Poland's Spa Belt
Krakow region, widely
has been famous for his many health resorts since the end of
the 18th century. Beneficial microclimate and healing
mineral springs have turned a good deal of local towns into
popular spas with mushrooming natural-medicine
establishments. These days big public-healthcare
sanatoriums, legacy of the latter half of the 20th century,
try to embrace market economy. At the same time posh
state-of-the-art private health spas have become
increasingly fashionable in recent years.
Krakow has two health resorts within the city limits,
Mateczny and Swoszowice. The former, nowadays situated next
to a busy downtown junction, dates from 1905 when the sulfur
water from its drilled well gave rise to a sizable
hydrotherapeutic facility. Swoszowice is a quiet area some
eight kilometers south of the city center where the first
spa opened in 1796 though the first publication about the
healing properties of its mineral springs had appeared as
early as year 1578.
Mateczny’s mineral waters contain compounds of sulfur, coal,
chlorine, calcium, sodium, and magnesium. They help for
rheumatism, skin diseases, gynecological problems, and
circulation deficiencies of the lower limbs.
Swoszowice’s mineral waters contain compounds of sulfur,
coal, calcium, magnesium, and boric ones. The place has also
deposits of therapeutic mud. They help for spin complaints,
rheumatism, degeneration of joints, and multiple sclerosis.
Top Health Resorts in the
Krynica, a popular holiday spot 170 km southeast of Krakow,
specializes in curing the disorders of internal secretion
systems, chronic digestive problems, circulation problems,
gynecological conditions, and illnesses of the urinary
Muszyna, a small town situated just slightly further south,
is reputed to help people with lung and bronchi diseases,
digestive disorders, heavy-metals poisonings, neuroses, and
Piwniczna, where the respiratory problem are being treated
in the first place, lies 150 km southeast of Krakow.
Rabka Zdroj, small town 60 km south of Krakow, has
earned renown as Poland’s top health resort for children
with various conditions, mostly diseases of respiratory
tracts, asthma, and diabetes. Also adults with heart
condition and circular deficiencies.
Szczawnica, popular tourist destination some 110 km south of
Krakow, specializes in curing diseases of the respiratory
system and rheumatism.
Wysowa, a village 170 southeast of Krakow, is known for
treatments of limb disorders, rheumatism, and diabetes.
Zlockie, another village 170 southeast of Krakow, is where
they cure disorders of respiratory, digestive, and urinary
Zegiestow, a renowned health resort 160 km southeast of
Krakow, boasts springs of highly carbonated mineral waters
that contain compounds of alkaline earth metals as well as
iron and are beneficial for those with diseases of digestive
and urinary systems.
The Malopolska health resorts are scattered among the Beskid,
a range of low mountains that stretches south of Krakow.
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Basic Krakow info for visitors
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Rabka Zdroj, Poland
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Krakow is Poland's tourist mecca, and also a gateway to
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