As for prehistory, there is no evidence of human presence in today's Zakopane. Before the 9th century, the area of the present-day Podhale was part of the Great Moravian State. After its fall in 907 r. The whole Podtatrze was ruled by Hungarians or Czech Přemyslids. About 1003 r. Bolesław Chrobry moved Polish borders as far as the Danube, but in the 11th century. Poland lost most of the captured Carpathian lands and since then Podhale bordered on Hungary for a long time. Always being an integral part of free or post-partition Poland, was the so-called. royalty – owned by the king. Administratively, it was part of the Nowy Targ starosty with its seat in Nowy Targ. W 1770 r. Austria took the starosty under the pretext of creating the so-called. cordon sanitary. At that time, there was a small shepherd's settlement known as Zakopane near Giewont. W 1824 r. the Austrian government sold the goods north of the Tatra Mountains – Hungary became the first owner of Zakopane and part of the Tatra Mountains – Emmanuel Homolacs. By decision of the Galician authorities, which included Podhale, w 1867 r. An independent commune was established in Zakopane and the first council was elected. After several changes of owners, the land was purchased by auction in 1889 r. pole – Count Władysław Zamoyski.
The First World War brought the fall of Austria-Hungary and the rise of 1918 r. Poland reborn. The interwar period was marked by the power of the National Democratic Party, as well as the development of culture and tourism infrastructure. W 1933 r. Zakopane received city rights. During World War II, they were avoided by armed skirmishes, however, terror and the politics of extermination were present; Almost every fifth inhabitant did not survive the occupation. The nature of the Tatra Mountains also suffered. The war is over 29 January 1945 r. The period of the Polish People's Republic brought further urbanization, mass holiday and tourist traffic, new investments and environmental degradation. W 1975 r. the city was incorporated into the Nowosądeckie Province. Recently, he has been seeking the status of the county capital.