Zakopane is situated in southern Poland, about 100 km to the south of Kraków, close to the border with Slovakia. It lies in a valley at the foot of the Tatras, the highest mountains in Poland. Zakopane is a place of active recreation. First of all, in the Tatras, mountain trip lovers may satisfy their dreams on a number of trails ranging from the easiest to the most difficult ones, requiring experience and caution. Beginners are recommended to take a walk through the valleys, to go to the Morskie Oko Lake or Hala Gąsienicowa. The vicinity of Hala Gąsienicowa features peaks whose conquest will satisfy the most ambitious tourists. The most difficult tourist trail in the Tatra Mountains is Orla Perć, a route full of abysses and rocks with chains and staples, leading from Zawrat to the Krzyżne Pass. From the Morskie Oko Lake it is possible to climb the highest peak in Poland, Rysy, 2499 meters above sea level.
What is more, Zakopane is called "winter capital of Poland". Mountainous climate ensures excellent snow conditions which make skiing possible from the end of November to the beginning of May. Tourists have at their disposal ski-lifts and well prepared ski routes with varying difficulty levels; numerous ski instructors offer their experience and assistance. For people, who want to see more in Zakopane, we recommend taking a stroll through Krupówki Street or seeing local monuments and historic places (e.g. cemetery at Pęksowy Brzyzek or the neighbouring Stary Kosciólek - Old Church). Authentic highlander folklore is a magnet attracting lovers of culture and folk art from around the world. In the evenings, regional inns are filled with highlander bands in beautiful folk attires. The music they play makes it difficult to sit behind a table - your legs just want to dance! You should also try regional delicacies: moskole (potato pancakes), oscypek with żurawina (ewe's milk cheese with cranberry) and kwaśnica (sauerkraut soup), which are served in numerous inns and restaurants dispersed all over the city. In a word: it is worth coming to Zakopane! You are heartily welcome!