(get in on foot, or by local bus).
mountain range in Europe
mountain in the High Tatras
Zakopane is a very popular winter resort and summer getaway town in the Tatra mountains on the southern tip of Poland. It became a climatic health resort and as well as cultural spot in the 1880s. Many Polish writers and artists visited Zakopane at the turn of the 20th century. Stanisław Witkiewicz developed the so-called Zakopane Style architecture still popular in the Polish mountains.
There are around five trains every day from Kraków. It takes three and a half hours, costs around 25 PLN and stops at many small towns along the way. Sleepers go to Warsaw and Wrocław every night as well. The Railway Station is located about 500 meters east of the centre.
Several companies ply the route between Kraków and Zakopane. The two biggest are Trans-frej and Szwagropol. A ticket costs 20 PLN and discounts apply.
From Kraków take the 2-lane 'Zakopianka' highway: road number 7 to Rabka and then 47 to Zakopane. It takes about one and a half hours, but depends on traffic. The traffic jams on summer weekends are legendary. As of summer 2018 some upgrades to the road are underway so limited access to some parts of the road and extra traffic jams are common.
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