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Zakopane is a town and Gmina in the small Polish Voivodeship in southern Poland. It is located at the foot of the Tatra Mountains in the Carpathians, and is in Nowy Targ is the largest city in the region of Podhale. Zakopane is informally known as Poland's winter capital, and one of the largest centers for Goral culture.

Zakopane is Poland's largest ski resort, and the country's main center for mountaineering and skiing. The opportunities are huge for both cross country skiing, snowboarding and downhill areas around the city. The most famous is Kasprowy Wierch, Nosal and Gubalówka Hill.

The town was well known among ski enthusiasts as the WSC was held there in 1962. Zakopane has also hosted the World Ski 1929 and 1939 Winter Universiade in 1956, 1993 and 2001, as well as several World Cups including the ski jumping.

The city is a center for tourism in the summer, when it is a good starting point for hiking in Tatra Mountains. Zakopane is visited by about three million tourists a year.
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