The slopes of Mount Śnieżka soar majestically over the tiny town of Karpacz. The diminutive mountain dwelling is scattered with places to refuel and rest your head after an active day outdoors – whatever the time of year. A stone’s throw from this hilltop hideaway, Kopa ski resort bustles with skiers and snowboarders, until the snow gives way to meadows and forest-lined hiking trails.
The snow-covered slopes of Mount Śnieżka
A meander southwards and skywards through Karkonosze National Park leads you past waterfalls that hurtle into glassy lakes and ponds, and onwards to rock faces that crawl up the mountainside. The region is characterised by its glacial cirques – sprawling bowl-like valleys – and ravines that add drama to an already distinctive landscape, where the Polish-Czech Friendship Trail winds its way over to the nearby border.
Tuck into some tasty local pancakes
After burning your energy whizzing up and down Karpacz’s cycle paths, or zooming down a toboggan run, retreat to the comfort of the town’s spa offerings for some unwinding. When hunger strikes, head to a traditional eatery and stock up on local treats like pancakes, which come in fluffy and sweet or crunchy, potato-filled varieties.
When to go?
Visit during September's hiking season
Both peak summer and mid-winter are when mountain-goers head to Karpacz in their droves. If you want to make the most of the area’s hiking scene, book for September, when prices tend to be at their lowest and the temperatures remain pleasantly high.
Where to stay?
The cave-like pool area of the Palac Margot SPA
Pałac Margot SPA – Karpacz, Poland
This grand manor is set in manicured gardens and sits at the foot of Karpacz’s mountains. Inside, the Prestige Spa appealed to Booking.com guests with its cave-like pool area, rooftop pool and treatments like massage. The inviting restaurant dishes up varied Polish cuisine.
The rural retreat of Hotel Rezydencja
Hotel Rezydencja – Karpacz, Poland
This traditional mountain hotel offers a restaurant and rustic rooms to stay warm in after a brisk day outdoors. Come winter or summer, you can wander the grounds or make the most of the onsite sauna. The Rezydencja offers easy access to Karpacz’s attractions, like its ski lift and sledge track, which are within 500 metres.
Relax in the sauna at Hotel Mercure Karpacz Resort
Hotel Mercure Karpacz Resort – Karpacz, Poland
Set on the forest’s edge, this hotel is within easy reach of Karpacz’s mountains and features a covered barbecue area with an open fire. There’s an indoor pool and a spa to unwind in, while rooms are well-equipped.The restaurant serves Polish cuisine that can be enjoyed al fresco during the summer months.