Since the winter of 2015/2016, Zakopane holds the proud title of the city with the largest ice labyrinth in the world.
And it is that the maze is just one of Snowlandia’s main attractions: a winter amusement park where you can admire a majestic ice castle get lost in the winding corridors of the labyrinth itself, admire unusual ice sculptures inside an igloo, ride a sled and closely observe the animals of the Tatras mountains…
Snowlandia, a winter amusement park.
Snowlandia, in Zakopane (southern Poland), is one of the few theme parks of its kind in the world. This made almost entirely of iceso its opening date usually depends on the weather.
In the 2022 season, Snowlandia began receiving guests on January 16.
The park is located near Wielka Krokiew, on the edge of the Tatra National Park.
Snowlandia has four main attractionsplus an additional fifth consisting of a toboggan run and giant slides.
First attraction: the Snow Castle
The Snow Castle, as its name suggests, is a replica of a medieval castle made of snow. It may not be a castle the size of Malbork, but it still rises to some impressive 14 meters high. The entrance is protected by armor, spiral stairs lead to the observation tower, while the walls are decorated with impressive bas-reliefs.
It also has elements of historical reconstruction. Here you can see a show of knight fightstake a picture with a shield and sword, and watch a local blacksmith forge sophisticated iron ornaments.
And when you have finished the visit to the castle, you can leave the frozen fortress in the traditional way, through the door, or in a more fun way: using an ice slide.
Zakopane and the largest snow maze in the world
Perhaps Snowlandia’s most famous attraction is its grand maze, painstakingly erected over four weeks with artificial snow.. It’s the largest construction of its kind in the world and you can really get lost in it, and that’s what it’s all about if you want to have fun.
But don’t worry, if you are afraid of getting lost in the labyrinth and staying there forever, Snowlandia has published a video showing how to escape from it:
Igloo and incredible ice sculptures
The classic disney movies they are the main theme of the Igloo sculptures in the 2022 season.
Zakopane teaches and entertains. Tatras Educational Park
Snowlandia is not just snow and ice in beautiful shapes. Children can live a real adventure here, closely observing the animals in the Tatras Educational Park, a mini zoo that works in Snowlandia.
Among others, you can see deerCarpathian goats, mountain sheep, arctic foxes and even birds Raptors like owls and hawks.
At 11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. each day, park rangers give didactic talks on caring for animalswhich can be heard by all those present.
A sledding hill in Snowland
“Sledding Hill” is a separate attraction from Snowlandia. Here, the fun is not about admiring unusual ice structures, but about winter madness in a vast complex of toboggan runs known as Górka Sledowa. The toboggan runs are carefully constructed and well lit after dark, ensuring the safety of participants.
There is an equipment rental included in the ticket price. Children up to 16 years old must rent helmets for PLN 5 per hour.
Entrance to the track in Górka Sledowa costs PLN 10 per hour. Thereafter, every 10 minutes they are charged at an additional PLN 1.
Prices of Snowlandia in Zakopane
The price of a ticket to Snowlandia depends on how many attractions you want to visit.
Sledding Hill has a separate price listso when buying tickets at the main box office, there are 4 attractions: the Castle, the Maze, the Igloo and the Tatra Educational Park.
A normal ticket to the castle costs 20 PLN, with a reduced ticket 15 PLN. Tickets for the Maze alone are 30 and 25 zlotys respectively, for Igloo only 20 and 15, and for the Educational Park only 25 and 20 zlotys. It is cheaper to buy combined tickets for two, three or four attractions at the same time.
A normal ticket for all four attractions costs 67 PLN. A reduced ticket, 53 PLN.
There’s also discounts for children, pupils and students up to the age of 26, retirees and people with disabilities. Additionally, for families with a Large Family Card and organized groups of more than 10 people, a 10% discount is offered.
Snowlandia and its attractions open every day from 10:00 to 20:00.