Poland's highest mountains, the High Tatras (Tatry Zachodnie), are to be found in the south of the country along the border with Slovakia. Zakopane is the main resort, a busy and prosperous tourist town with around 30,000 inhabitants. It attracts around 1.5 million visitors a year for winter skiing, trekking in the mountains and relaxing walks around the town itself.
Zakopane has its own style of architecture with high timber roofs, busy shopping streets and lots of restaurants. After a walk through the market and shops you can enjoy an evening meal entertained by folk musicians. (This story concentrates on our walks around the town)
There are plenty of hiking routes in the mountains, reaching over 2000m, and the cable car from Kuznice to Kasprowy Wierch (1987m) is an easy way to reach the high level hiking trails. However it gets very busy on fine days, as we found. A walk up Gubalowka (1120m) provided us with an alternative way to get a view of the mountains (to be covered in a separate story). You can get there by chairlift as well.
- I'll remember most the distinctive timber buildings with the mountains beyond
- The best bit was the meal with a view at Gubalowka
- The worst bit was the bad weather on our first day
- The traffic on the road to Zakopane was pretty bad too, and we had trouble finding the way to our accommodation
- However, the Gazowka "rustic chalet" was excellent!
Contributed by Andrew Llanwarne< Back to Poland page for links to other stories
|Location||Close to the southern border of Poland on the edge of the High Tatra mountains|
|Date walked||21 July 2008|
|Walk type||Town and City walks|
|Difficulty||The town walks are suitable for anyone who enjoys and easy walk|
|Distance||3-6 km (2-4 miles)|
|Time taken||2 hrs|
|Map used||Town map bought with a guidebook in Polish|
|Walk source info||Exploring with the map|
|Getting there||By hire car from Krakow Airport, about 106km (65 miles) on the E77. Also 9 train services per day, approx 3.5 hours, and twice as many bus services.|
|Places to stay||Numerous, especially guest houses and self-catering. Many people beside the road offering rooms (pokoje).|
|Other features||The old timber houses on Koscieliska and the shops and restaurants on Krupowki|