Resting at the foot of the Tatra Mountain is the tiny town of Zakopane. It came into existence sometime before the 17th century, and rose into prominence as a health resort two hundred years later. It also gained importance as a mining center in the past century. Though not enough markers of its mining history exist today, the health resorts are pretty much active and are frequented by guests from all over to country to enjoy the benefits of the warm spring water. The previous century also gave Zakopane the sport that will put it permanently on the tourism map – skiing. The mountains around this tiny town hide underneath a thick blanket of snow and their slopes become attractive to the hundreds of visitors in town armed with their skiing equipment. Tourism in Zakopane is mainly centred around outdoor activities, with the weather playing a major influencer in the kind of activities offered. Visitors can hike and spend time amidst the blooming nature around Zakopane in the summer. Winter is a time for Christmas celebrations and fun activities in the that is in abundance here. Not just outdoor activities, there are plenty of museums in town that deal with the natural history as well as the artistic and cultural traditions that are a part of Zakopane. If possible, try and visit Zakopane during Christmas. The celebrations here are especially wonderful; it also makes this town a perfect option for a family retreat during the holidays. The young need not worry either, Zakopane has a blessed nightlife scene that keeps the youth attached to the town. There are several dance clubs and pubs where people unwind after a long day out in the wilderness or on the ski slopes. The magic of the town in winter can be explored through a sleigh pulled by the intensely adorable husky dogs or horses trained specially for the purpose. A vacation in Zakopane is a guaranteed marvel for everyone who visits this charming town.
Essential travel information and Zakopane tips for your visit
- Time zone: UTC +01.00
- Currency: Polish Zloty
- Language: Polish, English
- Electricity: 230 V. 50 Hz, Type E Socket
- Internet: Wi-Fi is available in public places as well as hotels.
- Security: Emergency number: 997
- Medical service: 999
- Tipping: 10% of the restaurant bill, 15% if the service was good.