Route 40: With a view on the Tatra Mountains
Kościelisko-Kiry, Witów (9 km) Dzianisz (12,5 km) Chochołów (17 km) Ciche (19,5 km) Gubałówka (33 km) Kościelisko (37 km) Kościelisko-Kiry (39,4 km)
39,4 km, 5,5 h, difficulty – medium
Altitude profile of the route
A climb of several kilometres to Gubałówka (1,120 m a.s.l.) will be remembered for a long time. We start at the car park in Kiry and go up the hill in the opposite direction to the Kościeliska Valley. Short descent (biathlon stadium on the left), then a climb and we turn left at the asphalt road intersection. We cycle 2 km to the end of the asphalt road and enter the forest on a stony road leading steeply uphill (we get off the bike). We leave the forest and – next to the chapel of St Anna on Płazówka – we enter the asphalt road, which will lead us to the main road No 958 through the bridge over Czarny Dunajec. We turn right and after less than 2 km we reach a wooden church in Witów. We return along the same road to the first intersection, turn left and after crossing the bridge over Dunajec turn left again. We reach Dzianisz, and then after a left turn to Chochołów. After turning right on the main road, we go through the centre of the village famous for its historic buildings and cycle right onto the asphalt road to Ciche. We then turn right at the crossroads in the village. A long uphill awaits us with the end at Gubałówka. Initially, we cycle by the valley through the village of Ciche Górne. After a few kilometres we turn left following the signpost Ostrysz-Kościoki. At the highest point we turn left into a dirt road. Following the red hiking trail markings, we reach the asphalt road leading directly to Gubałówka. Riding the ridge of the Gubałówka Range, we can admire a beautiful view of the Tatra Mountains. We return on the same way to the parking lot, where we turn left. From here we start a steep descent to Kościelisko (wooden church). At the bifurcation, about 200 m after the church, we turn right into a narrow road and after reaching the green trail, we turn left to Kiry.
ATTRACTIONS ON THE ROUTE:
1. Wooden church in Witów – built in 1910–12. The neo-Gothic high altar is the work of artisans from Tyrol. It features the figures of the Mother of God with the Child and Sts Casimir and Francis of Assisi. The windows are decorated with stained glass from 1937.
2. Wooden buildings in Chochołów – a group of highlander houses, still inhabited, with gables facing the road. They preserved the former layout of a highlander's cottage with a black and white room, a hallway and a glass porch. The houses have log construction. In the house gables, the theme of sunset typical of Podhale's construction.
3. Museum of the 1846 Chochołów Uprising in Chochołów – located in a cottage built in the Podhale style in 1798. The museum has an ethnographic and historical character. It presents the equipment necessary to perform various daily, farm works and shows souvenirs depicting the history of the village of Chochołów, as well as the 1846 Chochołów Uprising.
4. The Gubałówka Range – characterized by long, wide ridges and steeply sloping slopes, its highest peak is Butorowy Wierch (1,160 m a.s.l.). From the peak of Gubałówka (1,120 m a.s.l.) there are wonderful views of the Tatras. In 1938, a funicular railway to Gubałówka was launched, which is currently one of the major tourist attractions of Zakopane. The length of the route it covers in 3.5 minutes is 1,298 m. Each car can accommodate 120 people.
5. The wooden church in Kościelisko – built in 1914, it has many structural and decorative details characteristic of folk architecture, and the altars have distinctive features of the Zakopane style.