The Tatra Mountains are the biggest mountains in Poland with a height up to 2,499m. Zakopane is a small town at the foot of the mountains that invite tourists from all over the world. What’s especially nice about Zakopane is its location in the valley. Because of that you can climb a “hill” (Me as a Berliner, I call it a mountain) and have a stunning view on this highest part of the Carpathians.
The lanterns in Zakopane were still shining bright as we walked up to Gubałówka hill in total darkness. We arrived just in time on a plateau from which you had a good view over the town without having to climb up the whole mountain. The sun was still under the horizon, but you started to notice the first light.
Halny is a special foehn wind that occurs only on the Polish-Slovak border in the Tatra Mountains. First, clouds push in for 2-3 days on the Slovak side, bringing heavy rain. In the same time on the Polish side it is warm and sunny. After the 2-3 days, Halny comes to the Polish side. Hurricane force winds then come down from the peaks into the valley.