We have visited recently Piwniczna-Zdrój. Today I will take you to yet another health spa town in the South of Poland - Krynica-Zdrój.
Krynica was founded in the middle of the sixteenth century but you will not find there any building that will be that old. The oldest buildings you can see were built in the nineteenth century.
The nicest is probably the Old Pump Room.
Next to it, you will find a concert hall, dedicated to the most famous Polish tenor of all times, Jan Kiepura. Every year Krynica welcomes the European Jan Kiepura Festival. Its artistic programme consists of opera and operetta performances, symphonic concerts, ballet and theatrical spectacles, proms, and presentations of films featuring Jan Kiepura.
You have correctly guessed that, like in Piwniczna-Zdrój, the Old Pump Room has a younger sister called New Pump Room. And just like in Piwniczna, the is the ugly young sister.
Yes, yes, obviously, it is not the looks that counts and you should never judge a book by its cover. Inside, the New Pump Room turns out to be filled with exotic plants.
Some of them are really high.
The health waters are distributed here.
Unlike in Piwniczna you need to pay for them. But at least you can chose between a few types with different features.
The most famous is probably Zuber, helping patients with gastric problems. You really need to try this one. Though I doubt if you can really have a second sip. It has the most horrible smell of rotten eggs that I was ever confronted with.
Krynica houses every year thousands of visitors who come here to cure their diseases with the health waters. Many of them stay in the main building of the health spa.
Others live in one of many smaller and bigger hotels and B&Bs.
That way they can enjoy every day a refreshing walk through the town. Crossing the Kryniczanka brook ...
... or going up the hill to the park.
In between the woods you can find a little jewel.
This is the church of Transfiguration, built in 1864.
I hope that you have enjoyed this visit to Krynica-Zdrój. I propose that instead of souvenirs you buy a pack of health waters that you will be able to enjoy when you are back home.