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Zakopane

Explorers can find winter sports, adventure, and a gateway to the Tatras Mountains in this resort town.

Our most recommended things to do in Zakopane

Kraków: Zakopane Tour with Thermal Pool

1. Kraków: Zakopane Tour with Thermal Pool

Enjoy one of the best views in Zakopane with a cable car ride up to Gubałówka. Marvel at the spectacular views of the High Tatras that are covered with snow up until May. Visit Krupówki, the most popular street in the heart of Zakopane, where you can experience the ambience of the mountain region and enjoy the aromas of local foods coming from the traditional restaurants. After your tour of Zakopane, take a break for some rest and relaxation in the thermal pools. Enjoy outdoor and indoor swimming pools, water slides, whirlpool baths and many other attractions in the heart of the mountains.

From Krakow: Zakopane and Thermal Springs with Hotel Pickup

2. From Krakow: Zakopane and Thermal Springs with Hotel Pickup

Start with a pickup from your hotel, apartment, or another place of your choice in Krakow at the time you specify. From there the duration of the trip from Krakow to Zakopane is approximately 2 hours. About 20 minutes from Zakopane lies the town of Chochołów. This village is famous for its wooden houses which look almost identical. Settlers have traditionally washed the wooden walls of buildings with soap, which happens twice a year in the periods before Christmas and Easter. Thanks to this cleaning, the buildings that are many years old look like new. In the vicinity of Chochołów, there are places where highlanders produce sheep's cheese traditional to this region of Poland. This cheese is called "Oscypek", and as part of your trip, you will learn about its production history whilst tasting it. The town of Zakopane is the capital of the Polish mountains. Each year, this place attracts many tourists who want to experience the unique style of Górlaskie culture, which is expressed through architecture, food, music, style of speech, and clothing. In the town center lies "Krupówki" Street, and you will be given time for independent exploration and a possible lunch. This street is the market square of Zakopane, where you can find many good restaurants which serve local food, as well as souvenir shops. Zakopane also boasts cable-car access, and from the top of the "Gubałówka" Mountain, you can glimpse the Polish Tatra Mountains. After exploring Zakopane and the surrounding area, your driver will transport you to the thermal pools in Bukowina Tatrzańska. Whilst there, relax and feel the health properties of thermal water. The admission ticket to the Bukovina Thermal Pools includes themed areas for children and adults so that everyone can enjoy their time equally.  After returning to the parking lot, your driver will take you to your desired location in Krakow.

Zakopane: Snowmobiles - Expedition and Optional Bonfire Meal

3. Zakopane: Snowmobiles - Expedition and Optional Bonfire Meal

Enjoy an adventure unlike any other! Visit locations inaccessible to tourists otherwise, and get in touch with nature in an activity that can provide both adrenaline and relaxation - you get to decide how you experience this opportunity. Feel the thrill of gliding over the snow on a real snowmobile. The vehicles are easy to maneuver so this tour is appropriate for first-time drivers or families with children. As you explore the mountainous terrain, witness stunning panoramas over the Tatra Mountains and beautiful winter scenery. Join other explorers at a bonfire for a satisfying hot meal and drink, included in the price. Choose your experience - 1, 2, 3 or 5 hours, with a bonfire meal, a visit to thermal baths and the best saunas, in daylight or after dark. Suitable for beginners as well as experienced drivers. Important information: You will meet your guide in the Snowdoo base and get assigned a single or double-seated bisnowmobile. Each person driving a snowmobile must be at least 18 years old and hold a valid driving license (B). Please remember to take your driving license with you. Children 3-10 years old can participate free of charge if seated in front of the driver without occupying a seat, Snowmobile driver is held liable for any damage caused to the vehicle. Personal self-liability is max. 2000 €/snowmobile/ in case of accident. If there is not enough snow, the snowmobiles will be replaced with 4x4 quads - the rest of the program is carried out with no changes.

