Chramcówki Street

Chramcówki Street

Nowotarska at the intersection with ul. Chramcówki becomes ul. Jan Kasprowicz and reaches far to the northern outskirts of the city, passing Harenda on the way. With a two-story house at Kasprowicza no 1, known to older Zakopane citizens as Mirek, has an interesting story. Well, the owner of the house, Mirek, during the Nazi occupation, hung the inscription Only for Poles on the door of the sausage factory here., which, however, did not cause any repercussions on the part of the Germans – the inscription hung until the end of the war. Ul. Chramcówki climbs slightly uphill towards the south and reaches the roundabout between the railway and bus stations. It was established on the basis of the former metallurgical route, once running through the land belonging to the Chramca family – hence the name.

Chramca factory

The most prominent representative of the family was doctor Andrzej Chramiec, which largely contributed to the development and promotion of Zakopane.

Until the end of the 19th century. Chramcówki played the role of the most representative street in Zakopane, Famous people built their houses next to it. A few villas remain after their glory days, for example Krzemień at no. 20b or Polonia pod 24.

ANDRZEJ CHRAMIEC (1859-1939) – He made history as the first highlander, who graduated from higher medical studies. At the urging of doctor Chałubiński, he decided to open his own hydrotherapy facility in Zakopane – first in a guest house with a dozen or so rooms, later in a large building of high standard. In a modern one, for those times, In Dr. Chramca's Hydrotherapy Department, respiratory diseases were treated, spit, bronchitis, hearts, stomach and liver. The essential elements of the treatment were: hygiene, baths, psychotherapy and proper diet. Gymnastics and entertainment therapy were also used – dances, concerts, theater. A wonderful building had it 124 rooms, central heating, water supply with sewerage and own electricity. Outstanding personalities came to the Chramca factory, social cream, Bohemia and government and foreign delegations. Until World War I, it was the largest and most modern medical facility in Zakopane. Chramiec led to the construction of Kościuszki and Witkiewicza Streets, he was also a shareholder of the railway section from Chabówka to Zakopane. He stood up for a written surety for Lenin imprisoned in Nowy Targ, who, thanks to such protection, could go free and go abroad.