Zakopane

Ski / Mountain Resort in Poland

Introduction

Zakopane is a town in the extreme south of Poland. It lies in the southern part of the Podhale region at the foot of the Tatra Mountains. Zakopane, a town which lays at the foot of the Tatra Mountains is a tourist destination frequently visited by Poles who appreciate adventures in nature.

It is perfect to relax in between winter sports, hiking trips and mountain climbing. As the highest located city in Poland it offers fantastic views and the perfect departure point for adventures. Apart from its breathtaking surroundings it is also known for it’s unique architecture and culture of the Tatra highlanders who are famous for their vibrantly decorated clothing, unique dialect, folk dancing as well as traditional cuisine.

The town at the foot of Mount Giewont has been one of the most popular summer and winter leisure resorts for many years, here, there’s something for everyone. Lovers of mountain wandering trips are invited down tourist hiking routes of all difficulty levels, while fans of scenery can choose between viewing points such as Krupowa plains, or the peaks of Antałówka or Gubałówka, from which the panorama of the high and western Tatras can be enjoyed. Mountain excursions can be followed by a refreshing trip to Zakopane’s Aquapark.

If you prefer concerts, exhibitions and theatre, you won’t be disappointed. Not a week goes by without invitations to opening nights at one of the many galleries and studios, or to an interesting piece at the Witkacy Theatre. Once the cultural self has been satisfied, it’s worth going to one of the regional taverns and restaurants, to build up strength to spend the next intensive day in Zakopane, a place where you can’t be bored!

You can get easily to Zakopane by bus or train. With both of them you can get from every bigger polish city. Car route leads trough the famous Zakopianka which is famous for its traffic jams. Skier and snowboarders will find In Zakopane a lot of well-prepared slopes, with T-bar, chair and gondola lifts. The best-known places are: Kasprowy Wierch, Gubałówka and Polana Szymoszkowa. In ski resorts, at the foot of mountains as well as on the top you can find a lot of inns and pubs, serving local specialisties. Nearby lifts there are ski schools and ski equipment rentals. Touristic base is very well-developed. Zakopane offers a lot of different accommodation in different prices and with different standard.


WHEN TO VISIT ?

JANUARY the days are short and cold, but skiing conditions usually the best. At the turn of January and February school children have their winter break at schools, which results directly in huge crowds of tourists and skiers everywhere in the town and on slopes. The end of February and the whole month of MARCH are skiers' favourite time.
APRIL there's still snow galore on Mount Kasprowy. Additionally, the month is known for thousands of tiny crocuses blooming on the Tatra clearings. MAY is a real spring month. In JUNE Zakopane gets quiet, the days are long and mostly sunny, the mountain paths welcome tourists tired of the crowds.
JULY and AUGUST, the two summer months are the peak season. The easier trails get very crowded, and on sunny days at the most popular peaks there are queues of people waiting to climb the top. There is a lot going on in the town in summer - cultural and recreational events are organised, the most distinguished of all being the Mountain Folklore Festival, held the third week in August for over 40 years now.
SEPTEMBER is a very good month for hiking trips, the days are still long enough, the weather usually good, there are no more holidays crowds. OCTOBER might both be very sunny and chilly with the first snowfalls in the mountains. NOVEMBER is a rest time after a busy tourist season. From the very beginnings of DECEMBER some of the ski slopes are open and well prepared for skiers and snowboarders.
Christmas in Zakopane is an unique experience. The town gets beautifully decorated, usually covered with loads of fresh fallen snow. Small wooden chapels at mountains trails welcome to Midnight Mass. New Year is welcomed outside at hundreds bonfires held everywhere in the town. New Year's balls are organised in pensions, hotels and restaurants. At this time of the year the traditional sleigh rides KULIG enjoy great popularity, horse drawn sleighs with torches are seen and horse bells heard everywhere in the town.

TOURISM

Zakopane is visited by over 2,500,000 tourists a year. In the winter, Zakopanes tourists are interested in winter sports activities such as skiing, snowboarding, ski jumping, snowmobiling, sleigh rides, snowshoe walks, and Ice skating. During the summer, Tourists come to do activities like hiking, climbing, bike and horse ride the Tatras mountain, there are many trails in the Tatras. Tourists ride quads and dirt bikes that you can rent. Swimming and boat rides on the Dunajec river is popular. Many come to experience góral culture, which is rich in its unique styles of food, speech, architecture, music, and costume. Zakopane is especially popular during the winter holidays, which are celebrated in traditional style, with dances, decorated horse-pulled sleighs called kuligs and roast lamb.

