To get the general insight about Zalipie and its culture visit the Museum of Felicje Curyłowa. She was the famous painter from Zalipie. Houses painted by her in her own yard have become even during her lifetime an ethnographic attraction massively visited by tourists. Nowadays you can visit 3 buildings, but to tell you the trouth - only one is...more
Each year, a week after Corpus Christi takes place a competition for the best painted cottage. It is the perfect time to visit the village - you can see the newly painted houses in the clear colours. But don't imagine you will find a standard tourist attraction. I think the best way to explore Zalipie is to spend some time there and walk around....more
The museum is actually the farm house of the lady Felicja Curylowa that started it all. She lived from 1904 till 1974. If nobody is there and you are there during opening hours then you just need to go to the house across the street and the lady will open it up for you. The entrance fee is 3 PLN and 5 PLN to take pictures. For videos it’s more...more
When you drive through the spread out village of Zalipie you encounter about 20 decorated houses. Some have been decorated very colourful and others in more brownish colour which is more original. But not only houses have been decorated but also water wells, dog houses and many more things. Everything just looks so cute. The tradition is still kept...more
This is a tiny rural farming community, so don't go looking for nightlife in Zalipie.
However, you might just be lucky and find a ho-down going on in a local barn to celebrate someone's nameday. Or if you are really lucky, a wedding could be taking place. Polish wedding parties are something else. They can last for 4 days, and REALLY good ones will go on for a week.
Dress Code: Just as you are
If you have GPS, then you will easily find Zalipie. Zalipie is located off the road number 973. If not, then you must get a very detailed map of Malopolskie which you can buy in some of the petrol station shops but not in all. From Krakow there are several routes to reach Zalipie. If possible try to avoid the always clogged up main road to Bochnia...more
If you travel on road number 973 from Nowy Korczyn to Borusowa and further down to Zalipie you need to use a ferry. There are only three such ferries in all of Poland. The ferry barge is connected by a steel wire to the wire that is spanned across the river. There is only space for two cars at any one time. When we were there the ferry kept going...more
The owners of most painted houses sell hand-painted souvenirs. I bought some flowers and fishes from the first place we stopped. Later we saw the same things again in the Dom Malarek where they had exactly the same price. Also in the museum you can buy various souvenirs. I bought something there too. The souvenirs are inexpensive and there is no...more
Zalipie residents' homes are their shops. Decorated inside and outside, take time to admire them. And see how their famous tradition is carried over to the goods they sell. They're works of regional art that are fast disappearing in the rest of Poand. Hand-painted buckets, plates, bells, vases, and many, many other items. As mentioned before, the...more
Zalipie residents throw open their homes to visitors, so that their art and tradition may be admired. Few people, even in Poland, know about Zalipie and visit it!
The old cottages are even more beautiful on the inside than the outside, and the owner will show you the interior if asked. This is not an obligation on their part, they are doing you a service and inviting you into their home. Tourism has not reached this part of the world.
As you can see from this pic, even the newer homes in the village are continuing the tradition.
After a visit here, you might be inspired to do some home decorating yourself when you get back, Zalipie-style. So pay attention to the designs!
"Dom malarek" - "The painters house" is one of the atractions shown to tourists visiting Zalipie. It is called to be the community center. For groups of tourist there are organized simple workshops - but they have nothing to do with the real art and are good for small children.Inividual tourist hardly find there anything interesting. No one put...more
Zalipie women don't just decorate their homes and environment. They also sell their handicraft, like this beautiful bell.Their products are sold far afield and decorate many other's homes, mine included. The products are already cheap, so no haggling is needed.more
One of the famous painters from Zalipie was Felicja Curyłowa (1904-1974). Houses painted by her in her own yard have become even during her lifetime an ethnographic attraction massively visited by tourists. Curyłowa was also an active member of the community. She helped to glorify the village and sustain the local traditions.On a cemetery...more
Visiting the village of Zalipie we met a young artist, a girl named Joanna. She is one of the youngest painters in the area. As a passionate the local culture and the student of cultural studies she told us a bit about the local customs. She is a treasure trove of knowledge about the culture of Zalipie. Her subtle paintings captivated me.I think my...more
A visit to the village church will reveal that even the priest has been decorated. And painted figures decorate the inside of the church.During church celebrations, the congregation of Zalipie wear their regional costumes, making a wonderful splash of colour. It really is a must to see this, so time your visit to co-incide with Mass, which is not...more
Well there is no hotel in Zalipie. This is also mentioned everywhere you find information on Zalipie. But we did see an accomodation for rent somewhere in the village. You will see it on the photo and there was a sign pointing to a house 50 meters down the road for a key. So you may want to try to find this place in case you get stuck.The name of...more
The peace, the quiet. 21st Century has not arrived in Zalipie. It's hard even to see the effects of the 20th century here. Just trying to find it was fun. The map I was given by the tourist office was hopelessly inadequate, so I just had to use my instincts. Fortunately, I'm a bit like a homing pigeon when it comes to these things. So I eventually...more