Amazing resort town of Poland for outings right now: Zakopane

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Zakopane in the wilderness of the meanders, pastures and meadows of Tatra Mountains is the highest city rightly called the “winter capital of Poland” and is a mountain health resort which is a delight for the qualified and untested buffs, certified and uncertified, professional and unprofessional, beginners, intermediate and advanced skiers intending to skiing, bowling alleys, quad bike trails, Segway trails, Nordic Walking, mountain trails, ski jumps, night skiing, hiking, cave exploration, ice skating in ice rinks, husky and sleigh rides, snowshoe walks, rock climbing and snowboarding in summer and winter outdoor pursuits. 

The highest part of the Tatra Carpathians in Zakopane is about 750 square kilometres with numerous unapproachable ski passes, cascades, ravines, clearings, plates and ski complexes with spots like Krokiew for downhill skiing, ski touring, cross-country skiing, railcars, T-bar lifts, sledges, funiculars, chairlifts, glass painting and cheese tasting. Mt. Gubalowka, Mt. Kasprowy Wierch, Mt Nosal, Bukowina and Bialka Tatrzanska are a delight to visit. The folks of Polish, Ukrainian, Vlach, Slovak and Czech descent stay in the continental and maritime climate of highland of Zakopane.

The route of “Zakoplanka”- Cracow to Zakopane is a 100 mile route by car. The Polish rail route from Cracow Glowny to Zakopane is a direct route. The nearest Polish airport to Zakopane is the starting point of Cracow as the home ground does not have any airport.  The currency of Zakopane is Zloty.

Krupowki Street is the most customary thoroughfare and a representative place to visit with the travellers. It is a pedestrian only street cum town center in the central Zakopane as you shop from the boutiques for artistic knick knacks, souvenirs, porcelain articles, amber handicrafts, Cepelia old-fashioned handiworks, figurines, trinkets, ciupaga wooden sticks, kierpce leather boots and moccasins, bear hunting jackets, bonnets, wood ware, leather ware, wool ware  and many more.

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The Tatra Museum on Krupowki Street is a must visit and has collections of the comprehensive natural remains, Highlander village art, folklore and ethnography here. With a bridge over it, there is a stream called Water Eyesite on the promenade of the street. Krupowki ends with an underground pass and leads to the Gubalowka Hill market as you set off to the ubiquitous ridge of Gubalowka by either walking uphill or by the Funicular street-tramway along the rails. Walking along the broadwalk or on carriage or cart horsedrawn ride you can foray into the mountain valleys.  

The sacred mountain of the highlanders Mt. Giewont due to its silhouette bears a resemblance to the “Sleeping Knights” is an ephemeral symbol of the city.

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The old world charm of the Zakopane villas in Zakopianski and Tyrolean architectural styles is incomprehensible as you walk along the “wooden trail” leading to White Valleys and Silent Valleys in the Dolina Bialego and Dolina Cicha in the woodlands on the outside town. On the streets of Kasprusie, Zamojskiego and Koscieliska, Willa Atma, Willa Oksza and Willa Koliba are must visits.

Villa Kola and Willa Koliba in the town architectural style of Stanislaw Ignacy Witkacy are a must visit with Highlander furnishings. Willa Atma has piano recitals and is coverted into museum dedicated to Szymanowski’s music. Wladyslaw Hasior Gallery with the interior of pine is a must visit as it describes the idiosyncracies of the grotesque and unsettling world of fiction in perfect juxtaposition with the works like “wheat from the chaff” and “sheep from the lambs”. The parish cathedral of St. Clement and Jaszczurowka Cahpel are must visits.

The Museum of the Zakopane style chronicles the works of Stanislaw Witkiewicz, who was the founder of the Zakopane style has been restored to the best of art nouveau panache merged with highlander flamboyance and some lurid pastels portraits by his own Witkacy.

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The Mountain trails of Mount Kasprowy Wierch on the Kuznice station in a cable car are peerless and provide additional piste map to pro skiers. The Polish Koscieliska Valley is a gold digger for the treasure hunters and ore drillers.

The leisure raft trip down the white water frothing Czarny Dunajec River amidst the rapids of the Pieniny Gorge with limestone cliffs and rock formations is for the ones with winding preferences.

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Oscypek is the traditional smoked and salty sheep cheese made of livestock of cow and sheep milk from the in house highlander grasslands huts, cottages and chalets amidst ash birch trees, mountain vistas and terraces in Podhale is a must eat served hot with cranberry dressing. Korbacz made from cow milk is also a must try.

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The Highlander’s tea contains alcohol among beverages and is a favourite among mountaineers. The Highlander food is made with potatoes, greasy meat, pork, mutton chops and lambs. Fried Trout, red cabbage sauerkraut soup Red Cabbage, Lamb sausage, pork steaks and knuckles, pickled mushrooms

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are must try. Cottage cheese called bundz, sheep cheese called bryndza local soup called kwasnica, potato pancake called moskol, noodles called hatuski, dumplings called butky, haluski, karpiele and tarciochy are must eats. Bombolki z miodem is a dessert which is a yeast biscuit slathered with honey.

You can get to Lysa Polana to visit Morskie Oko which means Nautical Eye and Czarny Staw which means Black Pond are the largest lake and deepest and the smallest lake respectively in the Polish foothills Rysy in the peaks of the Tatra in the Chocholowska Valley. Chocholow is a gorale hamlet with wooden houses.

The old graveyard cemetery is the memorial of Peksowy Brzyzek amidst the artwork of the Christ and Virgin with the classical style altar-piece who was the creator of Zakopane style has an abyss of rivulet brook running just beside it.

Niedzica is Gothic Renaissance castle with the aristocratic antiquity of the castle and to the proximity of it in a museum is the depiction of the Spisz folk philosophy in the barn of Czorsztyn.

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