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Kraków: Zakopane Tour with Thermal Pool

1. Kraków: Zakopane Tour with Thermal Pool

Enjoy one of the best views in Zakopane with a cable car ride up to Gubałówka. Marvel at the spectacular views of the High Tatras that are covered with snow up until May. Visit Krupówki, the most popular street in the heart of Zakopane, where you can experience the ambience of the mountain region and enjoy the aromas of local foods coming from the traditional restaurants. After your tour of Zakopane, take a break for some rest and relaxation in the thermal pools. Enjoy outdoor and indoor swimming pools, water slides, whirlpool baths and many other attractions in the heart of the mountains.

From Krakow: Zakopane and Tatra Mountains Day Trip

2. From Krakow: Zakopane and Tatra Mountains Day Trip

Take a day out from Krakow and head 100km south to the winter capital of Poland. Explore the Zakopane regional market, walk Krupowki street, and experience the town at your leisure. See authentic housing in Chocholow and marvel at the Tatra mountains by riding a funicular train up Gubalowka hill. Travel to the winter town of Zakopane. Explore as you please and find many worthwhile attractions like the professional ski jumping hill. Walk through the bustling Kripowki street and try some regional food. Find the Shrine of Our Lady Fatima, Jaszczurowca Chapel, and explore the old cemetery. Head just outside the town to the village of Chocholow and admire the traditional wooden housing. Taste an authentic highlander's cheese called 'Oscypek' and delight in the quaint magic of this hidden treasure. Climb aboard an amazing incline railway and reach the top of Gubalowka hill, 1126 meters high. Capture breathtaking views of the Tatra Mountains, the tallest peaks in all of Poland.

From Krakow: Morskie Oko and Zakopane Day Trip

3. From Krakow: Morskie Oko and Zakopane Day Trip

Spend the day with a scenic hike to a glacial lake at Morskie Oko and exploring the charming town of Zakopane. After getting picked up from your accommodation in Krakow, relax during your two-hour drive towards the Tatra Mountains. Arrive at the base of the Morski Oko hike and prepare yourself for beautiful nature and stunning views.  Leisurely hike up the mountain for approximately two hours until arriving at the Morski Oko Lake. The name of the lake means the Eye of the Sea and was formed from glaciers in the mountains. While at the lake relax for a bit before heading back down on another two-hour hike. From Morski Oko head to Zakopane where you can take a trip up Gubalowka Mountain by funicular. Also spend time on Krupowki Street and peruse its shops and restaurants before going back to Krakow.

From Krakow: Zakopane, Gubałówka, and Hot Springs with Sauna

4. From Krakow: Zakopane, Gubałówka, and Hot Springs with Sauna

Following pickup from your hotel in Krakow, journey into the Tatra Mountains to experience the pristine nature of the highest mountain range in Poland. Make your way to the village of Chochołów near Zakopane, where the locals still live in traditional wooden houses.  Hear about everyday life and the folk culture of the local Góral people. Return to Zakopane via Witów to look at an old wooden church and visit the shepherd's mountain shelter of Bacowka, where traditional cheese is still produced. Get breathtaking views of the Tatra Mountains on the way to Krupowki Street, Zakopane's commercial heart with lots of shops and restaurants serving local cuisine. Ride the cable car to take in breathtaking views. Dip into the warm outdoor and indoor swimming pools. Let the Wysoki Wierch mountain waters relieve your tensions and refresh you.

From Krakow: Slovakia Treetop Walk and Zakopane Tour

5. From Krakow: Slovakia Treetop Walk and Zakopane Tour

Treetop walk Bachledka is located in Slovakia about 6 miles (10 km) from the border with Poland. Route length 1960 feet (600 meters) is located on the heigh 79 feet (24 meters), then you will come to the observation tower with a height 105 feet (32 meters) where is beautiful view of the Tatras. On the treetop walk you can get in on foot (about 1 hour up, 45 min down) or by cable car ride up-down. Zakopane is a town located about 62 miles (100 km) on the south from Krakow. This is the place located at the foot of the Tatra Mountains. Zakopane is called the winter capital of Poland. You will have a chance to walk down on the Krupówki street where you can find many restaurants with traditional regional food. A must visit is Gubałówka hill where you can go to the top by a funicular with some breathtaking views on the Tatra Mountains.

From Krakow: Day Tour of Zakopane and Tatra Mountains

6. From Krakow: Day Tour of Zakopane and Tatra Mountains

Take a day out from Krakow and head 100km south to the winter capital of Poland. Explore the Zakopane regional market, walk Krupowki street, and experience the town at your leisure. See authentic housing in Chocholow and marvel at the Tatra mountains by riding a funicular train up Gubalowka hill. Travel to the winter town of Zakopane. Explore as you please and find many worthwhile attractions like the professional ski jumping hill. Walk through the bustling Kripowki street and try some regional food. Find the Shrine of Our Lady Fatima, Jaszczurowca Chapel, and explore the old cemetery. Head just outside the town to the village of Chocholow and admire the traditional wooden housing. Taste an authentic highlander's cheese called 'Oscypek' and delight in the quaint magic of this hidden treasure. Climb aboard an amazing incline railway and reach the top of Gubalowka hill, 1126 meters high. Capture breathtaking views of the Tatra Mountains, the tallest peaks in all of Poland.

