Jurgów ski area is one of my favorite. Everyone will find there something for himself. A major advantage of the ski resort is an expert ski run which is nearly 1,000 meters long. Also the view from the ski lift is great! Ski resort Hawrań consists of 7 ski runs: beginner, intermediate, advanced and expert with the advantage of the last two....more
About 2 km south of the village by the road to Podspady in Slovakia you will come across quite a number of wooden huts and sheds, some in pretty good condition, others completely ruined. These are shepherd's huts moved down there from the villagers' pastures in the Tatras when the mountains were declared a National Park and grazing the cattle there...more
The local museum is tiny as it is just an old croft of soltys - the head of the village. The farm dates back to 1871 and is a part of the Tatra Museum in Zakopane. It consists of a cottage and a farm building both constructed of logs connected at the quoins. Notice the low doors and small windows. The farm building consists of a cart-house, a...more
We found this shop by pure chance and, as it was on our way to Slovakia, we dropped by a few times for Chris, who loves Slovak beer. In his words, Polish beer is far too strong and can make you addicted while the Slovak varieties are a pleasure for your palate. I take his word for this as I only had a sip of each kind of beer he tried but I do agree it was not so bitter as Polish beers. More Polish people must share his opinion as there were always a few cars from Poland in front of the shop. He recommends the beers in the picture: Kamzik, Smadny Mnich, Kozel, Kelt, Corgon. I think he regretted not being able to try more as we only stayed there for a week and he was driving.
Before leaving for Warsaw we also bought two or three bottles of our favourite liqueur to give to our friends.
Slovak beer and alcohol were very cheap for us when we stayed in Jurgow last year (2008) but this may have changed since the EURO was introduced in Slovakia and the zloty dropped.
What to pay: Alcohol is much less expensive there than it is in Poland.
The local people of Jurgow can boast their own national dress. For men, it does not differ much from that of the Podhale region, only the colours and some details are different, e.g. the best man would wear a hat with a large 'feather', made of straw, wire and cloth (see the link). For women, the dress differs more. The local woman would wear a red...more
The cemetery at Jurgow is situated to the north of the church on the other side of the road. Looking at the tombs you can't help wondering at the Polish, Slovak and a few Hungarian names all in one cemetery, which reflects the history of the village. During the partitions of Poland, which lasted from the end of the 18th century up to the Treaty of...more
Czarna Gora, which neighbours Jurgow in Polish Spisz, dates back to the turn of the 16th-17th centuries. In the northern part of it lies a now listed farm once owned by the affluent Korkosz family. The farm, consisting of a cottage and a few outbuildings, was built and extended between the end of the 19th century and the 40s of the 20th century,...more
Situated at a height of 900 to over 1000 m a.s.l., Rzepiska lies on a few hills which offer a great view of the Tatras and the neighbouring villages. It is a beautiful area with very few tourists and friendly villagers, good for those who enjoy peaceful surroundings but rather hard to reach without your own transport. The village has two churches -...more
The road from Jurgów to Rzepiska commands a great view of the Tatras. As there is very little traffic there, you can stop the car and admire the panorama with fields and pastures close by and the magnificent mountains in the distance. Choose a day with good visibility - we didn't have much luck there but, even so, the scenery was stunning.more
Jurgow is a centre of winter sports, not as popular as Zakopane but certainly much quieter and with plenty of rooms to stay in in private boarding houses. And, what is important, the rooms are not as expensive as those in Zakopane. The village has two ski lifts and there are more in Bialka and Bukowina Tatrzanska nearby. As we don't ski, we never went there in wintertime so I cannot speak of the skiing conditions but when there is snow in the Tatras it is bound to be there as well.
Equipment: Bring your own skis but skiing equipment can also be hired on the spot.
Jurgow looks very romantic in winter when snow covers everything but, if you visit it only then, you will miss the faerie of colours of the summer season. The village is situated on the edge of spruce forest, with glades and meadows where the locals used to graze their livestock. Now that only some cattle and sheep are left, the grass and shrubs...more
As you approach Jurgow from the direction of Czarna Gora, on the right hand side of the road you will find these eight magnificent old trees growing together. They were planted like this to create shelter for a roadside shrine and are surrounded by a low wooden fence. The shrine is always decorated with flowers so somebody must be looking after it....more
There are not many traditional wooden buildings left in Jurgow nowadays. When we hiked to the village from Bukowina in the seventies and eighties we walked along its streets, admiring the beautiful wooden houses with sloping roofs and ornamental carvings and flower pots on their first-floor verandahs. The old house in the first picture, which stood...more