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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Zakopane and Tatras Mountains Day Tour from Krakow

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productPass By: Cracow Tours, Krakow, Lesser Poland Province, Southern PolandSituated by the Vistula river, Krakow is the cradle of Polish culture anda characteristic urban phenomenon. It is the former capital of Poland, the place of coronation and later the burial ground of almost all Polish monarchs. For a long time it has been attracting scholars with the oldest university in the country, artists with the cultural climate and pilgrims with the sanctuaries and holy relics. Since the beginning, Kraków has also been enticing tourists with its atmosphere, monuments, and recently also the memory of Pope John Paul II.The legendary founder of the city was Prince Krak, the vanquisher of the Wawel Dragon (the effigy of the beast stands at the foot of Wawel Hill). Remnants of the oldest history of the city have been preserved in two mounds dating from the 7th century called the Wanda and Krak mounds. The first historical information about Krakow is contained in a 10th-century note of Ibrahim ibn Jakub. In the book of Muhammad al-Idrisi (dating from the 12th century) Krakow is described as a “beautiful and large city with many houses, residents, markets, vineyards and gardens.” At the beginning of the 12th century Gallus Anonymous depictedKrakow as a thriving metropolis and wrote in his Chronicles: “Krakow, the capital city, excels all Polish cities.” Krakow was founded according to the Magdeburg law (by Bolesław V the Chaste) on the 5 June 1257. district) was inscribed on the UNESCO list of World Cultural and Natural HeritageSites in 1978 as the first of its kind.It is important for the residents of Krakow to cultivate their traditions such as the annual nativity crib contest or the Lajkonik wandering in the octave of theCorpus Christi (June) from Zwierzyniec to the Main Market Square.Among the many eminent people connected to Krakow are the Pope John Paul II; the Nobel Prize poets Czesław Miłosz and Wislawa Szymborska; the founder of the avant-garde theatre Cricot-2, Tadeusz Kantor; the playwright Stanisław Mrozek; Stanislaw Lem – the legend of Polish fantasy writing; Stanislaw Wyspianski – a painter, poet, playwright, designer and the author of works such as the stained glass decorating the Franciscan Church; and Dr. Feliks “Manggha” Jasinski– the benefactor of the Japanese collection displayed currently in the Manggha Centre of Japanese Art and Technology funded by Andrzej Wajda. Stop At: Tatras Mountains (Tatry), Southern PolandVisiting Zakopane is a perfect opportunity to learn aboutthe wooden architecture of Podhale highlanders, and to seethe beautiful villas in Zakopane style, which was inspired bythe folklore of this region. It is worth visiting the Koliba villa, housing the Museum of Zakopane Style. Other uniqueexamples of the Zakopane style include the Pod Jedlamivilla and the charming chapel in Jaszczurówka designedby Stanisław Witkiewicz, the creator of the Zakopane style.In the vicinity of Krupowki, a famous Zakopane promenade, there is the grand building of the Tatra Museum devoted to the mountains, the Podhale folklore and the history of the exploration of the Tatra Mountains. You can also find many churches and monasteries in Zakopane. However, most pilgrims go to the sanctuary of our Lady of Fatima in Krzeptowki, which is run by the Pallotines and strongly linked with John Paul II.Before you travel from Zakopane to the Tatra Mountains, it is worth taking a funicular railway to the top of Gubałowka (1120 m asl). This picturesque mountain ridge emerges from thenorth of Zakopane, just on the opposite side of the Giewont peak. Another way to admire the mountain panorama is toA view on Giewont, photo by J. Gorlach Cable car to Kasprowy Wierch, photo by J. Gorlach 22 23 take a ride on a cable car from Kuznice to Kasprowy Wierch (1985 m asl). The most beautiful lake in the Tatra Mountains is Morskie Oko, lyingat the foot of the highest peak in Poland, Rysy (2499 m asl). The lake can be reached by a 10 km asphalt road, also frequented by horse buses.The best place to stop by and take a rest after an exhausting hike is a newly built water park at the foot of Antalowka, which offers thermal water baths.Duration: 9 hoursStop At: Tatra Mountains Museum, Zakopane, Lesser Poland Province, Southern PolandThe Dr Tytus Chalubinski Tatra Mountains Museum is housed in a purpose-built building designed by Stanislaw Witkiewicz and Franciszek Maczynski in the Zakopane style and constructed in 1913-22.One of the oldest regional museums in Poland, it was first created in 1888 as a museum of nature to commemorate Dr Tytus Chalubinski (1820-89), the physician, botanist and great public figure who was enamoured with the Tatra Mountains, uncovered the beauty and originality of the highlanders' culture, and promoted Zakopane. The key champion of the initiative to open such a museum in Zakopane was Adolf Scholtze, the Warsaw industrialist, chemist and devoted naturalist.The Museum preserves its holdings in several departments. The Nature Department is devoted to the nature and wildlife of the Tatra Mountains, their geology and caves. Among its prized possessions is Tytus Chalubinski's collection of more than 2,700 specimens of moss, nine albums containing 900 species of vascular plants, a unique collection of nearly 140 species of lichen, and numerous herbaria. The zoological holdings, spanning the areas of the Tatras, the Rocky Podhale, the Orawsko-Nowotarska Dale and the Pieniny Mountains, number some 581 exhibits and are particularly noted for the collections of birds, of the Tatra and Podtatrze butterflies, and of the Tatra dragon-flies. The geological holdings include 2,081 specimens of rocks, minerals and fossils from the areas of the Tatras and Podtatrze. Of special interest is a beautiful collection of 96 marine fossils, with ammonites, sea-urchins, molluscs and snails.The Ethnographic Department preserves objects of material culture, crafts and folk art from the areas of Podhale, Spisz and Orawa. Visitors will see the local sheep-herding and household equipment; costumes, including the precious female attire from the area of Czorsztyn; paintings on glass; decorated metal and leather objects; and embroideries. There is also a valuable collection of folk instruments and metal pins. The Art Department is home to a precious collection of paintings, graphics and drawings, all having the Tatras as their subject, a new occurrence in the Polish art in the first half of the nineteenth century. There is also a large collection of portraits executed in various techniques and presenting the top-most Zakopane artists, politicians, sportsmen, as well as mountain folk. The Museum's patron, Tytus Chalubinski, has a number of portraits by various artists, Stanislaw Witkiewicz among them. There are also several pastels drawn by Witkiewicz's son, Stanislaw Ignacy (nicknamed Witkacy) in his famous "Portraiture Company". Of special note is also a collection of fifty cartoons of the author's contemporaries by Kazimierz Sichulski, one of Poland's most renowned cartoonists, as well as a collection of sculpture by Zakopane artists.Contemporary art is represented by artists' individual collections, such as that of works by Wladyslaw Hasior. A separate place is dedicated to exhibits related to the history of climbing and skiing in the Tatras and to the Tatra Mountains Rescue Service. On display is historical sports gear, club badges, medals and mementoes of leading sportsmen.Permanent exhibitions: History: The Exploration of the Tatras; Nature: Nature and Wildlife, Geology and Caves of the Tatras; Ethnographical: Interior of the Highlander's Cottage in the Late 19th and Early 20th Centuries; Folk Culture in its Many Aspects.Duration: 1 hour

