Nowy Targ (New Market in Polish) is a picturesquely located city in the south of Małopolska set in a wide valley at the foot of the Tatry Mountains. Its central location and municipal government as well as its cultural attractions have made Nowy Targ the capital of the Podhale region.
It is the best starting point for exploring the Tatra and Pieniny mountains, or walking through the Gorce hills.
Nowy Targ is the best place for visitors who prefer an active way of spending their time. There are endless walks though the Gorce hills, cycling, mountain river canoeing, motor sports, flying airplanes, horse riding, extreme sports, body building or fitness as well as hockey and skiing in winter. Nowy Targ is a city with a cultural tradition. Authentic Highland folklore from the Podhale region, the traditional song ensembles, professional artists, the latest film productions, shows and groups or banquets are all very popular with its citizens and impress visitors.
There are also many monuments in the city. The most important are: St. Katharine's Church begun in the XIV c., St. Ann's Church from the second half of the XV c., the impressive market square with its centrally located XIX city hall.
Not far from the city hall is the chapel of John Kante. On of the most important events in the recent history of the city was the visit of Pope John Paul II to the local airport (8 June 1979), where the Pope was granted honoree citizenship of Nowy Targ.