There is a long list of things to see and do in Zakopane; White Side Holidays Poland list of recommended attractions should assist you in deciding how to spend any free time during your ski holiday in Poland. Entertainment is never far away in Zakopane with a variety of options available all year round both high in the mountains and lower down around the town. If you have any personal recommendations that you would like to share with White Side Holidays then please feel free to get in touch and we will be happy to share your ideas. You can also take a read through our “Top 5 Fun Things To Do In Zakopane In Winter” for more ideas.
You may be looking to ski on top of Poland’s highest ski area during your winter holiday in Zakopane or you may wish to simply take in the view on a clear day. Kasprowy Wierch offers skiing and snowboarding in the winter months and fantastic walking trails through the summer, with stunning views throughout the year! A new cable car was installed in 2008, providing easy access to the top of Kasprowy, which is 1987m above sea level. The cable car allows people of all ages and abilities to easily reach the top and enjoy the scenery. Once at the top you can step outside to views overlooking Zakopane and across the Tatra Mountains towards Slovakia. The skiing on Kasprowy is quite advanced and is only advised to people who are confident skiiers and snowboarders but the views alone make a trip well worthwhile. There is a restaurant, snack shop, toilet facilites and a souvenir shop at the top of the cable car. GO EARLY! If you plan to simply use the cable car to go sightseeing on your day off we strongly advise getting up and heading up there early to avoid queues, especially on sunny days, it’s one of the most popular spots in Zakopane.
World Cup Ski Jump
Zakopane hosts an FIS World Cup Ski Jumping event every year. The town comes to life in mid-late January when the event hits town, with thousands of people from all around Poland flooding to Zakopane. The sport has become a national favourite in Poland thanks to the most decorated man in ski jumping being Polish, Adam Malysz. Zakopane gets painted red and white with scarves, banners, hats and face paints and the sound of horns can be heard throughout the town. If you are not quite ready to try ski jumping during your ski holiday in Poland then you can still enjoy the surrounding area of the ski jump and imagine the scare it would give you if you had to stand at the top and jump! The ski lift that takes you to where the jumpers begin their decent is open to the public most days and costs around £1.50 for a return ticket.
Krupowki is the main street that runs through the centre of Zakopane and has a little bit of everything, street entertainers, beautiful Christmas lights in the winter, horse drawn sleigh rides throughout the year and of course shops, restaurants and bars to relax in and enjoy. There are hot wine stalls, cheese stalls, arcade games and fairground rides all along one long street that is as alive at night as it is during the day. At the bottom end of Krupowki you will find the local markets where you have to try the local cheese and avoid buying one of the cute puppies that are on sale. Krupowki is the perfect place to enjoy some time away from the ski slopes.
Gubalowka is a brilliant attraction on a clear day in Zakopane. From the bottom of Krupowki you cross under the road through the newly built underpass and walk through the towns’ local market to the PKS station. The PKS is a small train that takes you up to the top of Gubalowka in just a couple of minutes. Once you arrive at the top you are welcomed with a stunning panoramic view of the Tatra Mountains and a host of places to eat and enjoy the view. In the winter months you will be able to stand and enjoy numerous christmas lights and a hot drink. There are market stalls at the top and plenty of walking trails in the summer months. If you are feeling adventurous you can walk up and sled down Gubalowka from the market at the bottom but otherwise the train is cheap and comfortable.
Not a common tourist attraction by all means but a small local art gallery that is worth an hour of your time, if not just to confuse yourself by asking “What is it!?”. Wladyslaw Hasior was a Polish artist who set the gallery up himself whilst he lived in Zakopane. The small gallery is situated just across from the aqua park and contains some of his weird and wonderful pieces of work, others of which are spread around the world. His work is mainly sculptures and banners of varying sizes that use numerous different materials and everyday objects – “I’m using materials which have some meaning. Each and every object has its sense, and if you put them together, you get an aphorism.” See for yourself during your holiday in Zakopane.
We know that Krakow is not actually in Zakopane, but it is worth having on our list! A ski holiday in Poland with White Side Holidays provides you with the perfect opportunity not only to enjoy the sights and ski slopes of Zakopane but also to spend some time in Krakow. With most people flying in and out of Krakow Airport there is the perfect chance to spend a little time in one of Poland’s most beautiful cities and a world UNESCO heritage site. Click here for more information on a stop over in Krakow.