Chocholow In Poland
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Chocholow In Poland

While staying in Podhale, it is worth visiting Chochołów, located about 20 km west of Zakopane. It is a large village located on the right bank of Czarny Dunajec between the hills. A road connecting Zakopane with Czarny Dunajec runs through the village.

This place enjoys the constant popularity of tourists, regardless of the season. The unique landscape values of the Chochołowska Valley, its fauna and flora, as well as architecture, makes the village a fantastic place to visit.

Chocholow in poland

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History

Like most villages in the Podhale region, also Chochołów has a reasonably long history.

The first village administrator, Bartłomiej Kluska, called Chochołowski, received the village administrator’s privilege in the 16th century. He was distinguished during the Moscow wars and was rewarded by King Sigismund III. The office of the village leader was in the Kluska family for several generations.

Chocholow Uprising

Chocholow became part of the history of Poland in the 19th century. A patriotic uprising of highlanders occurred in February 1846, and it was led by Jan Kante Andrusikiewicz and Fr. Józef Leopold Kmietowicz. It was an element of so-called Krakow Uprising against the Austrian authorities.

After a short time, the uprising was suppressed by the Austrian army stationed in the Nowy Targ, and the insurgents were punished.

WW II

During World War II, Chochołów was the center of the guerrilla movement. One of the more famous figures of that period, coming from the village, was Stanisław Frączysty. He was actively supporting Marshal Edward Rydz-Śmigły and his return to Poland from Budapest.

The village’s war history did not lack tragic moments – in 1942, precisely on the 96th anniversary of the Chochołowski Uprising, the Germans made numerous arrests and took some of the inhabitants to extermination camps.

Attractions

The historical wooden houses in Chocholow

The central part of Chochołów called the “pearl of Podhale” is a living museum. It consists of over a hundred historical, often over 100-year-old cottages arranged in a characteristic arrangement of one-way rural buildings called “street houses,” in which narrower side facing the road and the front-facing the south.

Particularly noteworthy here is “Cottage from one fir”– a house with a front wall built over a hundred years ago from one huge fir trunk cut down in the vicinity of Chochołów.

The houses have a characteristic bright color as a result of being washed and scrubbed with soap and water every year before Easter. It is the best-preserved Podhale building complex; the wooden houses in Chochołów are archaic and sparingly decorated.

Chocholow In Poland

Chocholowski Uprising Museum

The seat of the Chochołowski Uprising Museum was arranged in a historic highlander’s house in Podhale that once belonged to the rich host Jan Bafia. The cottage was erected in 1798 and rebuilt in 1898. In the museum, equipped with typical highlander furniture and household appliances, there are documents related to the Chochołow Uprising, which took place in 1846.

The interior has been arranged in a way to connect important for the region Chochołów Uprising, with an ethnographic exhibition presenting the highlander’s life in the mid-nineteenth century.

chocholow Uprising museum

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Church of St. Jack

The church of St. Jack in Chochołów is a neo-Gothic brick building that was built in the 1870s. The temple was founded by priest Wojciech Blaszyński from Chochołów. Unfortunately, a generous founder died as a result of an accident at the construction site.

Despite that fact, the temple was completed and still impresses with its soaring form and beautiful interior design. Inside, you can admire stained glass windows, and a picture of the Virgin Mary painted on wood. The walls are also decorated with works of Walery and Wojciech Eljasz Radzikowski.

In front of the church stands a stone obelisk commemorating the Chochołowski Uprising.

Church in Chocholow

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Chocholowska Valley

The Chochołowska Valley is the longest, largest, and most western valley located within the Tatra National Park. It has a length of about 10 km and covers an area of about 35 km2. At the entrance to the valley, you can rent a bike or walking poles or take a horse carriage. There is also a highlander chapel of St. John the Baptist in the valley, where mass is celebrated in summer.

The Chochołowska Valley is a must-visit for everyone relaxing in the Tatras. The trail which runs along the bottom of the valley is wide, comfortable and leads to the surrounding scenic peaks.

Chocholowska Valley

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Thermal Pool

Opened in June 2016, Termy Chochołowskie is the largest thermal pool complex in Podhale. In recent years, thermal pools have been a real smash hit in Podhale and other regions of Poland. Relaxing in hot water after a day of skiing or hiking in the mountains is so popular that every new facility of this type near the Tatras becomes crowded. 