Krakow: Mountain Treetop Walk & Zakopane Day Trip

7. Krakow: Mountain Treetop Walk & Zakopane Day Trip

Enjoy a day trip from Krakow to two of the region's stunning sights. Take in the panoramic views of the Pieniny National Park, before vising the resort town of Zakopane. Travel from your hotel in Krakow to the treetop walk in Ždiar, a distinctive folk village on the Slovakian border. Enjoy a scenic walk along its unique treetop path, and feel on top of the world on the wooden pavement. Next, explore the authentic town of Zakopane, nestled at the base of the Tatras Mountains. This beautiful town is Poland's most popular holiday resort. Visit Krupowki, the vibrant and bustling main street and shop for some charming souvenirs. Ride the funicular up the Gubalowka mountain, and take in the panoramic views.

From Krakow: Excursion to Zakopane Town in Tatra Mountains

8. From Krakow: Excursion to Zakopane Town in Tatra Mountains

Zakopane carries the proud name of the "skiing capital of Poland". It is Poland's most popular holiday resort. During this tour you will be able to see the Chocholow village, which features traditional wooden houses that have been built by the local highlanders years ago. Along your way spot out the beautiful and historically famed wooden chapels. Visit Krupowki, the main street of Zakopane. Meet some locals, see what village life has to offer and shop for some souvenirs. Take a trip up the mountain Gubalowka, ride in a funicular and experience the natural surrounds. From the top of the mountain you will have a beautiful view of the Tatra Mountain range. On this trip you will be able to view the ski jump hill, which is used for the Grant Prix Ski Jump Competition.  This mountainous journey will take 2 hours to drive depending on traffic. The driver may be up to 15 minutes late depending on agreed meeting location and time. Please wear warm clothing. 

From Kraków: Slovakia Treetop Walk and Tour of Zakopane

9. From Kraków: Slovakia Treetop Walk and Tour of Zakopane

Discover the natural beauty of Slovakia's breathtaking Tatra region from the treetops, before exploring the popular holiday town of Zakopane. Travel from Krakow to the treetop walk in Ždiar, a folk village with distinctive architecture and culture, situated in the very north of Slovakia around 10 kilometres from the Polish border. Enjoy a scenic walk up-hill for 30 to 40 minutes to reach the unique treetop path, which is 18 to 24 meters high and is surrounded by magnificent tree crowns. Feel on top of the world on the wooden pavement, which is held up by huge pillars and stretches over 600 meters. Reach out and feel the treetops as you find yourself in the heart of the forests of Bachledova Valley. Indulge your senses in a breathtaking panoramic view of the Tatra Mountains and Pieniny National Park. With fair weather, gaze out over the highest peak of the Pieniny mountains in the distance: the iconic Three Crowns Massif.  This tour is perfect for families, nature lovers and mountain lovers alike. For the adrenalin hunters, there are special fragments of the route with obstacles, which can  also be omitted. For the ecologists, learn about rare local wildlife by reading educational plaques. Walk at a leisurely pace to the 32 meters-high observation platform situated on the border of Pieniny National Park and Tatras National Park. Observe the majestic natural world below. When you have finished, feel a rush of adrenalin as you slide down a 60-metre slide straight to ground level, or walk at your own pace back down the hill. Then, travel back into Poland to explore the authentic town of Zakopane, nestled at the base of the stunning Tatras Mountains. Proudly named the "winter capital of Poland", this beautiful town is Poland's most popular holiday resort. Visit Krupowki, the vibrant and bustling main street. Chat to some locals and discover what village life has to offer, before shopping for charming souvenirs. During this tour, you will be able to see the unique Chocholow village and its traditional wooden houses, which were built by the local highlanders years ago. Spot the historical wooden chapels along the way. You will also be able to view the ski jump hill, which is used for the Grant Prix Ski Jump Competition.

Tatra Mountains and Zakopane Full-Day Trip from Krakow

10. Tatra Mountains and Zakopane Full-Day Trip from Krakow

Zakopane is known as the winter capital of Poland and is its local premier mountain resort. Located just 120 kilometers away from Krakow, picturesque Zakopane is a great place to visit at any time of the year. On this 8-hour trip you’ll see why Its natural scenery and local architectural style makes it one of the most popular destinations in Poland. Your itinerary will reflect your particular interests. For example, you might like to admire the beautiful scenery of the Tatra Mountains, enjoy a ride on the cable car up Gubalowka Mountain, check out the shops on Krupowki Street, and buy some traditional highland crafts at the local market. An English-speaking driver will be happy to advise you about the best spots in town.

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What people are saying about Zakopane

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 120 reviews

Trip to Zakopane super organized Hubert the guide professionally told us stories and traditions Zakopane thermal baths it was a great regret to come back I can't miss Mr. Piotr driver very nice and cheerful atmosphere I heartily recommend Ania, Zoy, Jackie

The whole experience was amazing! Mathew was awesome, and helped the trip exceed our expectations. He was very knowledgeable and made a few extra stops that really tied the whole experience together and taught us a bit about the history of the region.

The journey time of 2 hours there and back but we'll worth it. Stopped in for some sheep's cheese and was surprisingly lovely. Zakopane was beautiful with the market stalls and food stalls. Then the thermal baths was a good way to finish off the day.

I really enjoyed this tour. Zakopane is beautiful the spa was amazing. The trip was brilliant from beginning to end. Our tour guide was helpful.

Very enjoyable day (despite the rain!). Thomas was a knowledgeable and extremely helpful guide.