– the picturesque heart of the Polish Tatra Mountains
One of the most popular attractions in the Polish Tatra Mountains is the famous Morskie Oko. This amazing lake lying surrounded by majestic mountain peaks attracts tourists from all over the world with its charm and beauty. Morskie Oko is the second largest lake in the Tatra Mountains in terms of area and volume. It lies at an altitude of 1,395 meters above sea level in the Fish Creek Valley (Dolina Rybiego Potoku) at the foot of the mighty Mięguszowiec Peaks. If you’re looking for the perfect place for a relaxing walk with your family, Morskie Oko is sure to meet your expectations.
The route leading to Morskie Oko is one of the most popular and at the same time most beautiful mountain trails in Poland. It begins at the Palenica Białczańska glade, where you can leave your car in the parking lot (or come from Zakopane by bus) and start your adventure in the mountains by following the red trail.
It’s worth buying a parking ticket in advance through the Tatra National Park website. Without it, you may run out of space for your car. Online you can also purchase a Park entrance ticket, which will save a lot of time that you would otherwise have to spend in a long queue at the ticket office. The trail leads through the scenic areas of the Tatra National Park, making the entire hike full of stunning landscapes.
You will notice from the very beginning of your trip that the Tatra Mountains offer unparalleled views. The mountain panorama enchants with its wildness and majesty. In good weather, we have the opportunity to enjoy a view of one of the most beautiful areas of the Tatras – the White Water Valley (Dolina Białej Wody). Among the many visible peaks, we can see Gerlach lying on the Slovak side with an altitude of 2655 m. It is the highest peak in the Tatras, but also in the whole Carpathian Mountains. Each step leads to new, breathtaking landscapes, including the mighty waterfalls – Mickiewicz’s Waterfalls. The trail leads through mountain streams and forests, which make the walk even more enjoyable for the whole family.
After a few hours of hiking, you will reach the very destination – Morskie Oko. This place is extraordinary. Once you stand at the shore of the lake, you will feel as if you are in another world. Its tranquil surface reflects the surrounding peaks, creating a unique image that sticks in your memory forever. The lake is surrounded by massive rock walls that give it mystery and charm.