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Planning a trip to Zakopane in winter? We have got you covered with all the best and unmissable things to do in Zakopane during the snowy winter season.
Thousands of visitors come to Zakopane every year during winter to soak in the beauty of snow clad hilly landscapes and indulge in some fantastic winter activities. The stunning surroundings, cultural centre, ideal skiing spots, thermal baths, snow covered wooden huts and the decorated Christmas market are the highlights of Zakopane. There is so much to treasure in this enchanting winter paradise. Adding to this, one can easily agree that there is never a dull moment in this charming resort town of Poland.
So, whether you are looking for ideas on wintery things to do, a laid back vacation or an adventurous getaway, here you will definitely find about all the wonderful things to do in Zakopane in winter that will keep you entertained.
Things To Do In Zakopane In Winter
1. Enjoy Skiing And Snowboarding In Bialka Tatrzanska
Being nestled at the foot of the breathtaking Tatra Mountains, Zakopane gives its visitors opportunities of navigating through various accessible ski slopes. One of the most popular skiing spot in Zakopane which is suitable for beginners, intermediates or families is the Bialka Tatrzanska.
This small village boasts of 16 kms of ski runs which are well connected with a network of ski lifts. The scenic surroundings and alpines make skiing even more delightful in Bialka Tatrzanska. For short breaks, you will find a range of restaurants and cafes too serving authentic Polish cuisine.
If you are keen on learning skiing, Bialka Tatrzanska has many private ski schools from where you can start your skiing journey.
2. Take A Gondola Ride To Kasprowy Wierch
In case you are looking for more challenging ski runs, you must head to Kasprowy Wierch, one of the highest peaks of the Tatra Mountains. To reach there you will need to take a gondola ride from Kuznice. The ride itself is an amazing experience. The views of the snowy slopes, mountains and alpines are astounding. Its an incredible experience that you should not miss out on if you are visiting Zakopane in winter. Even if you are not interested in skiing, you must visit Kasprowy Wierch for the views and for capturing winter postcard worthy moments.
3. Relax And Soothe Yourselves At A Thermal Spa
Thermal baths are heavenly during winters. They are just perfect to soothe oneself from any kind of tiredness or aches. Luckily, you will find several thermal baths in Zakopane or the nearby areas during winters. In Zakopane, you can go for a relaxing thermal bath at Aqua Park. You will find geysers, saunas, Jacuzzis, massage zones, therapeutic pools and thermal pools amongst a pleasing setting. Going for a thermal bath is definitely one of the most unmissable things to do in Zakopane in winter.
If you are visiting Zakopane for the first time, click here for a convenient tour that takes you through the best attractions of the town and thermal baths. Its inclusive of hotel transfers and refreshments.
4. Go Ice Skating In Lodowisko Tatra Ice
One of the most fun activities in winter is spending some enjoyable time while ice skating on a dedicated ice rink. Whether you are with kids, companions or friends, ice skating is a great pursuit that keeps you active in an amusing way. The best ice skating area in Zakopane is Tatra Ice. Its the largest and is located at the centre of Zakopane next to the Kruwpoki street. Ice skating rentals are easily available near the rink at a very nominal cost.
5. Take A Winter Sleigh Ride
Want to feel lost in Zakopane’s winter wonderland in a more dreamier way? You should go on a sleigh ride in the Tatra National Park. This activity is very popular and great way to see the snowy slopes, alpines and fascinating wintry landscapes. These sleigh rides are driven by professional coachmen. The trails of the sleigh rides take you through the picturesque Chocholowska valley.
You can choose to ride the during the daylight or after dusk. If you go on a sleigh ride after dusk, you can refuge at a bonfire too for some warmth. Sleigh ride providers also serve snacks and drinks that makes your rides even more fulfilling. This activity is one of the most memorable things to do in Zakopane in winter.