$69.08 Cultural & Theme Tours

Zakopane, Tatras & Thermal Pools: Complete Private Tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Chocholow Uprising Museum, Chocholow, Lesser Poland Province, Southern PolandVisiting the Old Gorale HouseDuration: 30 minutesStop At: Gubalowka, Zakopane, Lesser Poland Province, Southern PolandFunicular ride to the top of the Gubalowska MountaingDuration: 1 hourStop At: Termy Bukovina, Bukowina Tatrzanska, Lesser Poland Province, Southern Poland2,5h relaxing bath in Thermal PoolsDuration: 3 hours

$100.17 Cultural & Theme Tours


ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productPass By: Chocholow Uprising Museum, Chocholow, Lesser Poland Province, Southern PolandVisit in Chocholow Village, the 'living museum’ with about 100 inhabited wooden houses in the same style (You will feel like travelling in time)Stop At: Gubalowka, Zakopane, Lesser Poland Province, Southern Poland* Ride with the funicular from Gubalowka Mount,* Little easy but impressive walk along Gubalowka Mount with panoramic views of Tatras,Duration: 2 hoursStop At: ZAKOPANE CENTRUMVisit to a local market with skins, cheese and local wooden products.Duration: 1 hour

$515.82 Kid Friendly

Zakopane Private Tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Zakopane tour from Krakow-private tours, Krakow, Lesser Poland Province, Southern PolandZakopane is a popular place of culture in its different unique aspects creating a very special atmosphere as well as for hiking and relaxing (e.g. thermal spas). It is the most famous ski resort in the wintertime.Tatras are the highest range in the Carpathians (and in whole Central Europe) hanging over Zakopane up to 2500m over the sea level. The beauty of Tatras may be admired from different places in Zakopane and around while on tour. This private tour is designed to be enjoyable for everybody: those who love walking and those who have problems with it.Tour Includes:* English Speaking Passionate Guide* Door-to-Door Pick Up & Drop Off (hotel, etc.)* Comfortable & Elegant Van or Coach (on request)Itinerary:* Meeting at the location set by You in or near Krakow,* Visit in Chocholow Village, the 'living museum’ with about 100 inhabited wooden houses in the same style (You will feel like travelling in time),* Ride with the funicular from Gubalowka Mount,* Little easy but impressive walk along Gubalowka Mount with panoramic views of Tatras,* Visit to a local market with skins, cheese and local wooden products,On request:Other places may be visited additionally or instead.Duration: 4 hours

