"Walk to the Bialka River via Brzegi" Bukowina Tatrzanska Things to Do Tip by evaanna
Bukowina Tatrzanska Things to Do: 7 reviews and 28 photos
On this rather long, at least 4 km walk to the Bialka River and Jurgow you will pass two traditional villages - Brzegi and Jurgow. First, you must walk up along Tatrzanska St., and just past the last house in Bukowina take a road to the left leading to Brzegi. In Brzegi take the turning to the left at the forks and follow the main road. On the right you will be accompanied by a mountain brook flowing to the Bialka River. The village is quite interesting; the yards open onto the road so you can watch the villagers going about their everyday activities. Once, when we were there at Easter, we could see the doll of Judas hanging on a tree by the brook. That's how the local people say goodbye to winter.
There are some artists living in the village and you can try and buy some carved works of folk art from them, including wooden spoons and forks and other kitchen utensils. You should pay much less there than in the shops.
Walk on till you come to the river, where you can enjoy the lovely view and wade in the icy cold water, nice and cooling in the summer. The stony banks overgrown by the spruce forest are an excellent place for a picnic. When you have had your rest, cross the wooden bridge to get to Jurgow and take the road to the left. Don't miss the decorative carved verandahs and balconies of the old houses and the timber church. From here you can either take the bus back to Bukowina or walk on to Czarna Gora with a gypsy village, where you can see lots of gypsy children playing and looking after each other on the river banks. The gypsies of Czarna Gora are assimilated into the local community, have jobs and don't beg, and they certainly add colour to the village. There may be another reason for walking to Czarna Gora rather than waiting for a bus at Jurgow. The buses from Jurgow are few and far between while there are more of them from Czarna Gora. You can also walk back to Bukowina but you will be going uphill and it's a long walk, especially if, as we often did, you stay somewhere near the top of the village.
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