Poland: Nowy Targ – a city where you can buy everything
Who does not know, probably the most famous market in Poland, in the city of Nowy Targ? Twice a week, thousands of people are sent here for the real prospect of cheap shopping. And we want you, our readers, to present this city not only as a market, but also as a historical and attractive city for tourists with lively everyday life.
Nowy Targ, the full name of the Royal Free City of Nowy Targ, has over 33,000 inhabitants, is located in the Lesser Poland Voivodeship and is located at a distance of 84 kilometers south of Krakow. It is the capital of the Podgali region. The first written mention dates back to 1326. Since 1346, the city received the rights that King Casimir the Great awarded him. Thanks to these city privileges, it began to develop and build very quickly, however, this growth was suspended as a result of a devastating fire in 1601. The city also left a mark on the so-called. Swedish wars. Over the years, Nowy Targ became an Austrian province, later again went to Poland, and during World War II it was occupied by the German army, later liberated by the Red Army. Currently, the city has become a center of predominantly commercial tourism for local and foreign visitors.
Fair in Nowy Targ Fair in Nowy Targ
Poland is known as an agrarian country, and therefore Nowy Targ is no exception. The city is surrounded by fields and pastures and thus give it unusual picturesqueness. On the outskirts there are huts where you can taste traditional sheep’s cheese. The next industry, which is famous for Nowy Targ, is the production of furs. Thanks to the huge processing tanneries, it has become the largest center of the leather industry in Poland. And, of course, one cannot help but recall the most famous “industry” – as the people call trade. Since the fourteenth century, fairs have been held here every Thursday and Saturday every year, where you can really buy everything from live pets, flowers, vegetables, fruits, meat, clothes, furniture, various spare parts and tools. A visit to the market with endless streets and corners where you can bargain is a truly indescribable experience.
Fair in Nowy Targ
Nowy Targ is an ideal starting point for tourists. Since there are four national parks in its vicinity, namely, Gorchansky National Park, Tatra National Park, Babia Gora National Park and Pieniny National Park. The Bor-on-Chervonem Nature Reserve is also unique, where there is a unique peat bog in the Orava-Novotarg valley with an area of 114 hectares. It is one of the oldest nature reserves in Poland. It is interesting that the region got its name because of the color of the water, which, due to one species of algae (ulotrix) living on its territory, is colored red.
Fair in Nowy Targ Fair in Nowy Targ
If for a moment to return from nature back to the city, one cannot but mention the architectural treasures. Nowy Targ has a large area of 1.5 hectares. For several centuries, this place served as a shopping center. Today in the center of the square is a beautifully restored town hall with a clock tower. The town hall houses the Podhalyan Museum of Cheslav Paersky with a permanent exhibition representing the crafts of Podhali, temporary exhibitions and a unique printing machine of the 19th century. In the middle of the XIX century, most of the buildings in the square were made of brick. From this period, bourgeois stone houses located on the north side of the square have been preserved. Of course, churches are also located here. There are several of them in Nowy Targ at once. One of the most impressive is the Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the church of St. Catherine of the 14th century (St. Catherine is the patroness of the city), or the wooden church of St. Anne of the 15th century, etc. is no less interesting. The city was also visited by Pope John Paul II, whom the locals greatly respect and demonstrate this at every turn. In the city, commemorative plaques are dedicated to him, even the Papal Chapel on the occasion of the first pilgrimage to Poland and especially visits to Nowy Targ.
Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Meshchansky stone house
In addition to lovers of nature, architecture or history, the city also attracts sports lovers. The most famous events include skiing of John Paul II, the famous international kayaking of Tadeusz Pilarski, which is one of the oldest events of this type in Europe, or water sports on Lake Chorshtyn. If we are already talking about sports, there is the hockey club Podgale Nowy Targ in Nowy Targ, which plays in the highest Polish extra-league and since 1966 has already become the 18-time champion of Poland, two-time winner of the Polish Cup and once became the master of Interleague . Also, attending a hockey match is a great impression not only for the eyes, but also for the vocal cords. As part of non-sporting events, the popular Podhalynsky Fair is held here, which is the equivalent of ELRA in Kezmarka, i.e. Festival of European folk crafts.