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Zakopane - interesting facts from the capital of Podhale

Zakopane is a city full of tourist attractions, interesting places and charming restaurants. Thousands of tourists visit Zakopane every year, enjoying its charms and numerous entertainment. Certainly, hardly anyone with so many visitors to this city knows at least some of the interesting curiosities about Zakopane.



A few words about the names


The name Zakopane officially appeared for the first time in documents as early as the 17th century, exactly in 1605. The word comes from the word "kopane" (eng. grub) , which formerly meant the area grubbed up for the clearing. There is also a story associated with the city's name. Well, years ago, in the place where today is Krupówki Street, there was a clearing covered with pine trees. A man was to decide to clear up the clearing, or - "przekopać" (eng. dig) it as it can be called. Soon it was called this place - kopane (eng. grub), and later Zakopane.

Many tourists also wonder where the name of Krupówki, the city's most popular street, came from. Here, the story is much simpler and more reliable than the legend passed down from generation to generation. In the place where the street is currently located, there was once a clearing belonging to the Krupowski family. The street name comes directly from the names of the former owners of the area.



Zakopane in numbers

A well-known tourist attraction - the Gubałówka funicular - was built in 1938. Its length is 1298 meters, and the time in which I cover the route is 3 minutes. The cable car can accommodate 120 people.

Zakopane is the highest located city in Poland. Its location ranges between 750 and 1126 m a.s.l. Here is also the highest restaurant in Poland - Honielnik.

The uprising of Zakopane dates back to 1578; it is assumed that King Stefan Batory issued a settlement prerogative. However, 60 years ago, in 1933, Zakopane obtained city rights.

The first parish in the city was founded in 1845. The first priest of Zakopane was Fr. Józef Stolarczyk.

Therapeutic and tourist facilities were founded in Zakopane at the end of the 19th century. In 1875 in Kuźnice, doctor Ludwik Ganczarski opened the first of them.

There are about 12 different museums and art galleries in Zakopane.



A city with many faces


Zakopane is an extremely interesting place, which requires a lot of time to thoroughly explore. It is the cradle of Polish culture and history, but also a place where you can enjoy beautiful views or try regional specialties that are found only here. This is the case with oscypek, which is smoked cheese made from salted sheep's milk exclusively in the Tatra Mountains. In addition to oscypek, it's also worth trying the other two cheeses: Bryndza (creamy white in appearance cheese, known for its characteristic strong smell and taste) and Bundz (Polish sheep milk cheese traditionally produced in Podhale).



Where to stay in Zakopane?

With so intense getting to know the city it is important to ensure a good accommodation in Zakopane. A place where you can relax after a day of sightseeing or have dinner with loved ones. Such apartments can be our ApartArt Zakopane Apartments, which thanks to their comprehensive equipment and good location guarantee a fully enjoyable stay in this city full of interesting places and history - Zakopane.





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