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Things to do in Zakopane- Top 5 things to do in Zakopane

By Janani - August 13, 2020
Zakopane in Poland

Zakopane is a famous holiday destination in Poland, Europe. It is well-known for its picturesque landscapes, rich history, and vibrant culture. This ancient town located in Poland is home to national parks, mountains, lakes and endless nature trails. Most of the Polish travel itineraries start in Warsaw and end in Krakow. However, the Zakopane in southern Poland popular for its winter sports and hiking in the summertime. Being a year-round destination, there are many things to do in the ancient town. If you wish to enjoy some fresh mountain air, Zakopane is your place. Read on to know about the best things to do in Zakopane.

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Top 5 things to do in Zakopane

Here’s a list of top 5 things to do in Zakopane;

  • Venture around the Tatras
  • Visit the World’s most beautiful lakes
  • Try the smoked cheese
  • Taste a glass of mulled wine
  • View the Zakopane-style architecture

1. Venture around the Tatras

Zakopane is one of the great bases for hiking in Poland. This town is nestled right next to the Tatra National Park. There are a countless number of trails that depart from here. Most trails are long and full-day hikes. Enjoy a full-day hike up to the peak and then a return to town. Relax with a glass of mulled wine in hand. This is indeed one of the must-do things in Zakopane

Tatra Mountains in Zakopane
Source: Google Images

2. Visit the World’s most beautiful lakes – Lake Morskie Oko

Lake Morskie Oko is also known as the Eye of the Sea. It is located at an altitude of 1395 m above sea level. You can reach the lake on foot, following an 8 km trail. It is a two-hour trail leading to one of the most beautiful lakes in the world. Start the trail at about 7 or 8 am to avoid crowds. The Morskie Oko lake is also the largest in the Tatras which is about 862 meters in length. 

Lake Morskie Oko in Zakopane
Source: Google Images

3. Try the smoked cheese

Oscypek is a delicious smoked sheep’s milk cheese. It is the local staple and you will find it all around Poland. Do you know that this cheese can be made only between late April and early October? It comes out in three shapes – oval, barrel and the traditional spindle. This recipe of this world-famous cheese dates back to the 14th century. When in Zakopane, Say Cheese and Eat Cheese!

Oscypek
Source: Google Images

4. Taste a glass of mulled wine

A glass of mulled wine is a must when you are in Zakopane. Mulled Wine is also known as spiced wine. It is made with red wine along with raisins and mulling spices. Interesting, Isn’t it? Mulled Wine is available both in alcoholic and non-alcoholic versions. Treat yourselves with a warm glass of mulled wine and enjoy. Above all, they say a trip to Zakopane is incomplete without tasting mulled wine!

Mulled Wine
Source: Google Images

5. View the Zakopane-Style Architecture

Zakopane has a unique style of architecture. You can spot beautiful wooden houses everywhere in the ancient town. Stanislaw Witkiewicz is the creator of this style of architecture. He was the person who transformed the town in the late 1800s. Pose before these wooden houses and take many Instagrammable pictures.

A Villa in Zakopane
Source: Google Images

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Apart from these top 5 things to do in Zakopane, there are other exciting things to do in Zakopane like Skiing, mountain climbing etc. Excited to plan your holiday to Zakopane in Poland? Check-out some hot-selling Europe packages and book your customized vacation to Poland. Head to the Pickyourtrail website and browse through the options. Need more help? Drop us a WhatsApp query, we will get in touch with you.

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