From Krakow: Zakopane Tour with Thermal Springs

4. From Krakow: Zakopane Tour with Thermal Springs

Start your day with a pickup from Krakow and an escorted ride to Zakopane. On the way, visit the idyllic village of Chochołów, famous for its wooden houses which look almost identical. Learn about the traditions that keep these antique buildings looking new. Next, visit a Bacowka ─ a traditional shepherd’s hut ─ to try the regional cheese Oscypek and see how it is prepared. Eventually, reach Zakopane where you can explore the local old-school bazaar and famous Krupowki Street, filled with restaurants, local stores, and regional goods, as well as gift shops. Ride a cable car from Zakopane to the top of Gubałówka and glimpse the Tatra Mountains. After exploring Zakopane your driver will transport you to the thermal pools in Białka Tatrzańska. Relax and enjoy the healing properties of warm thermal water before being driven back to Krakow.

From Krakow: Zakopane and Polish Mountains with Hotel Pickup

5. From Krakow: Zakopane and Polish Mountains with Hotel Pickup

Escape the city and spend a day exploring the Polish countryside in the comfort of a private vehicle. See traditional wooden houses, view the Tatras mountain range from the top of Gubałówka Hill, and taste traditional smoked sheep-milk cheese. Begin your tour with a pickup from a location of your choosing in Krakow. Hop onboard an air-conditioned vehicle and head towards one of the most picturesque locations in Poland, Zakopane and the Tatras Mountains. Once in Zakopane, head straight to Krupówki Street located in the center of town. Explore the many boutiques, restaurants, and curio shops that line this pedestrian-only street. At the end of Krupówki Street, you'll find your next stop on the tour, the station for the Gubałówka Hill funicular. Hop onto one of the cable cars and enjoy fantastic views of Zakopane and the surrounding mountains as you make your way up Gubałówka Hill.  Once at the top, marvel at the breathtaking views of the Polish Tatras Mountains. Make the most of this fantastic location and enjoy a glass of mulled wine or a refreshing drink while taking in the views. Visit the Jaszczurówka Chapel, a wooden building located on the outskirts of Zakopane, and see Wielka Krokiew, the biggest and most famous ski jumping hill in Poland. The final stop on your tour is the village of Chochołów. Admire the unusual architectural style of the famous wooden houses and see the Bacówkach, the traditional houses where Oscypek or smoked cheese is produced.  Learn how this local specialty is made and sample various types to discover the different flavors created by the level of smoking.

From Krakow: Zakopane and Tatra Mountains Day Trip

6. From Krakow: Zakopane and Tatra Mountains Day Trip

Take a day out from Krakow and head 100km south to the winter capital of Poland. Explore the Zakopane regional market, walk Krupowki street, and experience the town at your leisure. See authentic housing in Chocholow and marvel at the Tatra mountains by riding a funicular train up Gubalowka hill. Travel to the winter town of Zakopane. Explore as you please and find many worthwhile attractions like the professional ski jumping hill. Walk through the bustling Kripowki street and try some regional food. Find the Shrine of Our Lady Fatima, Jaszczurowca Chapel, and explore the old cemetery. Head just outside the town to the village of Chocholow and admire the traditional wooden housing. Taste an authentic highlander's cheese called 'Oscypek' and delight in the quaint magic of this hidden treasure. Climb aboard an amazing incline railway and reach the top of Gubalowka hill, 1126 meters high. Capture breathtaking views of the Tatra Mountains, the tallest peaks in all of Poland.

From Krakow: Morskie Oko and Zakopane Day Trip

7. From Krakow: Morskie Oko and Zakopane Day Trip

Spend the day with a scenic hike to a glacial lake at Morskie Oko and exploring the charming town of Zakopane. After getting picked up from your accommodation in Krakow, relax during your two-hour drive towards the Tatra Mountains. Arrive at the base of the Morski Oko hike and prepare yourself for beautiful nature and stunning views.  Leisurely hike up the mountain for approximately two hours until arriving at the Morski Oko Lake. The name of the lake means the Eye of the Sea and was formed from glaciers in the mountains. While at the lake relax for a bit before heading back down on another two-hour hike. From Morski Oko head to Zakopane where you can take a trip up Gubalowka Mountain by funicular. Also spend time on Krupowki Street and peruse its shops and restaurants before going back to Krakow.

