Zakopane is one of the most popular tourist resorts in Poland.
Numerous and very diverse tourist attractions each year attract tourists in Podhale. The most famous and recognizable place is Krupówki street. Walking along the promenade with a view of the mountains, we pass numerous stalls where you can find local products, such as woolen clothes, highlander hats, leather accessories or local delicacies.
Numerous restaurants and cafes decorated in the Zakopane style allow you to feel the real highland atmosphere, as well as allow you to try local specialties prepared traditionally. Being in Podhale you can not fail to try local cheeses such as oscypek or bundz. Places, where you can hear traditional highlander live music, are also very popular.
Numerous branches of the Tatra Museum
can be found all over Podhale.
The main museum building, next to Krupówki street, has permanent exhibitions: historical, ethnographic, nature, showing the history of the region and the richness of culture and nature of the Tatra Mountains and Podhale.
The Władysław Hasior Gallery is dedicated to the work of one of the most famous Zakopane sculptors, painters, and set designers.
The Villa Koliba houses the Museum of the Zakopane Style. This is one of the branches of the Tatra Museum, which was established in the first house in Zakopane style built according to the design of Stanisław Witkiewicz.
The Karol Szymanowski Museum at the Villa Atma is an example of a traditional highlander's house in which in the 1930s a famous composer, pianist, teacher and writer lived.
The Kornel Makuszyński Museum
is associated with the life and work of a writer, publicist, theater critic, one of the most popular Polish writers for children. The exhibition also includes paintings and sculptures of other famous Polish artists, including Włodzimierz Jarocki, Stanisław Wyspiański, Konstanty Laszczka, and others.
Art Gallery of the 20th century at the Villa Oksza is a wooden villa with an exhibition dedicated to works related to Zakopane, the Tatra Mountains, and highlander culture. It is considered the most multimedia branch of the Tatra Museum.
The oldest cemetery in Zakopane at the Pęksowy Brzyzek cemetery is distinguished by carved or painted gravestones in the highlander style and a larch church. Outstanding inhabitants of Podhale rest here, including Kazimierz PrzerwaTetmajer, Stanisław Witkiewicz, KornelMakuszyński, WładysławOrkan, and TytusChałubiński.
Not a single nail was used to build the wooden Chapel in Jaszczurówka! The building constructed according to the design of Stanisław Witkiewicz is part of the Wooden Architecture Trail in Lesser Poland.
At the beginning of the 20th century, Villa Harenda was a political and social activist, painter, poet, and doctor - Jan Kasprowicz with his family. Currently, in the place of his home is the Jan Kasprowicz Museum, where you can visit the dining room, living room, bedroom and exhibition of paintings by Władysław Jarocki-son-in-law Kasprowicz. Right next to the villa you can see the granite mausoleum, in which Kasprowicz's ashes are.
The Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima in Krzeptówki is associated with the figure of Pope John Paul II and is a popular place of pilgrimage.
One of the assumptions of the Witkacy Theater is to discover and refer to the extremely valuable cultural heritage of Zakopane. Performances, exhibitions, concerts and other artistic events take place here.
In the Oscypek Museum
, you can see how highlander cheese is made. Those willing have the opportunity to try and even make oscypek themselves.