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.