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1.Gubałówka

Route distance: 4,5 h (one way)

Main attractions:

  • Pope’s Obelisk on Furmanowa
  • St.’s Albert chapel on Furmanowa
  • Tatra view spot
  • Gubałówka hill
  • Cablecar

It’s an easy and interesting trip. The route follows the “Pope’s Trail” through Ząb and Furmanowa up to Gubałówka.

Gubałówka hill has 1123 m altitude. It’s the most popular part of Gubałówka Range among hikers. It’s also fantastic Tatra and Zakopane view spot. From there you can see Beskid Wysoki range (with the highest pick of Babia Góra- 1725m) and Gorca range.

Gubałówka hill is a commonly visited place. Tourists can find here: many restaurants, pizzerias, regional taverns, quad and horse riding spots, ropes course park, gravity slide slope and a chairlift. In the wintertime many ski slopes are open.

You can walk down from Gubałówka (it takes only 30 min) or go down by cablecar to Zakopane. The lower station is located right next to the well-known Market Square where you find many souvenirs and traditional product stands. Taking the mail road through the Market Square you get to the famous Krupówki Promenade.

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2. Bachledówka

Route distance: 6 km (one way)

Main attractions:

  • St. Ann’s Church in Ząb
  • Tatras, Gorce and Babia Góra view spot
  • St’ Mary’s Sanctuary in Bachledówka

It’s an easy and interesting trip. The route follows the “Pope’s Trail” through Ząb and Furmanowa up to Gubałówka.

Gubałówka hill has 1123 m altitude. It’s the most popular part of Gubałówka Range among hikers. It’s also fantastic Tatra and Zakopane view spot. From there you can see Beskid Wysoki range (with the highest pick of Babia Góra- 1725m) and Gorca range.

Gubałówka hill is a commonly visited place. Tourists can find here: many restaurants, pizzerias, regional taverns, quad and horse riding spots, ropes course park, gravity slide slope and a chairlift. In the wintertime many ski slopes are open.

You can walk down from Gubałówka (it takes only 30 min) or go down by cablecar to Zakopane. The lower station is located right next to the well-known Market Square where you find many souvenirs and traditional product stands. Taking the mail road through the Market Square you get to the famous Krupówki Promenade.

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3. Zakopane

Main attractions:

  • Krupówki Promenade
  • Museum of the Tatras
  • Market Square
  • The Old Town with the Kościeliska Street
  • Villa Koliba
  • The Old Church and cemetery on Pęksowy Brzyzek
  • Fatima Sanctuary on Krzeptówki
  • Villa Oksza
  • Villa Atma
  • Witkacy Theatre
  • The ski jumping slopes

As there are many places to see in the town the visit should take the whole day.

Zakopane is the best well-known touristic destination in the country. With its unique location and character, it attracts many visitors every year.

You can start the visit in Krupówki Promenade- the most famous street in Poland. It’s full of shops and traditional taverns. Walking downhill you reach the Market Square, where souvenirs and traditional food such as different types of sheep cheese can be bought.

When walking on the Promenade it’s hard to miss the Museum of the Tatras. The permanent exhibition presents the reconstruction of traditional highlander cottage house, with its black and white room division, equipped with original 18th and 19th century items. The old and modern highland clothing can be found there too, together with old local arms. On the second floor the exhibition of Tatra’s flora and fauna can be seen. Another place worth visiting is the Kościeliska street called the “Old Town” of Zakopane. Many 19th century cottage houses are here for example Wnuków

Family house dated on the 1850 and Gąsienica Nawsiów Family house also from 1850. Further on Villa Koliba is located. Built as the first building in the local style of Zakopane now hosts the Museum of the Zakopane Architecture Style, named also Stanislaw Witkiewicz Museum.

The oldest sacral monument in the town is the stone-made chapel of Gąsienica Family dated to 1800. Next to the chapel you can find the wooden church from the 1851, equipped with wooden sculptures and folk paintings from the 19th century, and the Via Dolorosa stations painted on glass. Next to the church the old cemetery called also on Pęksowym Brzyzku is located. It was named after the owner of the land- Jan Pęksa, that gave his land to the church. Many people regarded important for Zakopane and the country were buried there, so you can find graves of: Tytus Chałubiński (who discovered Zakopane), Jak Krzeptowski Sabała, Stanisław Witkiewicz, Kazimierz Przerwa-Tetmajer, Kornel Makuszyński and many others, there. Fatima’s Sanctuary on Krzeptówki is also important visit spot of Zakopane. The church build as a thanksgiving gift for St. Mary after rescuing Pope John Paul II from the assault in 1981.

