Zakopane Journals

Dramatic vistas, picturesque towns

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A September 2012 trip to Zakopane by marif

On the way to Zakopane Photo, Zakopane, Poland More Photos
Quote: The four-hundred-mile border between Poland and Slovakia is characterized by mountainous landscape ideal for hiking. On the extreme southernmost edge of Poland is Zakopane, an excellent starting base for trekking in the Tatrzanski Park Naradowy. South of the Slovakian Tatras, the region is dotted with small picturesque towns awaiting discovery.

Small towns awaiting discovery

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The sun sets on Bardejov Photo, Zakopane, Poland
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Right at the foot of the High Tatras and only seventy-five miles northwest of East Slovakia’s capital Kosice, Poprad is a metropolitan area of considerable size with an excellent location, set amidst a number of graceful mountain towns that may be small on geographical boundaries but are great on unusual attractions and outlandish charm. Most of these towns are within easy reach of Poprad, the latter being an excellent transport hub characterized by exceptional bus transport that is both frequent and cheap. A good number of surrounding towns are perfect for day trips but others require more than a short-lived or hasty tour. Day trips are usually earmarked for locations within a ninety-minu...Read More

Hotel Barbakan Levoca

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Hotel | "A romantic hideaway with views"

Hotel Barbakan Levoca Photo, Slovakia, Europe
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The trip from Zakopane in Poland to Levoca in Slovakia via the High Tatras and the intermediate town of Poprad lasted almost four hours and I didn’t put my feet on Levoca ground before noon. Levoca’s bus station is way out of the medieval quarter and lacks an information office. The only source of information in the area is a large-scale city map that pinpoints with faultless precision the attractions and the places of accommodation in the city. So, I had no other option but to walk uphill along Probstnerova Cesta for a good twenty minutes before I reached Levoca’s central square and the place where I could hunt around for a bed. I later learned that frequent local buses ply the route between the bus ...Read More

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Hotel Barbakan Levoca
Kosicka 15
Levoca, Slovakia
053 4514310

Alternatives to Zakopane

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From Zakopane to Poprad Photo, Zakopane, Poland
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Nestled at the confluence of two picturesque valleys, Zakopane is Poland’s most convenient base for hiking in the Tatras. Besides a host of central hotels, Zakopane is flooded with holiday homes that accommodate the thousands who descend on the city every year. In addition to cheap lodging, Zakopane boasts excellent and frequent bus transport that penetrates deep into the most popular valleys and climbs up the most outstanding mountain sides of the region. These two worthwhile benefits are perhaps enough to justify why so many mountain trekkers choose Zakopane as their seat of lodging.Those in the know however are aware that the atmosphere in Zakopane has evolved into one of day-and-night ...Read More

Zakopane: a sightseeing tour

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Water canals typical of Zakopane Photo, Zakopane, Poland
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Zakopane’s bus station is a busy stage of commotion, a single roomy hallway that incorporates ticket sales offices, a newspaper kiosk and a couple of fast food vendors and pizza joints. As one leaves the terminus and tags along behind those who are already acquainted with the whereabouts to the opposite side, one comes face to face with teams of backpackers loaded beyond capacity with all sorts of mountain gear, manifestly anticipating days of trekking in an attempt to reach the peaks. Those less daring are not burdened with any equipment but are likewise looking forward to reach the mighty peaks, not by way of walking or climbing but with the assistance of the cable-cars or chair lifts that thrive so...Read More
On the way to Zakopane Photo, Zakopane, Poland
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Missing out a trip to Zakopane when visiting Krakow is similar to forgetting to see the Vatican when in Rome. Who will forgive you for such a sin of omission? Visiting Zakopane from Krakow is after all an easy two-and-a- half hour bus trip that traverses through wonderful terrain of hillside groves and green pastures, a pleasure expedition that should in no case be missed. While Krakow is historical and cultural, Zakopane is entertaining and easygoing. This does not in any way implicate that Zakopane is short on sightseeing attractions and tempting appeal but the town is geared more towards light-hearted leisure and recreation rather than artistic enrichment and aesthetic refinement. Krak...Read More