Zakopane is a town with the population of about 30.000 in the southern part of the Podhale region at the foot of the Tatra Mountains.
Zakopane has an elevation of 830 m above the sea level.
It is the winter capital of Poland and a popular destination for sports such as cross-country skiing, Alpine skiing, skitouring, ski jumping, mountaineering, mountain climbing, mountain cycling and other. There is a number of ski schools, climbing schools, etc., and numerous stores offering sportswear and equipment necessary to practice all types of mountain sports.
Zakopane hosted many sports and cultural events such as ski jumping world cup, (I), Jazz Spring (V), International festival of Highland Folklore (VIII), International Chamber Music Festival Music on the Heights (IX), Mountain Film Festival (IX).
For more than 100 years Zakopane has boasted an opinion of a unique and unforgettable place. It is due to folklore that is still alive and the activity of various artists and other notable residents who used here for an unbroken period of 100 years inspired by the mountains and the Highlander culture. Walking through Zakopane one may find many spots worth remembering, connected with the residence of eminent writers, musicians, painters, etc.
The town’s centre is the famous Krupówki pedestrian mall with the length of 1110m. This is where the oldest hotels, cafes and restaurants are situated.