Top things to do

Lake in Zakopane

Morskie Oko

The most popular outing near Zakopane is to this emerald-green mountain lake, about 20km southeast of the town. Minibuses regularly depart from ul Kościuszki, across from the main bus station, for Polana Palenica (1…
Church in Zakopane

Old Church & Cemetery

This small wooden church and atmospheric cemetery date from the mid-19th century. The Old Church has charming carved wooden decorations and pews, and the Stations of the Cross painted on glass on the windows. The ad…
Polish in Zakopane

Karczma Zapiecek

One of the better choices among a group of similar highlander-style restaurants along ul Krupówki, with great food, an old stove and a terrace. Traditional dishes on offer include local oscypek grillowany (grilled s…
Museum in Zakopane

Museum of Zakopane Style

Housed in the Willa Koliba, this was the first of several grand wooden villas designed by the noted Polish painter and architect Stanisław Witkiewicz in his ‘Zakopane Style’ (similar to the Arts and Crafts movement …
Seafood in Zakopane

Pstrąg Górski

This alpine-style restaurant (the 'Mountain Trout', done up in timber-rich decor and overlooking a narrow stream, serves some of the freshest trout, salmon and sea fish in town. Trout is priced at 6zł and up per 100…
Coffee in Zakopane

La Mano

This cool and stylish cafe serves the best coffee in town, a passion reflected in the range of coffee-making equipment on sale, alongside a neat line in locally produced honey fruit juices and compotes. Sit out fron…
Museum in Zakopane

Szymanowski Museum

About 500m south of the centre, the Szymanowski Museum highlights the life and work of the early-modern Polish composer Karol Szymanowski (1882–1937). Though he’s practically unknown outside Poland, Szymanowski is c…
Museum in Zakopane

Tatra Museum

This is the main branch of the Tatra Museum, with sections on regional and natural history, ethnography and geology. The presentations are on the dry side, but it's nevertheless a good introduction to the flora and …
Bar in Zakopane

Cafe Piano

This secretive bar, situated down a back alley with a beautiful garden out back, is something of an insider's secret: located close to the throngs piling down ul Krupówki yet far away in atmosphere. The clientele te…
Museum in Zakopane

Museum of Zakopane Style – Inspirations

This companion museum to the main Zakopane Style museum is more of an ethnographic exhibition, highlighting the highlander folk roots and styles that inspired Witkiewicz in the first place.