Zakopane, Poland

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Zakopane- what to see and do- I love this quaint mountain village!




Zakopane Poland- this ski area is so goergous!

Dramatic mountains dominate Southern Poland on the border with Slovakia in the picturesque town of Zakopane. Take a gondola to the top for a view that spans two countries! 


Zakopane Poland- this ski resort straddles Poland and Slovakia- so pretty!


While in Krakow, my husband and I wanted to check out the historic (and only) mountain area in Southern Poland around the quaint resort village of Zakopane. As a Coloradoan, there is something about gorgeous mountains that speak to me like nothing else… I love the mountains, and never tire of seeing mountains all over the world.

We went to Kasprowy Wierch and rode the two gondolas to the top for a small fee (at the end of april, the line to get on the gondola was short, but the ride was completely packed with tourists and skiers.)

 We didn’t ski- we didn’t quite realize just how cold it would be, and how many runs would still be open with perfect looking snow- but the resort itself looked awesome for advanced skiers. If you’ve skied Sun Down or China Bowl at Vail, Kasprowy Wierch’s summit trails looked pretty similar. They were nicely groomed, and it looked like there were plenty of off-piste areas to explore. I can only imagine how great the resort is in winter!


Snow Cat, Zakopane Poland

One note on the gondola- it is NOT for the faint of heart. It is very high off the ground, and travels through rocky peaks, swinging along the line, as you reach the summit. I have been skiing since 7 years old and have been on many gondolas- but this one made my stomach drop more than any I’ve ever been on.

Zakopane Poland- such a gorgeous place!

Poland itself is a very flat country. There are rolling hills, but no mountains, except for the Zakopane region. It’s a small but gorgeous area, with ski areas dotting hillsides, towns full of tall wooden buildings, and gorgeous views in every direction.

Wooden town outside of Zakopane Poland- this church is so cute!

We booked a driver to take us through Zakopane with Krakow Direct. The car was clean, comfortable and perfect for touring- and our driver Martin was awesome. He was so much fun, knew tons of great and interesting tips about Poland, and was great to talk to! I’d book a trip with him anytime.

If you’re in Krakow, and have an extra day where you’d like to get out of the city and explore some of Krakow’s mountainside towns, head to Zakopane!


Insiders Tips: 



Head to the market by following the main street through Zakopane towards the funicular. You’ll need to walk down a flight of stairs and under the train area, then back up a flight of stairs to get to the long market area. Once in the market, there are different sections- crafts, touristy knick knacks, long stalls lined with cheese, honey, and other local foods- as well as a whole side street selling furs. Fur hats, coats, rugs and great quality leather goods sold for only a fraction of the price you’d find in America. I saw beautiful fur hats for as low as $15, and the most expensive ones I saw were less than $100 USD.

Cash is a must at the markets stalls.


Where to Eat

Karczma Saba?a– a modern, english speaking restaurant on the main street in Zakopane.

Reccomended dish: platter for two- which includes pierogies, lamb and pork sausage, smoked cheese, fried cheese, roasted potatoes, and fresh homemade sauerkraut.

Oscypek, Various Locations- if you see people smoking small bits of cheese on a grill, and topping them with cranberry sauce- stop and immediately buy as many as you can. They are so good, I wanted to eat Oscypek all the time! They are squeaky, salty, and a bit tangy- and pair perfectly with cranberry sauce. I giggled seeing bottles and bottles of Trader Joe’s Cranberries all the way in Poland- but TJ’s must contract with a supplier there. I saw them everywhere!

If you need me, I’ll be rolling back to Kraków…. #zakopane #sausage #foodie #foodgram #foodblogger #travel #poland

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Courtney loves to share great wine, good food, and loves to explore far flung places- all while masting an everyday elegant and easy style at lifestyle blog Sweet C’s Designs. Sweet C's devoted to finding the best food and drinks you'll want to make or find, around the world!

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  1. A great and amazing post, Thank you for sharing such a great post these are looking really beautiful.

    1. I love Poland so much- I could live there in a heartbeat. People are so warm and friendly, gorgeous scenery, and THE BEST food!