Krynica-Zdrój is a town in southern Poland in Beskid Sądecki
mountains, inhabited by over 13 thousand people. Part of the
inhabitants belong to the Lemko minority. It is the biggest spa in
Poland called The Pearl of Polish Spas; a tourist and winter sport
centre. It was first recorded in 1547 and became a town in 1889.
The 1931 World Ice Hockey Championships were held in Krynica-
A gondola lift built in 1997 on the Jaworzyna Krynicka, a mountain
overlooking Krynica-Zdrój, and subsequent investment in modern
skiing facilities, made it one of the most important ski resorts in
Poland. Beyond down-hill skiing, nearby mountains are also a
perfect setting for cross-country skiing and mountain-biking.
Krynica-Zdrój is sometimes nicknamed "Polish Davos" for the
Economic Summit "Poland-East" held here every year in
September. Politicians (including heads of state) and
businessmen from several countries of Central Europe, former
Soviet Union and Arabic countries meet here to discuss economic
and political matters. Krynica-Zdrój was home to Nikifor (real
name: Epifaniusz Drowniak), a famous naïve painter.