Piwniczna-Zdroj

Piwniczna-Zdroj is a town in the Lesser Poland Voivodeship, located approximately 25 km from Nowy Sacz and 4 km from the border with Slovakia. Piwniczna is a popular spa. You will find here healing mineral waters, which help in the treatment of stomach and duodenal ulcers, upset stomach and inflammatory bowel diseases. Moreover, a holiday in Piwniczna-Zdroj allows you to go for a short trip to the neighbouring, full of monuments and attractions towns.

 

Piwniczna-Zdroj TOURISM

Piwniczna-Zdroj is a famous spa town. There are numerous natural healing mineral waters (the so called acid waters) that characterise with high magnesium and calcium ion content, which neutralise gastric acid. The waters help in the treatment of stomach and duodenal ulcers, upset stomach, inflammatory bowel and pancreas diseases as well as diabetes.
Apart from its healing values, Piwniczna-Zdroj is a paradise for skiing and snowboarding fans. In winter they may practice their favourite sports in such ski centres as Sucha Dolina, Wierchomla Mala and Kokuszka. They all offer perfect snow conditions as well as ski and snowboard service, rentals and schools.
Piwniczna-Zdroj attracts visitors not only in winter, but also any other time in the year. The main attractions of the town are: rafting on the Poprad, more than 280 km of foot and bike trails, fishing in the Poprad, paintball, horse riding, tennis courts as well as mineral water drinking fountain.
A special place in Piwniczna is the Regional Museum with the exhibition of old household equipment, craft tools, outfits and former handicraft as well as Europe’s biggest collection of skis.
While in Piwniczna you should also go to the local cyclical events. The most interesting are: Piwniczna Days, the Poprad Autumn, Winter in Piwniczna and Heathland (Polish: Wrzosowisko).

 

GEOGRAPHY

Piwniczna-Zdroj is a town and seat of the commune in the Lesser Poland Voivodeship, in Nowy Sacz County. It lies by the Poprad, at the altitude of 357-1140 metres above sea level. The highest peaks in the town are: Eliaszowka (1024 m), Niemcowa (963 m), Granica (715 m) and Kicarz (703 m).
Piwniczna-Zdroj has the population of approximately 6 thousand.

 

HISTORY

Royal Free Town of Piwniczna was established in 1348. The first name of the settlement, Piwniczna Szyja (Piwniczna Neck), which functioned until the end of the 18th century, was derived from the characteristic narrowing of the Poprad, near today’s Miedzybrodzie. The name Piwniczna, however, is probably derived from trick forest-overshadowed northern entrance to the town.
The town’s location on the busy trade route to Hungary and numerous royal privileges made the town develop quickly and dynamically. Already in the 18th century Piwniczna had water supply and in the turn of the 19th century a school, an inn, five mills, a water cistern and a hospital were built here. In between 1874 and 1876, on the other hand, Nowy Sacz – Muszyna railway connection was established. By the end of the 19th century mineral water springs were found here and in 1884 first tourists came to Piwniczna. The town soon became a popular tourist resort.

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