Zakopane and the Tatra Mountains Part 2 – Gubałówka Hill

We spent our second day in Zakopane chilling out on Gubałówka Hill, which is a short distance away from the city centre of Zakopane and accessible on foot. Gubałówka offers commanding views of the Tatra Mountains and it is a highly popular tourist attraction. So popular in fact, that a funicular was built to carry tourists up to the summit of Gubałówka quickly and effortlessly. Alternatively, one could also walk up for free but a steep climb awaits them.

The funicular

The funicular

As we were lazy at heart, on top of the inexpensive tickets, we opted for the funicular ride up instead of the all-natural way of using our own two legs. It took a few minutes to travel to the summit.

The view on the way up

The view on the way up

When we arrived at the summit, we were greeted with a postcard-perfect view of the Tatras. There was even a viewing platform for tourists to admire the scenery properly.

Viewing platform for the Tatra Mountains

Viewing platform for the Tatra Mountains

There wasn’t much to do up on the hill except to chill out. There were a number of souvenir shops all selling the same tacky souvenirs, and a handful of horse carriage rides.  There were a few farms, especially sheep-rearing ones. Being city dwellers, we were excited to see sheep wandering around and I ventured closer to capture them on my camera. However, the border collie looking after the sheep apparently found our presence threatening, for he got up and dog-glared at us until we backed away.

Border collie defending its flock of sheep

Border collie defending its flock of sheep

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Zakopane attracts tourists due to its natural beauty.

We walked to a less crowded part of the hill where we then sat on the grass to gaze out at the majestic mountain range looming in the distance. Below are a few pictures that I took during that time.

Panorama of the Tatras

Panorama of the Tatras

The Tatra Mountains

The Tatra Mountains

This photo shows how steep the slope that we were sitting on was.

This photo shows how steep the slope that we were sitting on was.

After we decided that we had enough of sitting down, we walked down the path to explore the rest of the hilltop. Gubałówka is more similar to a ridge, which is like a long and narrow-shaped hill.

Path along the hilltop of Gubałówka

Path along the hilltop of Gubałówka

Along the way, we also met curious cows peering at us through the rope fence.

Curious cows

Curious cows

Finally, we ended off our day trip to Gubałówka with a sampling of their local specialty of grilled sheep’s cheese, this time with jam on the side. It was much better than yesterday’s, probably because it was still hot and the jam helped to cleanse our palate while eating the cheese.

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The local specialty of sheep’s cheese

We concluded our day with dinner in the city centre. The next day, we boarded the bus back to Krakow, where the rest of our Poland adventure continues.