The 6 Best Things to Do in Zawoja, Poland

December 31, 2017 Giuseppe Pratt

Zawoja [zaˈvɔja] is a village in Southern Poland located close to Maków Podhalański. It is situated in Sucha County (Lesser Poland Voivodeship). With neighbouring village of Skawica it constitutes a rural Zawoja Commune. It has 6,200 inhabitants (2001) and is often mentioned as one of the biggest Polish villages. It is also very often referred as the longest one as it stretches for about 20 kilometres in a picturesque mountain valley. It lies approximately 9 kilometres (6 mi) south of Sucha Beskidzka and 52 km (32 mi) south-west of the regional capital Kraków.
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1. Babiogorski National Park

Zawoja 1403, Zawoja 34-223, Poland +48 33 877 51 10
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Babiogorski National Park

Reviewed By Tom_Tangos - Stuttgart, Germany

Three days of hiking at Babia Gora
Day one: Zawoja-Small Babia Gora; Day two Zawoja-Big Babia Gora, Day three. Walk above Zawoja.
During a long summer weekend, it was of course quite crowded. And the mountain is for sure not as easy as it looks from below. On day 1 we started in rain and had some sun when at the top. On day 2 we started in sunny weather, but on the top it became quite chilly. So don't underestimate this moody mountain, which otherwise with a good map offers some good variants to the main routes taken by most visitors.

2. Orawa Ethnographic Park Museum

Zubrzyca Gorna, Zubrzyca Gorna 34-484, Poland +48 18 285 27 09
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Orawa Ethnographic Park Museum

Reviewed By endrju_74 - Ipswich, United Kingdom

Great open air museum, located just below Beskidy Mountains secluded summit of Babia Góra. Recently hugely expanded with loads of new - mainly - wooden buildings added/reconstructed. Guided tour in ticket price, starting every hour or when the group is big enough. You don't have to take part in guided tour but you won't get inside of any of the buildings, leaving you only with the outside option, which is very picturesque anyway. Long opening hours in the summer. Don't forget it takes about 2 hours to see everything, so keep that in mind.

3. Joseph Zak open-air museum

Zawoja Markowa, Zawoja, Poland
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Joseph Zak open-air museum

Reviewed By endrju_74 - Ipswich, United Kingdom

Superb place right on Babiogórski National Park border, with dense Forests in the background. The whole museum started in 1973, when local branch of PTTK (Polish Tourist Society) bought a piece of land with old wooden buildings on it. Since then few more building have been moved here from other parts of Zawoja. Open all year round, they got opening hours, but in low season it's better to use phone number provided here to book you in - people, who take care of the museum, live just round the corner, and will open when needed, even outside official hours, especially for groups. Tea, coffee, snacks and souvenirs, some of them hand made, available for sale.

4. Monument to Szafer and Zapalowicz

Zawoja Widly, Zawoja, Poland
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Monument to Szafer and Zapalowicz

Reviewed By endrju_74 - Ipswich, United Kingdom

This is a monument to two great people: one of them started tourist exploration of the region, while the other led to establishing of first protected areas on Babia Góra. Hugo Zapałowicz was the man who discovered Zawoja and Babia Góra for Polish tourism, he campaigned to build the road to Zawoja, he marked first Polish trails leading on top of Babia Góra (there were German trails a bit earlier, but those were re-marked into Polish ones), he led to build first Polish mountain hut on Babia Góra slopes on Markowe Szczawiny meadow. Władysław Szafer was a chairman of Polish State Council for Nature Protection, and he led first studies on Babia Góra nature, and he described and designed first protected areas in this part of Carpathian Mountains. Both great professors stand together now on newly refurbished monument in Zawoja Widły.

5. Kolej linowa PKL Mosorny Gron

Zawoja, Poland +48 22 444 66 66
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Kolej linowa PKL Mosorny Gron

Our modern cable way can take you as high as over 1,000 m! Mosorny Gron in Zawoja invites you all year round. In winter, it is visited by skiers and snowboarders, looking for interesting route profiles, in summer the surrounding trails are filled with tourists. In spring and autumn, Mosorny offers stunning, full colour panoramas of beech Forests surrounding the massif of Babia Gora.

Reviewed By greggyk - Poznan, Poland

Szybki wygodny sposób, by dostać się na górę. Sok narciarski jest dobrze przygotowany, na górze jest przyjemna knajpa i szlaki piesze

6. Highwaymen Chapel

Zawoja Policzna, Zawoja, Poland
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Highwaymen Chapel

Reviewed By endrju_74 - Ipswich, United Kingdom

Apparently there was many highwaymen groups operating in Carpathian Mountains, for some reason most of the on it's northern slopes, which means in Poland... Those illegal activities started about 16th century, and lasted till 19th century. Many groups carried out their criminal duties around Babia Góra mountain, thanks to it's inaccessibility. Nobody knows, when some highwaymen, and most of all: how many of them, decided to turn back onto legal way of life, but those few of them built a chapel above village of Zawoja (todays district of Policzna) to beg forgiveness for their sins. Well, at least the legend says so... Chapel stands here at least since the end of 17th century, and recently has been renovated. Blue marked trail passes the chapel.

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