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The Tourist Settlement in Czorsztyn is a hotel and recreation resort, which mainly consists of historic, XIXth century buildings. As a result of the Czorsztyński Lakes creation, there was an idea born, of saving at least some of the beautiful buildings that were going to be flooded. To do so, from the areas, that are currently about 50 meters under water, the removal and reconstruction of a dozen villas, tavern and storage cellar buildings in their current location was undertaken. The Settlement is located on the Stylchen Peninsula, which offers spectacular views of the lake, the local castles and the surrounding mountain ranges. Some of the villas are still used as hotels and restaurants that serve local specialties.

Currently, Tourist Village Czorsztyn mainly features a full conference center and a place where big events are organized for the integration of workers from different companies. The Conference Center is located in the  Villa Drochojewskich and has three rooms, with different capacities. In one of the historic peasant houses, located in the village, there is a museum. This museum is named Królczyka. It consists of a peasant cottage, with the outbuildings. Inside the house, they have retained some of the original house hold utility from 1909. Its exposure can be viewed free of charge by appointment hours at the hotel reception.

Important Update:

The Museum, has been closed and is no longer officially open to the public at this time, due to the fact that it has been taken over by  a private investor. We have not removed it from the site as there does not  appear to be any restrictions on visiting the area and seeing the old buildings that are located here. However, these are now private property and should be treated as such.

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The Czorsztyński Lake is very often visited by anglers. As a result of flooding of this very uneven terrain, the creation of interesting fishing spots occurred, with different levels of difficulty. Both beginners as well as advanced anglers will be able to find satisfaction when relaxing by the bank of the beautiful lake. The following species of fish can be found in the lake: Pike, Perch, Bream, Roach, Chub, Bleak, Less rope and Burbot. The original assumption when the lake was created was that the leading species would be predatory fish such as Rainbow trout and Pipelining along with the Danube salmon. However, due to the significant siltaton, the dominant species became Bream. 

 

The best fishing areas by the lake are:

  • The top end of the lake, under the bridge between Dębno and Hubka villages. Species found there are: chub, perch, pike, roach, bream, mumps, barbel, trout, rainbow trout, brown trout and Danube Salmon.
  • Enclaves of Mizerna and Kluszkowce villages, (northern bank of the reservoir) and the enclave of Falsztyn (southern bank). Species found there are bream, pike, perch, roach, chub and bleak, some rainbow trout and lake tracie may also be found here.
  • Other smaller and bigger bays, that are very common in the Czorsztyński Lake. Access to them is much easier on the northern side of the lake for those of you wishing to try these, the southern shore is characterized by numerous steep cliff walls that drop down into the lake and thick woodlands, making it difficult to pass.

 

The best fishing periods:

  • Fishing with Bread and chub: VI, VII
  • Fishing for Trout: VIII
  • Fishing for Pike, perch: V, IX (from 01.01 to 30.04 - these are protected in this period)
  • Fishing for Huchen: X, XI

 

Practical information:

The Area of the Czorsztyński Lake belongs to the Polish Association of Angling. To be able to fish it, you should buy a license to the water district. Licenses are available for purchase in the following places: "Villa Jordanówka" Iwona Promiewicz – Stylchyn Str. 32 Kluszkowce, Zajazd "Cicha Woda" – Hubka Str. 2, Maniowy.

  • This allows you to fish with one rod and only artificial lures and vegetable based baits.
  • It is prohibited to lure with any other form of bait.

License Prices set by the PZW (Polish Association of Angling) - for 2011:

  • Licenses for an annual base membership: 300 zł, concessionary: 215zł
  • Periodic premium member: 1-day: 25zł, 3-day: 60zł, 7-day: 90zł
  • License prices for non-members and foreigners: 1-day: 60zł, per year: 830zł

Supplements:

  • Extra charge, that allows spinning in the waters: Annual:100zł, 1-day:10zł
  • Extra charge, that allows fly fishing: Annual:30zł, 1-day:10zł

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Every year, there is held a Polish Championship of Ice Fishing on the Czorsztynski Lake. This year, (2011) it was held in mid-February. This was the seventh edition of this event. This angling discipline is becoming more and more popular in this area, due to the long period that the lake is covered by ice.

