While it’s quite obvious that Poland has beautiful towns and cities (such as Krakow or Wroclaw), hiking in Poland may not be that popular amongst foreigners. Too bad! There are many amazing mountain trails in the country, the most popular are the ones in the Tatra Mountains.
Zakopane is called the winter capital of Poland. Zakopane literally means buried in Polish. Why? Because this town is literally buried in snow during the winter! When it’s raining in other parts of Poland, you can be sure there is snow in Zakopane.The first snowflakes are visible in October/November, the last in April. Up high in the mountains, the snow never melts down, so you basically can see it all year round.
Here are the most popular mountains and valleys for hiking in Zakopane. During my stay in Zakopane I giked two of them.
- Gora Nosal
Nosal is one of the most accessible Tatra peaks . It takes literally 40 minutes and you are there. And what panoramas! The height of the peak is not impressive by Tatra standards. Because where to compete with others, being a mere 1206 meters high. However, despite being a cockroach, with the name derived from the shape of the nose, the trip to the top will remain in your memory for a long time. Nosal rises above Kuźnice , which may be a bit surprising at first, and belongs to the Western Tatras .
2. Dolina Gąsienicowa
This is the most popular valley in the Tatra Mountains. It’s about 4 miles long. The beginning of the hiking trail is in Kuźnice. Hala Gąsienicowa is 1514 m above sea level with a wide view of the High Tatras.