$459.40 Outdoor Activities

Easy Family Hiking in High Tatras - 3 days

In High Tatras are some villages with ideal start points for hiking to the mountains or valleys. The village Štrbské pleso is the most well-known and the most popular place in High Tatras. It is a small village with the same-named mountain lake, where many sport events take place, and many Slovak and international athletes organize their training camps.You can relax there the whole day; you can walk around the lake, rent a small boat, go for luxurious wellness procedures or go hiking.Štrbské pleso is suitable also for walking with small children. The size of the lake is 19,76 ha, thanks to which it is the second largest one in Slovakia with the altitude of 1 346 m above sea level. You can walk around the whole mountain lake on very nice and easy terrain. The length is approximately 2 200 m.1 Day: Walking around Štrbské plesoEasy afternoon walking around lake in Štrbské pleso village. Take a rest at your hotel.You can go also to the lake Jamské pleso. In this hike, you will come to Jamské pleso from Štrbské pleso by the red marked tourist route leading up to the peak Kriváň. The mountain lake is hidden in the woods; it has beautiful color and the atmosphere there is very peaceful. The hike to the lake takes approximately 1,5 hours and the terrain goes up and down regularly and moderately, so the hike is very nice.2 Day: The most beautiful mountain lakes in TatrasWe will go to one of the most beautiful lakes in Tatras. At first, we'll visit the Popradské pleso with an amazingly looking lake and symbolic cemetery dedicated to victims of High Tatras. There are two mountain hotels near the lake, where we can rest for a while. From Popradské pleso, we will continue approximately for 2 hours to the biggest and the deepest mountain lake in High Tatras called Veľké Hincovo pleso.Route: Štrbské Pleso - Popradské pleso - Veľké Hincovo pleso and back by the same route.Duration: approximately 5 - 6 hoursDifficulty level: from easy to moderate3 day: The hike to Skok waterfallsFrom Štrbské pleso, we will go to Mlynická dolina. It is a very nice hike, in which we will come to the waterfall called Skok just after 2 hours of slow and easy walk.The hike consists of 4 kilometers of an easy, but also a little bit more difficult terrain in Tatras. The route is full of stones; it leads through the woods, dwarf pines and ends by the waterfalls. The hike itself is very interesting, and children will surely not get bored.Route and duration: Štrbské pleso – Skok waterfalls and back approximately 3,5 hours.After this tour we'll move to Bratislava/Vienna.

$863.53 Tours & Sightseeing

Most Beautiful Valleys in High Tatras - Slovakia

1 day: We'll arrive to the High Tatras late afternoon.2 day:  Zelené pleso lake and Zamkovského hutToday, we will go for a hike to Zelené pleso. The mountain cottage called Chata pri Zelenom plese and the lake Zelené pleso belong to the most beautiful places in Tatras. It is surrounded by the peaks called Kežmarský štít and Jastrabia veža. From Zelené pleso hut we'll continue to the Veľká Svišťovka peak (2038 m asl.) and then around Skalnaté pleso to the Zamkovského hut.3 day:  Two valleys Veľká Studená dolina – Malá Studená dolinaThis is one of the most beautiful, as well as more difficult hikes. We will start to hike from Zamkovského chata. From there, we will walk 2 hours, crossing the valley called Malá studená dolina, up to Téryho chata (2015 m asl.) There, we will have a short break and refreshment to get ready for more difficult crossing through, so-called, Priečne sedlo (2352 m asl.). It is relatively difficult crossing through the rocky peak, of which part consists of the path with the steel chains and footboards. After Priečne sedlo crossing, we will enter the valley called Veľká studená dolina, and we will go up to the mountain cottage, Zbojnícka chata.4 day:  The valley Veľká Studená dolina- sedlo Prielom(2400 m asl.) - mountain hotel Sliezsky domIt is relatively difficult hike leading around Zbojnícka chata through very famous and popular valley called Veľká Studená dolina. But we stayed at Zbojnícka chata hut over night, so, in the morning we'll walk about 1,5 hours up to the saddle called sedlo Prielom, where we will be surrounded by massive peaks of Tatras. Then, we will continue to Polish ridge, and after another 1,5 hours we will get to Velické pleso and the mountain hotel Sliezský dom.5 day: The hike to Skok waterfallsFrom Štrbské pleso, we will go to Mlynická dolina. It is a very nice hike, in which we will come to the waterfall called Skok just after 2 hours of slow and easy walk.6 day:  Bike: The valley Kôprová dolinaThe bicycle route ends by the Kmeťov vodopád – the highest waterfall in High Tatras with the height of 80 meters. From the waterfall Kmeťov vodopád, we will continue along the blue marked tourist route and slowly go up the valley. The terrain will be gradually more and more difficult. Kôprová dolina is 12 kilometers long valley and lies on the border of High and West Tatras. It has many side valleys providing the burrows and food for many kinds of animals (brown bear, bobcat, wild wolf, eagle, etc.) and suitable biotopes for the unique and protected kinds of plants. This is the place, where bears really live! 7 day:  After breakfast we can go back to Bratislava/Vienna.