Things to do in 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

Krakow: Zakopane Day Trip with Hot Springs & Hotel pickup

1. Krakow: Zakopane Day Trip with Hot Springs & Hotel pickup

Explore the Tatra mountains on a private or group day trip from Krakow with hotel transfers and a guide. Explore Chocholow, a living museum of historical wooden buildings, and try regional cheese and alcohol. Ride the Gubałówka funicular, explore Zakopane on your own, and relax in a thermal bath. After pickup from Krakow, drive to the village of Chocholow to see the best examples of Goral wooden houses and learn about this characteristic wooden building style. Afterward, try regional treats, including oscypek cheese and local alcohol in a traditional shepherd's hut called Bacówka. Next, take the cable car from Zakopane to Gubałówka, the most famous peak of the Polish Tatra Mountains. In just 3.5 minutes, get to a height of 1122 m above sea level. From the top, enjoy a panorama of Zakopane and the Tatra Mountains. On your descent, enjoy free time on Krupowki, Zakopane’s most famous street. Find local shops with products from the Podhale region. You can buy jewelry (including brooches in the typical heart-shaped “parzenica” pattern), clothes made of wool and leather, and intricately carved wooden souvenirs. Finally, unwind at Terma Bania where 14 pool basins, over 300 meters of water slides, saline pools, geysers, water cannons, and jacuzzis await you. Relax with a gorgeous view of the High Tatras. In the end, be driven back to your hotel in Krakow.

From Krakow: Zakopane and Thermal Springs with Hotel Pickup

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

Explore Zakopane on a guided tour including round-trip transportation from Krakow. Experience the healing waters of the thermal pools in Białka Tatrzańska, ride a cable car to the top of Gubałówka Mountain, and enjoy a cheese and alcohol tasting.  Start with a pickup from your hotel, apartment, or another place of your choice in Krakow. 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. Chochołów 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. 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, learn about its production history while tasting it. Arrive in Zakopane, 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. Enjoy time for independent exploration and lunch (not included). This street is the market square of Zakopane, where you can find souvenir shops and many restaurants that serve local food. Zakopane also boasts cable car access. Hop on a cable car with included tickets and take in views of the Polish Tatra Mountains from the top of Gubałówka Mountain. After exploring Zakopane and the surrounding area, your driver will take you to the Bania Thermal Pools in Białka Tatrzańska. Once there, relax and feel the healing properties of thermal water. The admission ticket to the Bania Thermal Pools includes themed areas for both children and adults so that everyone can enjoy their time equally. After your visit, your driver will take you to your drop-off location in Krakow.

From Krakow: Zakopane Day Trip with Cable Car & Tastings

3. From Krakow: Zakopane Day Trip with Cable Car & Tastings

Take in panoramic views of the Tatra Mountains on this full-day tour from Krakow. Visit the charming town of Chochołów and taste traditional local cheese and alcohol. Spend some free time in Zakopane and ride the cable car to the top of Gubałówka.  Go to the wooden town of Chochołów where you can see the traditional wooden architecture. Afterward, savor local produce of cheese and alcohol. Arriving in Zakopane, board the cable car and travel up to Gubałówka Hill. Experience breathtaking views of the Tatra Mountains that are covered in snow up until May. Enjoy free time in the bustling heart of Zakopane on Krupówki street in the town center. Admire the architecture of the 120 years old Wooden Chapel "Jaszczurówka". End the trip with a drive back to your hotel.

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.

Zakopane: Sleigh Ride with Bonfire, Local Food, and Music

5. Zakopane: Sleigh Ride with Bonfire, Local Food, and Music

Experience the quaint Zakopane wintertime highland atmosphere on this tour. Enjoy a scenic torchlit sleigh ride, gather for dinner around the bonfire, and experience traditional tales and folk dancing. Take a sleigh ride in the Chocholowska Valley for an adventure in the Tatra Mountain winter landscapes. Feel as though you've stepped into a fairytale with snow-covered trees and a quiet atmosphere with no cars or city noise. After the sleigh ride, enjoy the bonfire and a highlander feast with live music. Enjoy traditional regional Polish sausages and mountain smoked cheese cooked on the bonfire. Taste traditional bigos, a cabbage stew with assorted meats, and warm up with some hot tea. Experience a warm welcome with traditional folk music, dancing, and storytelling. Taste highlander alcohol and spend the evening singing together around the fire.

Kraków: Zakopane Tour with Thermal Pool

6. 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 Tatra Mountains Day Trip

7. 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.

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 Krakow: Zakopane and Polish Mountains with Hotel Pickup

9. 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: Slovakia Treetop Walk, Zakopane & Thermal Spa

10. From Krakow: Slovakia Treetop Walk, Zakopane & Thermal Spa

Discover the beauty of the Pieniny National Park on this day trip from Krakow. Marvel at stunning views as you stroll with a bird's-eye-view on the Bachledka Treetop Trail.  Be picked up from your Krakow hotel in a climate controlled bus. Relax on the drive through the Polish countryside on the way to the Bachledova Valley in Slovakia. Stop at the start of the 1234-meter long Bachledka Treetop Trail. Walk on a trail that is 24 meters above the ground with a 32-meter high observation tower. Take in views from this position in the heart of the majestic forests of the Pieniny National Park. View the Belianske Tatras and learn about the animals and plants that are unique to the area. Purchase a nice lunch in Zakopane, then walk down Krupowki and enjoy the unique ambiance at the heart of the Tatra Mountains. Finish your day on a relaxing note and plunge into the hot springs in Chochołow Thermal Spa, before driving back to Krakow.

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What people are saying about Zakopane

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 1,438 reviews

Wow! What an amazing experience and I can honestly say I am 100% glad I booked this trip. I booked it for myself and my two children (11 and 7) and they too had a great time. Gregory was an amazing host and so patient and attentive. We made friends with the four other people on the mini bus and this is resulted in an amazing, unforgettable trip. We thoroughly recommend the toboggan ride at the top of the mountain (after you get off the cable car) and the delicious hot chocolate from the main pub/cafe at the top. The swim up bar in the thermal bars was another highlight. It was a long journey there and back for the kids but the kids were happy with their tablets and headphones. A really magical day out that I wish we could do again!

Beautiful scenery. Zakopane is lovely and there are some good very reasonable restaurants at the top of the mountain.

Richard was so nice and helpfull it was e very good trip❤️

100% recommended! Couldn’t ask for anything more. 10/10!!!

Reliable, comfortable and good value. Thank you very much!