Zakopane and Tatra Mountains Day Tour from Krakow

8. Zakopane and Tatra Mountains Day Tour from Krakow

Start your day trip in the morning where you will be picked up at the reception of your hotel. Enjoy a 2-hour drive to the lovely village of Zakopane while your English-speaking driver provides commentary along the way.   After arriving in Zakopane, you'll have 5 hours of free time to explore the village on your own. You can try delicious Polish cuisine, or visit the local market to admire the creations of Polish craftsmen and try the popular smoked cheese. Enter a wooden villa built in a traditional architectural style, or walk through the picturesque streets — the choice is yours.  Select the option including tickets for the funicular railway and travel to the top of Gubałówka mountain. Enjoy the view of the village and admire the peaks of the Polish Tatra Mountains around you. During your visit, the driver will wait for you, and after 5 hours you travel back to Krakow together. Alternatively, choose the option which includes tickets for 2.5 hours in Chochołów Thermal Pools or the other option which includes guided visits to Gubałówka Mountain, Wielka Krokiew Ski Jump, and a Wooden Mansion built in a traditional architectural style.

From Zakopane: Oscypek Cheese Tasting in Podhale

9. From Zakopane: Oscypek Cheese Tasting in Podhale

Visit Podhale and taste the local cheese on this day trip. Visit the Sabala house, try the Oscypek cheese at the Polana Bialy Potok cheese hut, and visit the historic Old Church. Meet your driver at your apartment in Zakopane and head to the highlander's house museum in the Sabała house. Learn about Sabała, the most famous góral (highlander) in Poland. Hear about his family and his journey in the Tatra mountains with Polish artists, writers, and aristocrats. Continue to the cheese hut at Polana Biały Potok. Learn about Oscypek traditions and try different types of local cheese with shots of homemade lime vodka. On the way back to Zakopane, stop by the oldest part of the town to visit the Old Church and the Pęksowy Brzyzek Cemetery. Explore the cemetery and admire its wooden and stone-carved crosses and sculptures. After your visit to the cemetery, finish your tour either at your apartment or the city center.

From Krakow: Zakopane Tour with Gubalowka Funicular & Museum

10. From Krakow: Zakopane Tour with Gubalowka Funicular & Museum

Visit the popular winter resort of Zakopane on a full-day private sightseeing tour from Krakow and discover Poland’s most popular resort for skiing, rock climbing, rafting, trekking, cycling and paragliding. Begin your exploration of the area by visiting the highlander’s cottage and tasting the traditional highlander cheese known as oscypek. Then, continue your tour in the Koliba Villa, the Museum of Zakopane Style. After the visit to the museum, you will take the funicular railway to Mount Gubałówka for eye-popping views over the granite and limestone peaks. Return to the oldest part of Zakopane and wander the characterful main street of Krupówki to immerse yourself in Zakopane culture. Listen to the Podhale dialect - a language only spoken by the highlanders of the Tatra Mountains - admire beautiful handmade outfits, hear traditional music and peek into the workshops to see how the local art is made. Before World War I, Zakopane was widely regarded as the art and culture capital of Poland, a status it earned thanks to the many artists, writers and musicians who settled there. Among them was the painter Stanislaw Witkiewicz, who established a unique mountain cottage style of architecture known as “Zakopane Style.” You can learn more at the Tatra Museum. Having returned to the oldest part of Zakopane, you will have a chance to visit the enormous regional market and have lunch in a regional restaurant serving local specialities while enjoying your free time.

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What people are saying about Zakopane

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 1,438 reviews

The whole experience was amazing! Mathew was awesome, and helped the trip exceed our expectations. He was very knowledgeable and made a few extra stops that really tied the whole experience together and taught us a bit about the history of the region.

The journey time of 2 hours there and back but we'll worth it. Stopped in for some sheep's cheese and was surprisingly lovely. Zakopane was beautiful with the market stalls and food stalls. Then the thermal baths was a good way to finish off the day.

Zakopane is a beautiful place and our driver Gregor made the experience great with lots of knowledge and guidance. Definitely worth visiting Zakopane if you have the chance.

As promised, updates on time, deanery, order, we really enjoyed Rose's singing, explanations, she took us to taste sheep cheese, exact schedule, well done.

Very enjoyable day (despite the rain!). Thomas was a knowledgeable and extremely helpful guide.