Relaxing day in Zakopane Posted by on Mar 20, 2012 in Nature, Places to visit

Are you thinking of a relaxing afternoon? A cold beer in one hand and a beautiful mountain panorama before you. I have an idea – the most beautiful panorama in the Polish and Slovak Tatra Mountains, an unforgettable view of Giewont and the Zakopane valley, traditional inns, restaurants, ‘highland electric tea’ and mulled wine…

Giewont – Probably the best known mountain peak in Poland (6263 ft). Its shape resembles that of a sleeping knight, who awaits a sign to rise in order to defend his homeland (according to the legend). Giewont is located between Dolina Strążyska valley, Dolina Białego valley, Dolina Kondratowa valley and Dolina Małej Łąki valley. Contrary to its seemingly timid appearance, Giewont is regarded as one of the most dangerous peaks in the Tatra Mountains. It is topped by a 39-metre high iron cross which attracts lightning. It is also known for the wonderful view from the top, which includes the Western Tatra and High Tatra Mountains, Zakopane, Bukowina Tatrzańska, Biały Dunajec, Chochołów and other neighbouring towns and villages.

Are you in Zakopane? Are you ready?

Walk down Krupówki Street to the cable train station to Gubałówka hill (1120 m). The train leaves every 5 to 30 min. depending on demand. It is really fast – it only takes few minutes to go up.

Besides those inns and restaurants which have been mentioned already, (the further you go from the upper station the more interesting the offer and the more original the highland welcome) some time must be spent just enjoying the Tatra mountains panoram . So you are going to see Giewont. Then, to your right there are the peaks of Czerwone Wierchy and to your left Kasprowy Wierch (1987 m). A precise map of the mountain peaks, and viewing binoculars, can be found on the summit of Gubałówka.

After dinner or a pleasant afternoon stroll you can return by cable train or walk down through the woods which should take no more than 1 hour. An interesting alternative way down is to follow the trail crossing Gubałówka peak (go left along the road). After half-hour of easy walking you will reach Butorowy Wierch (1160 m) with its chair lift which will take you down over the trees in splendid silence. The views over the mountains are impressive.

Do następnego razu… (Till next time…)

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About the Author: Kasia

My name is Kasia Scontsas. I grew near Lublin, Poland and moved to Warsaw to study International Business. I have passion for languages: any languages! Currently I live in New Hampshire. I enjoy skiing, kayaking, biking and paddle boarding. My husband speaks a little Polish, but our daughters are fluent in it! I wanted to make sure that they can communicate with their Polish relatives in our native language. Teaching them Polish since they were born was the best thing I could have given them! I have been writing about learning Polish language and culture for Transparent Language’s Polish Blog since 2010.