Mountain man becomes Insta hit with his stunning pics of the Tatras – but not all is as it seems
A bearded mountain man has become an Instagram sensation after photos of him strolling through the Tatras appeared online sending tourists wild.
In a collection of 290 breath-taking shots of the Zakopane region on the border of Slovakia in the south of Poland, the man who goes by the name of Mr Tadeusz is seen gazing across stunning views of the Tatra mountains.
Others show achingly beautiful snow-laden forests while others have closeups of his wizened face, oozing mystery.
Now Mr Tadeusz, who goes under the Instagram name of Gooral Zakolove, has over 15,000 followers with each photo attracting more than 1,000 likes.
But the mystery mountain man’s success is not as organic as it may at first seem.
Instead, he is the face of a new advertising campaign by the region’s local tourist board to attract more visitors to the area.
Andrzej Stoch Jr., from the Podhale Tourist Information Centre in the Tatra mountains and the creator of the Gooral Zakolove account which hosts Mr Tadeusz said: “In Zakopane we were missing local heroes who would present the highland culture and beauty of our mountains in an interesting way.
“We were lucky to find a great highlander who is aloof and has a great sense of humour.