Every spring the farm women from Chochołów precisely clean the external walls of their houses. The wood nurtured in such a way maintains its light colour and the huts look astonishing not only thanks to their appearance. Most of them were built in the old Podhale style at the turn of the 18th and 19th century. Despite many modern outhouses, the village maintained the old charm and is regarded a living open-air museum of the architecture of Podhale.
For many years a traditional building material of the region was wood that has been always present in the region. In the old times the area was covered with woods and the nobility was hunting screaming “cho… cho… łów!” –the name of the village probably comes from it. Chochołów, which was first mentioned in the 16th century, is a ribbon development – a village with one road and compact development on both sides. Most of the houses are single storey houses with an attic. They stand with one side to the street and their fronts are directed towards south – “do słonecka” (to the sun) as the mountaineers say. While walking down the village it is worth looking for the “chałupa z jednej jedli” from the 19th century, the front wall of which was made of a giant fir trunk.
The other old building houses the Museum of the Chochołów Uprising. A historical exhibition is a memoir of insurrection of the mountaineers of Chochołów and neighbouring villages against the Austrians in 1846. The interiors present also an everyday life of a highland family in the 19th century.
A traditional regional hut was symmetrical. On the left there was a black room used as a kitchen, pantry and bedroom for the whole family – there was a stove that caused the blackening of the walls. On the right there was a room without a stove, called the white one – the room used only on special occasions. There were, among other things, festive clothes and valuable equipment. Today such a house division does not exist. It was adjusted to the modern customs and technology.