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Zakopane

The most popular mountain resort in Poland continues to attract a growing number of followers of the “winter madness”, while summer visitors who come to explore the magnificent Tatra Mountains, to drink in the beautiful scenery and the relaxed holiday atmosphere. Zakopane is, in fact, a small town noted for its charming highland architecture, colourful folk culture, remarkable sights and its vibrant Krupowki Street, bursting with life both during the day and the night.

Zakopane TOURISM

Since the end of the 19th century Zakopane has been a fashionable resort, popular in summer and in winter. The town has around 30,000 permanent inhabitants; small in comparison with the 1,500,000 visitors it receives each year. They are drawn by the wide range of opportunities to relax and to be entertained – and by its reputation. Those who love sport and the adrenaline buzz can choose between skiing, ski jumping, paragliding, hiking, climbing and cycling. Don’t ignore the simple pleasure of a stroll around the quiet streets, buying local snacks and craftwork, or a visit to a museum or other sight.

The traditional culture and art of the highlanders includes their architecture, cloth, food and music, all fascinating and still alive. Zakopane is rather like a large village, with wooden folk cottages adjacent to Art Nouveau houses that remain from the town’s popularity at the end of the 19th century. It was home to many famous artists at that time, and many of these have left their mark on the atmosphere and architecture. The most well known street in Zakopane is Krupowki – the town's main thoroughfare and mall. There are plenty of restaurants, cafes, shops and stalls selling shoes made from calf leather (“kierpce”), woollen sweaters, wooden kitchen utensils, sheep fleeces and the “oscypek” salty cheese.

GEOGRAPHY

Zakopane nestles in a valley at the foot of Tatras, the highest part of the rocky Carpathian Mountains that form Poland’s border with Slovakia. Its highest peak is Mount Rysy, soaring to 2 499 m above sea level. To the northwest is Mount Gubalowka with its stunning panorama of the Tatras from its summit. Zakopane is situated approximately 850 m above sea level, and several brooks flow through the town.

Its climate is determined by its location in the mountains – the average temperature is only 4.3 degrees Celsius, a few degrees less than Poland's average. The very strong although warm Foehn wind (the strongest measured gust was 280 km/h) that is a feature of the Tatra region can influence how people feel and even the state of their health. Zakopane lies in the Lesser Poland voivodship, about 100 km (2 hours drive) from Krakow.

HISTORY
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Zakopane is quite a young city, the first record of its name dating back to the 17th century. Originally there were several separate villages spreading between Gubalowka and the Tatra Mountains. In the 18th century the largest and most prosperous of these was Kuznice (today a district of Zakopane), famous for its steel. Beginning early in the 19th century, the increasing growth of Zakopane overtook the now fading Kuznice, and the expanding population resulted in the construction of the first par... ( more >>)

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GENERAL INFORMATION
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Population: 26737 #109
Province: Lesser Poland
Telephone: +48 18
Museums: 9
Districts: 17
Theatres: 1
Mayor: Janusz Majcher
Higher Education: 0