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Skiing and snowboarding in Zakopane

During wintertime, Zakopane becomes a mecca for winter vacationers. Whether you’re a downhill skier, a snowboarder, or a fan of cross-country skiing, you will have a great time in Zakopane, the winter ski capital of Poland.However, winter vacationaer should not expect empty slopes. One of the reasons for Zakopane's popularity is [...]

10 must-see attractions of Zakopane

Zakopane, the gem of the Tatra mountains, has a unique appeal to its visitors due to the numerous attractions it offers. Below are ten ways to enjoy this charming mountain resort. Everybody will find something for themselves... 1. Visit Krupowki Street. This main thoroughfare of the town is lined with wooden Zakopane-style [...]

Shopping in Zakopane

After having fun in the snow or hiking in the Tatras, you can relax strolling along the streets of Zakopane, which with its colourful souvenir stalls and street vendors are a colourful feast for the eyes. Krupowki The main commercial street is the famous Krupowki – Zakopane’s main thoroughfare. In this [...]

Spa Hotels and beauty treatments in Zakopane

The term Spa is the abbreviation of the Latin “Sanitas per aqua”, which means “health through water”. Spa traditionally refers to a health-resort known for the beneficial influence of its waters and microclimate. Spa hotels and salons are true oases of tranquility and relaxation, where you can find a refuge from [...]

Zakopane weather and average temperature

Poland's climate is influenced by a continental climate from the east and a maritime climate from the west. As the result the weather is changeable, with significant differences from day to day. Winter one year can be almost without snow, whereas another year heavy snows can paralyse transport for days. Summer [...]

Selected Night Clubs of Zakopane

Though tired after hiking, it is a good idea to walk through the streets of Zakopane not only to see the winter capital of Poland by night, but to explore its night life. There are a few clubs to choose from. The major and most popular ones with Zakopane newcomers are [...]

Selected Restaurants of Zakopane

Having spent the whole day walking in the town centre, hiking in the Tatras, exploring the caves, strolling in the valleys, it is high time to sample some of the regional cuisine. There are plenty of restaurants which offer traditional dishes which Zakopane and the whole region of Podhale are famous [...]

Getting around Zakopane

On foot As Zakopane is a small town, the best idea is to move around on foot. By taxi There are a few taxi corporations offering services in Zakopane and its environs. The major ones are as follows: Radio Taxi tel. 018 2012087, 018 [...]

Getting to Zakopane

 By air Unfortunately, Zakopane has no airport, thus, the only way of getting here by plane is by choosing one of the nearest airports. The closest one is situated 70 kilometres away in Poprad (Slovakia), whereas the nearest Polish airport is located in Cracow (Krakow-Balice) – 100 kilometres away from Zakopane.  Getting [...]

Highlanders Culture in Brief

The ethnical group inhabiting the highland area between the Tatra Mountains (in the south) and the Western Beskid Mountains (in the north) is called the ''Podhale Gorale''. The name derives from the word ''gory'' (mountains) and the region where Zakopane, the unofficial capital of the Podhale Gorale, is situated. This ethnical [...]

Zakopane - Winter Capital of Poland

Skiing has been practised here for over a hundred years, making Zakopane also known as the Polish birthplace of this winter sport. The number of skiing sites and ski lifts is on the increase every season. So far there are as many as 50 ski lifts to choose from. As for [...]

Kazimierz Przerwa-Tetmajer- Talented Poet of the Tatra Mountains

Kazimierz Przerwa-Tetmajer (1865 – 1940) was a Polish poet, journalist, novelist and playwright.He was also the Young Poland Movement member. Born in Ludzmierz near the Tatra Mountains, he was closely connected with Zakopane throughout his life. Przerwa-Tetmajer wrote as many as eight collections of poetry, in which he evoked the beauty [...]

Wladyslaw Hasior - Controversial Artist of the Podhale Region

Wladyslaw Hasior (1928 – 1999) was a modern Polish sculptor, stage designer, painter, poet, critic, moralist connected with the region of Podhale. After completing the Fine Arts Academy in Warsaw, he settled in Zakopane in 1957. It was then that Hasior started to take part in the art exhibitions in Poland [...]

Stanislaw Marusarz - Talented Skier from Zakopane

Stanislaw Marusarz (1913 – 1993) was a Polish nordic skier often also regarded as one of the greatest Polish ski jumpers. Winning a silver medal in the ski jump at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Lahti, he was the first Pole to have even been rewarded with a medal [...]

Tytus Chalubinski - King of the Tatra Mountains

Tytus Chalubinski (1820 – 1889) was a Polish doctor, who came to Zakopane from Warsaw. The town was not popular then, thus, having settled here for good, Chalubinski contributed to making Zakopane known as a tourist and spa resort. For his merits to Zakopane he was commonly referred to as the [...]

Stanislaw Witkiewicz - Artist and Architect of Zakopane

Stanislaw Witkiewicz (1851 – 1915) was a Polish painter, architect, art theoretician and writer. However, he was mostly renowned as the creator of the Zakopane style sometimes also referred to as the Witkiewicz style. Aged 35, he first arrived in Zakopane to heal tuberculosis. Four years later Witkiewicz settled here with [...]

Kornel Makuszynski - Children Writer

Kornel Makuszynski (1884 – 1935) was a writer of books for children and the youth. Each Polish kid knows his books not only as some are the set books at school, but for he reason that during their childhood Makuszynski's ''120 Adventures of Matołek the Billy-Goat'' were either read to them [...]

Karol Szymanowski - World-Famous Composer

Karol Szymanowski (1882 - 1937), the world-famous composer and pianist, born in Tymoszowka, in the present-day Ukraine, then a part of Poland, spent most of his life travelling across Europe, North Africa, the Middle East and the USA. Composing the musical works and performing them was both his passion and the [...]

Sabala - Legendary Story-Teller

Sabala (1809- 1894) is one of the most fascinating personalities of the Podhale region known not only in Poland, but in Hungary and Slovakia as well. His real name was Jan Krzeptowski, but he was commonly known as Sabala. Others also called him Sablik and Czakor. Though Sabala was illiterate, he [...]

History of Zakopane

Though the first settlements in the region of Podhale came into being in the middle of the 12th century, not much is known about such early times of Zakopane. Its history dates back to the year 1578 when Zakopane obtained its village rights from Stefan Batory, King of Poland. The rights [...]

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