Tatrzanski Park Narodowy Travel Guide

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Tatrzanski Park Narodowy Things to Do

  • Entry to the Park

    About one km away from the Slovak Border, you walk down this road and you will find a large parking lot. There are bathrooms there, make sure you use them, it will be a while before you see more in the park. There is a little stand you can pick up postcards at and some drinks. Admission to the park costs (get this!) 4 zloty, less than 2 USD and...

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  • Crossing the Border with Slovakia

    Coming from Slovakia you will stop at Lysa Polana. Once you cross the bridge you will see the signs with the Polish eagle, you are now in Poland. Its not really a big deal, with both countries now part of the Schengen accords there is no border checkpoint, no burly strict border guards,no stamp in your passport. Actually, if you look around today,...

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  • Morskie Oko

    Morskie Oko (Eye of the Sea) is a beautiful lake . Not hard to get to really, the trail up is pretty much paved the whole way through, its a nice comfortable hike. The initial reaction I had, like everyone else, when they first caught sight was just once of awe, the water is so blue (turquoise actually).There is a nice balcony. the hut has a...

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  • Dolina Gasienicowa

    A two-hour walk from Zakopane, starting in Kuznice. A starting point for many trails going up to Swinica or different parts of Orlka Perc

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  • Chata pod Rysami 3

    After drinking so much fluid naturally you need to use a toilet (especially that the last chance to use one you had in Morskie Oko, quite a few hours ago). And this is another great story. The toilet is situated about a hundred metres away from the hut and it's peculiar for two reasons: first, because it's painted in bright colours, featuring...

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  • Chata pod Rysami 2

    The second cheerful thing is the dining room and the incredible picture menu displayed above the counter. The first thing I saw when I entered was a girl carrying ... a bowl of icecream decorated colourfully, bisquits sticking out - that's at least what it seemed to be - the last thing I would expect to see in this place. Then we saw other strange...

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  • Chata pod Rysami 1

    Further down the trail you'll get to Chata pod Rysami, which is the Polish name for the hut situated a few hundred metres under Rysy peak on the Slovakian side. This place is legendary, I've heard so much about it before I got there for the first time this year. The hut is very small and looks a little makeshift when you approach it from Rysy. It's...

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  • Ganek

    Rysy peak marks the border between Poland and Slovakia. However, you can continue on the trail which leads down from Poland to Slovakia. It's much easier than on the Polish side, no chains, no staples, just a little rubble in places and that's where you have to be careful. Not far from the peak you will see a very interesting site, where people...

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  • Morskie Oko and Rysy

    Rysy is the highest peak in Poland - 2499m. You can climb it both from Polish and Slovakian side and the difference is huge. The Polish trail is much more difficult, because it entails a lot of climbing with the use of chains and staples in the higher parts of the mountain. The beginning, however is very easy. You start from Palenica Bialczanska,...

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  • Marmots

    These are the first marmots I've ever seen live. They are funny little creatures. The first one I saw was using our path to climb up about 30 metres ahead of us. Another one was basking in the early sun on a flat big stone next to the path. It jumped on and off the stone, afraid of our group yet curious to know what was goung on.

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  • Wild goats

    This is what you can see early in the morning if you keep sufficiently quiet... Around 7 a.m. on the way to Zawrat.

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  • Czarny Staw G¹sienicowy

    Czarny Staw is one of the biggesr and most frequently visited lakes in the park, the most popular being Morskie Oko. Czarny is about 30 minutes away from Murowaniec, at the foot of Koscielec, halfway down when descending Kasprowy Wierch. Czarny means Black, the name comes from the darkish hue of the water which is coloured by bacteria living there,...

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  • Snow in summer

    Although it was end of July - summer in full bloom - there were places in the mountains still covered by a thick layer of snow. This one is on the way to Zawrat not far from Czarny Staw. The other snow field I encountered was on the way to Rysy, we even managed to stage a snowball fight there. Imagine us wearing short sleeves and throwing snowballs...

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  • Hut in Kondratowa Dolina

    Much smaller than the hut Murowaniec, but serves the same purpose: it provides tourists with food and drink and those who had made reservation with overnight shelter.

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  • Czerwone Wierchy

    One of the most picturesque, not very demanding trails in Tatrzanski Park Narodowy. We covered just a part of it, from Kasprowy to Kopa Kondracka.

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Tatrzanski Park Narodowy Restaurants

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    by coceng Updated May 19, 2004

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    This is just a place where we can have bigos & drinks; Good choices.
    We have to line up to choose our foods, the feel is like school canteen. It does not matter because they have varieties of drinks that I love ! Simple foods, snacks but also heavy meals are served, depends on the times when you reach the place.
    It is situated just opposite the lake. Great views all around !

    I Want to eat & drink here forever !
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Tatrzanski Park Narodowy Transportation

  • Getting to Tatra National Park

    From PolandThe Easiest way to get to the Tatra National Park is to go to Zakopane first. -There is a train station at Zakopane but i heard the train ride takes much longer.-The bus I took from Krakow to Zakopane, which took about two hours through some lovely countryside. The bus does stop at a bunch of little villages on the way. You can pay your...