 

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There are many ways to enjoy a pleasant stay around the Czorsztyński Lake. In addition to water sports, sunbathing, fishing and hiking, there are also many cycling routes available. The Czorsztyński Lake is located in a valley that is surrounded by the Gorce Mountains, from the North and by the Pieniny Mountains from the south. The cycling trails lead you through some of the most picturesque areas in this region, and along the way, there are some very interesting places to visit.

Biking Trails

  • Loop around Lake Czorsztynski.There are at least two routes that can be used when cycling around the Czorsztynski Lake. The first option includes basic riding along asphalt roads. To do this, we start in Niedzica leaving towards - Falsztyn - Dębno - Kluszkowce - Krośnica - crossroads (Czorsztyn) - around the flood dam and back up to the Niedzica Castle. This route is approximately 40km and takes about 4-5 hours to complete. It is important to take your time on this trip as there are numerous and steep gradients in parts of the route. This trip takes you all the way around the lake and into the Pieniny National park with some breath-taking views of the Pieniny, and also of Slovakia as you will be traveling toward Slovakia from Czorstyn to the flood dam at which point you will be only some 500m from the border.

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  • Optional extended loop around Lake Czosztyńskiego. Start your trip from Niedzica the same as the first option, when you  come to the place referred to as the Gulf Kosarzyska turn off from the main road and onto  the terrain road. This is a  well walked path, running along the shore of the lake. It gradually turns into a steep stone track, and climbs up into the forest. The trail runs along the southern slopes of the Reserve on the "Green Rocks," offering some unforgettable views of the lake. In Falsztynie, you will need to return to the tarmac road and continue as described in the basic route above. This option allows you to go beyond the beaten path, and even for a moment to rest from the fairly busy asphalt roads. Note: The route described here is marked on many maps of the region, but so far no markings are on the ground so you will need to find your own way:).

 

 

 

 

  • The Path of nature - forest, "Larches." This is a new initiative to try to promote the forest and meadow area on the northern banks of the lake. The trails were opened in 2010 and run from the top of Kluszkowce into Mizerna and then onto Maniowy. There is a combination of biking, and hiking trails that leads you through the lower woodlands and fields that are well marked with blue and green markers painted on the trees. At this point, there does not seem to be an official map released showing all these trials, but it is not difficult to find ones way. In addition, there are several information boards placed around the trails telling tourists about the unique flora of this region. Furthermore, several show images and details of the wildlife present in these mountains. If you do not speak Polish, then take a phrase book with you as all this information is given in Polish only. There are also several sitting places with tables placed around these walking trails. These trails are ideal for families with children as there are some stunning views of the Tarta’s and the Lake from here without the need to climb high mountains and without having to walk for hours. Well worth an afternoons walk around.

 

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There are many ways to enjoy a pleasant stay by the Czorsztyńskie Lake. In addition to the water sports, sunbathing and the fishing that is available you can also go on any of the breath taking, hiking or cycling trails that are located around the lake and in the close mountain ranges. The Czorsztyńskie Lake is located in a valley that is surrounded to the north by the slopes of the Gorce Mountains and by the Pieniny Spišské mountains to the south. There is therefore, many walking trails that will lead you through some of the most interesting and most beautiful parts of these mountains.

Hiking Trails

From the village, Kluszkowce to the Mountain Luban (1211m altitude). This is marked as a Blue Route on the official walking maps. Transit time is approximately four hours. Along the way, you will climb the mountain Wdżar, (you can take advantage of the chair lift here to save walking) which acts as a winter ski center and in summer offers spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and the Czorsztyn lake. The trail leads you through the forest, but from time to time you will come out on to old pastoral glades that are famous for the crocuses that grow there in the spring, often from these glades you will be given a sneak preview of the view from the top, as you climb higher and higher. The final approach to the peak is relatively steep, but well worth the effort once you have completed it.. As an encouragement along the way, just below the summit is a lovely natural spring, where you can enjoy crystal clear and ice-cold water. Once you have reached the top, then there is a view point and one of the many little huts that are dotted around the Gorce Mountains. This one is still in good condition, and you will often find one of the local Highlanders there with coffee, tea and maybe even the local sheep's cheese for sale. It is always good to carry some water with you as there is no where that you are guaranteed, you will be able to buy anything in these mountains.

