Krupówki – buried
They belong to the top five most famous streets in Poland. Someone has aptly compared it to the Valley of Josaphat, where, according to the Bible, all people are to meet on the day of the Last Judgment. Substantially, the atmosphere of Krupówki in the summer or winter season has something of the Last Judgment or the Tower of Babel – This street is just over a kilometer long and a colorful multilingual crowd swarms. Some are amused and happy, others cloudy and nervous. This crowd of people causes, that you can feel anxiety and overwhelming strength – you want to rush somewhere – just where?, to do something – just what? In this case, it is best to sit on the bench and look at everything from a distance for a moment. Various things are happening here – traders are selling, portraitists paint, tourists are walking, The Indians are playing, the girls are dancing, the drunkards stagger, horses rattle their hooves and so on. It depends on the season and the weather, what is done in Krupówki – or climbs uphill with skis, or you drink champagne on New Year's Eve, or you stand in front of the shop and pour a sea of mineral water into yourself. There are people like that, who avoid this street like fire, not wanting to have anything to do with the crowd and noise. But there are also such, who can wander back and forth for hours, for the hundredth time looking at a window or for the first time enjoying the discovery of a previously unseen cornice. Often you can smell horse dung, because highlander carriages pass here. Once a year, bleating of sheep driven up the road into the mountains resounds. New skis and cool clothes have always been demonstrated at Krupówki Street. Today, the latest mountain bikes or mobile phones are shown.
The street is not very wide, even a short one, and some of the buildings next to it would not have made a career even in a five-thousand-strong Galician town under Franz Józef. For years, one has been hearing disgusting things all the time, that it lacks an architectural concept, that there is chaos and a mixture of styles in the buildings – but after all, life has always been the main architect of this street. Today more and more colorful neon lights, signboards, ad praises capitalism, on average, the shop changes here or there every month, industry, the owner of the premises, so that even permanent residents cannot keep up. But you will not find such a man, which, being in Zakopane, he would skip Krupówki. There is something about it, that to places, you hear so much evil about, what good, there are always crowds.
The name has been used for years 80. XIX w. comes from the surname of the Krupowski or Krupowski family, which belonged to the land in the vicinity of the upper part of today's Krupówki. The street, initially having the character of a path connecting the center at Kościeliska Street with Kuźnice, has developed over the years 70. last century. The house that belonged to the Gąsienica Kołodziej family was farthest to the south, next to today's post office, where holidaymakers stayed. A little higher in 1876 r. Valery put Elijah, as the first newcomer, summer house; more or less from those times Krupówki began to play the role of the first street in Zakopane. First, shops and small craft workshops were built there, later institutions, museums, headquarters of societies, etc.. The street has become not only a representative center, but commercial and administrative. Houses, which were built, were different – from one-story wooden huts to multi-story Art Nouveau buildings. A fire in January 1899 r. eliminated some wooden buildings, in the place where brick tenement houses were built. After World War I, the southern border of the street was clearly marked at the Witkiewicza street. For a hundred years, every fashion that has run through history has left its mark on architecture, which is why some people consider Krupówki to be the ugliest and most stylish, while others see a specific charm and unique character in this confusion.
Krupówki, which are the central street of Zakopane, have connections to many other major arteries. They run through the city center along the northwest-southeast axis. Most of the shops are located here, local, institutions. The street has been pedestrianized for almost twenty years. Fortunately!