Tightly clad in warm sheepskin coats, comfily seated inside a carriage that can typically accommodate between 1 and 4 people, smoothly sliding along a tree-surrounded forest lane. Absorbing the breathtaking views of Tatra peaks with the sound of the beating of the hooves in the background. Waiting to be served mulled wine at a bonfire before a long way back, with the road hit as the sky becomes starry. Visit Zakopane to experience great winter adventure that everyone, irrespective of their age, is free to enjoy!
is the most famous Polish winter resort that practically defines what the Poles imagine when thinking of "the Polish mountains". Located at the foot of Tatra mountains
, it is situated some 100 kilometres southwards from Krakow
. The heart of colourful Gorale culture
, the capital of Podhale region
, the town attracts hundreds of thousands tourists a year, willing to walk down its most representative Krupowki pedestrianised street
, climb Rysy mountain
or admire the jewels of wooden architecture of the town. What it provides, except for excellent skiing or snowboarding facilities
, filling cuisine and unique folklore that is full of life, also relates to sleigh rides organised all year round in the Tatra National Park
. Driven by professional and charismatic coachmen with a good command of English, winter sleigh rides of Zakopane are prepared well up to the last gaiter button.
The sleigh rides of Zakopane are typically arranged for organised groups of participants
(1, 2, 3-8 or 9), while it is possible to join a group that is considered incomplete by its organisers. Typical sleigh rides follow the trails that encompass the picturesque Chocholowska valley
, with its charming chalets
adorning the plains stretching all along the way. There are occasional side attractions included in the programmes of such activities, namely short, yet memorable visits to "Na Peksowym Brzyzku" cemetery
or impressive detours to Wielka Krokiew Ski Jump
, depending on the time you may devote to spending it in Zakopane. However, regular sleigh rides rarely exceed two hours, while you are given the freedom of choice of whether to have them before the dawn
or after the dusk
. In the latter case, sleigh rides around Zakopane seem more attractive in terms of the possibility to take part in huge bonfires
to warm yourself up. A glass of mulled wine, hot sausages (altenratively: "Oscypek
" instead – sheep milk's cheese served for vegetarian participants) or the presence of folk musicians of Podhale region tend to be exciting time-fillers in the middle of a given trip to enjoy. A lot of sleigh rides organisers allow their guests for visiting the famous Thermal Baths
on the Slovakian part of the border – such a wish, however, needs to be expressed before the sleigh ride takes off. With or without additional attractions accompanying your sleigh ride, the trip in a horse-drawn sledge along the wintry landscape of Zakopane will give you a lot of memories to return to when spring takes over.
Interested in having a crazy sleigh ride around the snow-covered area of Zakopane? Contact us to have the best trip you may take this winter arranged especially for you!