On the Krzeptówki Street 11, the house where Jan Krzeptowski Sabała (legendary folk musician) was born at the end of the 18th century, is located. Villa Oksza and Villa Atma are amongst the architecture pearls of Zakopane. In the past they belonged to famous national artists and now are museums.

Zakopane is also a town of culture and art. It has many galleries and country-known Witkacy Theatre.

When being here it’s difficult to miss the ski jumping slopes. The Wielka Krokiew mountain is not only well known in the country but also outside it. The yearly World Cup in ski jumping attracts thousands of sport funs and turns Zakopane into the sport centre of Poland.

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4. Chochołów, Witów

Distance: 16 km

Main attractions:

  • Wooden village – the zero class monument
  • St. Jack’s neo-gothic church
  • Museum of Chochołów Insurection
  • St. Mary’s wooden church in Witów
  • St. Ann’s wooden church in Płazówka
  • Shepherd’s hut in Witów

This trail is not too long but very interesting.

Chochołów village is the biggest touristic attraction of the Czarny Dunajec District. This vivid open-air museum (zero-class monument) was enlisted on the UNESCO chart what attracted even more visitors from all over the world. Those wooden cottage houses were build in the 18th and 19th century of huge tree stumps according the old local tradition. Art conservator is taking care of more than a hundred of them. In the village the Museum of Chochołów Insurrection is worth visiting too (located in the oldest cottage), and private region chamber in the cottage number 28. The neo-gothic church is also interesting.

In Witów village, located right next to Chochołów, another wooden church is located and St. Ann’s chapel on Pałazówka. Along the road through the village you can admire shepherd’s huts, try cheese (Oscypek) and drink zyntyca (sour milk drink) or simply have a look on how their life looks like.

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Białego Valley

Distance: 2,5 km

Main attractions:

  • Whirring Biały Potok stream
  • Numerous dolomite rocks
  • Big beech and fir tree forest
  • Uranus drift
  • The view on lower picks and the hillside of Giewont
  • This trail is short, easy and very charming.

The trip to Białego Valley is one of the most pleasant and light. The valley is located between mountains of Krokiew and Sarnia Skała. The trail entrance is located only several hundred meters from Wielka Krokiew mountain and right by Droga pod Reglami trail.

The unique atmosphere of this place is created by numerous small bridges over the Biały Potok steam. It’s one of the prettiest lower valleys and attracts many tourists. It’s location close to the centre of Zakopane is also an advantage.

The trails runs by deep and narrow valley similar to a gorge. It’s surrounded by beech and fir tree forest and high rocky walls. When walking around you pass a cave-like hole. It’s an old drift.

During the walk you can enjoy the view on Giewont and forest hills around you. Yellow trail that goes through the valley turns into the black one at the very end of the valley, and that one can lead us to Strążyska valley (50 min), Kalatówki clearing (1 h 20 min) or the way back.

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6. Kościeliska Valley

Distance: 9 km (one way)

Main attractions:

  • Kontaka Gate
  • Kraszewskiego Gate
  • Raptawicka Gate
  • Kościeliski steam
  • Bandit Chapel
  • Bandits’ Windows
  • Ornak Clearing

This trail is quite long but interesting and easy to walk.

This valley is the second longest one in the Tatras (on Polish side). It’s famous for its charm that attracts tourists all year long. The valley is comfortable to walk, has many different sceneries and even more interesting spots.

Kościeliska Valley runs through long and deep rocky raving. It’s walls get very close to each other in three places that make the so-called ‘gates’: Kantaka Gate, Kraszewskiego Gate and Raptawicka Gate.

The lower part of the valley is crossed by Kościeliski Potok steam, while the upper part is surrounded by shiny mountains with rough forms and names. As we walk through the valley we pass a small Bandit’s Chapel with wooden cupola. The chapel with the sign “Ave Marya’ and the mining motifs- two crossed hammers. On the left entrance column the sculptures of local bandits can be found, and on the right one the one with the miner.

We finish our hike on Ornak Clearing (1108 m upon see level), where one of the most visited mountain hostels is located. There you can have a rest, eat something hot and after that start walking back.

Being in Kościeliska Valley we can add to our visit as well Kraków George, Smreczyński Lake or go to the caves. The most popular one is the Mroźna Cave. The one and only lit cave in Polish Tatras.

When visiting the valley use can go up by horse carriages that depart from the valley entrance.

