General info

Zakopane, frequently called the winter capital of Poland, is a town of ca 30 000 inhabitants located at the foothills of the Tatra mountain range. Yearly, Zakopane is a host to approximately three million tourists from all around the world. What lures people here are the gorgeous mountain vistas and numerous attractions as well as unique atmosphere of Zakopane itself. Summer visitors are welcome to hike on a network of marked trails. Some of those start in the very Zakopane (Strążyska, Białego, Bystrej valleys) others are available after a short car or bus ride (Morskie Oko, Five Lakes Valley, Kościeliska and Chochołowska valleys). In wintertime the vicinity offers more than 50 ski slopes of varied difficulty. Local ski rentals offer a broad selection of skiing and snowboarding equipment. 

Moreover, Zakopane boasts a number of museums, plenty architectural sights of interest, folk art and craft, dozens of regional restaurants with excellent local cuisine and the most famous Polish promenade - Krupówki.

Worth visiting is also the vicinity of Zakopane, e.g. Chochołów, where You can walk throug the oldest part of the village, visit a local woodcarver's workshop, test Your skills in the newest Tatra Adventure Park Chochołów, or go to thermal baths Chochołowskie Termy.
TOP 10 of attractions in Zakopane and its vicinity:

Ulica Krupówki - the famous promenade

The Old Church ("Stary Kościółek")

Historic cemetary at Pęksowy Brzyzek

Chapel in Jaszczurówka

Ski jumps at Krokiew hill

Ulica Kościeliska – Zakopane's "Old Town"

Kościeliska Valley caves

Hala Gąsienicowa (alp) and Czarny Staw (lake)

Strążyska Valley

The Valley of Five Polish Lakes ("Dolina Pięciu Stawów Polskich")

Selected events in Zakopane:


Wielka Majówka Tatrzańska - Tatra May Festival (spring)

Tatrzańskie Wici - Zakopane Summer Folk Festival (summer)

Międzynarodowy Festiwal Folkloru Ziem Górskich - International Mountain Folklore Festival (summer)


Międzynarodowe Spotkania z Filmem Górskim - Zakopane Mountain Film Festival (autumn)


United Europe Jazz Festival (spring)

Festiwal Organowy - Pipe Organ Festival (summer)

Jazz Camping Zakopane Kalatówki (autumn)


Zawody na starym sprzęcie narciarskim o Wielkanocne Jajo - 'Easter Egg' Old Style Skiing Competition  (spring)

Zlot starych samochodów - Vintage Automobiles Meeting (spring)

Letnie Grand Prix w Skokach Narciarskich - Summer Ski Jumping Grand Prix (summer)

Puchar Świata w Skokach Narciarskich - Ski Jumping World Cup (winter)