A popular tourist activity is taking a stroll through the town's most popular street: Krupówki. It is lined with stores, restaurants, carnival rides, and performers.

During the seasons winter and summer the Krupówki street gets crowded by tourists, these tourists visit shops and restaurants. In the summer time there is a local market down the strip of Krupówki. The people working in the market sell all kinds of clothing including leather jackets, traditional góral clothing, fur coats, shoes, and purses. Venders also sell foods like the famous smoked sheep cheese Oscypek, fruits, vegetables, and meats. There are also a lot of stands that sell all kinds of Zakopane souvenirs. 

Zakopane is popular for night life. At night there are always people walking around town checking out the different bars and dance clubs. Most of these bars and dance clubs are located on the Krupowki street. These are the bars that are located in Zakopane: Paparazzi, Cafe Piano, Anemone, Anemone, Cafe Antrakt, Literatka, Winoteka Pod Berlami, and Karczma u Ratownikow. These are dance clubs located in Zakopane: Vavaboom, Finlandia Arctic, Genesis, Rockus, Morskie Oko, and Cocomo Go Go Club.

A scene in Andrzej Wajda's film Man of Marble (Człowiek z marmuru) was filmed in Zakopane, introducing the town to a worldwide audience.

The mountain scenes from the Bollywood film Fanaa were filmed around Zakopane.


SKIING IN ZAKOPANE

Zakopane is famous for excellent skiing conditions. Skiing has been popular here for over one hundred years - that is one of the reasons why it has been considered the cradle of Polish skiing and the Winter Capital of Poland at the same time.

It offers numerous skiing facilities – from easy slopes for beginners to steep and difficult pists for the more adventurous and advanced ones. There are about 50 different ski lifts available at the moment, but the numbers are constantly being increased.

Best skiing conditions are available in Mount Kasprowy area. There is a cable car going to the very top from Kuźnice. There are two chairlifts on its slopes, in Goryczkowa and Gąsienicowa. Skiing season usually lasts till early May here. Another well-known skiing facility is that on Gubałówka hill. There is a funicular going to the top of the hill, further there are a few T-bar lifts over there. There floodlights there and snow making machines are also available on site. Another facility offering excellent skiing conditions is Polana Szymoszkowa (next to the Mecure Kasprowy hotel). The slope is also lit and has got snow making facilities. There are two chairlifts operating there. Another popular places is Mount Nosal and Harenda, also lit and artificially snowed. It offers a dozen or so T-bar lifts and a chairlift. Beginners can also ski on Koziniec, which has also got a system of floodlights and snowing making installation, but there are many more such places available to beginners everywhere in the town and the area. There are excellent skiing centres in the nearby villages of Poronin, Bukowina Tatrzańska or Białka Tatrzańska.

Gubałówka and Magura Witowska are perfect for ski touring. Those are peaceful and deserted places, where snow stays much longer than anywhere else thanks to high altitudes. Cross country enthusiasts will find cross country tracks in the vicinity of Mount Krokiew (close to the ski jumps). There are some places available for ski touring up in the Tatra mountains as well.

Those who do not have their own equipment can easily rent those in one of the numerous ski rentals, and those who would like to learn to ski can find qualified skiing instructors in every single slope.

Zakopane has also been a place for professional skiing. The first ever skiing competition in Poland was held in Zakopane in 1911 and attracted 150 competitors from several countries. At the same time, ski jumping competitions have been organised, and it is actually Nordic skiing that made Zakopane popular world-wide. Throughout all those years, the town has been visited by professional skiers from all over the world.

Zakopane has hosted: three FIS World Ski Championships (1929, 1939, 1962), three Winter Universiades (1956, 1993, 2001), Biathlon World Championship, Ski Jumping World Cup, Nordic Combined, Cross Country and Alpine European Cup events.


