Rabka-Zdrój  - Frome's Polish Twin Town


                                                       Rabka-Zdrój is a mountain health resort in southern Poland. It is scenically located 70 km south of Kraków  on the main road from Kraków to Zakopane, 530m above sea level in a valley where the rivers Poniczanka and Sionka join the river Raba between the Gorce and Beskid Wyspowy mountains.The population of Rabka-Zdrój is around 13,000.


 Rabka, known since the XIIIth century for its salt-works, became a health spa in 1864, and the first treatment centre for children was established a few years later. The healing quality of the chloride-sodium-iodine brines together with an especially mild microclimate has made Rabka-Zdrój one of the most popular health resorts in Poland. Today the local brines are used in many sanatoriums, spa hospitals and 'preventoriums' together offering 2,000 beds. Rabka is Poland's main spa centre for the treatment of children.

     
                                                                                

 Rabka-Zdrój is also popular among holiday-makers and tourists, both in summer and wintertime. It attracts campers and hikers with its picturesque mountainous location and many hiking trails; it also welcomes those keen on cycling or horse-riding. In wintertime the snow cover period is ideal for skiing and there is even a toboggan-run. Sleigh rides are a wonderful attraction and a great way to get to know Rabka-Zdrój and its surroundings.

There are many attractions including the WŁadysŁaw Orkan Museum housed in an historical 17th-century larch-wood church which shows what the art and everyday life of local people looked like several decades ago. The open air Chabówka Rolling-Stock Heritage Park offers an exhibition of 90 historical railway vehicles (Steam Locomotives, Diesel Motor Units, Heritage Diesel/Electric Locomotives and Carriages) with the chance of unique trips by vintage train.


  For everyone who is a child at heart there is the Rabcio Puppet Theatre started in 1949.In 1996 Rabka-Zdrój was given the official status of 'The Town of Children of the World' by the United Nations recognised International Chapter of the Order of Smile (an international award given to adults distinguished in their love, care and aid for children). The world's only Order of the Smile Museum is housed in the Rabkoland amusement park
 
 






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