Roads in winter
The main road in Sopotnia is narrow and... bumpy especially in wintertime, sometimes there are too much snow, so it maybe not so easy to get there.
From October till April, seldom in September or May the road maybe covered by snow.
Stop to see the waterfalls
When you drive the "main" road in Sopotnia Wielka stop to see the highest waterfalls in the Beskidy Mountains (not big btw but pretty).
Where is it?
Driving from Zywiec it's on the right side of the road very close to the crossroad seen on my picture (the pic is made from the bridge; to left: Zywiec, to right: Sopotnia Wielka, waterfalls are a few steps to the left).
First go to Zywiec
First you must get to Zywiec (for example from Krakow) by train (PKP - Polish National Railways) or by bus (PKS). Instead of Zywiec you can go by train to Jelesnia but notice that there are fewer buses to Sopotnia Wielka from Jelesnia then from Zywiec.
Check your connection by TRAIN:
- in your cell phone: if you have not very old phone it's surely can use WAP, so you can see PKP timetable on the page: wap.pkp.pl
- on the internet:
1. www.rozklad.pkp.pl and click on "W jezyku polskim"
2. On the bottom of new page choose your language:
Other pages with european timetables:
http://reiseauskunft.bahn.de/bin/query.exe/en - page of German Railways (Deutche Bundesbahn) in English,
www.rail.ch/index_e.htm - page of Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) in English
Connections by BUS: check the next tip.
There are a few buses daily
Sopotnia Wielka is connected with Zywiec (via Jelesnia or via Jelesnia Mala) and with Jelesnia (3 buses daily) by scheduled buses run by PKS - main Polish bus transportation company.
There are 10 buses daily Mon-Fri and 5 Sat-Sun from Zywiec Bus Terminal to Sopotnia Wielka and 3 buses daily from Jelesnia to Sopotnia Wielka.
www.ppks.zywiec.pl and click on rozklad (=timetable), on the next page click on locality of your departure (Zywiec, Sopotnia Wielka or Jelesnia) and you will see hours of departures of buses from this locality.
Abbrevations used on the page:
F - runs Mon-Fri
U - doesn't run on 25-26 Dec, 1 Jan and Easter
n - doesn't run 24 Dec, 31 Dec and Big Sunday
C - runs in Sat-Sun and holidays
X - runs 24 Dec and 31 Dec
A car is the best
First drive to Zywiec - city famous of 19th brewery which produces 2nd most popular beer in Poland: ZYWIEC.
From Zywiec drive road number 945, follow direction signs to Korbielow and SLO=Slovakia, there is border crossing point to Slovakia in Korbielow.
Drive carefully in Jelesnia and look for the beautiful, big, dark-brown 1-story wooden cottage on the right just by the road, it's impossible not to find it. The cottage is an old inn and houses delicious, regional restaurant called KARCZMA (=inn) - so you can even should to stop here (there is parking in front of the restaurant) - food is delicious, interior is simple, just primitive wooden design but looks great.
Just after Karczma turn right and after maybe3-4 km turn left in the forest on the only crossword - you are on the road which ends in Sopotnia Wielka on the foothills of Pilsko Summit.
Driving looong along the village stop by the PKS bus stop called WODOSPADY (=waterfalls) where there is a road to the right and a bridge and a small store/grocery on the left. Go to the bridge and admire the highest waterfalls in the Beskidy Mountains, they look marvelous in winter.
Horses and sledges
Instead of cars you can see... horses and sledges in Sopotnia Wielka - is it really 21st century? Hehe.