Zakopane’s Top things to do:
- Krupówki Street: Krupówki Street is the main pedestrian zone of Zakopane, packed with a mixture of shops and restaurants and forming the tourist hub. It’s hard to believe that this street was, as recently as the 19th Century, a small meandering path joining the village to the Kuźnice where the cable car is today. This central area does get busy, particularly on bad weather days, so prepare for crowds.
- Kasprowy Wierch: Dating back to 1935 and a real highlight of Zakopane is a trip on the cable car to Mount Kasprowy soaring above Zakopane at 1987m. The cable car allows you to truly get in to the mountains and is the focus for skiers in the winter months. In addition to the cable car, in winter there are two chairs lifts enabling you to access two advanced skiing pistes.
- Gubalówka & Local Market: From here visitors may ascend the funicular to Gubalówka Hill right from the middle of town. The views from the journey and from the top are spectacular. The market itself is a perfect spot for browsing with a variety of produce and eclectic mix of woodcrafts, leather, woollen goods and clothes. Not to be missed are the Oscypek sheep cheese sellers. Spot the different shapes and sizes and be sure to enjoy a sample.
- Straźyska Valley: A hikers’ paradise, the trails and walking opportunities in this area offer a variety to both seasoned hikers and families with children. Wander along the easy walk to the Siklawa waterfalls or the foot of the imposing Mt Giewont, or take on more challenging trails in an area abundant with flora and fauna. Children are thrilled in winter when it is possible to hire sledges to pull them back along the gentler downhill areas.
- Morskie Oko Lake, Kóscieliska & Chocholowska Valley: be warned – this is a real tourist haven, and if you want to enjoy it without the crowds then it is well worth being an early bird and getting here before the hordes. It is well worth a visit though for the natural beauty and an ambling walk along the shores. It’s also possible to enjoy a horse and cart ride here or, in winter, sledges are popular.
- Collection of Museums & Galleries: Zakopane offers visitors a diverse and wide range of small museums and galleries, perfect for a rainy day or if you’re looking to get a cultural fix. The Tatra Museum focuses on the natural environment of the surrounding Tatra Mountains; The Museum of Zakopane Style at Koliba Villa is the first building constructed in Stanislav Witkiewicz’s design and remains characteristic of the local Tatra Crofts; the Karol Szymanowski Museum is devoted to this famous Polish composer; the Kornel Makusyński Museum tells the story of the writer who once made it home. IN addition there is the Jan Kasprowicz Museum, Art Gallery of Zakopane, Wladyslaw Hasior Gallery, and the Modern Art Gallery YAM.