Zakopane is a mountain town located in the south of Poland right at the base of the Tatra mountains.
It truly is a town that embodies the whole mountaineering spirit, everything from the hotels to the restaurants feels like it belongs, each having its own sense of purpose in creating the great atmosphere.
All the building have this wonderful wooden architecture giving the whole town a very rugged feel which defiantly works in its favor as it gives off a great feeling when strolling up and down the streets.
At night the town truly comes to life the streets are lit up, the restaurants and bars are packed and this overwhelmingly lively atmosphere appears out of seemingly nowhere.
Every direction you look has restaurants with roaring fires, bars full of cheery people and street performers making for a incredibly enjoyable time.
During the day it clams down quite a bit as most people are up in the actual mountains however there is still plenty to do in town, you will find all your high street shops, and most bars and restaurants are still open.
However when in Zakopane the best thing to do with your day is go up the mountains, you really have two options either hike up it or get a cable car up.
Both are great in their own respect although I think it simply comes down to how much time you have, if you have the whole day I would personally walk up it, but if you only have a few hours then get the cable car.
If you get the cable car I defiantly recommend booking the ticket in advance and going early because it can get seriously busy, if you do not book in advance chance is you will be stuck in a queue, most people who go mid day wait around three hours.
Zakopane really is a unique place to visit and it truly does capture the Polish mountaineering spirit offering great food, drink and experiences.