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  • Hiking up to the Morskie Oko

    The best way to get to the Morskie Oko is to start early from the parking lot and just hike up, Its a 9 km hike uphill...all of it is paved and really its not a very difficult climb at all. If you are frenzied and don't stop to check out the scenery you can probably make it in 1.5 hours. I started out early and went at a leisurely pace. As i went...

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  • Gorale wagon

    From the parking lot at Palenica Bialczanska you enter the park. Now the trail to Morskie Oko is not difficult by any means. Of course, if you don't want to exert yourself too much on the way up, or if you are too tired and you have gigantic blisters on your feet because you didn't wear proper shoes.. then all you have to do is have your wallet...

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Tatrzanski Park Narodowy Local Customs

  • High Tatras Etiquette

    It's good practice to "leave only footprints, take only picturess", when hiking in the High Tatras. Any rubbish (food wrappings, water bottles, etc) that you bring up should also be brought down. There are bins at some of the Chaty but otherwise there is no where to dispose of waste until you descend.

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  • Oscypek

    You have to try oscypek. It's a kind of smoke-dried chees. Can be made from sheep's milk (better) or mixed sheep's and goat's milk.You can buy it everywhere, on the bazaar (the biggest at the foot of Gubalowka in Zakopane), from the street sellers, sometimes they sell only oscypek's.

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  • Hello... Czesc... Dzien dobry...

    Say Hello or Dzien dobry or Czesc to people you meet on your way. It's a quite popular custom and sometimes it's funny... very often I was meeting a group of pupils and every one wanted to be kind and said Dzien dobry. And I had to answer to every one. It was like Dzien dobry... Dzien dobry... Dzien dobry... about 30 times. But it was nice.

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Tatrzanski Park Narodowy Warnings and Dangers

  • At the lake

    Be very careful with your valuables. There are a lot of people, so don't leave your cameras or other valuables unguarded. I unfortunately saw this man, he suddenly realized he had left his camera on the table and now it was gone. Mind your stuff!

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  • The weather

    Remember that the weather in the mountains can change within minutes so if you're going on a day trip, even if the morning is clear and warm, make sure you take some warm clothes with you and never forget a raincoat. One more thing that people do not always realize is that the temperature in the mountains is much lower than it is in lower parts of...

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  • You Have Been Warned.....

    I know many people who like to do their hikings quietly; Just enjoying the sceneries, taking photos.Be warned, in summer at least, the trails up The Lake Morskie Oko will be full of people, especially young students, who are so noisy, as if going up the mountains make them free of any responsibility in life !Well, if I was younger & could speak...

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Tatrzanski Park Narodowy What to Pack

  • Essential for Hiking

    If you are only planning on walking up the trail to Morskie Oko you will be able to get by with tennis shoes or comfortable walking shoes. However, if you are going to explore anything beyond that you will need proper hiking boots. Case in point, the Polish couple I met on the way up...She was wearing flats. By the time we got up to Morskie Oko...

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  • Sleeping in schronisko

    A suitcase in the mountains is obviously no go. If you are planning to stay in hostels you'll need a comfortable backpack to accommodate your stuff. Not too big though, remember that you'll have to carry it, and its content on your own back. I had a 55litre backpack and a small, 30-litre one to take on day trips. My backpack weighed almost 15 kilos...

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  • Hiking Gears...

    A small bag pack would do... Wear some clothes suitable for hiking; Comfy walking shoes, a light jacket because it's chilly, a small bag pack for some necessities along the way. Bring a camera ! This is a must ! Camping is not allowed in the area but there are 8 PTTK mountain refugees which would provide simple accomodations.

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Tatrzanski Park Narodowy Off The Beaten Path

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    by ania70pl Updated Jul 6, 2003

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    Krakow Ravine (Wawoz Krakow) can be reached from Koscieliska Valley. It's 2,5 km length but for tourists only first 500 m, to Smocza Jama are opened. The name of the ravine is taken from the Polish mountainers (Gorale) for whom it's very similar to narrow Krakow's streets.

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Tatrzanski Park Narodowy Favorites

  • A few of the people on the hike

    You get to see all sorts of people on the trail up. You might be tempted to think that its just hard core hikers there..its not! You get a bit of everything, all ages, all nationalities all skill levels.Given that you will be on the same trail for a while (unless you take the horse carriage), you will see a sort of easy camaraderie develop. There...

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  • 5th Krakowski Festiwal Gorski

    I've just returned from an event called 5th Krakowski Festiwal Gorski (5th Cracovian Mountain Festival - or something like that) which took place in Cracow between 7-9 December '07. It was a series of films, lectures, slideshows - all devoted to climbing. In the breaks you could visit the stalls of various producers of sports equipment, and get the...

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  • Keep you eyes open

    This is what you can see if you keep your eyes open and your mouth shut in the mountains. Iwona spotted this chamois as we were heading towards Szpiglasowa Przełęcz. I saw another one a few years earlier on Czerwone Wierchy, near Kasprowy. The night before, my brother and I were sleeping in the hostle on Kondratowa Hala. I went to bed...

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