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Tatrzański National Park

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Tatrzański National Park

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Tatrzański National Park is a national park in the Tatra in Lesser Poland Voivodeship, Poland.

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History[edit]

Landscape[edit]

The landscape's mostly composed by mountains, mountain lakes and valleys. There're also some caves.

Flora and fauna[edit]

You can see such animals as chamois, brown bear, marmot, brown bear or wallcreeper. Thousands of crocuses are blooming on Chocołowska valley in early springtime.

Climate[edit]

Get in[edit]

You can easily get here from Zakopane. There're car parks near popular attraction, remember about coming earlier as there use to lots of traffic jams, especially in weekends.

Fees/Permits[edit]

You can buy entrance tickets near parks' main attractions.

Get around[edit]

The paths and trails're well marked and easy to find. There're plenty of Tatra Mountains trail maps you can buy in bookshops or newsagents.

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  • Kościeliska Valley. The most known place in Tatra Mountains, you can see beautiful mountain scenery. You can also see there such places as Kraków Gorge, Mroźna, Raptawicka, Mylna and Obłazkowa caves. It ends with Ornak Glade.
  • Morskie Oko. One of the most popular highlights of Tatra Mountains! Small pond surrounded by massive mountains is one of the most picturesque places in Tatrzański National Park. Walking there takes about 2-3 hours one way! Crossing it you can see Wodogrzmoty Mickiewicza waterfall.
  • Kalatówki. Big glade with a view on Kasprowy Wierch mountain. It ends with Kondratowa Glade.
  • Chochołowska Valley. Valley located not far from Kościeliska one, mostly famous by blooming crocus flowers. It's also beautiful and full in stunning views.
  • Five Polish Ponds Valley (Dolina Pięciu Stawów Polskich). A valley composed by five ponds, a part of the trail is common with this leading to Morskie Oko. Going there you can see the biggest Polish waterfall- Siklawa
  • Siklawica. Middle-size waterfall located in the end of tiny Strążyńska valley.
  • Ku Dziurze Valley.Tiny valley with quite tiny Dziura (Hole) cave, not far from Siklawica waterfall
  • Little Meadow Valley (Dolina Małej Łąki). Valley not much popular among tourists, there're beautiful views.
  • Nosal. Quite easy mountain to hike, there're beautiful rock formations
  • Rysy. The highest point in Polnad, the biggest part of the trial's common with this to Morskie Oko. Crossing there you can also see other lake- Czarny Staw.
  • Olczyska valley. Beautiful and calmly valley with stunning views.
  • Orla Perć. One of the most famous mountain trails, it's said to be hard.
  • Gąsienicowa Valley. High mountain valley with lakes- Green and Black Gąsienicowy
  • White stream valley (Dolina Białego). Beautiful mountain valley, not much explored as Kościeliska or Chochołowska valleys
  • Sarnia Skała (Deer Rock). Absolutely must see place! The peak's a beautiful rock formations and stunning views!

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Hiking[edit]

There're many hiking trails in Tatra Mountains, you can find them here [1], [2] (description in Polish)

Caves[edit]

All the caves suitable for tourists're located in Kościeliska Valley (except Dziura one). Mroźna caves has an artificial light. Visiting other caves: Raptawicka, Obłazkowa, Mylna and Dziura requires an artificial light.

Visiting other caves's required after earlier request. They are suitable for professionals only!

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see : Zakopane

Mountain refuges[edit]

There're many mountain refuges (schronisko) in Tatrzański National Park. They're located in following places:

  • Nad Morskim Okiem (near Morskie Oko lake)
  • W Dolinie Pięciu Stawów ( in Five Polish Lakes valley)
  • Na Polanie Chochołowskiej (in Chochołowska valley)
  • W dolinie Roztoki (close to Morskie Oko and Five Polish Lakes valley trails' beginning)
  • Na Hali Ornak ( in the end of Kościeliska valley)
  • Na Hali Kondratowej ( on Kondratowa glade)
  • Murowaniec (in Gąsienicowa valley)
  • Kalatówki Mountain hotel (on Kalatówki glade)

One night in mountain refuge's an excellent option if you're going to hike for some days.

Stay safe[edit]

Winter time[edit]

Hiking in winter time's very risky due to avalanche danger, you can check the risk on park's website. Some trails can be iced and require special boots. If you're planning to see a place requiring more than 1 h one-way hike, just check the park's closing hours before as it becomes dark much earlier during winter period.

Summer time[edit]

Weather in summer time's really changeable. Always check the weather forecast before, if you see the weather's getting worse, come back or hide in the closest mountain refuge (schronisko). Thunderstorms are very dangerous and use to happen out of sudden. If the one's expected, you'd better stay at your accommodation object.

Seeing Mylna Cave[edit]

Name of Mylna cave (Confusing in Polish) isn't coincidental. The cave has many corridors, you've to cross it following the trail's marks. Taking an additional light source is required. Cave's corridors're mostly narrow and require crawling. People suffering from claustrophobia are advised to avoid visiting it.

General safety[edit]

If you have an accident or serious problems, just call Tatra Mountain Rescue Group (TOPR).

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