Zakopane in summer


It is impossible to be bored in Zakopane in summer! The town offers many various attractions. In the summer, apart from hiking, the most popular are day trips to the Dunajec Gorge Rafting, horse-drawn carriage rides through the picturesque Tatra National Park valleys, bike rides and guided (or not) city walks. Regardless of what kind of active relaxation you prefer, you are sure to find it in Zakopane this summer.

Zakopane in Summer - walks and hikes.

Mt Giewont from the Strazyska ValleyMt Giewont 1.895masl from the Strazyska Valley

The Dolinki (valleys) Reglowe (Olczyska, Strazyska, Za Bramka, Malej Laki) are very inviting places for romantic walks and easy hikes. More experienced hikers can choose one of the 275 km of marked tourist trails in the Tatra National Park. One can also consider planning the trekking tour between the mountain shelters but it is necessary to booked your beds in the shelters in advance.

Zakopane in Summer - horse-drawn carriage rides.

horse-drawn carriage ride in the Tatra National Park

In the Chocholowska Valley and Kościeliska Valley (on the picture above), an alternative to walking is a ride in a horse-drawn carriage. In the first valley, the carriage can give you a lift to the very entrance of the mountain shelter Chocholowska, while in the Koscieliska Valley horses can't ride further than to Polana Pisana, which is situated 30 minutes walk from the mountain shelter Ornak.

Zakopane in Summer - quad-bike tours, MTB rides, climbing

quad bike tour in Zakopane

Zakopane has some great ideas for those who are looking for something more exhilarating. Quad-Bike rides and expeditions (on the picture above) through the Podhale forests and fields will certainly be unforgettable. The more ecological but still excited option is a mountain bike downhill ride from the top of Guablowka Hill to the centre of Zakopane. But the most challenging of the extremal activities available in summer in Zakopane is the climbing in the High Tatras.

Zakopane in Summer - one-day bus trips

map of the Dunajec River GorgeDunajec River Gorge

When planning a summer vacation in Zakopane, it is worth paying attention to the wide range of bus tours. The most popular are day trips to the Rafting down the Dunajec River, to Slovakia, to Krakow and the Wieliczka salt mine and to the Auschwitz museum in Oswiecim. Strama Company also offers 24-hour and weekend guided bus tours to Budapest, Vienna, Bratislava, Prague, Lviv.

Zakopane in Summer - Kasprowy Wierch and Thermal Baths

Kasprowy Wierch cable carKasprowy Wierch cable car

For the less active (lazy?) Tourists visiting Zakopane, I recommend two attractions that are available throughout the year - a cable car ride to the Mt. Kasprowy Wierch and a relaxing visit in one of the thermal baths near Zakopane. I would like to remind you that tickets for the cable car can (should) be bought in advance online to avoid several hours of waiting in the queue to the ticket office.

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