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Zakopane and the Tatra Mountains

Zakopane and the Tatra Mountains

Visiting Zakopane is a perfect opportunity to learn about the wooden architecture of Podhale highlanders, and to see the beautiful villas in Zakopane style, which was inspired by the folklore of this region. It is worth visiting the Koliba villa, housing the Museum of Zakopane Style. Other unique examples of the Zakopane style include the Pod Jedlami villa and the charming chapel in Jaszczurówka designed by Stanisław Witkiewicz, the creator of the Zakopane style. In the vicinity of Krupówki, a famous Zakopane promenade, there is the grand building of the Tatra Museum devoted to the mountains, the Podhale folklore and the history of the exploration of the Tatra Mountains. You can also find many churches and monasteries in Zakopane. However, most pilgrims go to the sanctuary of our Lady of Fatima in Krzeptówki, which is run by the Pallotines and strongly linked with John Paul II. Before you travel from Zakopane to the Tatra Mountains, it is worth taking a funicular railway to the top of Gubałówka (1120m asl). This picturesque mountain ridge emerges from the north of Zakopane, just on the opposite side of the Giewont peak. Another way to admire the mountain panorama is to take a ride on a cable car from Kużnice to Kasprowy Wierch (1985m asl). The most beautiful lake in the Tatra Mountains is Morskie Oko, lying at the foot of the highest peak in Poland, Rysy (2499m asl). The lake can be reached by a 10 km asphalt road, also frequented by horse buses. The best place to stop by and take a rest after an exhausting hike is a newly built water park at the foot of Antałówka, which offers thermal water baths.

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