Plenty of attractions await visitors to Western City near Karpacz
The town was created in 1998 and was opened on 4th July- on the anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. The attraction covers 65ha (most of the area is taken up with pastures for the horses and cattle). There are about 40 horses in the local stable, most of them of the American Quarter Horse breed, which are bred for working with cattle.
The whole settlement is built in a truly Western style. In the middle of the town there is a saloon where great food and ‘firewater’ are served. One can visit the sheriff’s office, the Colonial Shop, the Post Office and the Bank, where you can witness a robbery. There is a gunfighters’ duel every day at midday, a Native American dance show at 1 p.m., and a spectacular fire fight at 3:10 p.m., just like in the Western ‘3:10 to Yuma’. Other activities on offer to visitors are archery or shooting, throwing knives or spears at a target, a competition to climb the so called Pole of Torment and lessons in throwing a lasso. Different activities are offered to little children, who can have a ride on the miniature railway (near the entrance to the town) or on a pony (under the careful eye of a cowboy instructor).
The mini zoo is usually very popular. Children can see horses, goats, sheep, cows, donkeys and other animals there. An excursion to Gold City can be an unforgettable experience. The place is the centre of gold panning, where one can listen to interesting facts about the biggest gold seams whilst learning the trapper method of acquiring gold. Adults can chose from a range of courses offered by the Western Academy, including horse riding for all levels of ability, a sport course or an instructor’s course. ‘The Trappers Hut’ bar works within the area of the site; there is the opportunity of renting a trapper cabin and a canoe one can use to sail on the pond. Many annual events take place in Western City: Native Americans Days every year in the springtime, the International Western and Rodeo Championships every August and the Championship Gold Panning Championship. Sleigh rides, holiday horse camps for children and adolescents, and integration events for companies can also be organized.