Zakopane is one of the best known and most typical Polish cities, a renowned winter resort of Poland. It is located in the hollow at the foot of the highest peak of the Polish part of the Tatra Mountains at the altitude of 840 m and attracts millions of tourists every year.
Zakopane is a dream location for active relaxation such as climbing, hiking and walking. The unceasing and ever growing popularity of Zakopane results from rich attractive offer created to attract tourists and visitors on the one hand, while on the other it is enhanced by the unrivalled atmosphere created by the blend of the traditional folk culture of the native Goral people of Podhale, mass culture and the top-level culture. This is proved by dozens of events organized for tourists.
Zakopane was ‘discovered’ in the middle of the 19th century and since then it has become the destination of outings as well as the place of residence of many important Poles. It was the Pope John Paul II’s favourite spot and was also visited by all Polish Nobel prize winners. Many outstanding artists lived and worked in Zakopane.