In the past, campsites were often associated with outdated decor and substandard health and safety facilities. However, modern campsites have become synonymous with enjoyable and safe outdoor recreation. This year, campsites are in high demand not only in Poland, but all over the world. If you’re considering a camping vacation in Zakopane and have never been on one before, it’s important to familiarize yourself with what it entails.
One of the most undeniable advantages of a camping vacation is the chance to relax and unwind in nature. Campsites in Zakopane are often located near forests areas. There are plenty of opportunities to take a much-needed break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The scenic views of the countryside, especially during the summer months, can take you back to a simpler, more carefree time, reminiscent of childhood vacations.
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„Pod Krokwią” Camping Site in Zakopane
From my research, the most recommended place to stay in Zakopane is Camping pod Krokwią. It’s located in the southern part of this winter city, bordering the Tatra National Park. According to their official website, there’s an ice rink nearby, and the campsite owners organize ski competitions.
The „Pod Krokwią” campsite is located right next to the most impressive ski jumps in Europe.
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They offer camping, accommodation in cottages or rooms in Zakopane.
The location serves as an excellent base for hiking enthusiasts on mountain trails, as well as tourists who enjoy exploring the city, visiting monuments and other attractions.
The campsite is located near a sports complex with an indoor swimming pool, tennis courts, cross-country skiing trails, and an ice rink (in winter).
Price List 2023
- Adult – 22 PLN
- Child under 17 PLN
- Camper – 62 – 85 PLN
- Trailer – 45 – 50 PLN
- Car – 22 PLN
- Electricity – 25 PLN
Harenda Camping Site
Prices are comparable to „Pod Krokwia„, and on their site you can find information about distances. To the center (Krupówki) 5 km, and the nearest ski lift (Ski Station Harenda) 400 m.
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Camping Harenda is a private complex located on a 1.4 hectare area. Here you’ll find peace and quiet and a unique view of the Tatra Mountains. You can relax on the campsite, in guest rooms or in comfortable 2, 3, 4-person cottages built in regional style. There are swings for children, a grill place and a parking lot in front of the main building. The area is fenced and surrounded by many trees and shrubs.
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- Nearest shop and pharmacy – 160 m
- Bus stop – 160 m
- Nearest ski lift (Ski Station Harenda) – 400 m
- Kasprowicz Museum – 600 m
- Bus and train station – 4 km
- Krupówki center – 5 km
- Gubałówka cableway – 5 km
Zakopane Campsite – „Ustup„
Guests describe this place as having wonderful hosts and a magical atmosphere. However, some guests mention that it can be difficult to contact the facility. On the plus side, there is a bus stop nearby, making it easy to get to the city center.
Camping Ustup has been run by the Jarzabek family since 1995. Over the years they have gained experience that allows them to meet all your expectations. Their priority is to be available 24 hours a day. They strive to provide a first class service and clean, tidy and above all hygienic sanitary facilities.
Camping Ustup is located 4 km from Krupowki – the center of Zakopane. It is located near the Zakopianka River and Olczycki Potok, with a beautiful view of the Tatra Mountains (including Giewont, Kasprowy Wierch, Czerwone Wierchy), Gubałówka and Rafaczańska Grapa. The campground is fenced and partially surrounded by trees, which provides shade on hot days.
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What Should You Bring for Camping in Zakopane?
If you’re not going to Zakopane in a camper, start by organizing comfortable and warm accommodation. You will need
- A tent
- A sleeping bag (you can choose between a warmer and lighter down sleeping bag or a cheaper synthetic one)
- A carrimat/self inflatable mat/hiking mattress – any of these will insulate you from the cold and hard ground
An alternative to sleeping in a tent is a lightweight and collapsible field bed. This suggestion is suitable for those who go camping by car and plan to spend more time in one place. For such a trip, you can take a large tent that will easily accommodate the bed. This solution allows even those with mobility issues to enjoy the charms of camping.
Once you have decided on your sleeping arrangements, gather your personal belongings. For camping in Zakopane, a good choice would be a microfiber towel, which folds into a small size and dries quickly. In addition to basic toiletries, remember to pack sunscreen. Mosquito and tick repellent will also come in handy.
It’s a good idea to bring a basic travel first aid kit on a camping trip. It won’t take up much space in your pack and will allow you to administer first aid in case of a minor injury.
Cooking on a Camping Trip
Start building your gear with a camping stove. This practical equipment will give you freedom and self-sufficiency. By far the most popular among Polish tourists is the tourist gas stove. Its advantages are compact size, low weight and easy installation. You can easily buy a suitable gas cartridge in any outdoor shop.
A camping lamp will prolong your camping day in Zakopane, allowing you to prepare a meal even after dark. A camping lamp is also an excellent companion for those who enjoy long night chats. Camping lamps usually come with hooks and brackets that allow you to hang the lamp in a tent or on a branch. Some models also have retractable legs.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some common questions regarding organizing a trip to Zakopane with a tent or caravan:
How Much Does it Cost To Rent Camping Spot in Zakopane?
The price of a pitch per person in Zakopane depends on the season, the location, the length of stay and the number of people. Prices per person start at around 20-40 PLN per night.
Can I Book Cheap Camping Spot in Zakopane?
Yes, campsites in Zakopane are affordable. They cost about 20 PLN, depending on the location. Remember that you may have to pay extra for your car, dog, etc. on site.
How Many Campgrounds is There in Zakopane?
Zakopane has about 40 places that offer camping and campgrounds for visitors.
Do Campgrounds in Zakopane Accept Animals?
If you’re a pet owner, you’ll be glad to know that there are campgrounds in Zakopane that welcome animals. These pet-friendly facilities can be identified by checking the „amenities” section of the location’s website, where you will find an option that states „we accept pets”.