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Travel Guide of Zakopane in Poland by Influencers

Zakopane is a town in the extreme south of Poland, in the southern part of the Podhale region at the foot of the Tatra Mountains. From 1975 to 1998, it was part of Nowy Sącz Province; since 1999, it has been part of Lesser Poland Voivodeship. As of 2017 its population was 27,266. Zakopane is a centre of Goral culture and is often referred to as "the winter capital of Poland”. It is a popular destination for mountaineering, skiing, and tourism. Zakopane lies near Poland's border with Slovakia, in a valley between the Tatra Mountains and Gubałówka Hill. It can be reached by train or bus from the province capital, Kraków, about two hours away. Zakopane lies 800–1,000 metres above sea level and centres on the intersection of its Krupówki and Kościuszko Streets.

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What you will see and do in Zakopane:

  🌲 Forest     🌲 Spruce-fir forest     ⛰️ Mountain range     🏰 Temple     ⛰️ Hill     ⛰️ Summit  

Travel Tips for visiting Zakopane

Zakopane in Poland is a small mountain town that is easily accessible from Krakow. It is the starting point for beautiful hikes in the Tatra Mountains (Polish Carpathians), a popular ski resort but also, more simply, an ideal place to enjoy postcard landscapes, with snow-covered peaks, wooden chalets and cable cars on the program! Zakopane is often referred to as the "winter sports capital" of Poland. The city has just under 30,000 inhabitants and is located in a valley between the (small) Gubałówka mountain (1126 meters above sea level) and the (large) Tatra mountain range (which peaks in Poland around 2500 meters above sea level). Since the Tatras are the highest mountain area in Poland, the ski resort of Zakopane is naturally the preferred destination for Poles who want to go skiing, sledding, ski jumping, hiking, horse-drawn carriage rides... There is also a water park and spas because the Tatras are a popular destination for taking care of your health and well-being! There is a cable car that connects Zakopane to Kasprowy Wierch, at an altitude of almost 2000 meters. During the ascent, you can admire both the mountain and the city, which is gradually disappearing into the valley. Once at the top, there is something for everyone: if you don't want to walk much, you can simply enjoy the magnificent view and approach the weather observatory at the top, the highest building in all of Poland. There is also a hiking trail that winds around the top of the mountain, serving as a border between Poland on one side and Slovakia on the other! There are often patches of snow even outside of winter so it is important to have good shoes. The cable car operates all year round but may be closed occasionally depending on the weather conditions or for technical revision. You can find its opening calendar online. The ski resort itself is usually open in January, February and March, the best snow conditions being often in March. Kasprowy Wierch is the starting point for several black runs for those who want to go "high speed" in winter! Let's go back to the valley to discover Zakopane itself! It's a mountain town very much focused on tourism and handicrafts... and sometimes it seems that everything is entirely set up for the visitors! Moreover, some Poles do not like the city for this reason. On the spot, there are a lot of small wooden chalets selling classic souvenirs (magnets, etc.) and crafts. There are many glass objects, ceramics, sheepskins, furs, leather coats, carved wooden objects.

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Schronisko PTTK na Hali Kondratowej

  5.5 km (3.4 miles) away from Zakopane

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Five Polish Ponds Valley

  11.9 km (7.4 miles) away from Zakopane

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Entry point to TPN - Palenica Białczańska

  12.2 km (7.6 miles) away from Zakopane

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Dolina Białej Wody

  14.5 km (9.0 miles) away from Zakopane

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Trzy Korony

  35.4 km (22.0 miles) away from Zakopane

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