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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.

Zakopane Travel Tips

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.

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Facts and Stats for Zakopane*

  • Pollution Statistics in Zakopane

    Know the pollution level of Zakopane before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 12.5 (Very Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 25 (Low)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 12.5 (Very Low)
  • Zakopane: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Zakopane for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Zakopane.

    • Burglary and Theft 17.86 (Very Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 10.71 (Very Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 3.57 (Very Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 60.71 (High)
    • Car Stealing 17.86 (Very Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 25 (Low)
    • Attacks 17.86 (Very Low)
    • Drug offense 21.43 (Low)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 100 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 89.29 (Very High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 14.29 (Very Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 28.57 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 25 (Low)
  • Living in Zakopane - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Zakopane is 167.06 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 81.03 (Very High)
    • Climate Index 58.1 (Moderate)
    • Pollution Index 8.62 (Very Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 38 (Moderate)
    • Cost of Living Index 44.61 (Very Low)
    • Health Care Index 52.78 (Moderate)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 8.74 (Moderate)
    • Purchasing Power Index 60.02 (Low)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Zakopane

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Zakopane

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.11 USD
    • International Movie per seat 7.07 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 35.34 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 69.5 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 66.76 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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