WEATHER IN ZAKOPANE

High altitudes and surrounding mountains are main factors influencing local weather and climate. Average annual temperature is approximately +5 degree Celsius. The warmest month is July with average temperature of +15 degrees, the coldest one January with the average of -6degrees. Average winds are not very strong, western and south-western in direction. In autumn, winter and early spring local fen wind, otherwise known as halny is a popular phenomenon. It is a relatively warm and dry wind, which blows from the direction of the mountains - from the south, at a speed often exceeding 100 km/h. It usually does a lot of damage and makes snow melt away very quickly. Halny usually blows from a few hours up to 3 or 4 days and affects people's mood. The average rain and snow falls amounts to 1000 mm per year. The months with highest rainfall is June and July, this is when many thunderstorms occur. Snow usually appears in November and melts away in March or April. The best skiing conditions in the upper parts of the mountains are in late winter or spring, in the months of March, April or even as late as May. This is when the snow layer gets the thickest.

Longer periods of nice and sunny weather are characteristic of September and October. Hiking is the most enjoyable then. The months of January and February often characterised of cold but sunny winter weather. One can often experience the phenomenon of inversion in temperature – which is a few degrees higher in the upper part of the mountains than down in the valleys.

Transportation - Get In


By train

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 Wroclaw every night as well.


By bus

Several companies ride between Krakow and Zakopane, two biggest are Maxbus[www], MajerBus[www], Szwagropol[www], PolskiBus[www] and several other known as PKS (it used to be state-run company, now it has been privatized and there are few dozen local, independent branches (those are the cheapest). Ticket costs from 12 to 15 PLN, discounts mostly don't apply. The journey takes at least two hours fifteen minutes, sometimes more (depends on traffic). Direct bus from Budapest by Eurobusways [www].

Private transfer from Krakow city or Krakow airport directly to Zakopane Zakopane transfer.


By car

'Zakopianka' from Krakow - road number 7 to Rabka and then 47 to Zakopane. It takes around one and a half hour, but depends on traffic. Traffic jams on summer weekends are legendary.


By foot

Through Łysa Polana border crossing from Slovakia. It's also possible to go through Polands highest mountain peak, Rysy, but it's not advised outside of the summer months unless you have some hiking experience.

Transportation - Get Around

Although the best way of getting around Zakopane is walking, the town is also prepared to receive quite a big number of cars. The main road from Kraków goes along Kasprowicza street and ends up at a roundabout which is aimed at slowing the traffic down, in the peak season one should expect difficulties and delays in reaching the centre. There are two main roads that lead off the roundabout - on the west-east axis there are Nowotarska and Kościeliska streets, the latter leading to Kościelisko village, Kościeliska Valley, Chochołów, Czarny Dunajec and border crossings in Chochołów and Chyżne. Chramcówki (with railway and bus stations), Jagiellońska and Chałubińskiego streets are situated on the south-north axis and lead towards the mountains in the south. Visitors, however, are recommended to leave their cars at car parks and advised to use public transport instead. Using buses and private mini buses one can get to most places quickly and cheaply.

Ski Area

Zakopane is called the winter capital city of Poland. The mountainous climate provides excellent snow conditions which make skiing possible till the beginning of May. Pistes at Pardałówka, Antałówka, Koziniec, Gubałówka, Lipki or at Wielka Krokiew are ideal for beginners. Skilled skiers will appreciate the resorts of Polana Szymoszkowa, Harenda and Nosal, or the best of them: Kasprowy Wierch.


Kasprowy Wierch mount “The Skiers’ Sacred Mountain” in Poland.

Two skiing tracks through the Gąsienicowa and Goryczkowa hills provide excellent conditions for relaxation and winter sports in the Tatra mountains. Cable-car, two chairlifts, ski hire and a ski service, ski school and a restaurant.

www.pkl.pl, phone: +48 18 201 45 10


Nosal Ski Station

A northern slope with long lasting snow cover. Fabulous for beginners as well as for skilled skiers. A chairlift, 5 ski lifts, equipment hire and service, ski kindergarten and a restaurant.

www.nosal.pl, phone: +48 18 206 27 00


Szymoszkowa Ski Station

A slope for beginners as well as intermediate skiers with a beautiful view of the Tatra mountains. Two chairlifts, equipment hire and services, a ski kindergarten and a restaurant.

