If Krakow is the sophisticated intellectual city with all it's grandeur then
Zakopane is the town which is larger than life, from the people to the architecture to the mountains surrounding it.
100 Km south of Krakow on the dual carriage up in the forest and mountains is the town of en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zakopane
(Myslenice is on the way)
Zakopane is not just a town,
it is a style of Architecture, Music, a place steeped in history and is almost like another country in Poland.
It is also a year round hot spot for Polish tourists because of it's beautiful heritage and the wonderful nature surrounding it.
Zakopane is on the Tatra mountain range and neighbours Slovakia.
There are many fine walks in this mountain range and ski slopes in winter.
Rysy is the highest mountain in the Polish Tatras (2499 m ).
Back to the town of Zakopane.
There is a Map of Zakopane. Krupówki is the main shopping street in the town. Packed with shops, bars and restaurants, Zakopane has a very unique traditional Polish atmosphere.
Legend has it that this "sleeping knight" will rise up and free Poland from her suppressors.Traditional costume
Every area in Poland has it's own traditional costume and Zakopane is no exception.
Zakopane has a proud history and likes to show it off in a very natural way.
Note the shells in the gentleman's hat.
The sea is far away and shells were sought after and incorporated into the costume.The Architecture.
I have never seen architecture like this anywhere else in the world.
The steep angle of the roof, the beautiful intricate carvings in the wood, the style is very unique.