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Through Podhale and Orawa to the foot of the Queen of the Beskids

Through Podhale and Orawa to the foot of the Queen of the Beskids

The Podhale, one of the most beautiful regions of Poland, stretches at the foot of the Tatra Mountains. Several dozen years ago, all villages in the Podhale only featured wooden cottages with shingled roofs. At present, only the village of Chochołów, situated 20 km from Zakopane, retained its character. Some of the cottages in Chochołów were built of massive timber logs, so that the entire wall was made up of only two thick beams! From Chochołów you may go through the extensive peat bogs and flatlands of Kotlina Nowotarska until you reach the Orawa region. Travelling through Czarny Dunajec and Jabłonka, you will get to the village of Orawka, with a wooden, Gothic church from 1656. The folk buildings of the Orawa region do not resemble the architecture of Podhale, which you can observe in the heritage park in Zubrzyca Górna, displaying numerous cottages in Orawa style, with “wyżka”, a chamber in the attic. A tremendous massif of Babia Góra (1725m asl), referred to as the Queen of the Beskids, looms over Orawa. It is also the highest peak of the Beskids. A trek to the peak is not very demanding, as the road from Zubrzyca Górna takes you up to the height of 1000 m, to the Krowiarki pass. This trail leads through the area of Babia Góra National Park, and the walk to Babia Góra takes approx. 2 hrs 30 minutes.

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