www.szymoszkowa.pl, phone: +48 18 201 72 30


"Harenda" Family Recrestion Centre - Zakopane

A slope for beginners as well as for advanced skiers situated at a beautiful location. A chairlift, 3 ski lifts, a snow park, a skating rink, equipment hire and service, ski school and restaurant.

www.harendazakopane.pl, phone: +48 18 206 40 29

Activities & Things to do


SKIING IN ZAKOPANE

When the snow falls Zakopane becomes the Polish hub of winter sports, the snow covered mountains provide amazing slopes for skiing and snowboarding. Cable cars and lifts run for long hours to high slopes while calmer routes in the lower mountains are available for those who enjoy backcountry skiing. An interesting  attraction for sports lovers is the largest ski-jump on Krokiew Mountain, where the  FIS Ski Jumping World Cup is regularly


HIKING

There are 275 km of marked tourist trails located in the Tatra National Park(the park was established in 1954 and covers an area of 21,197 hectares), with various degrees of difficulty from very easy to extremely difficult ones, fitted with safety equipment, such as chains, iron steps or rope ladders. The various colours (yellow, red, blue, green and black), the trails are marked with, don't indicate the degree of difficulty, but they help to identify the individual route in the open area.

A ticket to the Tatra National Park costs 5 PLN (2,50 PLN for kids).

  • On the territory of Tatra National Park walking is allowed on marked tourist routes only!
  • Dogs are not allowed in the Tatra National Park!
  • Camping in the Tatra National Park is not allowed. The only possibility of accommodation in the Tatra Mountains is accommodation in one of the eight shelters.

It's worth buying a map of the area if you're going hiking. Most likely you will be hiking in Tatra National Park. Be aware that as it is a National Park special rules apply—don't be loud, leave any garbage or disturb animals. Maps are sold by the tourist office (17 Kosciuszki St., telephone: 01820 12211), down the hill, on your left, just before getting to the bus stop and cross roads (Krupowki St. and Kosciuszki St.) in the centre of town. They'll also give suggested routes, based on the latest weather forecasts and your fitness and equipment. Note: you will have to pay a small entrance fee of 4 PLN (2 PLN for students and school kids).

The maps are very tourist-friendly, with the "difficulty levels" for different paths marked: possibly slightly patronising for seasoned hikers. The pram symbol for the 'easy' paths is taken too literally - people have been seen trying to get prams up steep paths from Zakopane into the mountains. All the paths marked on the map are well maintained by the government.

Whichever route you plan to take, it is advised you dress warmly and bring spare waterproof clothes and water. Put the clothes in a plastic bag in your backpack to keep them dry in case of rain. Even midsummer it can hail for a whole day in the mountains! Remember you are already at 1000m, although it doesn't feel like it.


CLIMBING IN THE TATRA MOUNTAINS

CLIMBING in Polish Tatras is allowed only in the designated regions inclusive of rock faces, from the bottom of the face to the ridge or top of the summit or rock. All the climbers are obliged to write the detailed information about the planning climbing in the Book of the Climbers Departures (Księga Wyjść Taternickich) which can be find in the refuges Morskie Oko, Five Lakes Valley, Murowaniec at Hala Gasienicowa and in the building of the cable car Kasprowy Wierch station. To get and come back from the climbing region all the climbers are obliged to take the shortest, save route from the closest tourist track.
Here is the list of the designated regions:

  • in the MORSKIE OKO area: the region from Przełęcz Bialczańska, Rysy, Mięguszowieckie Szczyty, Cubryna to the Wrota Chałubińskiego and Mnich
  • in the Five Polish Lakes Valley and Buczynkowa Valley area: from the top of Świnica to the Przełęcz Zawrat between the ridge and the red marked tourist track and in the region of the ridge and the below walls from the Przełęcz Zawrat to the Mała Buczynowa Przełączka
  • in the Hala Gasienicowa area: in the region of the ridge and below walls from Żółta Przełęcz, through the Granaty, Kozi Wierch, Zawratowa Turnia, Świnica to Świnicka Przełęcz, with the side ridge of Kościelec to Karb
  • marked up on the western wall of the rock gate at the entrance to Lejowa Valley
  • marked up on the rock in the Jarowiec couloir

During the climbing it is forbidden to install or uninstall permanent protective elements without the permission from the Tatra National Park. Camping on the face is allowed only in extreme, life-threatening situations.


