Poland does not have a lot of mountains, but they make the most of it in Zakopane, nestled at the base of the Tatras. This popular hotel, around 2 hours south of Krakow is an attractive mixture of chocolate quaint, reachable ski slopes.

Add low rates and Zakopane makes for a value for money ski break that’s a fantastic choice to large budget spending of Val d’Isere even when there’s absolutely no true ski in/ski out alternative and the hills aren’t especially significant. The truth is you’ll find mountains, snow and nightlife to equal lots of additional funding hotels.

Budget ski for families and novices
The city of Zakopane functions as the gateway into the hills, so visitors require a cab or using a daily transport service to get the ski channels.

To the seasoned winter sports enthusiast which might not seem like much, however, beginners along with even the undemanding intermediate will locate the terrain extremely agreeable and forgiving. Broad runs and gorgeous woodland scenery create a nice skiing experience.

People who are searching for mountain biking will discover the smartest choice from the imposing of Kasprowy Wierch the mountain which towers over town. The 15 kms runs will probably be a challenge as well as therefore are far better suited to the intermediate skiers as well as boarders.

The nearest slopes to city are in Gubalowka, which will be available through a funicular ride in the middle of town. From here you will get fantastic views throughout the town and an superb marketplace that’s entertaining diversion for bargain seekers.

We led to Zakopane quite late during the summer, in mid of March and even though there were snowfall about the afternoon we came it did not stay around any longer. But fortunately the ski regions have spent in fantastic snow developing facilities. Kasprowy Wierch is largely pretty snow convinced and provides ski upward until late of March or even April.

Eating & Drinking
1 thing is for certain, you will not be short of dining choices in Zakopane. The majority of the cuisine is of those hearty meat and veg type having a healthy side of beer or vodka. The rustic vibe can be done with live traditional music.

The stills from the window are not just for display, their collection of beers are ideal for warming up you.

Nightlife is lively with a lot of pubs and clubs off the primary drag.

Thermal Spas
If you are not really bothered about slipping down mountains then about a spa? There are numerous thermal baths, such as at Bialka Tatrazanska and down the street at Terma Bukowina.

Closer to town there’s also an ice rink in 73 Krupowki (the very end of the street) along with a child’s snow park as part of the exact same complex.

Museums
There are many decent museums in Zakopane. The region is well-known for it is ‘highlander’ homes, generally several storeys and created from logs. Therefore there’s the Zakopane Style’s Museum (Kościeliska 18, 34-500) which includes festivals and history about clothes, architecture as well as the lifestyle of Tatra.

Things to Purchase
Krupowki Street is lined with lots of stores, from H&M through to more high end alternatives like Armani. Fashion Street is a little bit of an ambitious title but the tiny side road does have quite a couple of designer tags. The best choice would be to go into the marketplace by the Gubalowka funicular and navigate the regional crafts.

The region is sheep nation so that you will also spy sheep and yarn products literally everywhere. If you have been intending to find a sheepskin rug or even a woolly gilet, then this is most likely the good place to make the good investment.

You will as well spy smoked sheeps cheese milk racks anywhere around city and the area. Catch a few pieces, grilled and served with redcurrant sauce, to get just a tiny street snack.

Where To Stay
We seen Zakopane within a bundle with Whiteside Holidays. We had been moved from Krakow Airport, supplied with snowboard gear and remained in a beautiful rustic chalet a couple of minutes walk from the centre of the town.

Another company offering bundles to Zakopane is Move Ski Zakopane.

For those searching for a few 5 star luxury, the Hotel Rysy is a brief walk from the main drag and provides traditional rustic lodging for that which might be among the least expensive 5 star choices in Europe!