unique pneumatic chambers serving the treatment of lung diseases and brine bath chambers, where inhalations effective while curing persons with asthma of bronchial tubes take place. Szczawnica deeply cares about the development of tourism, sports and leisure. Simultaneously it may host 5 500 visitors, which have a wide choice of various standard accommodation - from apartments in sanatoria ,guest - houses, hotels and holiday resorts to lodgings, huts and campgrounds. Many attractions are available for tourists in Szczawnica. Mountains overgrown with forests, with rich flora and fauna, encourage to take a hike on numerous tourist routes, leading to the highest peaks of the Pieniny Mountains and Gorce Mountains as well as to nature reserved - Homole Ravine, Biała Woda, Wysokie Skałki. Routes are adapted to a physical fitness of an average tourist. From the center of the city there is a chairlift to Palenica, where from visitors may admire the panorama of Tatras Mountains, Pieniny Mountains and Beskid Sądecki region. On the top of Palenica the huge attraction for adults and children was constructed - 700 meter gravitation tube. Tourists preferring faster ways visiting the region will be happy seeing many bike and horse riding routes with a different levels of difficulty. There, in sports equipment rental everyone may take a mountain bike or rent a horse for horseback riding in the center affiliated with PTTK. The hut near Durbaszka organizes also paragliding courses. A trip to Szczawnica gives tourists the perfect opportunity to get acquainted with charms of the Pieniny National Park, to visit nearby castles in Niedzica and Czorsztyn ,to travel by ship on Czorsztyn Lake, to row a canoe or boat in a swift current of the Dunajec river. In the region still undiminished interest of tourists is drawn by one of the biggest sightseeing attractions of the Pieniny Mountains - 20 km rafting through the Dunajec gorge the end point of which is located in Szczawnica. Together with first snowfalls Szczawnica transforms into the winter sports resort. There are ski lifts in the area of the city and slopes for beginners as well as for advanced fans of white sports. From Palenica there is a ski route ,with snow making installation and FIS homologation where alpine skiing competitions are organized. The half pipe tube located on the top of the mount attracts many snowboards supporters to the region. The knowledge about the city can be supplemented by the visit in the Pieniny Museum where the permanent ethnographical - historical exhibition was arranged, devoted to the culture of the Pieniny highlanders and spa traditions. Highlanders' folklore is still vivid in the city and visible in the local Pieniny dialect, in folk dresses worn by rafts men, hackney carriage owners and native Szczawnica inhabitants during different ceremonies ,in products of local artisans and deeds of folk artists. The biggest holiday of local folklore, providing closer look to highlanders' and shepherds' customs and traditions is "The Pieniny Summer" organized in July by the City Culture Center. For the entire year in the spa pump room "Magdalena"serial exhibitions of paintings, sculptures and embroidery of local artists are organized; while in the summer - in the concert bowl - performances of the chamber orchestra take place. The opening of border check point with Slovakia for hikers and bikers and especially with the nearest Slovakian city - Leśnica definitely increased the attractiveness of Szczawnica and extended its tourist - leisure offer.Modern,6 km hike - bike education route constructed with the confounding of the European Union became the common tourist offer of both border communes. The route goes from the lower station of KL "Palenica" in Szczawnica, on the left bank of Grajcarek stream to the Pieniny Mountains, and then through the Pieniny Route to Leśnica. There are park sites for bikers along the route, benches and information boards describing the variety of the Pieniny National Park.

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