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From Krakow: Zakopane and Thermal Pools Tour

1. 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.

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From Krakow: Zakopane, Sleigh Ride & Thermal Baths Tour

2. From Krakow: Zakopane, Sleigh Ride & Thermal Baths Tour

Discover the natural beauty of Zakopane, the skiing capital of Poland and also the most popular holiday resort in Poland. Explore the fascinating Chocholow village, with traditional wooden houses that have been built by the local highlanders years ago. See the beautiful and historically famed wooden chapels along your way. Stop at Krupowki, the main street of Zakopane. Meet and engage with some locals and see what village life offers. Stroll through the streets and shop for some souvenirs from the market. Next, take a trip up the mountain Gubalowka on a funicular and experience the breathtaking panoramic views of the area. Get the stunning view of the Tatra Mountains from the top of Gubalowka. See the ski jump hill used for the Grant Prix Ski Jump Competition. Experience an unforgettable sleigh ride amidst the spectacular views of the snow-covered mountains and enjoy a feast by the fire amidst the sprawling landscape. The duration of this part of the trip is 2-3 hours approximately. Then travel to thermal baths to enjoy some quality time in the therapeutic water. The Chocholowska Baths is the largest thermal complex in Podhale. The natural waters, extracted from the depth of around 3600 meters below ground level have various beneficial effects on health. Submerged rocks emit beneficial micronutrients such as sulfur, calcium, magnesium, and sodium. Relax in the warm water of 8 whirlpool pools with a temperature of 36°C. Take a dip in the pool brine bath or outdoor swimming pools, all with a temperature of 36°C.

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Day Trip Zakopane & Polish Tatra mountains from Krakow

3. 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.

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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. 

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From Krakow: Zakopane and Tatras Mountains Day Trip

5. 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.

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Zakopane: Snow Mobiles in Tatra Mountains

6. 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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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. 

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Krakow: Zakopane and Thermal Baths Private Tour

8. 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.

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From Krakow: Day Tour of Zakopane and Tatra Mountains

9. 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.

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Krakow: Dunajec River Gorge & Zakopane Full-Day Private Tour

10. Krakow: Dunajec River Gorge & Zakopane Full-Day Private Tour

The day begins with pickup from your accommodation in Krakow and heads to the scenic Dunajec River Gorge. Hop onboard a traditional-style raft then embark on a 2.5 hour sail across the river. Soak up epic views of the Pieniny Mountain Range and the rocky slopes that line the river. Next, head to the popular resort town of Zakopane, known as the capital of the Polish mountains. Admire Zakopane's impressive alpine scenery, which attracts tourists year-round, and enjoy a guided tour of the town. See the famous Wielka Krokiew Ski Jump, the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, Jaszczurówka Church, and Pęksowy Brzyzek cemetery. Finally, ride the funicular railway up to Gubałówka for a little mountaintop adventure. From the top, marvel at the breathtaking views that surround you and feel immersed in the beauty of nature. After an unforgettable day, enjoy drop-off back to Krakow.

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What people are saying about Gubałówka Hill Funicular

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 35 reviews

Our driver was polite, punctual and knowledgeable about the area we visited. We went in early December and it was thick snow with stunning scenery both from the mountain tops and in the town itself. its almost post card perfect and great for those instagram snaps! The cheese tasking was a nice addition; not only getting to see how the cheese is made locally - and it really is a "cottage industry" - but also getting to taste it as the locals eat it was a welcome addition. Finally the thermal Spa.... Best way to end the trip. You get plenty of time here - we jad about 3 hours - and the combination of the thermal pools with swim up bar and incredible mountain views is well worth it. The whole bus pretty much slept all the way home we were that relaxed

Absolutely stunning place to visit, especially this time of year when the whole village and surrounding mountains are covered in snow. Attempted the cable car up to the tatra mountains, but as an acrophobic I probably shouldn’t have done! The tour guide was lovely, explained and answered anything we wanted, and as it was only us two, it was pretty much a private tour and we got to choose where we went and what we did. Highly recommend coming here if you’re visiting Krakow

Absolutely brilliant! Such a great day on Saturday, better than expected. Our tour guide Marious was amazing, he went above and beyond throughout the day. I would definitely recommend to book this attraction. The scenery, the cable car, the thermal baths, cheese trying were all fabulous! Picked up from our hotel and dropped back off. Brilliant day with brilliant service! Thankyou so much

Everything went very well ! Our driver picked us up from our hotel on time. Very friendly and careful on the road. We tasted a typical cheese and then went to the city center. Free time to take the cable car and the shops. Delighted with this outing

Our driver Gregor was amazing, lovely guy and top knowledge. All the little parts of the trip made it a great experience and to finish off at the spa was the icing on the cake. Would 10000% recommend this trip