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7.Chochołowska Valley

Distance: 10 km (one way)

Main attractions:

  • Traditional sheep pasture
  • Shepherds’ cottage huts
  • View on West Tatras
  • Chochołowski Steam
  • St. Johns the Baptist chapel
  • Crocus flowers in spring
  • Mountain hostel on Chochołowska Clearing

This trail is long but comfortable to walk and with various landscapes.

Chochołowska Valley is the longest valley in the Polish Tatras. It’s surface covers 35 km sq and is almost 10 km long. The 2/3’s are covered by forests mainly spruce. It takes its best in the spring when totally covered by crocus flowers.

Chochołowski Steam, that has its source in the slopes of Wołowiec Mountain, runs through it with its wide channel.

On Siwa Polana clearing traditional sheep pasture can be found. You can try there products from sheep milk and visit real shepherd hut.

From the bottom of the valley picks of Mnichy Chochołowskie can be seen, as they stand in a rocky group of steep protruding summits, gothic towers alike.

When walking deeper into the valley you notice hilly summits of Rakoń, Wołowiec, Starorobociański and other West Tatras picks.

But the Chochołowska Clearing is the real heart of the valley. It’s also where the biggest Tatra Mountain hostel is located. Not far from the hostel you find St. John the Baptist Chapel and very old shepherds’ huts enlisted on UNESCO chart.

When visiting the valley you can use the horse carriages or take the choo-choo train up to Huciska Clearance (half way up the valley), where the asphalt road ends. In this valley you can also ride a bicycle.

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Morskie Oko Lake

Distance: 9 km (one way)

Main attractions:

  • Wodogrzmoty Mickiewicza water cascade
  • Rybiego Potoku Valley
  • The High Tatras panorama view
  • Morskie Oko Lake

This trail is long and tiring but comfortably to walk and full of attractive views.

We start at the Palenica Białczańska parking lot. Just behind the entrance to the Park horse carriages are waiting to take visitors up to Włosienica, from where it takes only 20 min walk to get to the lake.

At the beginning the trails goes flat through the forest. Wide, asphalt road runs along the Białka Valley, firstly by the steam and later on much higher that its channel. After less than a quarter we reach nice view point with the view on the highest Tatras summit- Gerlach. In the spot wooden information board can be found as the trail is used also as a didactic route. Walking on we reach the cascade of Wodogrzmoty Mickiewicza that can be heart from a distance.

The waterfall contains three water cascades on Roztoki steam. Out of three casdaces only one (the middle) can be seen by tourists from the bridge on the road to Morskie Oko lake.

Walking on we reach the place where the road turns into a steep winding route up to the level of Rybiego Potoku Valley. In this place Białki Valley divides into dwo valleys: Białej Wody Valley ( in Slovakia) and Rybiego Potoku Valley (on Polish side) that leads up to Morskie Oko lake. Steams that come from both valleys create one border river called Białka.

Reaching Włosienica clearing, only 20 min from the lake, we can notice already the summits of Mięguszowiecki Szczyty with Cubryna pick and the Mnich. From there the trail goes close to dangerous slopes of Opalony Wierch (2115 m over see level) that appears on our right hand. In the wintertime huge avalanches go down from these slopes.

As we get closer to the hostel we see more and more of the mountains surrounding the lake. The one that takes the lead is Rysy- the highest pick on the Polish side. Those who still have some energy left can go around the lake and even go uphill to the Czarny Staw lake from where Morskie Oko can be well seen. Time needed to reach the upper lake - 1 h (one way).

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9. Kasprowy Wierch

Time:2,5 h (one way)

Main attractions:

  • Kuźnice district
  • Kasprowy Wierch cable car
  • Myślenickie Turnie
  • Top of Kasprowy Wierch
  • Meteorology observatory
  • Panoramic view on the tatras, Beskidy and Podhale

This route is midium long but with rocky steep uphill parts. You can also take cable car up to the top.

The trail starts in Kuźnice, where historic mansion-palace buildings together with a small park can be found. To go up to the top of Kasprowy Wierch we can take the green trail or the cable car. The cable car ride is divided into two parts: from Kuźnice (1027 m above see level) up to Myślenickie Turnie (1352 m) and from there to the top (1959 m). By cable car it takes only 25 min to go up. In the upper station there is a restaurant, bar and mountain rescue team spot (TOPR). From the view terrace you can enjoy the extraordinary view on the Tatras on both sides of the border.

Above the upper station you find also the meteorology observatory build in 1936-37. This small building is of the highest location in the country.

When being on the top you can admire the panoramic view on the West Tatras (with Giewont in the front), the High Tatras (with Świnica pick dominating), and down there the Podhale region enclosed by ranges of Beskidy, Gorce i Pieniny.

