You don’t feel like toiling up the steep paths with a heavy backpack weighing you down? Use our idea of an amazing car trip –a day at the foot of the Tatra Mountains. Whenever we head in that direction, we have to pass that route because the views it offers are just extraterrestrial!
It’s one of these scenic routes to which you keep coming back…
Route: Murzasichle – Cyrhla – Ząb– Bustryk
Distance: 25 km
Duration: 4-5 h (with breaks for taking pictures and dinner of picnic)
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Just like every other tourist wishing to see the Tatra Mountains, we start our trip at “Zakopianka” expressway. However, we don’t drive to the overcrowded Zakopane but instead we turn left in the direction of Poronin (7km before Zakopane). As we pass through the village, the road snakes more and more upwards. We turn left in the direction of Murzasichle and we go through a forest. After a few minutes we reach the village. Murzasichle is a great base and also start point of our Tatra mountains car route.
FOLKLORE IN MURZASICHLE
What is so captivating about Murzasichle? This little village is located right at the foot of the Tatra Mountains and on the edge of the Tatrzański National Park at the height of 820-950m above sea level and it’s nearly 400 years old! As you can guess, the village’s view of the Tatras is impressive. Murzasichle may also boast beautiful traditional architecture, satisfying eateries and great accommodation facilities… take your pick –you may choose from affordable one-night stays to really luxurious SPA resorts.
When it’s best to come?
Every season of the year is a good time to come since mountains offer something new with every passing month. What we loved about Murzasichle apart from its stunning views was its folklore. The local native population is very attached to its traditions. People walking the village in traditional folk costumes are not an unusual sight. We recommend going there on Sunday. Take a walk through the village during one of the Sunday masses (before/after 8:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 5:00 p.m. – and in July and August also at 8:00 p.m.). Proud highlanders dressed up for church in their traditional costumes look extremely exotic for tourists from cities.
You may also visit during one of the many church holidays when “tradition takes to the streets”. I don’t know about you, but we always look at life of the locals with great interest.
What’s worth seeing? Where is the best view of the Tatra Mountains?
In Murzasichle there are no historical buildings strictly speaking. One comes here to imbibe the views, local cuisine and tradition. Nevertheless, we recommend visiting the wooden church from 1950. There are countless picturesque spots for taking pictures; even the main street crossing the village (Sądecka Street) will offers a stunning view of the Tatra Mountains. Just take any turning and take shots to your heart’s delight. A nice spot for a short picnic and photo session is the area of Kopieniec Hotel (a great high-end accommodation by the way!). It’s got a parking place where you may leave your car. There’s a meadow next to the hotel with a great view of the mountains.
PASSING THROUGH CYRHLA
Once you’ve filled yourselves to the brim with the amazing views, go to a small village called Cyrhla. It’s a tiny and inconspicuous settlement where time seems to stand still and not much happens. Its best viewpoint is by a cross where you may park your car and go for a short photo-walk as the spot is really picturesque and photogenic, especially in sunny weather when the visibility is good. In Cyrhla you can enjoy a splendid view of Giewont Mountain (and other peaks). Few people visit the place even though the whole ride through the village is really scenic.
PICTURESQUE LOOP ZĄB – BUSTRYK
In the Podhale region everybody knows Ząb mainly due to its association with Kamil Stoch (polish ski-jumper) –it’s his home village and a place where the Stoch family lives. Yet Ząb has much to offer and it is the highest situated village in Poland with the altitude of 1013m above sea level. Ząb is spread at the northern side of Gubałówka and is may boast definitely the best view of the whole Tatra Mountains, at least for us it’s number one as far as car mountain trips are concerned. A great viewpoint is the area near cemetery –the Tatras seem to be literally at your fingertips. By the way, we recommend going there on 1st November – traditional celebration of the All Saints’ Day is unforgettable.
In Ząb there is a stylized wooden St. Anne Church from the beginning of the 20th century with a traditional interior design corresponding to the local folklore. The church is also wonderfully located and offers a stunning view of the mountains. Go and see it by all means.
When you’ve seen what Ząb has to offer, go further to a small village called Bustryk. You may make a loop offering really great views with a car (marked on the map). There are plenty of photogenic spots, you will see for yourself.
WILL YOUR CAR MAKE IT?
The route described above includes only asphalt roads in a relatively good condition. A SUV isn’t really necessary. The road gets narrow in places but it will only give you an occasional thrill when you have to get past another car but all in all the entire route is definitely safe.
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TATRA MOUNTAINS CAR ROUTE IS BEAUTIFUL IN EVERY SEASON OF THE YEAR
THIS ARTICLE WAS NOT SPONSORED. IT WAS CREATED OUT OF WEAKNESS FOR BEAUTIFUL PLACES.