Welcome to Zakopane


In addition to outdoor pursuits, Zakopane is known for its beautiful wooden villas, dating from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Some of these now house museums, while others have been converted into hotels or pensions.

The father of this craze for ornate timber houses was the architect Stanisław Witkiewicz (1851–1915), and his early-20th-century creations helped to establish Zakopane as a haven for painters, poets, writers and composers. Two of the town’s most famous former residents include Witkiewicz’s son, the writer and painter Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz (better known as 'Witkacy'), and the composer Karol Szymanowski.


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$68.81 Day Trips & Excursions

Zakopane and Tatras Mountains Day Tour from Krakow

Nestled at the foot of the spectacular Tatra mountains, Zakopane is the winter sports capital of Poland and its most famous resort. During the winter, plentiful snow and challenging runs make for excellent skiing while the summer months offer hikers mountain lakes, glacial valleys and waterfalls. The mountains are also home to a unique and diverse range of flora and fauna.Your tour starts with a ride up a funicular railway to the top of Mt. Gubalowka to see a wonderful view of the Tatras.After a short walk around the peak, return down the funicular to visit the oldest part of Zakopane where the old cottages of the mountaineers still stand, surrounded by ash trees and blackened by the sun. These wooden houses and churches were built in the Zakopane style by the remarkable Polish artist, Witkacy.In addition to the traditional mountain architecture, magnificent folk costumes and jewelry have also survived here to this day. To better experience the true Zakopane atmosphere, take a walk along Krupówki, the central mall, lined with restaurants, cafes, boutiques and souvenir shops. Here you will have a lunch break.The last stop in Zakopane is either the Tatra Museum or, on the way back to Krakow, a visit to the lovely old wooden village of Chocholow.

$82.57 Day Trips & Excursions

Full-Day Trip to Zakopane from Krakow

After approximately a 2-hour bus drive (with a short break after 1 hour), we will stop in the village of Chochołów, where you will have time to admire the wooden houses from the 19th century made without using a single nail. If we are lucky, we can also visit the workshop of a local artist. From Chochołów, we will head next to Zakopane. Leaving the bus in the city center, we will walk for a few minutes along one of main streets of the city to Villa Koliba, the Museum of Architecture Style of Zakopane. After a 1-hour visit at the museum, we will go to see the oldest wooden church in Zakopane and the ancient cemetery. Assisted by our guide, we will then take a funicular ride up Gubałówka Hill. If the weather is good, you can admire a wonderful view of the Tatry Mountains. Next, we will go on a 20-minute walk through Butorowy Rib to take a chairlift to return down to Zakopane. After a 1.5-hour break for lunch and shopping on Krupówki, a commercial street in Zakopane, we will get back on the bus and go see the ski jump, one of the most popular places for winter sports in Poland. We will then end the tour with seeing the wooden Jaszczurówka Chapel.

$69.22 Private & Custom Tours

Zakopane, Tatras & Thermal Pools: Complete Private Tour

We start in Krakow, where our driver will pick You up from Your hotel. First stop, after 1,5 h drive is  Chocholow which lies 17 km (11 miles) east of Zakopane. This small town is located around one street, and shows probably the most complete survival of an old gorale village. We will stop for a short walk among  beautiful old houses, and also  we will visit one of them – You will see an old interior from XIX century. On Your request we can also stop at the number 28, where lives a very talented local wood sculptor. You can buy there handmade scupltures and souvenirs. Our next stop,  Zakopane, is located at the foothills of Tatras, a half-hour drive from Chocholow. There  You will see a local life of „winter capital of Poland” and taste traditional snacks, for example Oscypek – a local smoked cheese made of sheep milk. Next we plan a lunch time, so we will take You back to city center for free time (approx. 1 h). You will be able to taste best local dishes and buy a souvenirs from local booths. Zakopane is full of beautiful views. The best point to look around on the surrounding region is a The Gubalowka Mountain, at 1126 m (3694 ft).  We will get You there by cable railway and show a panoramical view of Zakopane and Tatras! That’s a perfect place to take some photos! Finally we would like to take You for a 2,5 h rest in Bukowina Thermas. You will  relax in hot pools, filled with the thermal water extracted from 2400 m (8100 ft) below the earth’s surface on the Northern – Western Hill of the Wysoki Wierch Mountain. So we kindly recommend You to take with You: bathing / swim suit, towel and flip-flops. If You don’t have one, don’t worry – You can buy everything in shop located near the Thermal Pools.

$91.14 Outdoor Activities

Cable Car to Kasprowy Wierch - Trek to Tatra Mountains, Krakow

Kasprowy Wierch is one of the top favourites with tourists coming to the Polish Tatras. It is possible to reach the peak in a modern cable railway with large windows through which you can admire the amazing mountain vistas. The railway was first created in 1936 and was the first railway of this type in Poland. On the top there is a large terrace from which you will have a chance to see the breathtaking panorama of the Tatras towering over picturesque valleys. There are a number of tourist trails on different levels of difficulty leading from Kasprowy Wierch to the High Tatras and in the direction of the Western Tatras, therefore after reaching the summit you can continue your trek choosing one that best fits your needs. Each of the routes abounds in fabulous landscapes. In winter, Kasprowy Wierch is a real paradise for skiers.There is also a trip option in which you can spend the whole day in the mountains without a tour of Zakopane. This option includes going up Kasprowy Wierch in the cable railway and walking down one of the routes to Zakopane (e.g. through Gąsienicowa Valley and past the hostel in Murowaniec or through Przełęcz Kondracka and Hala Kondratowa to Kuźnice).

$4.59 Transfers & Ground Transport

Krakow Airport Arrival Privet Transfer - Krakow city and Zakopane

All passengers are collected on the airport and delivered directly to the chosen destination within Krakow or Zakopane city limits.  How it works:Our English speaking driver will look after you on the airport, by holding card with your name. The only information what we need from you is name of 1 passenger and your flight number. Upon arrival at Krakow Balice Airport, a friendly driver will meet you and provide luggage handling. After booking, you'll receive confirmation and a voucher with your supplier’s phone number. You can contact supplier by WhatsApp, Facebook or email. During the way on request, our driver can give basisc advices about city. Important informations:In case of need infant or child seat contact with supplier up to 24h before departure timeMake sure that you have sended flight number to your supplier. 

$40.03 Day Trips & Excursions

Zakopane: Tour from Krakow with Options

A special trip with tapered options for the most select guests. If you are interested in transport by air conditioned car with and an English speaking driver who will double as your guide, choose the first option. You will be picked up from your apartment and dropped off in the 'capital city' of the Polish Mountains. You will also have the opportunity to visit Gubałówka, one of the best viewpoints in Zakopane. With spectacular views of the High Tatras, the area is still covered with snow even in May. You also have the option to extend your trip into the evening and relax in the hot bath pools; with countless outdoor and indoor swimming pools, water slides and Jacuzzis to relax in after your day. Last option is for sport fanatics - you can try yoursefl skiing or snowboarding in the best tracks of Polish Mountains. After that you can relax in Hot Bath Pools.