Morskie Oko Zakopane – Sea Eye
What is the Sea Eye? (Morskie Oko)
Morskie Oko is the largest and most famous lake in the Tatras, it covers about 35 ha. It is also called the Fish Lake or Fish Pond because it is one of the few naturally stocked lakes in the Tatra Mountains. It is situated in the upper parts of the Rybiego Potok Valley.
How to get there?
You have to cover more than 7 km one way, you also have to take into account a short rest in the shelter and the way back. As already mentioned, this is a very popular place, so you can meet a huge number of tourists there. It’s best to start hiking early in the morning, bearing in mind that the weather changes very quickly in the mountains, so you need to take appropriate clothing and footwear.
Tatra National Park - what will you see on the way to Morskie Oko?
Finally, we will find ourselves in a clearing with wooden benches and toilets. So it is the perfect place to rest before continuing the journey. The asphalt road will still lead us to our destination, but from now on, if someone wants, they can use the forest shortcuts. Once we get there, we will see a beautiful lake filled with a rock bowl carved by glaciers. The water has a shade of green, and at its deepest point it is about 50 m deep. There are beautiful alpine views spread from the northern shore of the lake. here is a shelter near the lake, which was built in 1908. You can eat, drink and rest there before going back. Previously, there was a shelter in the form of a small wooden building, but unfortunately it burned down in 1898. Currently, the building consists of two parts – the old and the new. In the first one, called „Wozownia” (Coach House), there are a dozen or so beds on bunks and bunk beds in multi-person rooms. It is the oldest building that serves as a hostel in the Tatra Mountains. In the new building, however, there are higher standard rooms for several people with access to the bathroom in the corridor. Of course, if you are planning a trip larger than just to Morskie Oko, remember that in order to get accommodation, you need to book it in advance. At certain times, a buffet is at our disposal. However, in the basement there is a gastronomic bar.
It is certainly a region that inspires literally every season of the year. Morskie Oko and its charm inspired the work of many polish artists, including the painter Leon Wyczółkowski, poets Jan Kasprowicz and Adam Asnyk. Despite the fact that we have to devote a whole day to the trip to the lake, when we get there we will understand that the whole trip was worth it.