We first explored Morskie Oko (the most famous lake in the Tatra Mountains) on a visit to Zakopane in October 2014. While you can’t really call the 5 kilometre mostly concrete path from Łysa Polana to the PTTK Schronisko Hostel a proper hiking trail, it is defiantly worth the walk.
We enjoyed the leisurely trek with a hoard of eager walkers on a brisk autumn day. Once we got to Morskie Oko we had a quick bite to eat before continuing onto Czarny Staw Pod Rysami (Black Lake Below Mount Rysy). This section of the hike was amazing. All the other hikers seemed to stop at Morskie Oko which allowed us to explore the more spectacular upper hiking trails in complete solitude. With ominous clouds looming and daylight fading we weren’t able to complete the climb to the summit of Rysy (2503m) but we will be sure to return and conquer Poland’s highest peak this summer.
Located just 2 hours south of Kraków, Zakopane is the most popular town in the Polish section of the Tatra Mountains.
To access Morskie Oko simply take one of the mini buses from the Zakopane PKP Bus Station to Łysa Polana. Buses run frequently in the summer months and the price is approximately 7 złoty.
You should really visit Morskie Oko maaaaaan.