Poland Journals

Zakopane:

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A May 2005 trip to Poland by hagnel2

 Oscypek Podhales famous cheese Photo, Poland, Europe More Photos
Quote: Zakopane, nestled at the foot of the Tatra’s {part of the Carpathian chain}, offers superb skiing/hiking and is just three hours from Krakow by bus. This village is an excellent point for excursions to the Tatra Mountains and is Poland’s most heavily visited tourist attraction.

Zakopane:

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Overview

 Oscypek Podhales famous cheese Photo, Poland, Europe
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Despite the fact that this lovely town attracts thousands of tourists it manages to retain a village atmosphere. Surrounded by craggy snow capped mountains it has that winter wonderland feel. Its charming center core of predominantly alpine-type buildings adds to its uniqueness. It’s possible to explore the top of a mountain in the morning and count sheep on its hillsides, in the afternoon visit one of its museums, and then, in the evening, join a group in a lively pub or dine in one of its restaurants on delicious local cuisine. It is a paradise for skiers, and in summer, you may opt to hike its picturesque trails meandering along the borders of nearby countries and stunning lakes. Its landsc...Read More

Dom Turysty PTTK

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Hotel

Dom Turysty PTTK Photo, Poland, Europe
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If you are looking for a chocolate on the pillow, fluffy towels and robes, this is not your kind of place. You could never call the lumpy mounds pillows and the rough towels could scour grime off the back of an elephant and leave scars. The threadbare bedding would be quite at home in any of Dickens’s poorhouses. Our apartment owner in Krakow recommended this place, he was right about its central location {ten min, walk from the bus station} but I think the place has deteriorated since his visit. Constructed in 1958 in the Zakopane style it boasts what is claimed to be the biggest wooden roof in Europe. In my opinion this building is only attractive from the outside. It was intended as ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 5, 2005

Dom Turysty PTTK
ul. Zaruskiego 5
Zakopane, Poland 34-500
+48 18 20 632-81

Kolorowa Restaurant

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Restaurant

Kolorowa Restaurant Photo, Poland, Europe
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There are lots of dining choices in this small village but we chose this one because of its splendid position on Krupowki St and for its appealing façade, a beautiful rugged timber structure so typical of the Zakopane highland style, also its picture windows opened up vistas to the street so people watching and snowy nights could be enjoyed beside its open fireplace. On the right as you enter the restaurant you will pass a huge and immaculate open kitchen and of course it was a beehive of activity. Waitresses dressed in highly embroidered skirts and dresses added greatly to the ambience as did the excellent Gorale band that played for long segments and oh what beautiful music the trio p...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 5, 2005

Kolorowa Restaurant
26 Krupowki St .34-55
Zakopane, Poland
+48 (18) 201 50 55

Morskie Oko

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Attraction | "Lake Morskie Oko. Eye Of The Sea"

Morskie Oko Photo, High Tatras, Slovakia
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There is a legend that Morskie Oko, which means Eye of the Sea, is connected by an underground tunnel to the Adriatic Sea four hundred miles away and is responsible for its emerald green colour in the summer. The lake wasn’t green when we saw it in early May, but it was still very beautiful. Located in the Tatra National park and situated at a height of 1440m above sea level it is its largest lake {approx. just over half a mile long, and its width around a third of a mile}. Craggy peaks ring the lake making a living Christmas card, iced with snow and twinkling like fairy dust. The lake is ice covered until early June and I would love to see its green hue. A loop trail circles th...Read More

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Morskie Oko
Tatra National Park
Tatra Mountains, Poland

Zakopane: Proud Highland Village

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Story/Tip

 Interior of a wooden chapel Photo, Poland, Europe
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Zakopane lies amidst a district of lakes and mountains and as a result its scenery is as splendid as you will find anywhere in the world. This once isolated village that was inhabited mainly by shepherds and farmers was " discovered " by a polish doctor who felt that the mountain air could cure all ills so he sent his patients here thus the village became famous a s a health resort. Then the eccentric Polish artist Stanislaw Witkiewicz built the first wooden Zakopane style home Willa Kolba in 1894. He also started his own theater company in Zakopane and so it also became the holiday choice for artist. We arrived in Zakopane on a Friday morning and were immediately captivated {T...Read More