Zakopane southern Poland and changing money on holiday

        The unit of currency in Poland is the zloty, each of which consists of 100 groszy. Ths will change to the Euro in a few years time.

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Money can be changed into zlotys at most banks and at the plentiful Kantor's in Zakopane's high street. The exchange rates are displayed in a prominent position inside or outside.

You should also be able to withdraw money using plastic debit or credit cards from the various ATMs in Zakopane. We had to pay a small charge for the exchange using a debit card. This is standard irrespective of the amount of money withdrawn. The menu of the 'hole in the wall' machine is not particularly easy to use, especially when the different amounts that can be withdrawn are displayed. We found it easiest to select 'other amount' and to enter the exact amount in zlotys that we required.

Credit cards are generally accepted by most shops, restaurants and hotels.

The cost of living is lower in Poland than in most western countries, therefore your money will go much further.

Do be sensible with your holiday money - it's easy to make mistakes in a currency that you're not used to. Avoid exposing your money to pickpockets - keep it in a money belt or other secure place.


Holiday house to rent in Rabka, 25 miles from Zakopane - sleeps 10+



holiday house to rent near ZakopaneGood quality comfortable five bedroom holiday house to let in small spa/ski town of Rabka, with its own ski slopes. The advantage of staying in a small town like Rabka rather than Zakopane is that it's quieter and less commercial, the ski slopes aren't as busy, so much better for families teaching young children to ski.

There are plenty of supermarkets and places to eat locally.

The house has 5 bedrooms (3 with en-suite bath or shower room), family bathroom with jacuzzi bath, 3 living areas, small kitchen, 2 additional WCs. Spacious driveway. Small well-maintained garden. Balcony with table and chairs plus barbeque.

Full gas central heating. Open fire in one living area.

This is the perfect location for a walkng holiday. See best walking holiday The surrounding Gorce hills are excellent for scenic walks in various directions. There is a lso a shortish woodland walk for days when you would like to stay near the house and relax. There are four different national parks within an hour's drive for additional walking trips, including the high Tatras for something more challenging.

Bus fare into Krakow is just 12 zl each way (takes just over an hour), less to Zakopane.

Click on the photograph of this holiday let in Poland for details and prices or Telephone +44 (0) 1245 325 273 for bookings and information.