Zakopane Travel Guide

  • Zakopane
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  • Zakopane
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Zakopane Highlights

  • Pro
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    zaffaran says…

     Good starting point to the mountains 

  • Con
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    Raimix says…

     Need some more renovation of streets. 

  • In a nutshell
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     The gateway to the beautiful Tatra mountains 

Zakopane Things to Do

  • Christmas Carols Festival

    During 'Carols, Pastorales and Christmas Songs Festival wich takes place each year in Zakopane you can hear carols performed by local artists. This is a great chance to listen to traditional carols from different regions. The Festival starts during Christmas and lasts till February.I went to the concert of Hanka Rybka (vocalist coming from the the...

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  • Supporting Tour de Pologne

    One of the largest sport event in Poland – Tour de Pologne, the road bicycle race, is organized every year in the middle of summer. It consists of seven or eight stages and the distance of the race is around 1,200 km. The first race took place in 1928 and it was organized as an amateur race until 1992. Since 1993 it has become a world class event...

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  • Cycling around the Tatra

    We did a great cycling trip around the Tatra Mountains starting from Zakopane!Going around the Tatras on a bike is a proposition for those who already have some experience in cycling and are convinced about their own physical abilities. Why? Because the distance of this trip is more than 200 km long and the height difference is around 2300 meters....

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Zakopane Restaurants

  • Mhm....yummy :)

    I love the restaurant because:- they have home-like food, - nice atmosphere - the place is very cozy,- it is close to the mountains - you can go there after hiking or skiing in Kasprowy area,- you never leave it hungry :)- it is not expensive.Please, be careful - dishes are huge! If you order soup, second dish and dessert - it is almost impossible...

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  • Fresh Fish a speciality!

    We read about this place in both Lonely Planet and Rough Guide-recommended for its fish- grilled trout/salmon and sea fish!This is a self -service restaurant, but not as we know it!!!!to be continued....Open Daily 09.00 - 22.00 hrs

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  • Find a traditional Highlander restaurant

    Gosia and I ducked into a cozy little restaurant which served traditional Highlander style foods, and the wait staff dressed in native costumes. The day was chilly with rain threatening ... as it had for days, on and off. We welcomed the hearty fare and hot tea. Our server was very attentive and a couple of them tried hard to find information about...

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Zakopane Nightlife

  • Party all night

    Zakopane has a very active apres-ski scene, clubs include va va voom, blue star and prestige.It's a lot more expensive than the rest of Poland however and it can get very crowded so be prepared to fight to get served.

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  • Unique cafe

    With very artistic interior and exterior, the Cafe Piano is the most unique bar in Zakopane. It is located at the upper left of the main street. If you go up from the bottom, you will find an artistic sign made of gray sheet metal and yellow plastic. All of the counter seats are swings, so you need less drink to get drunken. :-) It opens at...

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  • Bar hopping

    Krupowki is the place to be for bar hopping and you'll have plenty of choices along this street. I had a beer at a place simply called "Drink Bar" which was a tiny little place just across from Reserved (the clothing shop). Another good place is Cafe Piano, a pub just off of the main street that has a really cool interior with swings for barstools...

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Zakopane Transportation

  • Zakopane transfer

    We book transfer from Krakow airport directly to Zakopane for weekend. We arraived in Krakow very late about 9:30pm so we can`t take a train to Zakopane so we decided to book a private transfer from Krakow airport to Zakopane. We found compnay on internet www.zakopanetransfer.com. The driver was waiting for us in the arrival hall with a name on the...

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  • Krakow Airport to Zakopane

    You can book a private shuttle from Krakow airport to Zakopane on the website: http://www.krakowzakopanetransfer.comOn the website is pricing and easy online booking system.You can also book your transfer from Krakow Airport to Bialka Tatrzanska and Bukowina Tatrzanska.

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  • How to get to Zakopane, Tatra Mountains

    The most popular way to get to Zakopane is road from Cracow called Zakopianka. It is 102 km long and it takes approximately 1,5-2 hours to travel it by car. It's first part is an international road number 7 and second part a national road number 47. In the rush hours and on holidays you may stuck in a traffic jam at the entrance to Zakopane or...

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Zakopane Shopping

  • Regional woman's jewelry

    You will find it in shops with traditional highland outfit e.g. in Poronin village. It is also sold in jewelery stores in Zakopane on Krupówki street. Highland women in Podhale region, like many women in the world, like to attire themselves. The most beautiful and most wanted jewelery were bead necklaces made of true red coral. Having them...

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  • Krupówki

    I do not know a tourist that does not love shopping while on vacation. Thus, like every other tourist I shopped till I dropped in Zakopane!!! And man did I find a good street. Krupówki is the place to be. Hundreds of sweet little shops from jewelry, to art galleries, to hiking gear, to the most adorable baby clothing stores. The busy main street...

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  • Pantofle

    These slippers looked very comfortable and if it was not for the weight restriction from the airlines I might have bought some.

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Zakopane Local Customs

  • CHEESE

    Everywhere you turn in zakopane there are cheese stalls called Oscypiki. Oscypiki is a smoked sheep’s cheese and is produced exclusively in the Tatra mountain area of Poland. The stalls that sell it are found all over in Zakopane and along side the roads in the area. The cheese comes in bread roll shapes with patterns around it, or small individual...

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  • Strange things they sell everywhere

    Right after arriving in Zakopane, you will notice that old people sell strange little "things". These things look very nice, to me they appeared like big sweets or candies. It seems like their shape has been carved. I once bought such thing and started eating it, while I thought it would be something sweet, filled with cream or jam. Surprisingly it...

