Zakopane, situated in southern part of Poland close to Slovakian border, is recognised as a capital of Polish Tarta Mountains, being the most popular place in the region. The population is only about 30 thousand, but every year around 2-3 million tourists visits the town.
Central part of the town is located at 850 m above sea level. To the north rises Gubałówka band, and to the south Giewont - the most well known Polish mountain. Zakopane is an attractive and conveniently located tourist base for hikers and walkers, as well as winter sports. It has a privately own local transport - minibuses, providing good connections for all trail locations.
Zakopane is a very important cultural center with lots of museums and art galleries. Few well know people are related to Zakopane - Henryk Sienkiewicz, Stefan Żeromski, Kazimierz Przerwa-Tetmajer, Mieczysław Karłowicz, Karol Szymanowski and Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz.
This small town, in the south of Poland, just 10 km away from Krakow, is most famous for its Kopalnia Soli (Salt Mine) - the only construction of its kind which was one of the world's oldest …