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Welcome to Zakopane


The Tatras, forming the border with Slovakia, is Poland's beautiful alpine range of towering peaks, rocky cliffs and glacial lakes, dotted with numerous little villages preserving traditional highland lives. The region's largest town is Zakopane, Poland's premier mountain resort and a popular holiday destination in both winter and summer. Zakopane is the winter sports capital of Poland, superbly situated at the foot of the Tatras with immediate access to the ski slopes in winter, but also to well-marked walking trails during summer. The charming town has a laid-back fairytale atmosphere, the steep streets lined with traditional wooden cottages made from roughly cut logs and the 'Zakopane-style' architecture featuring delicately carved patterns and intricate woodwork decoration. The heart of Zakopane town is a pedestrian mall lined with restaurants, cafés and shops. The region is popular for outdoor activities and one of the more popular holiday attractions is the trip to the exquisite glacial lake, Morskie Oko. The area has good facilities and is also known for its fascinating highland folklore and culture, and many of the inhabitants wear colourful traditional dress. Zakopane holiday resort lies about two hours south of Krakow, and is a great choice for those looking to take a ski holiday in Europe.

Information & Facts

The national language is Polish. English is widely understood in tourist areas.

The official currency is Zloty (PLN), divided into 100 groszy. Poland is essentially a 'cash country', and it is difficult to negotiate credit cards and travellers cheques in the cities, and well nigh impossible in rural areas. American Express, Diners Club, Visa and MasterCard are, however, accepted in places frequented by tourists. ATMs are also beginning to proliferate in Polish cities, where the sign 'Bankomat' indicates them. Money (preferably US$ or Euros) can be exchanged in the cities and larger towns at banks, hotels or bureaux called 'kantors', which offer the best rates. Banks are open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm and some are open on Saturday till 1pm.

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