Tatra Mountains in Poland
Situated on the southern border between Poland and Slovakia, the Tatra Mountains are the highest point of the Carpathians and considered Poland´s most majestic mountain range. Only a quarter of the 785 square kilometers of the Tatra Mountains fall in Polish territory though it does boast the most distinctive peak, Giewont, affectionately known as the “Sleeping Knight.”
The Polish portion of the Tatra Mountains was officially declared a National Park in 1955 and is a popular hotspot for hikers, mountaineers and other adventurous explorers. The Beech combed foothills are particularly a favourite with nature lovers who come here for the wealth of flora and fascinating wildlife that includes deer, wild boar, lynx, wolves and bears.
Mountain climbers and abseiler´s head for the higher peaks up where the Golden Eagles reside. The craggy peaks here have a variety of challenging rock faces for climbers of all skill levels together with a series of hiking trails to explore for the experienced hiker. Easier trails are found lower down in the Koscieliska valley where you will find a rich abundance of rare flowers and a choice of six caves that are worthy of exploration.
Another valley you will find of interest is Gasienicowa Valley which has 250 kilometres of hiking trails and several paths dedicated to mountain bikers. You can also go skiing in the nearby Goryczlowa where the Kasprowy Wierch is serviced by cable cars and chairlifts.
Another popular feature of the Tatra Mountain is the variety of stunning lakes, the most famous being the impressive Morskie Oko for its beauty and size. Spanning 35 hectare this huge crater is known by locals as the “Eye of the Sea.” The Tatra Mountains are accessible from Zakopane Town, a two-hour bus ride from Krakow.