From the top of Kasprowy Wierch you can take a hike to Świnica, Giewont, or start walking back downhill by yellow trail towards Gąsienicowa Valley and later on back to Kuźnice.

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10. Giewont

Time:3 h (one way)

Main attractions:

  • Kuźnice district
  • St. Alberts Hermitaget
  • Kalatówki clearancet
  • Cross on the top of Giewontt
  • Breathtaking viewst

This route is midium long but with rocky steep uphill parts. You can also take cable car up to the top.

The trail starts in Kuźnice, where historic mansion-palace buildings together with a small park can be found. To go up to the top of Kasprowy Wierch we can take the green trail or the cable car. The cable car ride is divided into two parts: from Kuźnice (1027 m above see level) up to Myślenickie Turnie (1352 m) and from there to the top (1959 m). By cable car it takes only 25 min to go up. In the upper station there is a restaurant, bar and mountain rescue team spot (TOPR). From the view terrace you can enjoy the extraordinary view on the Tatras on both sides of the border.

Above the upper station you find also the meteorology observatory build in 1936-37. This small building is of the highest location in the country.

When being on the top you can admire the panoramic view on the West Tatras (with Giewont in the front), the High Tatras (with Świnica pick dominating), and down there the Podhale region enclosed by ranges of Beskidy, Gorce i Pieniny. From the top of Kasprowy Wierch you can take a hike to Świnica, Giewont, or start walking back downhill by yellow trail towards Gąsienicowa Valley and later on back to Kuźnice.

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11. Orawa Ethnographic Park In Zubrzyca Górna

Distance: 40 km

Main attractions:

  • 25 exhibitions presenting life of different social groups from 18th century to 20th
  • Moniaków Manor house with archaic interiors from 17th century
  • Old village industry buildings: forge, lumber mill, oiler
  • In majority of houses theme exhibitions for example: waving workshop, Orawa style wedding
  • Steams crossing the park
  • Possible participation in different workshops: glass painting, contests, events organized by the Museum

During this trip you will get to know the life of Orawa highlanders from the past. We recommend you to spent half day there.

Orawa Ethnographic Park is well located at the foothill of Babia Góra, in Zubrzyca Górna village. Here you can get to know the construction traditions and the culture of not too well-known region of Orawa located on Poland-Slovakia border, between Podhale and Liptów regions. In the 15th century shepherds from East Carpathian Mountains together with Lesser Poland farmers started to settle down here. As those two different cultures clashed here very interesting mixture of both of them appeared. Buildings spread over the Park area present the life of local people, from rich ones to poor. In majority of cottages you will find theme exhibitions such as: Orawa style wedding, weaver workshop and many more.

This place will take you to the past. Apart from many cottages you will find here also industrial elements such as: forge, lumber mill, oiler. Numerous steams that croo the park add so charm to it too.

Important element of this park in the Moniaków Family manor house with its oldest part dating from 17th century. This manor complex consists of: mansion house, barn and beautiful forested park. The house is perfect example of traditional building divided into ‘black’ and ‘white’ rooms.

The tours are guided (free of charge service). You can also take part in workshops such as glass painting, making traditional toys, and events, exhibitions or competitions organized by the Museum.

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12.Rafting down Dunajec River

Distance: 55 km

Main attractions:

  • The rafting on wooden boats
  • Picturesque Dunajer River Channel
  • Trzy Korony view

Very interesting trip made in unusual way.

This rafting is considered to be one of the most beautiful in Europe! It a natural monument with world-wide meaning. Dunajec rivers runs through deep, made by time channel. It has seven turns in only 9 km distance. Three of them are of more than 130 grade angle. The rocky and steep walls of the channel are between 300 and 500 m high. Even today the scientist argue about how it appeared.

But he most interesting theories are given in local legends. One of them says that the channel was made by king Bolesław Chrobry. Another one tells about men named Ferkowicz who was chasing king of snakes. As the snake was trying to run away he made with its huge body the giant channel for the river.

The rafting stars in the small harbor in Sromowce Wyżne- Kąty village. You have a parking lot, information centre, exhibition area of Pieniński National Park, souvenir stand, restaurant and ticket office there.

You can do the rafting in two ways: down to Szczawnica (about 2 h 15 min) or to Krościenko (2 h 45 min). The rafting in on wooden boats run by local river sailors wearing traditional clothing. During the trip you will enjoy the view on surrounding mountains, the calm and peace of the surrounding, and the beauty of unique nature. From the river you will see the highest picks of Pieniny- Trzy Korony.

