Picturesquely nestled in the Beskid Sadecki Mountains, Krynica Zdroj is one of the largest health resorts in Poland. It developed in the 19th century and since then the local mineral waters have become famous throughout the country. Already by the close of the century Krynica had become a popular resort attracting a steady stream of Polish artistic bohemians. At present, due to many investments, the town continues to be a favourite spot for holiday-makers, who can find here great opportunities for playing tennis, biking, hiking, skiing, snowboarding, horse-riding...
Krynica’s mineral waters are known for their therapeutic properties and are beneficial in the treatment of numerous diseases. Besides the drinking therapy, the waters are used in mineral-acid-carbonic baths. For visitors wanting to try out the drinking therapy, there is a choice of twenty kinds of mineral springs. While visiting one of the public pump rooms, why not try out the purple-brown Zuber? Considered to be the most concentrated mineral water in Europe, it certainly tastes and smells disgusting enough to be memorable. Other clearer and tastier waters are Zdroj Glowny, Slotwinka Jan, Jozef, Mieczyslaw and Tadeusz.
Krynica Zdroj is a town in the Lesser Poland Voivodship. It lies in the valleys of four streams: the Kryniczanka, Palenica, Slotwinka and Czarny. The altitude above sea level ranges from 560 m to 720 m. Krynica is surrounded on three sides by wooded hills, and there are as many as 16 nature reserves in the region, including the Popradzki Landscape Park. The climate in Krynica has features of a sub-alpine climate, which helps to increase the immunity of the body.
The first scientific record of the Krynica spring, together with a water analysis, is to be found in the work of a professor of Lvov University, which he produced following several journeys to the Carpathian Mountains in the years 1788-1795. In 1807 the town formally became a spa and it was not long before the first doctor opened an office there.