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ZAKOPANE

Sprawling at the footsteps of the Tatra Mountains, Zakopane truly deserves its name, the winter capital of Poland. The highest town in Poland teems with tourists in snowy winter. There are tourists from all over the country and the world seeking rest in this scenic, mountainous area. Perfectly prepared ski slopes, a number of cultural and sports events, vibrant bars and cosy restaurants, exciting clubs and healthy climate fire tourists imagination.

 

Summer in Zakopane is equally fascinating: the city’s unique architecture, abundant galleries, museums, the souvenirs market in Krupowki present countless opportunities for cultural activities and recreation.  You can either do the sightseeing on foot or by hackney carriage. There are also several bike rental possibilities. And the mountains? The Tatras are mesmerizing in summer! Thousands of tourist trails of varying lengths and difficulty, caves, rock climbing destinations for  the professionals attract mountain lovers from all over Europe.

 

In springtime when the nature awake, and in autumn when the nature dies but the mountains come alive with colors, Zakopane is more silent, and thus more enchanting. Zakopane astonishes with its beauty all year round. One day is not enough to fully understand Zakopane. Devote at least a week to exploring this magnificent place! Visit Zakopane!



The Tatra Mountains

The Tatras, with Giewont Peak, the global icon of Zakopane are the main destination of tourist coming to the winter capital of Poland. Strictly protected within the Tatra National Park they remain virgin. Polish skiers and snowboarders’ Mecca. Ski slopes of different length and difficulty let everyone find something for themselves. Experienced skiers, beginners, families with children – they all enjoy wintertime in Zakopane.

 

250 kilometers of tourist trails make summer a perfect time to explore the Tatras with a backpack. Hiking season lasts from May till November. For those bored with just trekking, there are cave-exploring and rock-climbing opportunities. Highly professional mountain rescue teams protect your security all year long. Mountain guides and skiing instructors can help you to we go beyond your limits. Sport equipment shops and several ski rentals at every corner mean you don’t need to carry any heavy equipment with you.

 

The cable car carrying visitors to the peak of Kasprowy mountain enables a visit to the High Tatras regardless of your stamina. The Gubałówka Hill Funicular offers breathtaking, panoramic view of the Tatras.

 

 

  • Ski and snowboard slopes of different lengths and difficulty
  • 7 mountain shelters
  • 250 kilometers of tourist summer trails
  • The cable car to Kasprowy Peak
  • The Gubałówka Hill Funicular
  • Bike trails
  • Ski rentals
  • Cave exploration
  • Sport equipment shops
  • Rock climbing

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Culture

Zakopane is not only beautiful mountains and environment. Zakopane used to be called the cultural capital of Poland in the 19th Century. Fed up with hiking? Sprained ankle when skiing on the slopes? The rain doesn’t want to ease off? No problem with that, it is not possible to get bored in Zakopane:) the oldest regional museum in Poland , the Tatras Museum or the very unique Villa "Koliba" in the Zakopane style, an amalgamation of Polish highland and Art Nouveau styles. Zakopane boasts two cinemas, a theater, waterpark, the surrealistic gallery of Wladyslaw Hasior’s works… Zakopane is not a hick town!

 

 

  • The Tatra Museum, Krupowki St 10
  • The Museum of the 1846 Chocholow Uprising, Chocholow St 75
  • The Villa Atma, Kasprusie St 19
  • Kornel Makuszyński Museum, Tetmajera St 15
  • Jan Kasprowicz Museum, Harenda St 12
  • The Museum of the Zakopane Style at "Koliba" villa, Koscieliska St 18
  • The City Gallery of Art, Krupowki St 41
  • The Tatras National Park Museum, Chalubinskiego St 42a
  • Władysław Hasior Gallery, Jagiellonska St 18b
  • ‘Sokół’ ('Falcon') Cinema, Orkana St 2
  • 'Giewont’ Cinema, Kosciuszki St 4
  • Witkacy Theater, Chramcówki St 15

Entertainment

Zakopane’s nightlife offers everything you need to make your visit complete:) You can relax and have fun in the abundant pubs, bars, clubs, discos open 24h/day. Wooden, traditional design, ubiquitous local music mixed with top list hits create really magical atmosphere. Those bored with the mountains may have a go at paraglining, quad rides, rafting on the Dunajec river, rope sliding… You will recover, regenerate you body and mind at various surrounding spa centers, saunas, baths or jacuzzi. The local cuisine will please any palate.

Historical monuments and sites

Gorals - the indigenous people of Zakopane have always lived close to nature. Living in harmony with nature, Gorals have not fought with it. There are no towering, grandiose buildings in Zakopane. It is the mountains that strikes you the most. However scarce and maybe inconspicuous, Zakopane monuments are of great value because of their unique style and history. A number of significant Polish artists and poets lived, worked and are buried here.

 

 

  • The wooden 19th century church of St. Mary of Czestochowa and St. Klemens
  • Villa 'Koliba', the oldest example of the Zakopane Style architecture (1892)
  • The wooden 18th century church
  • "Dom pod Jedlami" from 1897 , the most impressive example of the Zakopane Style architecture
  • The Gothic revival church of the Holy Family in Krupowki from 1877-96
  • Villa 'Witkiewiczowka' in the Zakopane Style (1904)
  • Gąsienicowie's Chapel from 1800 - the first sacral building in Zakopane
  • 'Chata Sabały' - the wooden 19th century house
  • The wooden chapel in the Jaszczurowka district
  • The Old Cemetery on Pęksowy Brzyzek, where a lot of famous Polish artists were buried

Climate

The best time to come and visit Zakopane? All year long! :) A traditional local saying goes – there are 10 month of winter in Zakopane, the reminder is summer in its best. This is the best description of Zakopane climate – long, snowy winter, the perfect time for ski-lovers and winter sports enthusiasts, short and quick transitory seasons (but how picturesque…!) and full summer form June/July. The coldest month is January (the average temperature is -4,5 °C /24°F), the hottest is July (14,5°C/58°F). The climate increases the metabolic rate, comforts you and is renowned for its healing powers.

Getting to Zakopane

Zakopane boasts dense road transportation links with Polish cities. Private buses are the most convenient way to get here. It is also possible to reach Zakopane by train, or hire a taxi in Krakow. Local transport is handled by microbuses. You can also do the sightseeing renting a bike or looking out of hackney carriages.

 

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