Poland is a wonderful country with lots to offer. From great nightlife in Krakow, the bustling city of Warsaw and the beautiful beaches in Gdansk. What most people don’t realise, Poland has some of the most stunning mountain ranges in all of Europe, and they are only 1.5 hours drive south of Krakow.

This place is, of course, Zakopane.

Zakopane is situated on the base of the Tatra Mountains. The Tatra mountains have it all, waterfalls, snow-capped mountains, stunning lakes, great guest houses, challenging hikes and high vantage points.

It takes about 1.5 hours to get here by bus from Krakow, and many coaches are going all day. The city is filled with great traditional Polish restaurants that have old-time music blaring and all the waiters singing along.

You can find many highly rated hostels and hotels here all for relatively reasonable prices. One of our favourite place to stay is MTB Hostel. However, they are located just outside of Zakapke, and they are a super friendly family run hostel with many activities on offer. If you are looking to stay in Zakopane, then we would recommend Good Bye Lenin Hostel.