Spas, ski resort, mineral waters
"A few facts"
Krynica is the home of 23 mineral water springs and spas. 16 national reserves are located nearby. Krynica (or Krynica Zdroj, also known as Krynica Gorska) is not only popular for its natural resources but is also a ski resort.
"A little history"
The history of Krynica dates back as early as 1547 when the first settlement was built there.
Actually Krynica was re-discovered at the beginning of 19th century when the first spas and mineral baths were built. Since that time more and more people have been admiring the natural value of Krynica.
Krynica Zdrój is one of the most beautiful resorts in Poland. It is located on the eastern side of Beskid Sšdecki mountains, within 166 km distance to Kraków, 42 km to Nowy Sšcz, 13 km to Muszyna border crossing. Krynica is called "the pearl among Polish health resorts". The town is situated in a valley open to the south (560 - 620 m above sea level), surrounded by forested hills "Parkowa Góra" (741 m above sea level), "Krzy¿owa" (819 m above sea level) and "Jasiennik" (766 m above sea level). The unique climate of Krynica is an outcome of its location, altitude above sea level and shape of the land.
The great therapeutical properties of the existing in Krynica mineral water springs and its good climate were noticed in the middle of 19th century. This fact was of great importance to the town's development. At the end of 19th and beginning of 20th centuries Krynica began to develop dynamically. As a trendy and exclusive holiday destination, Krynica started to attract the most distinguished people of art and culture of that time, such as Jan Matejko, Henryk Sienkiewicz, Helena Modrzejewska, W³adys³aw Reymont or Jan Kiepura. Also, a folk painter Nikifor, called Krynicki, created his work here. His primitive art is a real sensation.