SLEIGH RIDES

During your stay in Zakopane you should try a horse-drawn sleigh or carriage ride - you can enjoy it in Zakopane or in the Chocholowska and Kościeliska Valleys in Tatra National Park.


MOUNTTAIN BIKING IN ZAKOPANE

Biking on the territory of the Tatra National Park is permitted only on roads and trails made available for this purpose! These are as follows:

  • Pod Reglami road: from the ski jump Wielka Krokiew to the Siwa Polana meadow in Chocholowska Valley.
    Notice please that this is very popular walking patch and can be very busy during a day time. We do recommend it in the mornings, especially for those who likes to follow the next road:
  • The road in Chocholowska Valley: from Siwa Polana meadow to Polana Chcocholowska refuge.
    There is a mtb rental at the entrance to Chocholowska Valley. There are also the bikes with baby chairs available.
  • The road from Kuźnice district to Polana Kalatowki Mountain Hotel
    This road is very busy, steep and with stony surface.
  • The road from the Sucha Woda Valley to Murowaniec refuge on the Hala Gasienicowa meadow. Quite difficult one but not as busy as the one to Kalatowki. And much longer. The best option for those who would like to spend a night in the mounyains (Murowaniec refuge).

 

Sights & Landmarks


KRUPOWKI STREET

Krupówki street - the main pedestrian zone of Zakopane, full of shops and restaurants. This is where the post office, banks as well as exchange offices are situated. In the season the place gets extremely crowded, and we find it hard to believe that as late as at the very beginnings of the 19th century this street was nothing more than just a narrow bitten path joining central parts of the village with the iron works in Kuźnice (this is where the cable car is today). Krupówki street gets particularly crowded in bad and rainy weather, when people search for alternatives to outdoor activities.


KASPROWY WIERCH

While in Zakopane, it is a must to take the cable car to Mount Kasprowy (1987 m asl), both in summer and winter this is one of the most popular local attractions for both the adults and especially the kids. In winter time, there are two chair lifts operating in Mt. Kasprowy and two skiing pists for advanced skiers and snowboarders.


GUBALOWKA AND THE LOCAL MARKET

The other very popular lift in the area is funicular to Gubałówka hill, which starts in the very centre of the town. Gubałówka (1100 m asl) offers spectacular views over the town and the surrounding Tatra mountains. On the way back to the centre of the town we come across the local market nestled in between the very foot of the hill and Krupówki street. We shall find local souvenirs (woodware, leatherware, woolware, etc.) there together with leather jackets and fur coats, clothes, shoes, fruit, vegetables, and a whole alley of local OSCYPEK sheep cheese sellers - all in different shapes and sizes.


MUSEUMS IN ZAKOPANE

Zakopane boasts exceptional museums, strongly associated with the history and culture of the town, as well as the Podhale folk traditions and the natural environment of the Tatras. Visiting them will surely help your awareness when exploring the Tatra Mountains and Zakopane.

THE TATRA MUSEUM
ul. Krupówki 10, www.muzeumtatrzanskie.pl

A precious brick heritage building in the Zakopane style, built in 1913-1922. The two-storey building features exhibition halls with permanent exhibitions (historical, ethnographic, geological, industrial, and natural history), a library and archive containing priceless items from the history of the Podhale region and research in the Tatras.

MUSEUM OF THE ZAKOPANE STYLE
In the Villa Koliba, ul. Kościeliska 18, www.muzeumtatrzanskie.pl

Includes an ethnographic exhibition from the collections of Zygmunt Gnatowski (the first owner of Koliba), furnishings, furniture and decorative arts in the Zakopane style, works of art associated with Stanisław Witkiewicz, as well as his designs and original works. One of the rooms is devoted to temporary exhibitions.


THE MUSEUM OF THE ZAKOPANE STYLE - INSPIRATIONS

ul. Droga do Rojów 6, www.muzeumtatrzanskie.pl

Located in a historic, wooden cottage previously belonging to the Gąsienica Sobczak family. The oldest part was built around 1830. The Museum has been operating since 2009, presenting folk architecture, furnishings from highland cottages, and ethnographic collections from the late 19th century, primarily the collection of Maria and Bronisław Dembowski.

