Rabka is a mountain resort and spa in Małopolskie Province in southern Poland, 70 km south of Kraków. Zdrój means "spa" hence the town's longer name of Rabka-Zdrój. It's the main base and access point for Czorsztyn Lake, 45 km southeast, with its two castles, boat rides, water sports, skiing, restaurants and museum.

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  • The nearest major airport is Balice Airport (KRK IATA) in Krakow. The drive to the airport from Rabka takes just over the hour by car.

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  • Train connect Rabka with many near towns as well as Krakow. However, the train is very slow and it is much faster to use a bus or taxi.

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Władysław Orkan Museum
Order of the Smile Museum
Rabcio Puppet Theater
  • Open-air Railway Museum at Chabówka 2 km outside Rabka. This features a superb collection of steam trains, some of which have appeared in old films.
  • Władysław Orkan Museum - The museum offers a unique look into Rabka's past through artefacts, tools and equipment used in everyday life. Housed in a historical 17th-century larch-wood church, includes one of the largest collections of folk sculpture and paintings on glass.
  • The world's only Order of the Smile Museum (dedicated to a unique order that children award to adults).
  • Myślenice is a small resort halfway along the road between Kraków and Rabka-Zdrój. It has skiing and tobogganing in winter and hill-walking in summer. It's worth a brief stop en route to see the old market square and churches.

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  • Rabcio Puppet Theater has performances of traditional Polish puppetry for children.
  • Gorce National Park - trails from the Central Park Zdrojowy (Health Park) lead up to Maciejowa hill and the national park. There are tourist shelters which offer overnight bunks and food for walkers en-route.
  • Ski, skate, toboggan, snowboard, paraglide, horseback ride, quadbike ride, hike and climb.
  • The town has a sports stadium, tennis courts, amusement park and bicycle rentals.
  • Nearby hills have walks above and below the tree line. There's easy access to Mt Grzebień (678 m), Mt Maciejowa (837 m), Stare Wierchy, Krzywoń and Bania hills.

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Mulled wine and beer, śliwowica łącka - (read: [shlee-voh-veetsa won-tskah]) strong (70% alcohol) plum brandy

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Hostels, hotels, lodging houses, holiday homes, cottages and rooms for hire.

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