Zakopane

Zakopane is a very popular winter resort and summer getaway town in the Tatra mountains on the southern tip of Poland. It became a climatic health resort and as well as cultural spot in the 1880s. Many Polish writers and artists visited Zakopane at the turn of the 20th century. Stanisław Witkiewicz developed the so-called Zakopane Style architecture still popular in the Polish mountains.

Get in

By train

There are around five trains every day from Kraków. It takes three and a half hours, costs around 25 PLN and stops at many small towns along the way. Sleepers go to Warsaw and Wrocław every night as well.

By bus

Several companies ply the route between Kraków and Zakopane. The two biggest are Trans-frej and Szwagropol. A ticket costs 20 PLN and discounts apply.

By car

'Zakopianka' from Kraków - road number 7 to Rabka and then 47 to Zakopane. It takes about one and a half hour, but depends on traffic. Traffic jams on summer weekends are legendary.

By foot

Through Łysa Polana border crossing from Slovakia.

Get around

See

One of the 'tombstones' at Pęksowy Brzyzek

Museums

The Main Building ul. Krupówki 10

The Gallery of 20th Century Art at Oksza villa ul. Zamoyskiego 25

The Museum of the Zakopane Style - Inspirations Droga do Rojów 6

The Museum of the Zakopane Style at 'Koliba' villa ul. Kościeliska 18

The Władysław Hasior Gallery ul. Jagiellońska 18b

The Gallery of Art in Koziniec ul. Koziniec 8

The Kornel Makuszyński Museum ul. Tetmajera 15

Museum of the 1846 Chochołów Uprising Chochołów 75

Do

Zakopane is probably Poland's best known winter sports town

Many of these activities are outside of Zakopane. However, minibuses, leaving when full, depart from different points in Zakopane all day. Most minibuses leave from the front of the train station. The same system works to return hikers/skiers to Zakopane. Expect to pay about 3.50 zł each for the minibus (around 1 euro).

Hike

It's worth buying a map of the area if you're going hiking. Most likely you will be hiking in Tatra National Park. Be aware that as it is a National Park special rules apply—don't be loud, leave any garbage or disturb animals. Maps are sold by the tourist office (17 Kosciuszki St., telephone: 01820 12211), down the hill, on your left, just before getting to the bus stop and cross roads (Krupowki St. and Kosciuszki St.) in the centre of town. They'll also give suggested routes, based on the latest weather forecasts and your fitness and equipment. Note: you will have to pay a small entrance fee of 4 PLN (2 PLN for students and school kids).

The maps are very tourist-friendly, with the "difficulty levels" for different paths marked: possibly slightly patronising for seasoned hikers. The pram symbol for the 'easy' paths is taken too literally - people have been seen trying to get prams up steep paths from Zakopane into the mountains. All the paths marked on the map are well maintained by the government.

Whichever route you plan to take, it is advised you dress warmly and bring spare waterproof clothes and water. Put the clothes in a plastic bag in your backpack to keep them dry in case of rain. Even midsummer it can hail for a whole day in the mountains! Remember you are already at 1000m, although it doesn't feel like it.

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