THE KAROL SZYMANOWSKI MUSEUM IN THE VILLA ATMA
ul. Kasprusie 19, www.muzeum.krakow.pl

A wooden villa built in the late 19th century. Between 1930-1935, Karol Szymanowski lived and worked here. The museum includes personal memorabilia, photographs and documents illustrating his life, work and relationships with Zakopane. An interesting element of the exhibition is the composer’s reconstructed study. Atma currently holds chamber concerts, book promotions on music, and lectures.

THE KORNEL MAKUSZYŃSKI MUSEUM
ul. Tetmajera 15, www.muzeumtatrzanskie.pl

In the Villa Opolanka, in the writer’s former apartment, numerous editions of his works, collections of manuscripts, correspondence, clippings from magazines and photographs, as well as a rich collection of works of art and a plaster cast of his hand have been made available to the public. In front of the villa stands a monument – a bust of the writer and the figure of Koziołek Matołek [Silly Billy Goat], the hero of his fairy tales.

THE JAN KASPROWICZ MUSEUM
Harenda 12a, www.harenda.com.pl

The museum is housed in the wooden villa where the poet lived with his wife Maria in the years 1923-1926. The well-preserved interior hosts works of art, mostly by friends of the poet, houseware, furniture and a library of several hundred volumes. Next to the museum is the mausoleum where the ashes of the poet and his wife rest.

MANOR & PARK COMPLEX IN KUŹNICE
www.tpn.pl

Post-restoration former mansion of the Homolacs, who moved in in 1833. The coach house was restored (now housing a permanent exhibition of vertebrates) as was the granary (now an exhibition devoted to the Zamoyski family).


TPN NATURE EDUCATION CENTRE

ul. Chałubińskiego 42a, www.tpn.pl

The permanent exhibition holds flora and fauna of the Tatras following the rhythm of the changing seasons. The Centre carries out educational activities through temporary exhibitions on topics related to the Tatra Mountains and nature conservation, screens nature documentaries, and organises classes, competitions and lectures.


ZAKOPANE OLD TOWN

At the foot of Gubałówka, where the pedestrian precinct begins – Krupówki – here begins the town's oldest street – Kościeliska, commonly known as the "Zakopane Old Town". This is where Zakopane was born, with many of the most valuable historic sites located right at its beginning.

Sts. Andrew and Benedict Chapel (known as the Gąsieniców Chapel)
This is the oldest sacred building in Zakopane. It was built in 1800 on his land by Paweł Gąsienica (allegedly with stolen money). The small stone chapel with its shingled roof, and surmounted by a turret, is one of Zakopane's most valuable heritage sites.

The Old Church of Our Lady of Częstochowa (formerly St. Clement's)
Next to the Gąsieniców Chapel, thanks to the Homolacs, landowners in Zakopane, in the years 1845-1848 a single-nave wooden church was constructed, the first parish in Zakopane. The church's interior has retained its old character, mainly thanks to old folk paintings and figures of saints. The most interesting of these is an image by anonymous painters at the turn of the 19th century, depicting St. Paul falling head first from a horse.

The Old Cemetery on Pęksowy Brzyzek
This is considered the most valuable heritage site in Zakopane and is one of Poland's most important cemeteries. The cemetery was established in the 1850s through the efforts of Zakopane's first pastor, Fr. Józef Stolarczyk, on land donated by Jan Pęksa (hence the name). Currently, there are about 70 of Zakopane's most distinguished inhabitants both in terms of Polish history and culture, interred here. Noteworthy are not only the eminent names, but also the artistic form of many of the tombstones, of which a number are true works of art.

Historic homesteads
Between the Old Church and Skibówki, Kościeliska Street is a living museum and is entirely historic. Visitors can see a dozen well-preserved highland cottages from the second half of the 19th century, including the "U Wnuka" inn (No. 8), the first inn and the first multi-storey highlander house, dating back to around 1850, which is still a centre of cultural life to this day. Then there are the homesteads of the Gąsienica Nawieś (No. 12), Gąsienica Walczak (No. 23), Walczak Michałek (No. 26), Janik (No. 37), Bednarz (No. 38) and Walczak Wójciak (No. 78) families. Noteworthy is the Gąsienica Sobczak Farm (6 do Rojów St.). This hosts a branch of the Museum of the Zakopane Style – Inspirations, presenting a traditional highland cottage interior, as well as ethnographic collections from the late 19th century, collected by Maria and Bronisław Dembowski.

