Stay 9 : Ecotourism in Poland – From Bielska-Biala to Krosno

Stay 9 : Ecotourism in Poland – From Bielska-Biala to Krosno.

Occidental Route

Stage 9/35 - 275 kms

0 km Bielsko-Biala

108 kms Nowy Targ

167 kms Krosno

carte Bielska Biala a Krosno

Discovering Bielsko-Biala : Tourists place

Bielsko-Biała Pologne

Bielsko-Biała Poland
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Bielsko-Biala is a city in southern Poland, charming, spread at the foot of the Beskid Mountains. It is one of southern Poland’s most interesting towns, the most place visited by tourists. Travellers are drawn to Bielsko-Biala, known as the “little Vienna”, not only for the beauty of the city’s architecture but also for the enchanting surrounding landscapes. The city of Bielsko-Biała was created on January 1, 1951 when the neighbouring cities of Bielsko and Biała were unified. Bielsko, which, for centuries belonged to the Duchy of Cieszyn, was founded in 1312. In 1457 the Biała River was the border between Silesia and Lesser Poland. Silesia belonged to Austria. In 1723 on the river’s opposite bank, the city of Biała was created. Biała was annexed by Austria in 1772 and included in Galicia’s state land.  In 1918 both cities became a part of Poland.

Ecotourism in Poland : Nowy Targ, a small town and its parks

Nowy Targ Pologne

Nowy Targ Poland
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Discovering ecotourism in Poland by Nowy Targ, a town in southern Poland. It is the historical capital of the Podhale region. The town lies in a valley at the foot of the Gorce Mountains. It includs the Gorce National Park, established in 1981, at the confluence of Biały and Czarny Dunajec rivers. Administratively, the park is situated in Nowy Targ, a county in the Lesser-Poland. It was formerly located in Nowy Sacz Voivodeship.

Ludzmiera : Shrine of the Mother of God

The Shrine of the Mother of God in Ludzmiera is located five kilometres from Nowy Targ, in southern Poland, amidst mountains and ancient forests. The wooden statue of the Madonna and Child dates from 1234. Standing at one meter high, her face expresses great kindness and compassion. In 1825, the statue was shifted to the new church and was solemnly crowned on the occasion of Christianity’s millennium in Poland. On 9 June 1979, John Paul II celebrated a mass in front of the sacred image, exhibited for the occasion on Nowy Targ’s great esplanade. On that day, John Paul II remembered all those who were compelled to “emigrate because of lack of material possessions”.

Krosno : The First oil well in the world

Krosno is the site of the first oil well in the world. It is a medieval fortified town, a former royal free town, an industrial centre of cloth, linen, canvas, and Hungarian wine trade. Krosno, formerly called “small Cracow”, is a town located in the south of the Subcarpathian province at the mouth of the Lubatówka River up to the Wisłok River. To the west, the Krosno Valley borders the Jaslo Valley and to the east the Zarszyn Valley. The "Kamieniec" castle is found at the foot of the first mountain, and a television relay station on the peak of the other. Krosno always fascinates with the beauty of its medieval churches and old houses situated mainly in the Old Market Square area erected on a hill at 277 m above sea level. From 30 June, 1975 to 31 December, 1998 the town was the Krosno Province’s capital.

Wooden churches of southern Lesser Poland (near Krosno) : Middle Ages testimony 

The wooden churches of southern Lesser Poland represent outstanding examples of building traditions of medieval churches in the Roman Catholic culture. Built using the horizontal log technique, common in eastern and northern Europe since the Middle Ages, these churches were built by noble families and became status symbols. They offered an alternative to masonry constructions in urban centres. The wooden churches of southern Lesser Poland bear exceptional testimony to the tradition of church building from the Middle Ages. They have also been preserved in the village and landscape setting, and in relation to the liturgical and cult functions of the Roman Catholic Church. Churches have been of particular significance in the development of Polish wooden architecture, and an essential element of settlement structures, both as landmarks and as ideological symbols.

Practical services

Bielsko-Biała : Aparthotel Ventus Rosa

Bielsko-Biała : Hotel Sahara

Bielsko-Biała : Hotel Na Błoniach

Nowy Targ : Apartamenty - Szaflarska

Nowy Targ : Skalny Dworek

Nowy Targ : Domek Buflak

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