Babia Gora


"Babia Góra: The Witches’ Mountain... The wind-blasted, lichen-encrusted top, once reserved for sabbats is now reserved for sightseeing (as well as the preservation of rare alpine plants), and spectacular views can be had of both rippling forests and the quilted landscapes of the Podhale and the Żywiec, Vistula, and Orava Basins beyond—provided this “Mother of Bad Weather” (another of its sobriquets) cooperates. Given its reputation during the witch hysteria that swept Poland from the sixteenth until the late eighteenth centuries—starting and peaking a bit later than in the west from whence it came—still another label might have been appropriate: “The Mother of All Such Cursed Mounds. For though Babia Góra may have been the most notorious, nearly every village and town in Poland had, if not a weather-changing mountain then at least a slight rise, typically called Łysa Góra (“Bald Mountain”), where witches were wont to meet.”"

— page 129, Into the Carpathians, Part 2, © Alan E. Sparks.