Koliba Villa (Kościeliska 18)
On this historic plot, a splendid villa stands out, the first house in the Zakopane style, built to a design by Stanisław Witkiewicz in the years 1892-1894 for Zygmunt Gnatowski, a landowner from the Borderlands. Today it houses the Museum of the Zakopane Style – Branch of the Tatra Museum.

Continuing our stroll down Kościeliska, we reach the Sabała Cottage on Stare Krzeptówki 17 (passing the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima on Krzeptówki 14). The cottage is an example of one of the oldest types of residential building in the Podhale region. It dates back to the turn of the nineteenth century. According to tradition, Jan Krzeptowski Sabała, a famous storyteller, musician and Tatra guide and friend of Dr. Tytus Chałubiński, was born and lived here.


ZAKOPANE'S ART GALLERIES

In Zakopane, even modern art is presented in historic buildings, giving unexpected results, and perfectly illustrating the continuity of the artistic tradition, as well as contributing to better acceptance of new forms of art. Come to visit Zakopane’s galleries and see the exhibitions.

CITY ART GALLERY
ul. Krupowki 41, www.galeria.zakopane.pl

This is one of the oldest galleries in Poland, continuing the tradition of the Exhibition Hall which was located on the first floor of the Polish Bazaar founded by Count Władysław Zamoyski in 1911. Works exhibited included those by Władysław Skoczylas, Wojciech Brzega, Eugeniusz Skotnicki, Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz, Teodor Axentowicz, Xawery Dunikowski, Julian Fałat and Rafał Malczewski.During its long existence, the Gallery has become an important exhibition centre in Poland. Solo exhibitions have included Jerzy Duda Gracz, Zdzisław Beksiński, Władysław Hasior and Jerzy Nowosielski,Zakopane artists have permanent exhibitions here. The gallery now primarily presents contemporary Polish art. In addition to the exhibitions meetings, screenings of films on art, poetry readings, concerts, chamber music concerts and special events are held here.


WŁADYSŁAW HASIOR GALLERY

ul. Jagiellońska 18b, www.muzeumtatrzanskie.com.pl

Władysław Hasior – painter, sculptor, stage designer and educator, working in the 2nd half of the 20th century, is one of the most outstanding contemporary Polish artists. He is considered the precursor of Polish pop art and the art of assemblage (three-dimensional collages). His work relates to modern artistic movements – surrealism, abstract sculpture and new realism, but also to traditional and folk crafts. The Gallery’s permanent exhibition is a collection of works from the entire period of the artist's work (including sculptures, banners, spatial compositions and installations), gathered in a place where Hasior lived, created, organised discussions about art and gathered other artists around himself.


ART GALLERY IN KOZINIEC

ul. Koziniec 8, www.muzeumtatrzanskie.com.pl

Housed in a stylish brick mansion, built in the 1920s. Since 1981, it has housed a collection of eastern carpets from the Kulczycki family collection. The collection consists of 65 items – carpets and fabrics from different regions and countries in Asia. For technical reasons collections, they are only accessible for a few months a year, mostly in summer. The second collection which found a permanent home in the Gallery at Koziniec, are images and graphics by contemporary artist Marek Żuławski. The gallery also presents numerous works of art from the collections of the Tatra Museum, and organises temporary exhibitions.


TWENTIETH CENTURY ART GALLERY AT VILLA OKSZA

ul. Zamoyski 25, www.muzeumtatrzanskie.com.pl

The exhibition presenting two eras - Young Poland and the Interwar Period – covers nearly a sixty-year period in which Zakopane was the centre of Polish artistic and intellectual life. The exhibition "Artists and art in Zakopane" presents paintings, prints, drawings, sculpture, and photography, as well as functional art, leaflets, posters, and many other exhibits. The exhibition includes a collection of portraits by Witkacy, images by Rafał Malczewski, Zofia Stryjeńska and Wojciech Weiss, a unique altar by Jan Szczepkowski, and products from the lace-making and woodcarving schools.

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