Winter holidays in Poland can be immensely fun-filled if you know where to go and what to do. Here is helping you out exploring Zakopane, the Winter Capital of Poland.
1] Exclusive Zakopenian cuisines
While in Zakopane, go for the local cuisines, cooked in traditional Bavarian style. A few recommended items are the Zurek soup, Kwasnica soup, Kluski Slaskie, and the mulled wine.
2] Visit Gubalowka
Take a 4-minute cable car ride up 1123 meters to Gubalowka and enjoy a magnificent view with amazing food and drinks. The ride only costs about a euro. Don’t forget to try the exclusive cuisines that make your winter holidays in Poland even more unforgettable.
3] Explore the summer festivals of the winter capital
Summer in Zakopane is known for the Festival of Highland Folklore. It started with 4 local folk music groups in 1965. Today it has become an international affair. This is the best chance to learn about the Polish culture in depth while having immense fun.
4] Find serenity in the Church of Our Lady Czestochowa
The Church of Our Lady Czestochowa is a small wooden church located in Koscieliska Street. This is the oldest church in the city and often regarded as the symbol of Zakopane. One of Poland’s most distinguished cemeteries is located next to the church. Visit there to enjoy the solitude and admire the beautifully crafted tombstones.
5] The best skiing experience
What is winter holidays in Poland without some extreme skiing? Zakopane offers awesome skiing experience during winter for both beginners and advanced ski enthusiasts. You can enjoy snowboarding, cross-country skiing, ski jumping all by yourself, or you can sign up for ski classes, all within 100 USD. There are four reputed ski centers. The Nosal ski Centre, the Szymoszkowa Ski Centre, Harenda Ski Centre, and the Kasprowy Wierch Ski Centre.
7] Visit local museums
Visit the Tatra Museum in 10 Krupówki Street. Visit the Zakopane Style Museum in Villa Koliba in 18 Kościeliska Street. Classical music lovers may visit Villa Atma in 19 Kasprusie Street and explore the works of great Polish composer Karol Szymanowski. Remember, they are mostly closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. Who says winter holidays in Poland cannot include some education with the fun?
8] Explore the lake Czorsztyn
Between the city of Zakopane and Nowy Targ, there is a pristine lake, Czorsztyn, and an old castle by the same name. This is a rather less explored part for foreign travelers. Enjoy the view of cherry blossoms around this place. The view of Tatra Mountains looms in the horizon.
9] Upside Down House
Visit the Upside Down House near Krupowki Street to explore a quirky example of local architecture. This is a typical small wooden house, only upside down. All the furniture inside the house is also upside down.
10] Get amazing sporting gear from Krupówki
The main commercial street of the city, Krupówki, offers a great variety of shops, mainly selling winter sports gears. This street is a huge shopping ski boutique that can satisfy even the most demanding skiers. During the holiday season, discounts reach up to 70%!
Spend your winter holidays in Poland exploring every corner of the mysterious and beautiful Zakopane city.