Mountain shelter at Stawiska
Culture & entertainment
Kacwin Tourist subregion: Krakowski
Type of entertainment attractions: Other
On Pola Kacwińskie, among the gentle hills of Spiš, Jan Wilczek works as baca.
As he admits, his hut is not visited by tourists, because getting to it is a real challenge and a test for orientation in the field. Sometimes, he hosts the Cracovians, who have summer cottages in the valley of the stream, but apart from them no one interferes with the majestic silence of the mountains. The autumn redyk is also called osod. It takes place on the day of St. Michał Archanioł, on 29 September. Bacowie and juhasi leave the mountain pastures and descend to the village, handing out redykołki on their way. The tradition says that always two cheeses should be given. The sheep are separated and return for the winter to their owners, who for a few months will feed them on silage (mainly based on grass and alfalfa) and wait for the return of spring. Jan Wilczek has the exceptionally large herd to be brought down from the mountains, because it includes as much as 1,000 sheep, of which 600 sheep are milk sheep. Six juhasi and a few Polish Tatra sheep dogs work with them. The entire surrounding area is a place of grazing of as many as five bacowie. However, in Stawiska the atmosphere is the nicest, far from the hustle and bustle, with the beautiful views of the Podhale foothills. Despite the distance and the complicated route, it is worth visiting the shepherd’s hut in Stawiska, drink a traditional mug of żentyca and hear the story how Jan Wilczek worked as juhas in Ukraine, or how to graze 1,000 sheep on 180 hectares of land, thanks to which it is possible to produce as many as 30 oscypki per day. You can also listen to the wind blowing in the field, stretch your legs and just –relax.