Zakopane, Poland

Zakopane is a resort town located in the south of Poland. It is at the base of the Tatras Mountains which is a popular destination for hiking and winter sports. Some of the most interesting locations are Gubałówka, Kasprowy Wierch, Giewont, Kościelec, Morskie Oko, and Krupówki.

Gubałówka is a mountain overlooking Zakopane.

This mountain is a popular tourist attraction because it overlooks the town and the Tatras Mountains. You can climb the mountain yourself or take a cable car from Zakopane. The hike up the mountain is not difficult, there are many paths you could choose from. There is also one main road the goes directly to the top of the mountain. Although driving up is not recommended because there is barely any parking. A chair lift is also available not only during the winter but also in the summer as well. A photo of you is taken when you are on the chair lift and is available for purchase at the bottom of the ride for 20 złoty.

Kasprowy Wierch is a mountain located in the Western Tatras.

Along with Gubałówka, this is one of the only mountains that is accessible by cable car. You could also hike up the mountain but it is much more dangerous than hiking up Gubałówka. Although both the hike up and waiting on line for a cable car ticket takes approximately 3 hours. The elevation of Kasprowy Wierch is 6,519 feet and the mountain is also on the border of Poland and the Slovak Republic and it is possible to cross the border there. Kasprowy Wierch is also renowned to be one of the most popular ski areas in Poland. At the peak of the mountain, you can find a meteorological and astronomical observatory.

Giewont is a mountain massif located in the Western Tatras.

Giewont is made up of three different peaks, Small Giewont, Great Giewont and Long Giewont. climbing on Giewont is strictly banned, instead, hiking on the hiking trails is allowed in all seasons except winter. Giewont is a very popular destination over the summer where thousands of tourists hike up every day. In Polish folklore, Giewont is associated with a legend about oversleeping knights. The knights are said to be awoken when Poland is in danger. This legend could come from the fact that the profile of Giewont looks like a lying knight. The mountains elevation is 6,217 feet.

Kościelec is a mountain in the High Tatras in the Valley Gąsienicowa.

The mountain is most likely named after a church since its peak is very similar to the shape of the roof on a church. The hike up to the peak is known to be very dangerous especially if the ground is wet. There are no cable cars or chair lifts up to the top of the peak and the trails up are not guided. The mountains elevation is 7,070 feet.

Morskie Oko is the largest and fourth deepest lake located in the Tatras Mountains.

The name Morskie Oko (Eye of the Sea) is derived from a Polish legend that the lake is connected to the sea by an underground passage. To get to the lake you could walk or travel by horse drawn carriage. Walking to and from the lake takes over two hours but the path is not difficult because there is a road. During vacation seasons there are over 15,000 visitors every day and because of this, swimming in the lake and feeding the fish has been forbidden. There is a path that goes around the lake and takes about an hour and a half to walk. By the entrance to the lake you could relax in the Stare Schronisko (Old Shelter) or sit by the water. The elevation of this lake is 4,577 feet.

Krupówki is the most famous street in Zakopane, Poland.

Walking down Krupówki will probably be the first and last part of your visit to Zakopane. This is because most of the parking sots will be in this general area and you can buy all your souvenirs here. It is considered to be one of the five most famous streets in all of Poland. Here you can find many shops, restaurants and hotel and the street is always vibrant with life no matter the time or season. This is the most central part of Zakopane and everything can be accessed from here.


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