The origin of the tradition
There are barely feelings more relaxing than a breeze of fresh, alpine air accompanied by uninhabited hills and wide horizon of polish mountains. After all, there must be a reason why such a high number of people visit mountain regions in various countries and in Poland you can find one of the most breath-taking view of the mountains—the Tatras.
The highest mountain range in Poland
Each year there are about 3 million tourists visiting this part of the polish mountains to go hitch-hiking, recharge batteries or simply feel the nature. The view must be unforgettable as the record of a daily entrance to one trail in Chocholowska Valley is about 25 000. What is more, there are many more hiking tracks to choose. Moreover, there is much more to do there than just hiking.
Zakopane—a city with a history
Located at the mere bottom of the Tatras, Zakopane is a city with the highest geographical position in Poland at 750-1126 km above sea level. The first pioneers settled in Zakopane during about XV century. The city has, therefore, quite a long history. At first, it was the artistic world that draw attention to the small city. This town became a symbol of freedom and Polish character for many artists and poets, who began to value and appreciate the astonishing beauty of the mountains, aged monuments and buildings full of Polish culture.
What of it today
There is such an interest that each year there are more and more attractions developed and offered. Longer and wider hiking trails, hotels and apartments with luxury rooms with a view of the mountains scenery are ready to fulfill all your needs for relaxation. For those who seek a better challenge, there are more demanding tracks prepared. And if the weather rapidly shifts, you can always hide in various hostels and shelters beside the roads and trails, waiting to take you to their bosom. Very often, these are the places with the most tasteful and regional cuisine, where you can eat the real Polish food. Additionally, if you are even more curious about the traditions, the history of the city and its indigenous inhabitants you can find a lot of museums, relics and monuments with the guides ready to tell an unforgettable tales.
Zakopane to Krakow
After taking a sip of local history and culture, it is always worth it to come back to the bigger city, for example, Krakow (a city with a few myths and folk tales as well) and entertain yourself for example with guided tours through the city (you can get a bus zakopane to krakow here).