Karpacz is a spa town and ski resort. It is in Jelenia Góra County in Lower Silesia. It one of Poland’s most important centres for mountain hiking and skiing, including ski jumping. It is situated at the foot of Śnieżka Mountain in Karkonosze region. It is a typical mountain town. It lies on the slopes of Mt Śnieżka and is one of the most popular mountain resorts in Poland. People come here to go skiing in winter and hiking the rest of the year. This small town is a fun place to visit and has some fine wooden buildings.

Karpacz & the area

KarpaczKarpacz is a town that is spread along a winding road for about 3 kilometres. It has no obvious centre. The eastern part has the majority of places to stay and eat etc. The western part is largely a collection of holiday homes. In the middle of the two districts is the main bus station and the famous Hotel Biały Jar. About 1km uphill from this point is the lowest station of the chairlift that goes up Mt Kopa (1377m).

The town has numerous mountain guides to help you navigate the slopes and ski lifts. There are plenty of shops to hire ski’s or snowboards. When visiting the town, it is worth putting aside plenty of time for sightseeing. The view from the top of Sniezka Mountain is breathtaking. The town is famous for the Evangelical-Augsburg Wang Stave Church. It was first erected in the 13th century in Norway in Vang (hence its name). Later on, it was transported by Frederick William IV, a king of Prussia and was re-erected in 1842 in Brückenberg near Krummhübel in Germany. It was then brought in parts to the town. Inside the wooden construction, you can still find elements of the original design. The views from the cemetery behind the Church over the valley are extraordinary. It is cheaper and less crowded than the Alps…

If you would like to talk about Karpacz and mountain culture, then please do contact me…

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