Zakopane Summer Guide: Exploring the Best Things to Do

There are many summer attractions in the vicinity of Zakopane, so there is something for everyone. Zakopane is a unique destination on the map of Poland. It’s very likely that being in Poland, you will spend some free time in this charming place.

Zakopane has a number of interesting attractions for those who want to spend their vacation, weekend or just a day off in an active and engaging way.

During the summer months you can easily spend your time here, regardless of the weather conditions. In the following article I would like to show you what to do and how to plan your vacation. This will make your stay in Zakopane (I hope) unforgettable and unique.

Best Sumer Sights of Zakopane

Zakopane is one of the most popular vacation destinations in Poland. It offers visitors breathtaking views of the Tatra Mountains. If you’re planning to visit Zakopane, make sure you don’t miss the following must-see places:

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  1. Kasprowy Wierch: This mountain is one of the most famous landmarks of the Tatra Mountains. Whether you’re an experienced hiker or prefer to take the cable car to the top, the views from Kasprowy Wierch are simply breathtaking. Be sure to plan your trip in advance to ensure the best experience.
  2. Gubałówka: Although not the highest hill, Gubałówka offers a panoramic view of the Tatra Mountains. You can climb to the top on your own or take the funicular for an easier climb. Once at the top, you can explore the popular Pope’s Trail or start your own hiking adventure.
  3. Morskie Oko: A trip to Zakopane wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Morskie Oko. It’s only 25km from Zakopane and can be easily reached by bus or on foot. The views of Rysy and the High Tatras are simply mesmerizing, making it a must-see destination.
Morskie Oko Lake

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Easy and Scenic Summer Hiking Trails in the Tatra Mountains

Hiking in the Tatra Mountains can be a fantastic way to spend your vacation. You don’t have to be an experienced hiker to enjoy the beautiful scenery and fresh air. There are several easy and scenic trails that you can explore. Even if you’re with your family or have limited time. Here are a few suggestions:

  1. Rusinowa Polana – This trail takes about an hour one way and is perfect for beginners. It offers beautiful views of the surrounding mountains and valleys.
  2. Nosal Peak– This trail starts right in Zakopane and takes about an hour one way. It’s a popular destination for families and offers stunning views of the city and the Tatra Mountains.
  3. Gęsia Szyja – Although this trail includes a lot of stairs, the wonderful panorama at the end makes it worth the effort. It’s an ideal route for those who want to challenge themselves.
  4. Wielki Kopieniec – This trail is a bit longer than the previous ones, but it’s very easy and pleasant. It’s perfect for those who want to spend a relaxing day in nature.
  5. Polana Biała Woda – This route runs parallel to the asphalt road to Morskie Oko, but is quieter and more intimate. It’s ideal for those who want to avoid crowds and enjoy the tranquility of the Tatra Mountains.
  6. The Kościeliska Valley – This trail is perfect for a family walk. It’s not very demanding and offers stunning views of the mountains and valleys.
Nosal Peak Near Zakopane

If you’re planning a vacation in the Tatra Mountains, be sure to explore at least one of these easy and scenic hiking trails. They’re perfect for everyone and offer a unique experience of the beautiful nature that surrounds Zakopane.

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Dive into the Fascinating History of Zakopane

I admit that a vacation in Zakopane can be more than just relaxing. It can also be an educational experience. The area is rich in history and influenced by important personalities of Polish culture. Be sure to visit the Cemetery of the Meritorious in Pęksowy Brzyzek or the Museum of Zakopane Style. Over the years, Zakopane has attracted many important personalities.

This can be seen in the Kornel Makuszyński Museum, the Władysław Hasior Gallery and the Jan Kasprowicz Museum. A leisurely stroll along this path will take you into the world of the artists of the Young Poland and beyond. Highland culture and history also include religious sites, so don’t miss the sanctuary in Krzeptówki or the church in Krupówki.

Experience the Holiday Vibes on Krupówki Street

Krupówki Street in Zakopane could be a good starting point for your adventure, according to my experience. Some people adore it, while others take it with a grain of salt. One thing is for sure: you can’t ignore this busy street. Many routes run through it, and it’s often the first stop for tourists looking for a great restaurant or souvenir shop. Krupówki Street is the heart of Zakopane. After a day of exploring, you’ll want to relax in a cozy restaurant and soak up the atmosphere of time passing by.

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Krupówki Street in The Summer Time, Zakopane

Savor the Delights of Zakopane Cuisine

I am convinced that the local cuisine is another reason to plan your vacation in Zakopane. Zakopane is known for its traditional Polish dishes. You don’t have to look far to find charming restaurants and inns serving sour soup or mutton delicacies. Be sure to try moskoli (a type of pancake served with, for example, oscypek cheese) and bryjki. The people of Podhale are experts at preserving culinary traditions.

