Zakopane – also called the capital of the Tatra Mountains – offers so many attractions that a few weeks would not be enough to see them all. If, however, you are in Kraków on business, a daytrip there would also be worthwhile to just get a feeling of the place. It takes about 2 hours to get to Zakopane from the capital of Małopolska. What route to follow and how to plan a one-day trip to Zakopane?
Zakopane in one day – what to see while getting there?
During a customised trip to Zakopane, you can stop at several interesting places along the way and the driver can also suggest spots worth seeing.
The first short stop could be the village of Chochołów with its original 19th century housing. The cottages there are amongst the best heritage sites of the classical Podhale style and the place is referred to as a “living open air museum”.
If you are making your trip to Zakopane in the spring, the Dolina Chochołowska Valley flooded with crocuses is certainly worth a detour. Needless to say, the Dolina Chochołowska Valley looks beautiful at any time of the year and early spring makes it truly enchanting.
Before you get to the centre of Zakopane, think of stopping by at the famous Krzeptowki Shrine of Our Lady. The wooden elements inside were made by the local highlanders (górale) and its architecture is an interesting combination of tradition and modernity.
Attractions in the Tatra capital
And what to see in Zakopane itself if we only have 8-10 hours? Here are some tips:
- A walk along ulica Kościeliska – the oldest street in Zakopane, with exceptionally interesting architecture. This is where we can sense the genuine character of the Podhale region. At number 18, you will see Villa “Koliba” designed by Polish painter, architect, writer and art theoretician Stanisław Witkiewicz.
- A cable car ride to Kasprowy Wierch – it is worthwhile to take a ride on Poland’s only high-mountain cable car and admire breath-taking views from the top. With a return ticket, your carriage will take you back down in less than two hours and the ride itself takes approximately 20 minutes.
- A funicular railway ride to Gubałówka – another interesting trip can be made to the Gubałówka Hill by a funicular carriage. Many attractions await you at the top, like, for instance, a sandy beach with sun beds in the summer.
- A walk along Krupówki – called by people from Krakow “Floriańska Street of Zakopane” because of its vibrant atmosphere, with many shops and restaurants. After all day’s walks, you might enjoy dinner in one of the local restaurants there.
An idea for relax time
Zakopane, however, does not only mean heritage sites and commercial entertainment. The place welcomes also most demanding tourists. If you want some relax and a bit of laziness, a visit to one of Tatra spas with swimming pools with views of the mountains would be an offer for you.
We can take you to Zakopane from Kraków in one of our prestigious cars, including a W221 S class Mercedes, with a professional driver. The price includes a trip in an air-conditioned car, insurance, fuel, and you will be picked from and taken back to the hotel and the car will be waiting for you while you visit places en route.