Welcome to Krynica
Much of the year, patients repair here to drink from around a dozen local mineral springs, each one prescribed for a different ailment, and to relax in the mountain air. In midsummer, though, you can banish any notion about this being a laid-back spa for quiet convalescence amid the pines. It’s a full-on summer holiday retreat, chock-a-block with families, long queues at ice-cream stands and impromptu rock concerts on the promenade featuring local knock-offs of Axl Rose and Lady Gaga.
It wasn’t always this way. In the early decades of the 20th century, Krynica was a fashionable hangout for the artistic and intellectual elite and continued to be so right up until WWII. Splendid villas and pensions were constructed during that period, blending into the wooded landscape.