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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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1 - Giewont

   6 km away

Giewont is a mountain massif in the Tatra Mountains of Poland, and is 1,895 metres AMSL at its highest. It comprises three peaks: Small Giewont Great Giewont Long Giewont. There is a mountain pass located between Great and Long Giewont, known as Szczerba. It is located between the valleys of Kondratowa, Małej Łąki and Strążyska.

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2 - Kościelec

   7 km away

Kościelec is a mountain in the High Tatras in the Valley Gąsienicowa of Poland.

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3 - Gubałówka

Gubałówka is a mountain in the Gubałówka Range, above the Polish town of Zakopane. The mountain is a popular tourist attraction, offering commanding views of the Tatras and Zakopane. In 1938 the funicular connected Zakopane and the top of Gubałówka. The chair lift to Butorowy Wierch was opened in 1977. The Zakopane-Gubałówka transmitter is located atop the mountain.

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4 - Tatra County

Tatra County is a unit of territorial administration and local government in Lesser Poland Voivodeship, southern Poland, on the Slovak border. It came into being on January 1, 1999, as a result of the Polish local government reforms passed in 1998.

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5 - Zakopane'[0]

The Tatra Museum is a museum of the history, culture, nature and ethnography of the Polish Tatras; its main branch is located in Zakopane, Poland.

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6 - Dolina Gąsienicowa

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7 - Dolina Olczyska

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8 - Schronisko PTTK Hala Kondratowa

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9 - Schronisko PTTK na Hali Kondratowej

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10 - Valley EXCAVATOR

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11 - Five Polish Ponds Valley

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12 - Polana-Głodówka

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13 - Przedni Staw

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14 - Entry point to TPN - Palenica Białczańska

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15 - Morskie Oko

   14 km away

Morskie Oko, or Eye of the Sea in English, is the largest and fourth-deepest lake in the Tatra Mountains, in southern Poland. It is located deep within the Tatra National Park in the Rybi Potok Valley, of the High Tatras mountain range at the base of the Mięguszowiecki Summits, in Lesser Poland Voivodeship.

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16 - Jurgów

   14 km away

Jurgów is a small village in the Spisz region of southern Poland, near the border with Slovakia and the town of Bukowina Tatrzańska, on the Białka river.

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17 - Dolina Białej Wody

   14 km away
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18 - Tatra National Park, Poland

   15 km away

Tatra National Park is a National Park located in the Tatra Mountains in Tatra County, in the Lesser Poland Voivodeship—Małopolska region, in central-southern Poland. The Park has its headquarters in the town of Zakopane.

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19 - Białka Tatrzańska

   15 km away

Bialka Tatrzanska is a village in the administrative district of Gmina Bukowina Tatrzańska, within Tatra County, Lesser Poland Voivodeship, in southern Poland, close to the border with Slovakia.

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20 - Baníkov

   19 km away

Baníkov is a mountain in the Western Tatras mountain range, Slovakia. It reaches a height of 2,178 meters. The name of the mountain refers to iron ore mining activities from the 18th century.

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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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