From Kluszkowce to the Castle in Czorsztyn. The trail is officially marked with blue and green on most maps and should be easy to follow. Transit time is approximately 55 minutes. This route runs through fields and meadows, with some stunning views extending across the Czorsztyn lake to the Tatra Mountains that stand as a beautiful background. You can combine this walk with a visit to the ruins of the Castle in Czorsztyn and then cross the lake on one of the gondolas to see the Castle on the other side.

 

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•This trail starts at the top of the village Czorsztyn (on the boarder to the Pieniny National Park) pass „Szopka” (Chwała Bogu) and onto the Trzy Korony (Three Crowns) (982 m). This is marked as Blue Route on official maps of the area. The transit time is approximately 2.5 hours, depending on the destination that you chose to use. It is always best to leave some extra time as the views are often stunning and most tourists spend a full day on this trip. Once you set out from Czorsztyn then you initially go through an old grazing area for sheep, the largest of these fields is called “Majerz Hall." In the summer, the local lodge here sometimes offers travelers the chance to enjoy some of the local specialties that are produced by these Highlanders. After walking across these old fields you then start to climb up into the forest lands, and as you head up higher you will pass a few beautiful view points before you final reach the summit of the “Three Crows." Once you reach this point then there is a man built view point that is located at the top of the highest peak. To use this view point you may need to pay a couple of złoty, depending on the time of the year.

Once you have reached the”Three Crowns” then you will have a choice of ways to come down. The shortest route is down into a little village called Sromowce Niżne. If you use this option, then it is ideal to continue your journey on the traditional river rafting down to Szszawnica where you can easily pick up public transport to take you back to your starting point. Please note that public transport is not frequent to Sromowce Niżne and we would not recommend you to come down on this side unless you are going to travel down the river by raft or planning on walking down the beautiful Pieniny Road to Szczawnica.

For those of you that are still interested in walking further from the ”Three Crowns” there is a track that will take you to a second view point called Sokolica (747m asl) The trail is marked as blue from the ”Three Crowns” to “Sokolica." You will need to start to walk towards a little mountaineer town called Krościenko, that will be our destination. So if you do not wish to complete the walk to Sokolica, then you can just continue down this trail to Krościenko. If you wish to continue out to Sokolica, then you will need to turn right and follow the Blue trail. It should take less than two hours from the Three Crowns to Sokolica, when you are on this view point, you will see one of the famous trees that is displayed on almost every postcard from the Pieniny. To get down from Sokolice you should turn around and follow the Green trail down to Krościenko. This can be a very beautiful walk down along the riverside. (Don't follow the Blue trail down from Sokolica, as you will need to cross the river at the bottom).

From Sokolice, there is a second trial that runs down to Szczawnica, but it is not recommended to walk this way even if the views are very nice as you will need a boat to cross the river at the bottom, and it is not always running.

• Czorsztyn Nadzamcze - Przełęcz Trzy Kopce - Sromowce Kąty - Sromowce Wyżne - Niedzica Castle. This route leaves from the top of the village Czorsztyn and is a very nice walk that should take around 2,5 hours to complete. You can combine this walk with sightseeing of the two castles in Niedzica and Czorsztyn. From Czorsztyn, you set out the same as if you were going to do the above walk to the Three Crowns on the blue trail, however when you reach the Przełęcz Trzy Kopce, where the red trail turns off, you follow it down off the mountain, into the valley. Once you are down in the valley you can join the rafting in Sromowce Kąty and this will take you down to Szczawnica, if you wish to combine this with your walk. Or you can make a loop, back to the Niedzica Castle just by following the red trail, and in season use the gondolas that run from Niedzica to Czorsztyn to get back to your starting point in Czorsztyn.

