The AMPERE NMR School 2024 will take
place in Zakopane which is the highest
located town in Poland situated at the foot of the Tatra mountains.
Tatra, the highest mountain range in polish territory, are the highest
massif in the Carpathian chain. It counts as much as 60 km in lenght and
from 15 to 20 km width. Tatra mountains are divided into Bielskie Tatras (Hawrań
2152 m above sea level), High Tatras (Gerlach 2655 m above sea level.)
and West Tatras (Bystra 2248 m). Located around polish-slovak border, Tatra mountains are protected by two national parks (Tatrzański Park
Narodowy, TPN in Poland and Tatranský národný park, TANAP in Slovakia). Tatra mountains are exceptional for natural, historical,
and cultural reasons. They have much peculiar exploration history and unchanging
popularity both among tourists and explorers. Trails layout from Tatra
National Park counts 275 km.
You can practice both walking,
climbing, skiing (downhill, cross-country, skitour) as well as
restricted mountain biking. Guests can make use of mountain shelters of
PTTK (on Chochołowska Clearing, Ornak Hall, Kondratowa Hall, Gąsienicowa
Hall, Roztoka, Valley of Five Ponds and on Morskie Oko). Thanks to the
cultural sheep pasturage program, tourists can taste original oscypkis and drink zéntyca (sheep milk whey). They can also hear genuine podhale highlander dialect and see them in their regional outfits.
Zakopane is a city in southern Poland, in the Lesser Poland Voivodeship and is the largest town in the immediate vicinity of the Tatra Mountains. It is a large winter sports center, commonly referred to as the winter capital of Poland.
Zakopane is the highest located town in Poland. Its
administrative borders also embrace part of the Tatra Mountains range,
where the summit of Mr Świnica at 2301 m above sea level makes the
More information about Zakopane can be found at the city website:
Currency and money exchange
payment currency in Poland is the Polish zloty (PLN). 1 zloty = 100
grosz. The exchange rate for other currencies is set by the National Bank of Poland.
Currency exchanges can be
made in currency exchange offices and banks, located at the airport, railway
station and in the city center. Debit and credit cards are commonly used – Visa
and MasterCard, less often American Express, Diners Club and JCB. Most shops,
restaurants, bars, taxis, etc. accept card payments, mobile applications and BLIK codes. ATMs are easily available, with the
commission charged according to bank tariffs
Time zone and metric system
Poland is in the Central European Time Zone CET (UTC+1:00). From March
to October, the so-called CEST summer time (UTC + 02:00) becomes
effective. In Poland, the metric measurement system is used.
Climate and weather conditions
The average minimum temperature (usually the minimum temperature is
noted during the night) in Zakopane in June is 9.5 °C.
The amount of rain in June is high with an average of 151 mm.
It rains on average a total of 19 days.
The average maximum daytime temperature lies around
The sun will occasionally show itself with 177 hours of
sunshine during the whole month. Visitors traveling to Zakopane should plan on bringing a totally
waterproof rain jacket since it will often be raining.
Plan on layering your clothes. Some days or part of the day
it will be nice and warm and some moments it can be a bit chilly.
Getting to Zakopane
You can fly into Kraków Airport (Cracow's Balice Airport), but that's about as close as you're going to get to Zakopane by plane. Like most Alpine resorts, a bus or car journey into the
mountains will be needed. Roadways on the weekends can be a bit crowded, but the buses leave regularly from Kraków's main station atnd take around 2 hours in total to get there.