Morskie Oko


Perched nearly 1400m above sea level, the emerald-green 'Eye of the Sea' is the largest lake in the Tatras and a popular outing from Zakopane. Minibuses regularly depart from ul Kościuszki, across from the main bus station, for Polana Palenica (10zł, 45 minutes), from where a 9km-long road continues uphill to the lake. Vehicles are not allowed, so you’ll have to walk (about two hours each way) or take a horse-drawn carriage (50zł per person).

Travel agencies in town organise day trips.

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2. Szymanowski Museum

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3. Tatra Museum

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4. Old Church & Cemetery

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5. Museum of Zakopane Style

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7. Ski Museum

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8. Ždiar House Museum

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