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From Krakow: Zakopane Tour with Thermal Springs

1. From Krakow: Zakopane Tour with Thermal Springs

Discover the quaint town of Zakopane, ride a cable car up to Gubałówka peak, marvel at the spectacular views of the High Tatras, and then revel in the healing waters of thermal springs on this 11-hour guided journey into the Polish mountains tour. 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 Thermal Pools Tour

2. From Krakow: Zakopane and Thermal Pools Tour

Start with pickup from your hotel, apartment, or other 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 you learn of 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.

From Krakow: Zakopane and Tatras Mountains Day Trip

3. From Krakow: Zakopane and Tatras Mountains Day Trip

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: Excursion to Zakopane Town in Tatra Mountains

4. From Krakow: Excursion to Zakopane Town in Tatra Mountains

Zakopane carries the proud name of the "skiing capital of Poland". It is Poland's most popular holiday resort. During this tour you will be able to see the Chocholow village, which features traditional wooden houses that have been built by the local highlanders years ago. Along your way spot out the beautiful and historically famed wooden chapels. Visit Krupowki, the main street of Zakopane. Meet some locals, see what village life has to offer and shop for some souvenirs. Take a trip up the mountain Gubalowka, ride in a funicular and experience the natural surrounds. From the top of the mountain you will have a beautiful view of the Tatra Mountain range. On this trip you will be able to view the ski jump hill, which is used for the Grant Prix Ski Jump Competition.  This mountainous journey will take 2 hours to drive depending on traffic. The driver may be up to 15 minutes late depending on agreed meeting location and time. Please wear warm clothing. 

From Krakow: Day Tour of Zakopane and Tatra Mountains

5. From Krakow: Day Tour of Zakopane and Tatra Mountains

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.

Day Trip Zakopane & Polish Tatra mountains from Krakow

6. Day Trip Zakopane & Polish Tatra mountains from Krakow

This tour to the Polish Tatra mountains and resort town of Zakopane begins at 9:00 am from the center of Krakow, or from your place of stay in the city. Zakopane is located about 150 kilometers from Krakow, and the entire day trip will last between 8 and 10 hours. One of the main attractions you will visit is Gubalowka peak, which is reached via a modern and quick incline railway. At the top, you will find outstanding views of the whole area, including the cute town below and the commanding and towering Tatra range behind it. In your time exploring Zakopane, it’s possible to see a long list of worthwhile sights, including: the center and lively main street (Krupowki), large professional ski jump (Wielka Krokiew), Jaszczurowca Chapel, Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, and the Old Cemetery on Peksowy Brzyzek. For the duration of the journey, you will be accompanied by a professional, knowledgeable guide who will help you to discover the natural beauty and fascinating mountain culture of the region.

From Krakow: Zakopane and Thermal Baths

7. From Krakow: Zakopane and Thermal Baths

Explore Zakopane, the skiing capital of Poland and the most popular holiday resort. See the Chocholow village, featuring traditional wooden houses built by the local highlanders years ago. Spot the beautiful and historically famed wooden chapels.  Krupowki is the main street of Zakopane. Mee locals and see what village life has to offer as you shop for souvenirs. Take a trip up the mountain Gubalowka on a funicular and experience the natural surroundings. From the top of the mountain is a beautiful view of the Tatra Mountain range. See the ski jump hill, used for the Grant Prix Ski Jump Competition. Relax in the warm waters of the Chocholowska Baths, which is the largest thermal complex in Podhale. Dip into natural waters extracted from a depth of nearly 3,600 meters below ground and enjoy the stunning panoramic views. 

