Gorący potok: a great place to relax after a days hike
Whilst in Zakopane in the heart of the Polish Tatra Mountain region in the south of the country, after a day of hiking there are a couple of ways to unwind and relax. Some people go to the local bar and have a few pints of beer, some go and have a big hearty meal and others will just sit on a sofa in their hotel and look back at the day they had and write down their thoughts. For me it was a trip to the nearby thermal baths at Gorący Potok, located in the village of Kuny, about a ten-fifteen minute drive northwards (on the main road to Krakow) from central Zakopane (the thermal baths are signposted from both directions but don’t get mixed up with the other thermal baths dotted around the place in this area).
I got some advice from another travel blog (thank you Emily from Emily’s Guide to Krakow) to try out Gorący Potok as she recommended that this was the best one in the area. I have to admit afterwards I totally agree and is in my top five of thermal baths around the world. Here is why and a few handy tips –
Arriving – there is plenty of car parking spaces at the main entrance (I had a car whilst in Poland) but the journey from Zakopane doesn’t take long and is very affordable. The entrance fee is done on how many hours I planned to spend there (I choose two). I was given an electronic coin with a chip inside which can be strapped onto my wrist. This will hold information like how many hours I have paid for at the baths, opens the lockers and even holds the bill from the restaurant here.
The Thermal Baths – there are three large pools here and a few small ones. When I came here the air temperature wasn’t too cold (or hot) as it was the early hours of the evening on a dry cloudless autumn day but when I dipped into the water, it was heaven. The water was so warm, I went straight into relaxation mode. There are a few fountains to put my head under and got a right soaking but some of them I couldn’t stand for too long underneath as it was just too hot and personally, I wanted to leave the pools with my skin intact. Elsewhere there are slides to come down on and located next to the baths was a bar to which drinks can be taken into the pool (which I didn’t do as I had to drive back to Zakopane afterwards).
Beef Master – I just love the name of this restaurant which overlooks the baths but to be honest, the food was amazing in here. A great place to get a huge juicy steak and it wasn’t too expensive. A great choice of drinks at the bar also. For a cheaper option there is a bistro below but after a good swim, a good meaty meal is needed then I totally recommend the restaurant.
Afterthoughts: In total I was there for about three-four hours including the meal and had such a great time. The time spent in the restaurant is not included in the two hours I paid for at the entrance. It was totally amazing to be soaking it up in the hot water whilst looking up at the stars above my head. Totally recommend this thermal baths and hope to be back out there in the near future.
My time at the Gorący potok was paid for by myself and was not sponsored in any way by the company. The opinions in this post are my own.