The winding Valley of the Dunajec River, which flows north of Nowy Sącz among the steep hills of Wiśnickie and Ciężkowickie foothills through its numerous meanders, had been a major transport route for centuries. Merchants, armies, pilgrims and settlers who inhabited mountain valleys wandered this trail. This is why countless monuments can be found along this route, which once connected the Małopolska Voivodeship with Hungary, and today connects it with Slovakia. These monuments are: castles, churches, manor houses and others. For over half a century, this place has been attracting tourists not only with its monuments, but also an opportunity to enjoy recreation by water. The construction of a large dam on the Dunajec River in Rożnów and a smaller one in Czchów gave rise to two lakes: Czchowskie, with steep, difficult to access and forested shores, and Rożnowskie. The latter offers great conditions for rest and water sports, including sailing.
Travelling through areas surrounding Rożnów and Czchów along the Intercultural Tourist Trail of the Polish-Slovak Borderland, we will come across many opportunities to admire panoramas of these two lakes, known for their scenic beauty. However, the route offers much more. Crowds of tourists and pilgrims from Poland, Slovakia and Hungary visit Tropie. On a hill above the Czchowskie Lake, we can find an ancient church – a partly Romanesque building from the 11th century. The church is dedicated to Saints Andrew Zorard and Benedict, who are venerated especially by our southern neighbours. Two other medieval brick churches are also noteworthy. One of them is located by the Rożnowskie Lake in Zbyszyce, the second one, i.e. a less known Gothic church – a bit aside in Wielogłowy. In the latter village, right next to the church, we can visit an interesting wooden manor house with alcoves. Other manor houses are located in Zbyszyce, Tęgoborze, Marcinkowice and Rożnów, where the remains of the Fortress of Jan Tarnowski (famous hetman) can be found right at the manor house. However, the remains of the Castle of Zawisza Czarny are situated on a nearby hill. In turn, the manor house in Marcinkowice is linked with the legend of another great Pole – Józef Piłsudski, who lodged here in 1914. Several soldiers of the Polish Legions who had fallen under his command in the battle against the Russian army were buried at a nearby cemetery.