Morskie Oko

Morskie Oko is the largest, most beautiful and fourth deepest lake in the Tatra Mountains. It is located in the Lesser Poland Voivodeship. It covers about 35 hectares in all, stretching some 860 metres in length, and 566 in breadth. It is one of the most popular destinations in the Tatras.


Morskie Oko is arguably the most beautiful of the Tatra lakes. The lake is natural stock of fish. The prospect of the surrounding mountains is stunning. The most captivating peak is Mnich, which literally means ‘The Monk’. It is called thus as its sharply pointed peak resembles that of a monks habit. Only the hardiest climbers can scale these heights, and you need a special certificate from the mountaineers association before setting out. Concealed above you to the south lies the magnificent Czarny Staw (the Black Lake), which is raised on a high escarpment. Heading west you could then follow the blue trail to the Valley of the Five Lakes (Dolina Pieciu Stawow). Alternatively you could do a loop back to the Mickiewicz waterfalls, and then follow the green trail on to the lakes. Another option would be to press on to Mount Rysy, the highest peak of Poland. This is a five hour hike that would involve an early start.

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