Fun Attractions for Kids in Zakopane

When it comes to entertaining the youngest visitors, I can say that Zakopane does not disappoint. Many of the attractions are designed for the winter season. However, there are plenty of exciting options for the summer months too. Dolna Rówień Krupowa, a playground with a fairytale-like appearance, is open during the warmer months and is sure to delight children. Don’t forget to visit the 7D cinema.

Experience Zakopane’s Summer Events and Concerts

Festivals in Zakopane In Summer Time

If you’re planning a mountain vacation in Zakopane, there’s a good chance you’ll stumble upon one of the many events and concerts taking place throughout the city. In June, for example, you might see the annual Hasior Run or a poster exhibition at Willa Oksza. There are also concerts, artist meet-and-greets, art openings and sporting events.

Immerse Yourself in Zakopane’s Atmosphere with Unique Accommodations

I believe that it’s important to choose accommodation that reflects the local tradition in order to truly absorb the atmosphere, culture, history and way of life of Zakopane. This is your chance to spend a few days in a unique environment, surrounded by wooden interiors and original details.

The are many cosy places that offer the perfect ambience, with options such as apartments designed in the Podhale style, or the extraordinary apartments, with a sleigh bed in the main bedroom. Explore other luxury apartments in Zakopane to find the perfect fit for your stay.

Some More Outdoor Summer Activities Near Zakopane

Here are some other things you can experience while staying in Zakopane in summer.

Pontoon Rafting on the Dunajec River Gorge

Pontoon rafting on the Dunajec canyon is an exciting adventure for the whole family. Even children of a few years old can participate in this exciting activity with the lowest level of difficulty. You can expect to experience several unforgettable moments full of emotions all along the route.

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Sport pontoons can accommodate from a few to a dozen passengers. Each pontoon is equipped with safety equipment and harnesses, and participants are provided with life jackets, while an experienced instructor ensures the safety of the entire group.

Pontoon rafting is a fantastic opportunity to have fun and spend a beautiful day immersed in the breathtaking Pieniny nature. The region is famous for its unique rock formations and lush vegetation. You will be amazed by the breathtaking scenery.

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The Thrill of Paintball in Zakopane’s Mountainous Terrain

Paintdoo Adventure company offers an unforgettable paintball adventure in a natural, wild forest that guarantees a lot of fun. Gain an edge over your opponents by using special obstacles, trees and even forest litter. Each game is supervised by an experienced instructor who will ensure your safety and guide you through unique game scenarios.

Participants are provided with a professional tournament marker known for its high accuracy. The paintballs used are also top of the line, designed to break more easily, minimizing impact and ensuring a less painful experience. Create unforgettable memories in Zakopane with this action-packed activity.

Discover Offroad Buggy and ATV Adventures in Zakopane

Even if it’s your first time, experience the thrill of driving an off-road buggy in Zakopane! Most tourists have never driven a quad or buggy before. But under the guidance of an experienced guide, you will all excel.

Quads in Zakopane is a popular attraction
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Each of you in a separate vehicle is led by a knowledgeable guide who provides instructions before the trip to ensure you’re well prepared to navigate the buggy. Starting from downtown, you’ll venture into the untamed regions of Podhale. Be prepared for breathtaking views and challenging terrain. There will be downhill slopes, driveways and obstacles.

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Experience Zakopane on Electric Bikes: Adventure for Everyone

Embark on a beautiful and exhilarating adventure in Zakopane with electric bikes, an activity suitable for everyone. Mountain biking can be challenging and demanding. It requires a certain level of fitness. However, with an electric bike, even those who aren’t in great shape or don’t exercise regularly can tackle the most challenging routes with ease.

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An electric bike works like a regular bicycle, but the motor provides additional assistance, allowing you to enjoy a comfortable ride without exerting yourself. This leaves you plenty of time to focus on admiring the breathtaking views and natural beauty of the Tatras.

Embark on a Dunajec Gorge Rafting Adventure

Dunajec Rafting is one of the most popular attractions in the summer
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It takes about an hour (50 km) to get to Sromowce Kąty, the starting point of the Dunajec rafting trip. The trip itself takes 2 to 3 hours, depending on the water level of the Dunajec River. During the trip you’ll float 18 km downstream to Szczawnica. If you arrive by car, minibuses or coaches in Szczawnica will take you back to the parking lot in Sromowce Kąty. To avoid queues for tickets and rafts on sunny holiday days, it’s best to start your rafting adventure early in the morning.

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A Great Fun for the Entire Family

For families with older children (over 10 years old) I recommend pontoon rafting on the Dunajec canyon. Although this version of rafting is a little more expensive, it guarantees an unforgettable experience for everyone.

Daily rafting trips are organized from Zakopane. In addition to rafting, you’ll have the opportunity to visit the castle and dam in Niedzica and the historic church in Dębno. I personally recommend, the main organizer from Zakopane, as they not only provide a simple transfer, but also professionally arrange the whole day with additional attractions.