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Zakopane in Galicia

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Polish school children in traditional dress / costume and hats in Zakopane in the south of Poland.

Another scan of an original photograph in our collection of images of Poland. This one features a group of school children in the village of Zakopane in Galicia, Poland around 1918. Notice the wonderful trousers and felt hats and that at least three of the children are bare-footed / aren’t wearing shoes.

Compare the above photograph with the one below featured on a postcard sent to us by a friend who was holidaying there in the late 1980s. This, of course, a staged picture for the tourist trade.

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Poles dressed in the traditional dress of the Zakopane region. In the distance the Tatra mountains and Slovakia.

Zakopane is at the centre of the Highlander (Góral) culture, which has a number of unique styles of food, speech, architecture, music, and costume. Zakopane is a popular destination for mountaineering, skiing, and tourism. Oscypek, a special smoked cheese made of salted sheep milk is produced in and around the town. Its a cheese which everyone should try at least once!

Related content: Three more old images and an interactive map of Zakopane, southern Poland.
And a selection of photographs taken in the 1970s to promote the Zakopane and Tatra region.

Zakopane Mountain Man

Zakopane mountains POland

A tourist postcard showing a mountain man in traditional dress, c.1920.

A super picture of a man of the Zakopane mountains in traditional costume.

Zakopane is a town with a population of just over 28,000 and is located in the far south of Poland. Specifically the southern part of the Podhale region at the foot of the Tatra Mountains.

Zakopane is the centre of Góral culture and referred to by some as the ‘winter capital of Poland’. It is a popular destination for mountaineering, skiing, and tourism.


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Three promotional photographs taken in the late 1970s of various Poles dressed in traditional folk clothing in Zakopane, Poland. This type of clothing is no longer everyday attire!

Zakopane Poland

Zakopane Poland

Did you know?

  • Part of Andrzej Wajda’s film Man of Marble (Człowiek z marmuru) was filmed in Zakopane.
  • In winter visitors can ride on sleds pulled by husky dogs.
  • Kraków is about two and a half hours away by train.