Zakopane - the winter capital of Poland
Zakopane, located in southern Poland very close to the Tatra National Park (Tatrzanski Park Narodowy), offers many attractions all year round. In summer it is very popular with hill walkers and mountain climbers and in winter with the winter sports enthusiasts.
The Tatra mountain range in Poland has an Alpine character which, for many people, is one of the main attractions and the reason for visiting Zakopane. Mountain hiking is well organised here as are trips by cable car which is highly recommended especially for sightseeing. Even experienced mountain climbers, familiar with the Alps, are amazed by the view over the Valley of the Five Lakes (Dolina Pieciu Stawow) in the autumn.
Zakopane is the starting or finishing point for hiking expeditions but the town itself also offers a variety of attractions for visitors. The architecture of this region is quite unique. Houses are all constructed from wood without the use of metal nails and traditionally, every building has its own name. Many are decorated with elaborate floral motifs.
Krupowki Street, the most popular pedestrian thoroughfare, is lined with restaurants and taverns (karczma) where local specialities are served.