A Budget Ski Break In Zakopane – Poland’s Winter Wonderland

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Poland doesn’t have lots of mountains, though they make a many of it in Zakopane, nestled during a feet of a Tatras. This renouned resort, around dual hours south of Krakow is an appealing brew of chocolate box quaint, permitted ski slopes.

Add low prices and Zakopane creates for a value for income ski mangle that is a good choice to large bill spending of Val d’Isere even if there is no genuine ski in/ski out choice and a plateau are not generally high. The fact is you’ll find snow, plateau and nightlife to opposition copiousness of other bill resorts.

Budget skiing for families and beginners

The city of Zakopane serves as a gateway to a mountains, so visitors need a cab or a use of a daily send use to opening a ski stations.

Zakopane - Gubalowka Hill a hothouse ski run
Gubalowka Hill – hothouse ski run (c) Jonathanawhite

Bialka Tatrazanska is a many Alpine of Zakopane’s ski stations, with 16 kms of ski runs widespread over a array of tiny valleys. To a gifted winter sports fan that competence not sound like much, though beginners or a undemanding middle will find a turf intensely pleasing and forgiving. Wide runs and pleasing woodland view make for a pleasing skiing experience.

Those looking for towering runs will find a best choice in a commanding Kasprowy Wierch, a towering that towers over a city. The 15 kms of runs will be some-more of a plea and are improved matched to middle skiers and boarders.

The closest slopes to city are during Gubalowka, that is permitted around a funicular float from a centre of town. From here you’ll get good views opposite a city and an glorious marketplace that is fun diversion for discount hunters.

Zakopane - Gubalowka Hill Funicular entrance
Gubalowka Hill Funicular opening (c) Jonathanawhite

We headed to Zakopane sincerely late in a season, in midst Mar and nonetheless there was layer on a day we arrived it didn’t hang around for long. But, thankfully a ski areas have invested in good sleet creation facilities. Kasprowy Wierch is mostly flattering sleet certain and offers skiing adult until late Mar or April.

Ski day passes change from around 62 PLN (approx £12) adult to 120 PLN (approx £25).

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Eating Drinking

One thing is for sure, we won’t be brief of dining options in Zakopane. Most of a transport is of a robust beef and veg form with a healthy side of drink or vodka. The categorical drag, Krupowki, is packaged full of authentic wooden panelled eateries, with grills built with sausages and joints of pork. The nation vibe is mostly finished with live normal music.

The best of a garland was during Watra (Hr. Władysława Zamoyskiego 2, 34-500 Zakopane), a grill and brewery a brief travel off a categorical drag. The stills in a window aren’t only for show, their preference of beers are ideal for warming we up.

We also found a good vegan burger joint, Mountain Bar (Ulica Weteranow Wojny 2, Zakopane), that serves some of a biggest vegan burgers I’ve ever seen.

Nightlife is sharp-witted with lots of bars and nightclubs off a categorical drag.

Thermal Spas

If you’re not so worried about shifting down plateau afterwards how about a spa? There are several thermal baths, including during Bialka Tatrazanska and down a highway during Terma Bukowina. Both are good for kids with lots of play areas, though also a ideal approach for adults to ease those aches and comfortable your bones. Prices start from 18 PLN (approx £3) for kids and 28 PLN (approx £6) for adults.

Closer to city there is also an ice course during 73 Krupowki (the finish of a road) and a kid’s sleet park as partial of a same complex.


There are several decent museums in Zakopane. The area is good famous for it’s ‘highlander’ houses, routinely several storeys and done from logs. As such there is a Museum of Zakopane Style (Kościeliska 18, 34-500) that facilities story and exhibitions about clothing, design and a Tatra lifestyle. Entry is 7 PLN (approx £1.50).

Villa Koliba - Museum of Zakopane Style
Villa Koliba – Museum of Zakopane Style (c) Archeo16

There is also a Tatra Museum, only off Krupowki Street (Krupówki 10, 34-500), that is home to artefacts and story about a region.

What To Buy

Krupowki Street is lined with copiousness of shops, from HM by to some-more high finish options like Armani. Fashion Street is a bit of an desirous name though a small side travel does have utterly a few engineer labels. The best gamble is to conduct to a marketplace by a Gubalowka funicular and crop a internal crafts.

The area is sheep nation so we will view nap and sheep products everywhere. If you’ve been definition to get a sheepskin carpet or a downy gilet, this is substantially a place to make a investment.

You’ll also view smoked sheeps divert cheese stands everywhere around city and a region. Grab a few slices, grilled and served with redcurrant sauce, for a small travel snack.

Where To Stay

We visited Zakopane as partial of a package with Whiteside Holidays. We were eliminated from Krakow Airport, supposing with snowboard apparatus and stayed in a poetic nation chalet a few mins travel from a centre of town.

Another association charity packages to Zakopane is Go Ski Zakopane.

For those looking for some 5 star luxury, a Hotel Rysy is a brief travel from a categorical drag and offers normal nation accommodation for what competence be one of a cheapest 5 star options in Europe!


How To Get There

The closest airfield is Krakow, around 2 hours divided by car. There are also daily sight services from Krakow to Zakopane, that takes over 3 hours and costs approx £8 one way.

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