Zakopane and the Tatra Mountains

Zakopane is situated 100 km south of Krakow, at the foot of the Tatra Mountains. From historical documents we know that it was granted the settlement charter at the end of the sixteenth  century by King Stefan Batory. Its popularity, however, increased in the mid-nineteenth century, with the help of Titus Chałubiński. In 1933 Zakopane was granted a city charter.

Already in the nineteenth century Zakopane became so famous that it was visited by many prominent Polish cultural personalities, among the others: Henryk Sienkiewicz, Stefan Żeromski, Kazimierz Przerwa-Tetmajer, Władysław Orkan, Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz, Mieczysław Karłowicz and Jan Kasprowicz. The popularization of tourism and mountaineering contributed to the prosperity of the city. The unique qualities of the Tatra climate also began to be widely appreciated.

It's worth to take a day or two to visit Zakopane and the Tatra Mountains – to feel the charm of this exceptional  place, have a chance to take a look at highland folk music or enjoy the delicious dishes of the region in one of the many restaurants serving traditional highland cuisine. Buses from Kraków to Zakopane run very frequently. Our website can help you book accommodation at very attractive prices.

Accommodation in Zakopane

All nature lovers and those who appreciate the beauty of mountain landscapes, the unbroken murmur of mountain streams and the quiet whisper of tall spruces, should consider a longer trip to the region. Then, they can take as much time as they wish to enjoy the Tatra trails, where everyone can find something for him or herself when it comes to the degree of difficulty. Among the easily accessible valleys are: Kościeliska, Chochołowska or Strążyska, as well as the road to Morskie Oko, which on sunny days attracts many tours and walkers. But sometimes the trails with a greater degree of difficulty, which require from tourists more suitable clothing and gear as well as a great deal of strength and resistance, are equally abuzz. The most experienced tourists can go on a hike in the upper parts of the High Tatras (Tatry Wysokie), but need to remember to act with great caution, as serious accidents happen there even to professionals.

The Liliowe Pass (Przełęcz Liliowe) is a kind of natural border between the Eastern (Tatry Wschodnie) and the Western Tatras (Tatry Zachodnie). The former are divided into High Tatras (Tatry Wysokie) and Bielskie (Tatry Bielskie). The highest peak on the Polish side of the Tatras – Rysy – is located in Tatry Wysokie (2499 m). On the Slovak side the highest is Gerlach (2654 m). In the Polish Western Tatras (Tatry Zachodnie), Starorobociański Wierch (2176 m) towers over the other mountains. Among tourists Giewont proves to be the most popular and it is also closest to Zakopane – (1894 m).

Kasprowy Wierch (1987m) on the other hand is popular among both tourists and skiers. Three valleys branch off from this summit: Dolina Bystrej, Dolina Suchej Wody Gąsienicowej and Dolina Cicha, the latter of which is located on the Slovak side. Kasprowy Wierch can be reached on foot or by cable car, built in 1936.

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