Sopotnia Wielka Travel Guide

  • Kordon pension and the Beskidy Mountains
    Kordon pension and the Beskidy Mountains
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  • The wooden chapel
    The wooden chapel
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  • Waterfalls and a bridge
    Waterfalls and a bridge
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Sopotnia Wielka Things to Do

  • Kordon before sunset

    Go up the Kordon pension to admire sunset in winter.Panoramic picture - click to enlarge. Don't you like such views? I do like a lot.

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  • Take a rest

    .Tired after skiing? Take a rest :-))) Believe there is fresh mountain air there. It is enough to sleep a few hours and... back to skiing, hike or... drink if you like :-))).

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  • Watching wildlife

    Look for deer and foxes. I was able to see foxes just before sunset at the village. Deers? Hmm... drive up towards Kordon Pension at the same time or at night. it seems that they were looking for food.

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  • Drive snow mobile

    I didn't do it there but I'd like to try it. Have you ever done it?It's impossible to rent a snow mobile there as I know. Should I wait for the owner of the snow mobile on the picture to ask him for driving it?

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  • Don't miss the wooden chapel

    .Walking down from Kordon to the village don't miss this wooden chapel on the right side of the road..

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  • Small waterfalls

    .Take a look at small waterfalls on Sopotnia Wielka river hmm... there is neither Mississippi nor Niagara Falls but....

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Sopotnia Wielka Restaurants

  • Polish home-made sheep cheese and EU

    .It's called OSCYPEK (plural: oscypki), what's that? It's regional, home-made (in mountainous regions of south Poland only) sheep cheese - maybe less or more smoked. Buy it and try - if you like... buy more - it's cheap and I like to eat it (unavailable in food stores).Notice: there was a battle with European Union (EU) recently to save "oscypek"....

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  • Regional food in original old (1774) inn

    This place is a must see and the local dishes served inside are a must eat :-)). Cheap and delicious food, maybe a little crowded in lunch time in weekends. Kociolek goralski (local soup served in special pot with fire below), roasted small sheep or local dumplings with meat (pierogi).

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  • Roasted small pig or sheep

    Kordon is a pension, but you can eat here; the food is homemade and delicious; You can order (call in advance) and buy a small sheep or pig. It's roasted first in the stone oven with spices and then you can do a barbecue outside or roast it again in the kitchen if it's raining outside.Prices:- breakfast 1 euro- lunch 2.5 euro- supper 1.5...

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Sopotnia Wielka Nightlife

  • Night wildlife

    After dark you can take a picture of deer using either flash of your camera or your car headlights. Hmm... sometimes it's not so easy. They may aleays run away. Take your camera ready :-)))

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  • Night wildlife

    I think that the best time to meet deers is just before sunset and just after sunrise. Hmm... as for me I prefer to sleep in early morning. Don't you?

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  • Night wildlife

    Drive carefully, does don't always want to give you a way, usually they escape quickly but sometimes they stay in the middle of a road and look straight at your car and their eyes light like two point lamps - unforgettable.

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Sopotnia Wielka Transportation

  • Horses and sledges

    .Instead of cars you can see... horses and sledges in Sopotnia Wielka - is it really 21st century? Hehe..

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  • 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..

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  • 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...

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Sopotnia Wielka Shopping

  • More then grocery store

    Artykuly spozywcze means exactly: food products (articles) in Polish. It's used to call grocery story. Usually small one. Food - not big choice but you should find something you like and not to die for hunger :-))).

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  • Local handicraft

    I found a local artist trying to sell his wooden sculptures (with no luck) in front of Stara Karczma (Old Inn) restaurant in nearby village of Jelesnia. Wooden sculptures. First price for small sculpture 5 Euro, for bigger ones 10-20 Euro. Expensive?

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  • Food store

    Look at the picture: there is a food store, but you can buy there much more: batteries, films for your camera, newspapers, boose, beer, basic cosmetics etc.And it was opened in Sat and Sun when I was there in February 2003..

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Sopotnia Wielka Local Customs

  • Wooden shutters

    Old wooden houses usually have windows with wooden shutters in Sopotnia Wielka. They were painted in green in Kordon Pension cottage. Hmm... contemporary houses never have them and look not so cute in my opinion. Am I wrong?

