Giewont Mountain, Zakopane

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Giewont is a mountain massif in the Tatra Mountains of Poland, and is 1,895 metres AMSL at its highest.It comprises three peaks (all m/metres in AMSL): Small Giewont - of Kondratowa, Małej Łąki and Strążyska. Long Giewont and Great Giewont are situated at a higher altitude than the nearby town of Zakopane, making them clearly visible from that city.On Great Giewont, there is a 15 m steel cross (erected in 1901) - the site of religious pilgrimages. The area is notorious for its hazardous nature during thunderstorms, so this should be taken into consideration when approaching the summit.Geologically, Giewont is composed of dolomite and limestone caves, as well as gneiss and granite in the southern section.The first recorded ascent to Giewont's summit was undertaken in 1830 by Franciszek Herbich and Aleksander Zawadzki (the 19th century explorer, not the 20th century communist). The first winter ascent of Giewont occurred in 1904 by a group of five mountaineers led by Mariusz Zaruski. Nowadays the climbing on Giewont is strictly banned. On the other hand hiking on the hiking trials is allowed and the access (except the winter) is not difficult hence Giewont is a very popular destination among amblers and Sunday tourists. In the summer up to few thousands tourists a day ascend the top.
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  • Took the train up as the weather wasn't brilliant, not to expensive, was expecting a couple of bars or cafes up top but was pleasently surprised. Not only are there a good choice of places to grab a d...  more »
  • We did about 9 /12 miles. Lots of incline and beautiful views. Paths are well marked and trails are well maintained.  more »
  • The mountain is beautiful and the climb is thrilling. But think twice before going there in peak season. Also, this is no place for children and you do need good mountain boots.  more »

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Despite its reputation as one of Poland's most popular winter resorts, Zakopane has no shortage of affordable lodgings. Although most hotels hike their prices during the winter holidays, the town's guesthouses or self-catering apartments provide plenty of economical sleeping options. Many locals rent simply furnished rooms in private houses, providing another low-cost alternative for travelers with a limited budget. If you arrive without a reservation, look for rental signs posted outside private homes, or check with the city's main tourist office.
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