Zakopane and Tatra National Park

High Tatras ©kingary/flickr

High Tatras ©kingary/flickr

One of the areas to visit to see the Polish Tatras is the gentle Tatry Zachodnie. It is also known as the Western Tatras. The other is the High Tatras or the Tatry Wysokie that has a craggy appearance and a reminiscent of the Alps. High Tatras belong to the national park TANAP and many protected animals and plants can be found there. Besides there are mountain lakes, basins and peaks. Other than bus, you can take cog railway, trains, cable railways and trams to any locality in the High Tatras. One of the amazing itinerary is to take a day trip to Priecne Sedlo which is from Mala Studena Dolina to Velka Studena Dolina.

Dolina Ko?cieliska

You can get to the Ko?cieliska Valley in the Western Tatras by minibuses. From the entrance of the Ko?cieliska Valley, following the green trail of about two hours walk leads you to the Ornak Alp. Have a cup of coffee and apple cake before making your way back. To take a short cut, follow the yellow trail that is shorter to W?wóz Kraków or Kraków Gorge. Those of you who are experienced in hiking would enjoy hiking through the gorge, and climbing up to the cave ‘Dragon’s Den’. Do remember to bring a torch with you if you plan to do so. If not, then track through the woods to Hala Pisana. This walk to the Pisana Alp takes about forty-five minutes.

Morskie Oko Lake

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Black Pond ©kalifornia7777/flickr

Black Pond ©kalifornia7777/flickr

n the High Tatras is a lake called ‘Morskie Oko Lake‘. It is one of the most popular walk within the Polish Tatras. A suggested plan is to set off early in the morning in the beautiful autumn. If you prefer not to walk, you can take a Zakopane bus from the bus station. It takes about two and half hours to walk on the paved road. Then on the way down, use the horse and cart which only takes about one hour. Being the largest and most beautiful lake in the Tatra Mountains, this lake is 1,395 meters above the sea level. It is 34.93 hectares with a depth of about 50 meters! One exciting activity other than the usual walk around the lake is tot climb up to the Black Pond that ironically has a colourful surrounding in the autumn at Czarny Staw. It is at the foot of Rysy at 2,499 m being the highest peak in the Polish Tatras.

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