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  • Gotta try the cheese

    All along Krupowki Street, you'll see people selling cheese. I didn't even know what it was when I first saw it and when I asked the seller what it was, she didn't speak any English. I thought it was something sweet, maybe a cookie or something and finally I asked a passerby who spoke a little English and he laughed at me and told me it was cheese....

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Zakopane Warnings and Dangers

  • Kasprowy Wierch Ticket Con Artists

    Lines for the Kasprowy Wierch gondola can be really long! While in line, you may be approched by random groups of people offering to sell you their tickets! DON'T BUY IT! They usualy work in pairs, often times innocent looking couples, and the scheme works like this. They'll walk up to you and offer you their ticket and say if you buy it, you can...

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  • Busy at xmas

    Beware the long queues for the ski lift in high season. Zakopane can be extremely crowded in winter, try going to a smaller resort nearby.

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  • Zakopane Thugs running Goodbye Lenin...

    This hostel is the worst Hostel I have ever been to. In the evening of the second night I stayed there one guy who later turned out to be the owner of the place came up to me when I was having tea, and offered me cannabis. I said “no thanks”, and he said “are you sure”, and I said “really, no thanks”. He got quite angry, saying I was “being rude,...

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Zakopane Tourist Traps

  • How to enjoy Zakopane

    I've holidayed in Zakopane 6 times now so I know a bit about it, and I've made sure I speak enough Polish to get by, which other foreigners would do well to try. Yes, Zakopane main street is a tourist trap, with stalls all selling the same wooden knick-knacks and sheep's cheese everywhere. But you don't have to buy, and the knick-knacks and cheese...

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  • At the top of Gubalowka

    Beware of deer and bears waiting for you to have a picture taken with them. Locals dress in rather worn costumes just waiting for their prey. After the picture is taken (with your own camera) they put their hand out and ask for 10 pln. This is a real rip-off, but actually is a funny and memorable one -- THE DAY THE ANIMALS GOT MY CASH !!! If you...

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  • Gorale and their carriages

    Gorals are posted up and down Krupowki Street waiting for the tourists to pay to ride in their carriages. The price is high for the short ride 50pln or about $25 USD. For this price you could buy your own horse Zakopane is compact and walking is not hard. You can get all over quickly and easily.

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Zakopane What to Pack

  • Lots of layers

    If you go in the winter, pack lots of layers. Also shoes with good grip as the sidewalks can be slippery. The scemery is lovely and so you should take the chance to capture a lot of photos ski/snowboard equipment.

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  • Be well prepared for your stay here

    Bring a small backpack if you're planning on going for a day-hike. You will need to bring your own water and some food. The last place to get food on your way up is Morskie Oko (the glacial lake "Eye of the Sea"). If you're just planning to go to Morskie Oko you can get away with sneakers or even very comfortable sandals (that's what I had). The...

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Zakopane Off The Beaten Path

  • Bell towers against thunderstorms

    In the villages around the Tatra Mountains, mainly in the Orava region, we can meet narrow wooden towers – those are the bell towers protecting from the thunderstorms. It was believed that when the storm was approaching the village someone had to run up to the bell tower and ring the bell. The sound of the bell had the power to scare away the...

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  • Rynias - settlement hidden in woods

    Rynias is a hamlet (a small settlement in a rural area) hidden on a glade in a middle of a forest and offering a beautiful panorama of Slovak and Polish Tatras. You can distinguish many famous peaks like Hawrań, Lodowy, Gierlach (the highest Carpathian peak) and the highest summit in Poland – Rysy. In a central place of the clearing you will...

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  • Jewish cemeteries close to Tatra...

    I felt like a real explorer! Looking through a guidebook I came across an information about a Jewish cemetery in Podwilk in Orava region. Perfect destination for a short trip! Together with Andrzej we decided to find it. Comaparing instructions from a guidebook with a map we finally got it. It wasn't so easy - the cemetery is run down and overgrown...

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Zakopane Sports & Outdoors

  • Skiing in Zakopane

    You have a number of possibilities: the shorter (1400m), lower slopes are often floodlit at night, and easy to access (Nosal, Biala Tatrzanska, Symuszkowa). Quite expensive though compared to neighbouring Slovakia. At Symuszkowa (perhaps 2km west out of Zakopane), 10 rides on the 1400m run costs 60 zloties, and you have to leave an extra 10 as...

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  • Skiing/Snowboarding

    Everybody can find the track that suits his skiing skils. Bigginers should be happy with some tracks near Hotel Kasprowy, more advanced should try Gobalowka slopes and the best skiers will certenly enjoy skiing down from Kasprowy Wierch.

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  • Ski Jumping

    Zakopane is the host of the world cup event in ski jumping. Who watches this sport must know about polish fans following their best man Malish all over the world. I can only immagine what the atmosphere is like on his home hill among his own crowed. I would like to experiance it!The hill is pretty old but was updated recently.

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Zakopane Favorites

  • Skiing In Zakopane

    Ski Trip To PolandI flew out to Poland on Saturday 01/03/2008 with a friend for a do it yourself Ski Holiday.We had booked flights with Ryan Air the week before for the price of £118. Ryan Air do flights to Krakow for as little as £10 at times.Roughly 2 hours after leaving Stansted, we landed in Krakow.Once through the arrivals gate head for the...

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  • Finding your way around

    Buy a resort map showing all the slopes shortly after you arrive. Then you can work out your route and avoid freezing your toes off getting lost. Remember green is the easiest, then blue then red and finally black. I can recommend the szymoszkowa slope

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  • Fantastic place of Europe

    At the end of the 19th century, thanks to Dr. Tytus Chalubi?ski, who discovered the healthy properties of the Zakopane climate, the most distinguished artists started to visit the village. They created the so-called Zakopane style of architecture. During World War I Zakopane was already a renowned resort, and one of the most fashionable places in...

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