For breathtaking views and adventurous hiking trails, look no further than the stunning Polish Tatra Mountains. These rugged mountains are perfect for hikers and outdoorsy travelers who are looking to challenge themselves and explore the vast eastern European countryside. With grassy pools decorated with colorful wildflowers, quaint villages and glistening bodies of water- these sometimes overlooked mountains make for an exciting getaway.
The Tatra Mountains rise like daggers to the south of Krakow. The drive down is a journey in itself, as you wiggle through wooded valleys and then see the serrated peakHit the ski slopes of Zakopane (winter only)s swing into view on the Slovak border. The town of Zakopane is the prime base for hiking in the spring, summer, and autumn (Zakopane ski trips take over during winter). It’s nestled in a deep bowl of summits, which herald the stunning Tatra National Park. There are several famous treks within, from the Valley of Five Lakes to the challenging walk to the top of Kasprowy Wierch.
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