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  • Wooden houses

    You can find quite many wooden houses around Sopotnia Wielka. But not many of them stand along main highway - most are of brick there. You must hike up to find them.Look at this one on my picture - Kordon pension made of thick wooden logs painted in dark brown. There was special, old technique used to fix them together with... grass.

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  • Local roofs

    Look at roofs of local houses whenever you are in Sopotnia. They are surely different. Personally I liked that roof on my picture - of Kordon Pension. Wooden cottage roofed with sheet iron painted in light brown. Add nice looking chimneys.

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Sopotnia Wielka Warnings and Dangers

  • For brave, healthy and... crazy

    .If you are brave, healthy and... crazy you can try to bath in Sopotnia Wielka river which forms a small lake by the waterfalls. Would you like to do it? Me not hehe.

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  • Driving... a tram

    I was in Sopotnia Wielka in winter once. The main road was in acceptable condition although covered by thick layer of snow but... the last maybe 500m before turn to Kordon was terrible, it was very difficult to drive it, a few times my lovely Nissan Sunny stopped. And I was... the last driver who drove up to the Kordon pension that day.Two days...

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Sopotnia Wielka Tourist Traps

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    Kordon pension and fog

    by matcrazy1 Written Oct 14, 2002

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    The weather here can change - like always in the mountains - very fast and can be even different from one point to another.
    I remember that once in May there was sunny down in the village and rainy with heavy fog up in Kordon pension (distance maybe 3-4 km).

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Sopotnia Wielka Off The Beaten Path

  • Fire place

    .There is marked fire place just outside of Kordon pension. Hmm... if you find dry wood you can use it even in winter. Or better to take some wood from Kordon pension hehe..

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  • Not so wild animals

    You can meet animals not so wild as deer in Sopotnia Wielka as well :-) Especially in the village. Deers are not so easy to find there - maybe just before sunset.

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  • On the track

    This is the trail down the Kordon Pension close to Sopotnia Wielka. Easy as you can see. And less interesting but it's the only way down from Kordon.

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Sopotnia Wielka Sports & Outdoors

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    PILSKO SKI CENTER

    by matcrazy1 Updated Oct 27, 2002

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    "Pilsko" ski centre is known mainly because the fact that on the northern slopes of Pilsko summit the snow lies very long, so sometimes you can skiing there even in May.
    There are 23 km of ski routes, eight ski lifts, a buffet, bar, ski service centre, car parking, and ski rental centre as well as an indoor swimming pool and sauna there.
    Haha, the ski center isn't located in Sopotnia Wielka, it's in Korbielow. So you must drive back to Jelesnia first to get there.

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Sopotnia Wielka Favorites

  • Kordon in winter

    Kordon pension in winter looks amazing, am I wrong? I know, I am not. I was lucky to drive my own car there but some cars (without 4 x 4) couldn't. Buy Nissan Sunny/Almera now to get there hehe.

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  • Mountains in winter

    Look at amazing mountains in wintertime. Whenever you climb and hike in winter be careful. Icy groung = falling maybe dangerous for you. Wear good boots.

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  • Village

    Most houses in a village don't look interesting but not all. Look at my picture. To be honest it was the only quite interesting among new houses along the main road in Sopotnia Wielka. It's not rich region = no palaces and residencies there :-))).

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Local dogs
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The same waterfalls and a bridge in winter
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Wintertime
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Forest in autumn
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Look at Kordon pension hidden in forest
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The fall is beautiful
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Enjoy the views
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Look at colors of the fall
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Wooden old inn
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Cars, horses and sledges
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Sledging cavalcade - the best seats
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Sledging cavalcade
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New winter transportation
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The chapel in winter
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Old winter transportation
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Zywiec Scenic Park
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Walk or hike in the Beskidy Mountains
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They are not Niagara Falls :-)))
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Aspen trees
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Locked door doesn't mean closed
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First go to Zywiec
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There are a few buses daily
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A car is the best
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Night wildlife
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Food, drinks, newspapers etc.
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Waterfalls and a bridge
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Deer
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Try Polish beer
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Local homemade food and delicious beer
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