Welcome to Tatras


This is prime terrain for hiking in summer and skiing in winter, with most of the action centred around Zakopane. The town and region are easily accessible via a two-hour bus ride from Kraków.

The Tatra range, roughly 900 sq km, stretches for 60km across the Polish–Slovakian border and is 15km at its widest point. About a quarter of it is Polish territory and forms the Tatra National Park (Tatrzański Park Narodowy), encompassing 211 sq km and headquartered in Zakopane. The Polish Tatras boast two dozen peaks exceeding 2000m, the highest of which is Mt Rysy (2499m).

At the northern foot of the Tatras lies the Podhale region, which extends from Zakopane to the city of Nowy Targ. Dotted with small villages populated by górale (‘highlanders’), the Podhale is one of the few Polish regions where old folk traditions still form a part of everyday life.


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$70.69 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.

$70.69 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  Y o u 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 bath slippers. If You don’t have one, don’t worry – You can buy everything in shop located in the pools.

$41.24 Cultural & Theme Tours

Zakopane - Tatra Mountains Tour From Krakow

Take a relaxing and scenic trip in the Podhale region at the foot of the highest mountains in Poland – the Tatras. We visit Zakopane, known as a ski resort and winter capital of Poland.  In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries it became a center of bohemian life. Tourists come to enjoy the views, traditional regional cuisine (yum!) During the tour we will see, among other things, examples of traditional wooden architecture, the local market (time to buy local specialties: wollen socks, smoked cheese or ship skins), we take a train (funicular) to the Gubalówka peak to admire the panorama of the Tatras. On the way to Zakopane we also stop in Chocholow, a small village with perfectly preserved (and still inhabited) wooden cottages which are more that 100 years old.

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