No worries! Termy Chochołowske are not on that list.

There is a lot of attractions, including large outdoor swimming pools with a view of the snowy peaks of the mountains, indoor pools, whirlpools, thermal pools, slides, spa, sauna, and much more.

You can get full access ticket here

Thermal Pool Chocholow

 


The accommodation base in the area of Termy Chochołowskie is very extensive. In Chochołów itself, we find several guesthouses; however, there are many more alternatives in nearby towns. Accommodation can be booked, among others, in Kościelisko, Witów, Białka Tatrzańska or simply – Zakopane

Everyone will find something suitable – from quiet agritourism, through cozy houses or apartments with a mountain view, to an elegant, modern hotel.

Chocholow is an excellent place for trips all year round, as you will find stunning attractions here. Lovers who like walks, an evening out for dinner or dancing, spectacular views, highlander atmosphere, and friendly locals should definitely visit one of the most attractive towns on the map of Podhale.

10 Comments

  • Benny

    One major thing that got my attention in this article is the wooden houses. It is so nice to know that these structures still exist and are functioning well. I must say this Is a place to visit but I have plans on going to Gdansk.. If my resources permit them I will be glad to take a tour through here. I must thank you once again for this article

  • Dmitri

    These photos are breathe taking. I would love to visit when I get the chance to do so. Other than the pure beauty in scenery, what are your recommendations for stopping to eat? What I mean by that is where is the place that is a must go when you visit?

    • Bartosz

      Hi,
      You should try tasty food such as cottage cheese with vegetables in traditional restaurant named restauracja Chocholowska. Restaurant is very close to Termy Chocholowskie.
      Thanks

  • Mirza

    Excellent and detailed view of the most beautiful parts of Poland. My city of Mostar has been an increasingly common tourist destination lately and I really find that there are many beautiful places worth visiting in Poland. One modern travel guide to following the page of Beauty of Poland, everyone can find something for themselves: good food, natural beauty, mountains … great promotion of Poland and a reason for all of us who have never visited to take a chance and visit some of these beautiful places that are shown on the Beauty of Poland page.

  • Steve

    Once again, you have brought me a wonderful post about a town I know nothing about and made me want to travel there this instant. I love the quaint nature of Chocholow! The wooden houses are adorable and really give the town a unique look. It’s also nice to know that there is a good amount of natural sites to see in the valley as that is one of my favorite things to do when traveling! Thanks again for the great post and I look forward to reading more about the wonderful sites in Poland you discover!

  • Antonio

    Hi

    Thank you for writing this wonderful article on Chocholow in Poland. The pictures look wonderful, especially the church which for a village looks quite impressive. Poland is a wonderful  country, the food is excellent and the weather is delightful. I have been to Poland before at Krakow, the salt mines and concentration camps. A thing that stays in the memory, as once seen it never leaves you. The  house look full of character and look  stunning against the blazing sun.

    My favourite thing about Poland is its currency as the Zloty sounds so delightful. When is the  best time to visit Chocholow as I like to see it one day?

    Thanks

    Antonio 

    • Bartosz

      Hi Antonio,
      Yeah church is really impressive, It’s nice to hear that you enjoyed your stay in Krakow, this is one of my favourite places in Poland.
      Best time to visit Chocholow? I would say summer or winter.In winter heavy snowfall covers the entire town in powdery white and winter activities are carried out in full swing.. There is a lot going on in the town in summer – cultural and recreational events are organised, hoverer this is peak season so expect crowds flocking to Chocholow.
      Thanks

  • Michael

    I loved your travel guide one of the places I want to visit is Poland  and I never heard of Chocholow it looks like a beautiful place to visit I will add it to my travel bucket list.

    I would love to read more of your tour guides of poland.

    Do you have a blog on “must visit places in Poland”?

  • Tariqul

    I am grateful to read your topic. It is really a very informative topic about a village in Poland named Chocholow. It is an evergreen village, isn’t it?  By reading this topic, I feel going there. There are many historical and beautiful places in this village. I wish I will visit this village and enjoy its beauty one day.

    I appreciate this topic very much. Thank you for your article.

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