The first settlements in the area of Karpacz are noted in the official website of the town as being of probable Celtic origin 

 Listed among the “winter capitals of Poland”, it draws more visitors than it has permanent inhabitants and is especially attractive for outdoor types – not only skiers, but also hikers. Another asset of Karpacz is its proximity to Karkonosze National Park, which has plenty of hiking areas to explore. Its beauty was already well known by the 18th century.

The Mala Kopa  and  Sniezka mountains soaring above the town are the best skiable area in the eastern part of Karkonosze. Ski trails are varied. Rated both for experts and beginners. There are many tourist hotels and guest houses. There are ski lifts to take skiers to the top of the runs. Beginners may learn ski-techniques in two schools situated in two neighboring refuges. ‘Samotnia’ and ‘Strzecha Akademicka’.

Both schools offer a wide array of services and instructors speaking German or English where there is also great  accommodation and a nice atmosphere. Besides skiing there are ice-climbing courses, ski-touring gear, slideshows and adventure camps for teenagers. Courses are provided by licensed instructors, professional guides and rescuers. In the heart of Karpacz there is another ski complex „Kolorowa”. Karpacz offers good restaurants, nightlife and cultural events. The most famous monument is Wang Church, a viking wooden church in the Norwegian style. Karpacz is also a good training center for rock-climbers willing to learn climbing techniques on nearby rock faces. Karpacz down-town.