6. Explore the Gubalowka Hill
For amazing panoramic views of the town and the surrounding Tatra Mountains, a visit to the Gubalowka hill is a must do activity in Zakopane in winter. This peak is located at 1100 m above sea level. In addition to enjoying the scenic beauty, you can indulge in many fun winter activities such as snowmobiling, skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing and sleigh rides. You will also find many souvenir stores, cafes and restaurants serving delicious regional cuisine at the Gubalowka hill.
The most convenient and quick way to reach the summit is by a funicular ride. This short funicular ride that operates from the centre of Zakopane (ahead of Krupowki street) ascends you to the Gubalowka peak.
7. Try Zip Lining At Adventure Park In Gubalowka
Plan a fun filled day at the Adventure Park in Gubalowka Hill. Go zip lining amongst the gorgeous views of the snow-clad Tatra Mountains and the surrounding greenness. Glide through the winter wonderland comfortable while being safely strapped on a zip line. The adventure park is a gateway for you to many adrenaline fuelled outdoor activities. These include big swing jump, zorbing, wall climbing and more. There is a junior rope park too specially designed for kids. The Adventure Park is a perfect spot to spend a day filled with thrills and amusements in Zakopane in winter.
8. Wander Through The Krupowki Street
Spend an evening at the lively and vibrant Krupowki Street. Its a must do in Zakopane. You will find the best shopping stores, eateries, cute cafes and bars at this pedestrian only street. Christmas time makes this street more merrier with the decorations, carols, rides, wooden chalets and more. This time of the year transforms the Krupowki Street into a place right out of a gorgeous wintery galore, which can worthily be touted to be one of the best Christmas markets in Poland.
9. Take A Day Tour Of Morskie Oko
If you are looking for an adventurous winter outing, Morskie Oko lake is the place for you. Morskie Oko is one of the most beautiful lakes in the world. With pristine clear blue waters, surrounding hills, greenery and snow covered cottages, this place is no less than a stunning winter wonderland. The lake freezes during the winter, which makes it possible for visitors to walk on it. If conditions are favourable, you can even skate on it.
To get to Morskie Oko, you will have to reach Palenica Białczańska by a bus from Zakopane. The journey is 30 minutes long. From Palenica Białczańska, you can either take a 2 hour long trekking route or ride the horse-drawn carriages.
10. Plan A Cosy Staycation At Polana Szymaszkowa Ski Resort
Polana Szymaszkowa ski resort features cosy lodging, hotsprings, incredible views, restaurants and easy access to ski lifts. It is also located very close to the centre of Zakopane. The interiors are beautiful and well equipped with modern amenities. This resort is a perfect staycation place for families, honeymooners or those looking for a relaxing weekend getaway.
Where To Stay In Zakopane
If you are looking for a great choice of hotel in Zakopane, here are some of our top recommendations for you;
Budget (upto $50) : Hotel Gromada is located right at the centre of Zakopane, just 50m away from the Krupowki street. The rooms are bright and well equipped with basic facilities. Most of the rooms of this hotel have gorgeous views of the Tatra mountains. Click here to book this hotel or to check its availability.
Mid-Range($50-$100) : Mercure Kasprowy is undoubtedly one of the best places to stay in Zakopane. The charming interiors and modern rooms are the highlights of this hotel. For kids, the hotel has a spacious indoor play room, kids pool and a playground. Other facilities include fitness centre, onsite spa, lounge, hot tub, terrace, garden, ski to door access, tennis court and restaurant serving fabulous buffet breakfast. Click here to book this hotel or to check its availability.
Luxury (100+) : Aries Hotel & Spa provides you with unbeatable luxury services. The elegant interiors, beautifully designed rooms and world class facilities make your stay more endearing and memorable in Zakopane. This hotel also features an indoor pool, restaurant, kid friendly play areas, child care services, sun terrace, spa and wellness centre. This charming hotel is just 5 minutes walking distance away from Krupowki street. Click here to book this hotel or to check its availability.
So, these were all the top things to do in Zakopane in winter. This resort town is a popular winter destination in Poland. Let us know which of these mentioned activities caught your attention. If you have more ideas to share, we would love to hear from you. Write down to us in the comments section below or on our contact page.