Zakopane – the winter capital of Poland
The most important urban center located in the Tatra Mountains, the highest mountain range in Poland. For several years, the city has been on the list of the most frequently chosen places in Poland for conferences, company meetings, teambuildings and incentives. The key factors are: the location at the foot of the Tatra Mountains, surrounded by beautiful nature and the possibility of organizing many recreational and sports activities; the unique character of the city, with wooden architecture in the Zakopane style, and finally a great hotel and conference facilities.
The capital of the Tatra Mountains has been attracting national and international sports events for several years.
Zakopane can offer the client a wide range of hotels, from family guesthouses or cosy hotels with typical idyllic, local decor, through large centers with sports facilities and SPAs, to sophisticated, elegant, luxurious hotels, some of which belong to global hotel chains.
Nosalowy Park Hotel & Spa – an elegant hotel designed for people who appreciate the highest quality and comfort while relaxing. The hotel provides luxurious rooms, excellent cuisine in the Eleonora restaurant and the original cuisine of the well-known chef Wojciech Modest Amaro, saunas, a graduation tower, a swimming pool and a luxurious Wellness and NABE SPA zone.
- Nosalowy Dwór Resort & Spa,
- Radisson Blue Hotel & Residence,
- Belvede Resort & Spa,
- Kopieniec Fizjo-Med. & Spa,
- Parisian Art. & Business,
- Gold Hotel.
- Korona Tatr,
- Czarny Potok,
- Redyk Ski & Relax,
Hotels nearby Zakopane
There are several amazing hotels with conference facilities in the vicinity of Zakopane: Bania Thermal & Ski 4* and Liptakowka 4* in Bialka Tatrzanska, Borowy Dwor Biznes, Spa & Fun in Szaflary, Szczawnica Resort & Park 4* in Szczawnica.
Business and Conference venues
The capital of the Tatra Mountains boasts extensive conference facilities, located mainly in the hotels. Many of them offer a wide range of leisure opportunities and teambuilding activities. In addition to conference rooms, hotels offer sports facilities, SPA, outside areas just perfect for fire places and evenings spent together.
The largest complex of this type is Nosalowy Dwor Resort & Spa Zakopane, the most modern conference and congress center in Podhale. The resort offers accommodation in nearly 400 rooms and over 2,000 sq m of conference space in 23 rooms. Nosalowy Dwor is the first hotel that received the MP Power Awards three times in a row – in 2018 in the Event Venue category, in 2017 in the Multi Venue category, and in 2016 in the Venue Congress category.
Other hotels prepared for large events are the Grand Stasinda Business and Recreation Center, Radisson Blue & Residence 4*, Hotel Belvedere Resort & Spa 4*, Hotel Crocus 4*.
For guests looking for exceptional historical venues, Zakopane offers the Dworzec Tatrzanski Club, a place with a 120-year history, where famous Polish artists such as Helena Modrzejewska or Jan Ignacy Paderewski performed on stage. Currently, many cultural events take place here. The property has rooms for conferences and business meetings. Substantive support is provided by the Malopolska Regional Tourist Organization.
Cuisine and Restaurants
In Zakopane, you must try the local cuisine. In hotel restaurants and traditional taverns in Krupowki promenade, the menu must include knuckle, sour soup (Zurek), cabbage soup and of course, oscypek (local cheese). Many conference hotels in Zakopane opt for chefs who use their handfuls of tradition. Old Polish recipes or modern dishes inspired by highlander cuisine will make meeting rooms filled with appetizing smells that you can not simply resist.
In recent years, the most modern culinary trends have been reaching Zakopane. The newly opened 5* Nosalowy Dwor hotel has invited a well-known and appreciated chef, Wojciech Modest Amaro, to cooperate with. The restaurant “Heart by Amaro” is located in the historic palace from the beginning of the 20th century “Villa Marilor”, which is part of the hotel. The cuisine offered by the master is created out of love for people, respect for the product and passion in discovering the regional richness of the Tatra Mountains.
Kasprowy Wierch Mountain, Morskie Oko Lake, Giewont Mountain, Rysy Mountain and the Chocholowska Valley are some of the most popular places in the area, perfect for hiking.
- Krupowki Promenade
Krupowki is the most famous promenade in Poland and a representative street in Zakopane – in the very center of the city. Along the street there are many shops, restaurants and kiosks with local products.
- Funicular to Gubalowka
Gubalowka (1,117 meters above sea level) is a hill closing the Zakopane valley from the north. The most convenient way to reach the top is by a modern funicular, the bottom station of which is located in the very center of Zakopane. Gubalowka offers a wonderful view of the entire panorama of the Tatra Mountains.
- Cable car ride up Kasprowy Wierch.
Kasprowy Wierch – the Tatra peak, 1,897 m above sea level which offers a wonderful view of the Tatra Mountains, Zakopane and the entire Podhale region. At the very top of Kasprowy Wierch, there is a meteorological observatory built in 1938, which is the highest building in Poland.
Incentive Travel Ideas in Zakopane
- Sport & active
The vicinity of Zakopane is a perfect place to organize any sports activities. Many hotels have well-prepared sports facilities and equipment. In summer, bicycles, mountain bikes, mountain scooters, paintball, canoeing and rafting, horse rides are amongst popular. In winter, skiing – in and around Zakopane, there are professionally prepared slopes and lifts; cross-country skis; skates, sleds, snowmobiles.
- Hiking in the mountains
The Tatra Mountains are an ideal place for organizing mountain hiking. Perfectly prepared trails of various difficulty levels, shelters and, above all, stunning nature at any time of the year. Most beautiful time is spring when crocuses are blooming. It is recommended to go out with a mountain guide if you have lack of experience. Especially in winter.
- Winter attractions
In addition to winter sports, a great winter attraction for groups will be a sleigh ride with a cup of mulled wine. The perfect teambuilding fun activity will be going on a sled or making a snowman.
- Bon Fire teambuilding
Many hotels have a specially prepared space to organize an evening barbecue or a bonfire with sausages combined with a folk party so-called highlander feast.
- Highlander tradition
Wooden architecture, traditional costumes, oscypki (local cheese), ciupagi (sort of local, traditional “white weapon”, regional dances, highlander traditions are a perfect inspiration for thematic teambuilding activities.
- Thermal baths
The Zakopane Aquapark is a place that is very popular at any time of the year among Zakopane residents and tourists of all ages, where you can enjoy a recreational pool with several swimming lanes, a pool with wall and bottom massage, massage jets and underwater couches; an outdoor thermal pool with a beautiful view of Giewont, which is also open in winter, sauna in the sauna world zone – Finnish, brine, winter, bio and steam saunas.