After the rafting you can visit the town of Szczawnica or Korścienko, and on your way back you can visit as well Niedzica Castle over Czorsztyn Lake with its huge dam, or the ruins of Czorsztyn Castle or historical wooden church in Dębno ( on the UNESCO chart)

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13. Around the Tatras

Loop distance: around 210 km

Main attractions:

  • Beautiful mountain views
  • The oldest Tatra health-resorts
  • Stary Smokowiec
  • Szczyrbskie Lake
  • Historical building
  • Open-air museums

This is a full day trip. It goes through the most popular Tatra health-resorts on Slovakia and the most picturesque spots around the mountains.

By car we go to Łysa Polana border cross between Poland and Slovakia. The village Łysa Polana on Slovakian side has only few buildings. Later we take the so-called “Freedom Road”, that takes us up to Szczyrbskie Lake town just right next to the lake with the same name.

When driving on the road number 67 we notice impressive steep slopes of Bielskie Tatras with the most impressive Murań mountain. After only a few turns we reach the Ździarska Pass between the Bielkie Tatras and Magura Spiska range. Not far from there you can stop at a parking area with amazing panoramic view on the mountains: the main Tatras ridge, on west Nowy Wierch and Hawrań, Pałczliwa Skała, and Bujaczy Wierch on east .

The road keeps on going to Ździar. It’s one of the biggest towns under the Tatras founded between 16th and 17th century by mainly Polish settlers. Driving on we reach Kotlina valley between slopes of Palenica Lędacka and Bujaczny Wierch with Tokarnia.

We reach the road fork where we turn right on the road 537> In a few minutes we should get to the centre of Kotlina Tatrzańska health-resort. This town was founded for tourists coming to visit the Bielska Cave after it was discovered in 1881. We continue driving towards Tatrzańska Łomnica, the biggest town in the Slokavkian Tatras’ foothill. Centre of skiing, tourism and culture located under Łomnica massive (2632 m)We leave Tatrzańska Łomnica towards Szczyrbskie Pleso Lake. You pass a a small healty-resort Tatrzańska Leśna and we reach Smokowiec.

Smokowiec is a famous health-resort with over 200 years tradition. It’s centre is called Stary Smokowiec. Crossing the town you can see the oldest historic building of it- 150 years old Willa Flora, where nowadays an art gallery is located. And on the right side of the road Art Nouveau Grand Hotel from 1904.

You route goes now through Tatrzańska Polanka, where the trail to Gerlach (the highest pick of the Tatras) starts. From the nearby parking lot beautiful view on Gelach and Kończysta can be found. Afret few more km you reach Szczyrbskie Lake with the lake being the highlight of this place. It’s the fifth biggest lake in the mountains.

Soon you will leave the Slovakian Tatras National Park and reach Liptow region. The Lower Tatras (Tatry Niźnie) will appear on the horizon with its skiing slopes. We pass Przybylina village (from 13th century). From the road 2 churches can be easily seen: one neo-roman Evangelic from 1901 and the second neo-baroque Catholic dated on 1910.

Driving on we reach Liptowski Hradku, where we turn on the road no. 18 towards Liptowski Mikulasz. The town located in the centre of Kotlina Liptowska, on the foothill of East and Low Tatras. Thefirst settlers there appeared already around 4 thousand years ago. In 1713 the local bandit- Juraj Janosik was tried in local court and sentenced to death by hanging on a hook placed between his ribbons. Hisotry of famous Janosik can be found in his museum located there. The biggest monument of the town is gothic Catholic church of St. Nicolas dated on 1280.

We leave liptowski Mikulasz by road no. 584. On the way you pass through Liptowskie Maciejowice village. And after this the road starts to go uphill up to Kwaczańska Pass. Here, at the altitude of 1110 m parking lot is located. It’s worth to stop there for a short moment for the panoramic view of Liptów and Liptowska Mara. On west you will see the Choczańskie Mountains range.

As you continue driving along West Tatras we pass Huciańska Pass and enter Orawa region. Now through plain terrain you reach Zuberec village located close to Rochacze. And there on Srestowa Clearing you will find interesting open-air museum of Orawa village.

Driving on along Zimna Woda Orawska steam you reach the suburbs of Podbiel town. You pass Biała Skała on your left and the small town with the same name, where, according to legends used to stand Templar castle in the Middle Ages. In Zimna Woda you turn on the road no. 59 towards Twardoszyn and Trstena. In Trstena you turn on road no. 520 towards Sucha Hora border crossing. On your left you should see well the picks of Slovakian Tatras and on your left Beskidy range with Babia Góra dominating the massive. After crossing the border you enter historic Chochołów village in Podhale.

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