|The local area
The house is one of a row of houses
in a quiet area in a village called Falsztyn, which is at the edge of the
Pieniny National Park. The village has a small store, which is open from
7am to 9pm most days (except Sundays, when it opens nearer 11am). It sells
all the basics, such as cheese, eggs, beer, bread and milk etc - although
fresh bread is only delivered on week days.
From the house it is possible to
take a pleasant walk (about 20 minutes) down to the lake, where you can
sun-bathe or picnic. Alternatively, you can walk up into
the hills and, after about 1.5 hours walking, reach the 1000m-high peak
at Zar, which is surrouned by beautiful mountain pastures where you can
take in the views of the much more precipitous Tatra National Park.
Alternatively, about 10 minutes drive
away is the small town of Niedzica Zamek. Here there is a sailing port
(you can hire canoes, pedaloes and sailing boats here - although you need
a sailing captains certificate/card to be able to hire a sailing boat).
There are also bars and restuarants as well as a stunning castle, which
is well worth visit. There's bank and cash point in the village of Niedzica,
which is next door (1.5km away) to Niedzica Zamek.
Just past Niedzica you can access
the Pieniny National Park proper, and take the beautiful 3 hour walk up
to the Three Crowns (Trzy Korony) peak - where, on a clear day, the 360
degree view is beyond belief. There is also pleasant and relaxing mountain-rafting
trips through the Pieniny, which is suitable for young children - and is
guided by mountain men in traditional costume.
About 15 minutes drive from the house
is the Slovakian border crossing - well worth a visit for cheap beer (even
cheaper than Poland!) to access the Slovakian side of the Tatra range.
About 15 minutes drive away are the
beginnings of the footpaths into the Gorce National Park - a low, but beautifully
undulating and very quiet national park that has a number of refuges spaced
along the ridge - great as reststops for hot food or even places to stay
the night for long treks.
About 45 minutes drive away is the
famous Polish mountain resort of Zakopane and the start of multiple hiking
and mountaineering routes into the 3000m high Tatra mountain range.
The nearest town is Nowy Targ, which
is about 25 minutes drive away. It has two large super markets which take
cash and credit cards (with a PIN) and a town square with bakeries, pizza
places, cash machines, places to change money, bars and most shops you
There are excellent, and very well
equipped, doctors and hospitals in Nowy Targ. There is also a specialist
doctor for children and a number of pharmacists in nearby Niedzica (10
mins drive). Some Polish doctors speak English (even the one's not already
working for the NHS in the UK).
In winter, there are local ski slopes
as well as skiiing in the High Tatras if there isn't enough snow locally.
Maps and guides:
map showing Falsztyn and the local area
map showing the local area, the National Parks and the location on the
map of Poland (Falsztyn is the dot between Niedzica and Frydman)
map for sale on Amazon.co.uk
to walking in the Tatras available on Amazon.co.uk
Gora National Park
in the Tatras
in tha Tatras and Pieniny
birdwatcher's holiday diary in southern Poland
in Poland 1
in Poland 2