The Zakopane region is widely known for its unspoiled nature and majestic landscapes. Not only are the Tatras the highest Polish mountains but they also share many characteristics with the Alps. Being the National Park for over forty years, the Tatras are under strict protection thus, it is an ongoing concern of the developing town not to interfere or endanger its natural environment.
Zakopane is Poland's best known ski resort but it also offers excellent conditions for mountain hiking and climbing, as well as for many other sport disciplines. Zakopane guarantees a perfect rest throughout the year. Zakopane is the capital of the Tatras, Poland's winter capital and the pearl in the tourism world.
Zakopane has it all. Most spectacular location with beautiful scenery, skiing for families on gentle and long cruising slopes and runs were experts can explore endless chutes, glades, gullies and remote bowls. When it comes to skiing and snowboarding, here you will find it for families and groups of varying abilities to ski together. There are beginner and intermediate runs on most slopes. Nosal and Kasprowy with more demanding runs are for the experts. You don't have to bring the equipment with you, there are many conveniently located rental facilities. For the beginners there are many instructors at each run and for those who wish to explore further the mountains Zakopane has the finest guides. With certified instructors, you will learn all about snow pack and avalanche awareness, and be able to enjoy the incredible beauty of the wilderness. The skiing season usually lasts here from December till the early May.
Zakopane has hosted: FIS World Ski Championships, Winter Universiades, Biathlon World Championship, Ski Jump World Cups, and Nordic Combined, Nordic and Alpine European Cups.
If you are planning to visit Zakopane in the summer you should come for at least a week or even longer. It is impossible to discover and enjoy all the attractions in few days. 250 km of trails offer summer hiking filled with amazing scenery, for the rock climbers there are many demanding peaks. You can rent bicycles and ride around the town or choose the trails. The town offers very unique architecture, history, museums, art galleries, fine dining for every taste, market full of souvenirs and among other attractions are trips to caves or paragliding.
Did you know, from Zakopane you can go on one day organized trips to Krakow, Prague, Budapest or Vienna? Shorter trips are to Wieliczka Salt Mine or a raft trip along 15 km of frothing river water in the spectacular Dunajec river gorge. On both sides of the river there are historic Gothic Renaissance castle in Niedzica and the 14th century ruins of the castle in Czorsztyn. In the neighbouring town of Debno there is the 15th century timber church of international renown.