Zakopane Journals

Polish Highland Experience

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A travel journal to Zakopane by Scubabartek

From the top of Gubałówka Photo, Zakopane, Poland More Photos
Quote: Cradled by the Podhale basin and Tatra Mountains, Zakopane is a marvel to visit. Offering great skiing and snowboarding conditions during winter, relaxing and strenuous hiking the rest of the year, and great food and hospitality and breathtaking views year round, your visit to Zakopane will not be easily forgotten.

Polish Highland Experience

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Overview

From the top of Gubałówka Photo, Zakopane, Poland
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Nestled between the Podhale basin to the North and Polish Tatra mountains to the South, Zakopane is a hub of mountain tourism in Southern Poland. Whether you’re an avid snowboarder (and Poland’s got some of the best around), hiker or mountain biker, you will find something to keep you busy here year round. Not to miss sites: Krupówki walkway – located in town center; a great place for shopping, dining, drinking or just hanging out and watching people Guba³ówka – at the end of Krupówki; ride up a very modern and comfortable train car and you can enjoy great views of Zakopane and the Tatras. Many pubs around! Morskie Oko - a short ride...Read More

Pensjonat Sosnica

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Hotel

Pensjonat Sosnica Photo, Zakopane, Poland
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Located within a 10 minute walk from the Krupówki, Pensjonat Sosnica is one of the best values around for those of us who prefer booking accommodations in advance. Pensjonat Sosnica, while neither cozy nor traditional, offers large and comfortable rooms for a very reasonable price. Amenities of the hotel include a large swimming pool, billiards room, massage service, restaurant and a café. Each room is equipped with satellite TV, radio, telephone, WC and a shower. Rooms are large, clean, well lit and with balconies. While as mentioned before, Sosnica does not offer that charming and cozy atmosphere that some smaller pensions and private home stays offer, it does provide good valu...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 4, 2002

Pensjonat Sosnica
ul. H. Modrzejewskiej 7
Zakopane, Poland
+48 (018) 20 667 96

Gubalówka

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Attraction

Gubalówka Photo, Zakopane, Poland
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Rising to 1123m (3600 feet) and more than 300m (1000 feet) above Zakopane, Gubalówka offers a tourist magnificent views of Zakopane itself, the Tatra mountains, the Podhale region and the Beskid mountains beyond it. The mountain is rather flat and covered with dense foliage in places. Several hiking trails lead to the top (sometimes on rough terrain) and for the lazy ones, a rail line is open 10 months a year (with the exception of May and October) that carries tourists (and skiers in winter) back and forth from the top. During spring and summer months, Gubalówka is a great starting place for a Zakopane visit. Offering few kilometers of hiking trails, breathtaking views, as well as eati...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 4, 2002

Gubalówka
end of Krupówki street, past the market
Zakopane, Poland

Krupówki

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Attraction

Krupówki Photo, Zakopane, Poland
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The center of tourist life in Zakopane is the charming pedestrian street, Krupówki. Like most central walkways in Europe, it is lined with restaurants, pubs, museums, travel agencies and not to be missed: souvenir stands. Every now and then, you can spot old style Polish highland architecture in an old wooden house or pension. Krupówki starts (or ends) right at the foothills (and the train base station) of Gubalówka mountain. Here is where the street is most touristy: souvenir stands litter each side selling wooden sculptures, wool sweaters, folk handcrafts and of course the famous os...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 21, 2002

Krupówki
Krupówki street, at town center
Zakopane, Poland

Morskie Oko

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Attraction

Morskie Oko Photo, High Tatras, Slovakia
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Located 33km from Zakopane, Morskie Oko is said to be both Poland's and Tatra's most beautiful lake. It is also the largest, covering the area of 35 hectares. The hike is not strenuous, but it is quite long. The well paved road winds up the mountain for approximately 10km (six plus miles) and for an average person will take about two hours to get to the lake. The views along the way are magnificent. On a sunny day the highest peaks of Polish Tatra's (including its highest peak Rysy at 2499m) are clearly visible. A variety of mountain flora (mostly conifers) surrounds the paths, with the occasional squirrel peaking out at the tourists. About a third way up, a magnificent waterfall sys...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 6, 2002

Morskie Oko
Tatra National Park
Tatra Mountains, Poland