Zakopane – the most popular holiday resort in Poland is located 100 kilometers south of Krakow next to the Tatra Mountains, the highest mountain chain of the country. It is not only the best place for winter sports but also the heart of highlanders folklore. Many historical sites and architecture attractions combined with outstanding views of rocky peaks in Zakopane attracts millions of tourists every year. First, we arrive in Chocholow – the village near Zakopane, where people still live in traditional wooden houses.
Our trip starts in a Regional Chamber presenting items of folk culture, then we visit a workshop of a talented local sculptor. On our way to Zakopane, we stop in Witow to see an old wooden church and visit ‘Bacowka’ – a mountain shelter for Baca (the head of shepherds) where traditional oscypek cheese is still produced. Next, a cablecar takes us to Gubalowka mountain to see the panorama of the Tatra mountains, and then straight we go to Krupowki – the commercial center of Zakopane with lots of shops and restaurants serving local cuisine. After lunch, we go back to Krakow passing by a famous ski jumping venue.
The tour usually lasts 8-10 hours in total.