From Krakow: Zakopane and Tatra Mountains Full-Day Tour

8. From Krakow: Zakopane and Tatra Mountains Full-Day Tour

Want a taste of some real Polish folklore? Join a day tour from Krakow to Zakopane, the winter capital of Poland located in the heart of the Tatra Mountains. Explore the culture of Tatra's highlanders, take a ride to the top of Mount Gubalowka, and taste regional products. In the 19th century, Zakopane was a sleepy village inhabited by the highlanders who, living for years in isolation, had created their own unique culture. Today, artists and the social elite pronounced Zakopane their favorite place in Poland. Zakopane and the Tatra Mountains are perfect places to visit during all seasons. The city impresses visitors with its stunning nature, beautiful views, and original folklore. Transfer to Zakopane (~2h) After pickup from your hotel or chosen starting point in Krakow, head to Zakopane on an approximately 2-hour drive. During the journey, learn the history of Zakopane and listen to some folklore music specially prepared and selected by your guide. Chocholow (~1h) First on the itinerary is a typical highlander shepherd's shelter producing oscypek, cheese made exclusively in the Tatra Mountains. Learn about the cheesemaking process and taste it for yourself. Then, in Chocholow, visit a local wood-carving artist. Sightseeing in Zakopane (~3h) Next, go sightseeing in Zakopane. Start your tour by admiring houses built in Zakopane style. Visit the church on Peksowe Brzysko with its magical cemetery. Ride a funicular to the top of Gubalowka Mountain to admire the breathtaking view of the granite and limestone peaks of the Tatra Mountains. Then, at the local market, you can shop for some regional products made by highlanders. Continue to walk with your guide along the famous Krupowki, Zakopane's main street with restaurants and shops selling local delicacies. After the tour, enjoy about 2 hours for a lunch break at a local restaurant and free time. Return to Krakow (~2h) Later, take another 2-hour drive back to Krakow for drop-off.

Krakow: Zakopane and Thermal Baths Private Tour

9. Krakow: Zakopane and Thermal Baths Private Tour

The day begins with pickup from your hotel in Krakow and heads towards one of the most popular tourist destinations in Poland, Zakopane. Along the way, marvel at views of the impressive Tatra Mountains, then soak up the atmosphere of this charming town upon arrival. Next up, ride the Gubałówka cable car up the mountain side, admiring the sprawling landscape that surrounds you. Afterwards, wander along the vibrant Krupówki, full of local restaurants, gift shops, and more. Finish the tour at the famous Chochołów Thermal Baths. Warm up or cool down in the baths’ 30 different pools, against a backdrop of yet more mountainside views. At the end of the day, enjoy drop-off back to your Krakow accommodation.

Zakopane: Snow Mobiles in Tatra Mountains

10. Zakopane: Snow Mobiles in Tatra Mountains

Explore Zakopane and see the Chocholow village, featuring traditional wooden houses built by the local highlanders years ago. Spot the beautiful and historically famed wooden chapels. Enjoy beautiful landscapes on a funicular ride and emerge from the forest floor upon the mountain. Start with hotel pickup in Krakow and have a comfortable journey in an air-conditioned van. Jump on a one or two-person snowmobile in Zakopane and enjoy a 1-hour ride through the snow. Meet the locals in Krupowki and see what village life has to offer as you shop for souvenirs. Take a trip up the mountain Gubalowka on a funicular and experience the natural surroundings. Get a spectacular view of the Tatra Mountain range at the top. See the ski jump hill, used for the Grant Prix Ski Jump Competition. Relax in the warm waters of the Chocholowska Baths, the largest thermal complex in Podhale. Dip into natural waters extracted from a depth of nearly 3,600 meters below ground and enjoy the stunning panoramic views.

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What people are saying about Gubałówka Hill Funicular

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 117 reviews

The trip there was very smooth, stopping at a few cultural places on the way. One was a traditional cheese maker where we were able to sample cheese with cranberry jam, cooked on an open fire, giving it a very smoky taste. Accompanied with shots of raspberry and lemon vodka, it was divine. We bought some for home at the shop on site. We were blessed with very good weather, the views were spectacular from the top of the mountain, the town is very quaint with a fair bit to explore and see. The driver was friendly and told us about the history of the places we stopped and of the town itself.

Great day out would recommend to anybody visiting Poland. The views from the mountains were beautiful, the cheese tasting was lovely, the market stalls were nice and sellers were not pushy! lots of shopping, great insight to the wooden houses and how polish residents live. A costly trip but justified with transport from hotel included and a great driver who is so happy to answer questions about the culture and history of Poland.

The mountains are beautiful and as it was April there was still snow on the tops. The smoked cheese tasting was excellent and we had a lovely chilling end of the day relaxing at the thermal pools overlooking the mountains. Gregor was an excellent guide sharing his knowledge and giving us plenty of time .

The trip was very enjoyable, our driver and guide was very nice, helpful and knowledgable. The trip went exactly as it is described and we loved every minute of it!

Great experience, had a amazing time! The driver Patryk was very helpful and full of knowledge.