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•This is one of the shorter walks, but it offers some fantastic views. You can turn this into a round trail returning to the Castle in Niedzica if you have your car parked there or catch a bus from Falsztyna. Set out from Niedzica on the red trail in the direction of Falsztyna. Along the way, you will see the historic St. Michael chapel in Niedzica. This trail that runs along the tops of these mountains in the open meadows offers you a beautiful panorama of the Tatra, Spiska Magura, Pieniny, Gorce and Beskid Sadecki mountain ranges, and in good weather, you may even be able to see Babia Gora National Park, in the distance. Once you reach the yellow train then you should turn down this trail to Falsztyn, where the main road runs from Dębno to Niedzica. You can walk back to Niedzica from here or take a bus depending on what you prefer.

•Path of nature - forest, "Larches." This is a new initiative to try to promote the forest and meadow area on the northern banks of the lake. The trails were opened in 2010 and run from the top of Kluszkowce into Mizerna and then onto Maniowy. There is a combination of biking, and hiking trails that leads you through the lower woodlands and fields that are well marked with blue and green markers painted on the trees. At this point, there does not seem to be an official map released showing all these trials, but it is not difficult to plan and find ones way. In addition, there are several information boards placed around the trails telling tourists about the unique flora of this region. Furthermore, some show images and details of the wildlife present in these mountains. If you do not speak Polish, then take a phrase book with you as all this information is given in Polish only.

There are also several sitting places with tables placed around these walking trails. These trails are ideal for families with children as there are some stunning views of the Tarta’s and the Lake from here without the need to climb high mountains and without having to walk for hours. Well worth an afternoons walk around.

 

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The Czorsztyn Lake is very attractive for boaters. It is large enough to be able to sail full-sized sailing boats on (with a total length of 15km) also it has a very varied coastline, with numerous secluded coves, where you can hide away from the bad weather, or dock, to relax and swim.

Podhalańskie Towarzystwo Żeglarskie (Highlanders Sailing Association) has a branch on the shores of the Czorsztyn Lake. The headquarters of this branch, and its main marina is located at the foot of the peninsula Stylchyn. In addition, this is where the head office of the Water Police is located.

 

Prices for Yacht Chartering Summer 2011 offered by PTŻ:

Yachts type Puck or Sigma:

Monday to Friday:

  • 1 Hour - 25zł
  • from 8.00 to 14.00 - 55zł
  • from 14.00 to dusk - 55zł
  • Day hire - 90 zł

Saturday - Sundays and bank-holidays:

  • 1 hour - 30zł
  • from 8.00 to 14.00 - 65zł
  • from 14.00 to dusk -65zł
  • Day hire - 100zł

Yachts type Orion:

Monday to Friday:

  • 1 hour - 30zł
  • from 8.00 to 14.00 - 65zł
  • from 14.00 to dusk - 65zł
  • Day hire - 100 zł

Saturday - Sundays and bank-holidays:

  • 1 hour - 35zł
  • from 8.00 to 14.00 - 75zł
  • from 14.00 to dusk -75zł
  • Day hire - 120zł

 

Yachts type Tango 720:

Monday to Fridays:

  • 1 hour - 40zł
  • From 8.00 to 14.00 - 75zł
  • From 14.00 to dusk -75zł
  • Day hire - 150zł

Saturday - Sundays and bank-holidays:

  • 1 hour - 45zł
  • From 8.00 to 14.00 - 85zł
  • From 14.00 to dusk -85zł
  • Day hire - 170zł

Sailing School

There is a 10-day training course and weekend (five weekends) training course available. The Minimum number of participants is four people. You can also charter a boat with coxswain. For more information on this subject, please contact the marina Bosman - Mr. Stanislav Janowiak (tel. 609 320 772).

 

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