Insider Tips: Planning a trip to Zakopane
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What should I do on my first trip to Zakopane?
One of the absolute necessities during your trip to Zakopane is to take a cable car to Mount Kasprowy. This incredible natural feature makes for a stunning sightseeing destination all year round. If you're an experienced hiker, then taking a 5-hour walk up Mount Giewont is a definite great nature fix. Throughout the year, this is a stunning location that offers some of the most breathtaking views in all seasons. Also, visiting the local markets, which pop up all over the streets of Zakopane, is a great way to experience the culture and immerse yourself in the cuisine.
What are some hidden gems to see in Zakopane?
Some of the most wondrous hidden gems in Zakopane include the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, which is a popular religious site, Quadoo Adventure Zakopane, and Cmentarz Zasluzonych na Peksowym Brzyzku, which is a hauntingly-beautiful cemetery.
How much time should I spend in Zakopane?
Even though it’s more than possible to make just a day trip to Zakopane, we suggest you spend two or three days here. If you want to immerse yourself in the culture fully and enjoy all of the delicious food Zakopane has to offer, then definitely consider spending a couple of days here.
What food is Zakopane known for?
Zakopane is a hub of Goral culture and is often referred to as ‘the winter capital of Poland’. Some of the most popular tourist activities in this town include skiing and mountaineering since Zakopane resides near the mountainous border between Slovakia and Poland.
What is the best way to get around Zakopane?
The great thing about Zakopane is that it’s a very compact town and the roads are partially closed to vehicles. So, the best way to get around town is on foot!
What are the best months to visit Zakopane?
September and October in Zakopane are often temperate, sunny, and dry, so if you’re looking for a warm, beautiful destination, then this may be it. However, winter is when the town really starts to come alive, with frequent snowfalls and some incredible white landscapes.
What are the best neighborhoods to visit in Zakopane?
Kasprowy Wierch (Tatra National Park) is easily the best place to visit when you’re in Zakopane. It’s easy to get to the top of Kasprowy Wierch via cable car from upper Zakopane. Once you reach the top station, you’ll be greeted by friendly locals and incredible scenery. The area is calm and quiet, and you’ll find a restaurant, souvenir shop, and, if you go in winter, ski rental.
What are the best neighborhoods for shopping?
An excellent shopping neighborhood in Zakopane is Podgorze - a historic district on the southern bank of the Wisla River. It features the spacious Bonarka shopping mall, complete with your typical range of chain stores and services, as well as a cinema and food court.
What neighborhood should I stay in when I visit Zakopane?
The area around the Kasprowy Hotel is one of the best places to stay in Zakopane, thanks to its central location. It’s located in the heart of the city, and is surrounded by plenty of nightlife spots to spend your evenings at. If you want something a little more tranquil, consider staying in the mountains - most of the time, the only sound there is that of singing birds and rushing water.