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Pilsudskiego 22, Zakopane 34-500, Poland
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Whats its name?

by alectrevor

I have just come back from a lovely holiday in Poland, so i"m telling friends about Zakopane, but how do i say the name is it Zakopan, or Zakopaneee,or Zakopain. thanks

Re: Whats its name?

by Sharrie


Re: Whats its name?

by Sharrie

Actually, it's more like Zakopanay.

Re: Whats its name?

by leics


Re: Whats its name?

by Jawnuta

I am polish
and can asure you it is Za-ko-pa-ne...,
where 'e' in '-ne' is pronounced little longer than 'e' in word 'yes' or 'effort'

Re: Whats its name?

by travelfrosch

Funny, it seemed to vary depending on the dialect. Many tourists who were speaking Polish (other parts of Poland? Russia? Slovakia?) seemed to pronounce it Za-ko-pa-NUH... but Jawnuta is right (and she's Polish... imagine that... ;)) -- the locals pronounced it roughly Za-ko-PA-neh.

Travel Tips for Zakopane

To Be Witkiewicz or Not to Be Witkiewicz??

by tpal

On Mt. Gubalowka there are several private homes which present a very distinctive local architectural style. It is certainly similar to the famous Witkiewicz "Zakopane Style", however, a bit more primitive and rustic. It was said that Witkiewicz was influenced by the local architecture so perhaps this is the precursor . . . or may be not.

Climbing mountains\walking up hills :)

by Raimix

Probably not all who come to Zakopane (me too) try the climbing to mountains or just walking to any top of the mountain. That needs more to than one day in Zakopane I think, plus strenght and the love of being in nature. I saw lot of tourists, scouts prepared for walking into hills and they are doing so.

There are the maps of mountains in tourist information office - it is a really important suggestion not to miss your way at these mountains. Climbing ecquipment, good shoes, special wearing, photo camere and so on.


by acemj

This tip could also be a tourist trap. These guys are camped out on Kuprowki looking for tourists, but I never saw anyone taking the bait. Zakopane isn't really big enough to justify using a carriage. I also noticed that the carriages will take you to Kuznice where you can catch the cable car to Mr. Kasprowy Wierch, but the road that leads there isn't especially interesting and you're better off taking the faster cheaper shuttle bus.

Visit the weekend market

by randm1

They have a huge downtown market, even on sundays(!) at which are sold EVERYTHING- cheeses, puppies, clothing, wool, and especially many different hand-carved crafts such as figures, plates, baskets, and sewing boxes. Everything is so beautiful.

Kasprowy Wierch

by PaulKirk

The first thing to do is book a reservation for the cable car. It avoids a queue. We were there at 8.45 and there was already about 100 poeple without reservations waiting. As the cable car holds about 50 poeple some of them would wait for an hour and later arrivals would wait longer. Kasprowy Wierch is a mountain range and the summit is reached by two cable cars. They look a bit elderly but I'm sure they are safe! The first one takes you over the lower hills and the second one is steeper and has fantastic views of the Tatras. It goes up about 2000 metres. The views at the top are wonderful and there is a bar and cafeteria. We chose to ride up and walk off the top back to Zakopane. There are several options but we headed east down a path that had been renovated and laid with large stones. It was quite difficult being uneven and some of the stones were slippery. The views of the mountains were beautiful. We headed for the Murowaniek mountain hut which we reached in about 2 hours. You can see it from some distance away and it is set about 100 metres off the main path. The food was basic but the beer was required. There are not many huts in the hills so it is best to take some supplies with you. From the hut we retraced our steps back to the path to Kusnice and Zakopane. We came to a long ridge overlooking the valley and Zakopane with some more fantastic views. The last part of the walk was through the woods above Kusnice and it was steep and stone stepped again. It started raining and the steps were very slippery and it was hard going. From Murowaniek to Kuznice took about another 2 hours. Well worth the effort but plan your route because the signposting is not very good.


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