Zakopane - winter capital of Poland
Zakopane – a small town (27.000 inhabitants) in the very South of Poland, situated at the foot of the Tatra Mountains, the highest mountain range in these parts of central Europe, just a stone’s throw from neighboring Slovakia.
Believed to be the cradle of Polish skiing, ever since being hometown to numerous well known Polish skiers, whether Alpine or Nordic.
A popular tourist resort, “discovered” by doctor Tytus Chałubński in the second part of the 19th century.
Popularized by poets, writers, musicians, composers and painters visiting at the turn of the 19th and 20th century.
Its history goes back to 16th century, when first settlers started arriving to the valley between Tatra Mountains in the South and Gubałówka hill in the North.
Zakopane has a lot to offer – from beautiful nature of the Tatras (the only mountain range of Alpine character outside of the Alps); dozens of museums (Tatra Museum, Zakopane Style at Willa Koliba, Szymanowski’s, Kasprowicz’s, Makuszyński’s, Tatra National Park) and art galleries (Hasior’s, Rząsa’s) to mention just a few; skiing facilities (with Mounts Kasprowy – the highest located skiing pists in the country), almost unlimited hiking possibilities.
Buzzling pedestrian mall of Krupówki offers excellent après-ski or nightlife entertainment.
Zakopane is hometown of highlanders (“górale” from “góra” which stand for a mountain), whose customs and traditions are cherished and eagerly preserved. In high season numerous traditional local restaurants (called “karczma”) offer live highlander music.
To cater for all those visiting Zakopane offers thousands of beds ranging from 5***** hotels to affordable private rooms.
Whether winter or summer Zakopane has something to offer for everyone!