Vang Stave Church in Karpacz
|Gmina||Karpacz (urban gmina)|
|• Total||37.96 km2 (14.66 sq mi)|
|Highest elevation||885 m (2,904 ft)|
|Lowest elevation||480 m (1,570 ft)|
|• Density||130/km2 (340/sq mi)|
Karpacz [ˈkarpat͡ʂ] (German: Krummhübel) is a spa town and ski resort in Jelenia Góra County, Lower Silesian Voivodeship, south-western Poland, and one of the most important centres for mountain hiking and skiing, including ski jumping. Its population is about 5,000 (2014). Karpacz is situated in the Karkonosze Mountains (German: Riesengebirge) – a resort with increasing importance for tourism as an alternative to the Alps.
The first settlements in area of Karpacz are noted by the official website of the city as being of probable Celtic origin and date to the 4th or 3rd century BC when they inhabited the region as part of gold digging taking place in the area. The first mention of permanent location within the current boundaries of the town is dated to the beginning of 15th century and connected to the destruction of a village called Broniów, whose inhabitants moved to settle the area currently located at the altitude of town's railway station.
Since the construction of Krummhübel's first railway connection in 1895, history was connected with the development of metallurgy industries and with the progress of tourism. The ethnically German village was part of Austria and Austria-Hungary in 1526–1742, the Kingdom of Prussia in 1742–1870 and then Germany between 1871–1945. Krummhübel's German population was forcibly expelled from the village between 1945 and 1947. The town was subsequently repopulated with ethnic Poles and eventually renamed Karpacz in 1946.
In Karpacz Górny a gravity hill is located where bottles appear to roll uphill. There is also a Norwegian stave church, moved here from Vang, Norway in the mid-19th century. Tourists very often choose to go hiking on local mountain trails..
Stone sign marking a "place of disturbed gravitation". Image shows Newton's apple with text saying: "gravitational anomaly".
Chapel of Saint Lawrence on Sněžka-Śnieżka
Twin towns – sister cities
Karpacz is twinned with:
- Gdynia, Poland
- Hammel, Denmark
- Reichenbach, Germany
- Oberwiesenthal, Germany
- Kamenz, Germany
- Pec pod Sněžkou, Czech Republic
- Rewal, Poland
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- Official website ‹See Tfd›(in Polish)
- Karpacz and wirtual Map ‹See Tfd›(in Polish)
- Karpacz 360 - virtual city ‹See Tfd›(in Polish)
- Karpacz- Gallery ‹See Tfd›(in Polish)