High up in the Tatras Mountains, nestled between Slovakia and Poland right in the centre of Europe, lies an idyllic little village called Zakopane. The sound of trickling mountain water can be heard throughout the town, as a mountain backdrop pokes its head above the heritage Zakopane architectural rooftops.
Stroll Krupówki Street where you can do some shopping and try the different food selections available, which include traditional Polish and regional dishes like sausage and perogi, as well as local takes on the classics like burgers and pizza.
Exploring around the back streets can give you a different experience, with lots of evergreen and deciduous trees, crystal clean creeks and a quieter pace.
Traditional Zakopane region heritage architectural rooftop. Photo via The Printable Shop
The magical Krupówki St. Photo via The Printable Shop
Sanctuary of the Holy Family in Zakopane on Krupówki St. Photo via The Printable Shop
Bridge over a bubbling brook not far from the town centre. Photo via The Printable Shop
During the winter there is plenty of snow and it's easy to organise skiing and other winter activities whether you're beginners, intermediate or advanced. Warm up together afterwards over a traditional white borsch or a spiced hot wine.
Hiking is best done after the snow melts from spring to autumn. There are plenty of hikes in the Tatras, but if you're basing yourself out of Zakopane, Morskie Oko tops most travellers to the region's lists.
Morskie Oko lake holds natural populations of fish and according to legend it connects to the ocean, lending to its nickname "the eye of the sea". The colour of the lake is said to change from season to season.
The start of the hike is roughly a 45 minute minibus ride from Zakopane, and 18km to hike to the top and back down again along a fully pathed trail. Even though it is relatively long, it's a good option for all fitness levels due to the flat path. This hike can be very popular, especially in summer when it can be downright crowded unless you leave early. You can continue to hike another 30 minutes past Morskie Oko lake up to Czarny Staw pod Rysami lake.
Morskie Oko from the top. Photo via Stylish Travlr
Czarny Staw pod Rysami lake, a short hike from Morskie Oko. Photo via Wandernity
There are many other trails around that are more challenging and less touristy. You might consider staying in another town like Ždiar or Wisla for a more minimalist leg of the honeymoon to get away from the crowds and be together in nature.
Hiking near Zdair across the border in Slovakia. Photo via The Travel Textbook
For a less physical trip into the mountains, walk to the PKL cable car and go up to Gubalowka where you can enjoy a meal and drink overlooking the Tatras and Zakopane.
View of Zakopane and the Tatras from Gubalowska. Photo via The Printable ShopIt can get very busy in Zakopane around Christmas time to February, and in the middle of summer from June to August. If you'd like to miss the crowds, visit between these times when it can be very pleasant and cool with snow still visible in the mountains.