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|Podhale and Tatry Links
A highland area some 40 miles long from east to west lying between the Tatra Mountains to the south and the Western Beskid Mountains to the north. Its principal cities are Zakopane and Nowy Targ. The name Podhale is rendered into English as "below the mountain glen." Possessing some of Poland's most beautiful landscapes, the region encompasses some of Poland's most popular national parks and it has a highly developed tourist industry. It is a region inhabited by the Górale or Highlanders. It encompasses Spisz, an area that for centuries was under Hungarian suzerenity.
Tatry (Tatra Mountains)
The highest mountains of the Carpathian Range. Most are 6500-8000 feet high and thus the highest mountains between the Alps and the Urals. Their height however belies their magnificence. Alpine in nature, these mountains, with towering peaks, steep rocky slides, and mountain lakes hundreds of feet down, are as beautiful as any mountain range in northern Europe. Marking the border between Poland and Slovakia, those on the Polish side (about a third of the total) are part of the Tatras National Park. Though the range is only 40 miles long and 10 miles across, millions visit them and Zakopane, the town at their feet, each year.
|For notes on other regions check out Annotated Listing of Poland's Regions