The shelter is situated on 1410 m above the sea level and consists of two parts: New and Old Shelter. New Shelter has more than 100 years of history, many changes, renovations and reconstructions. Currently it's a modern touristic complex, comfortable on summer, warm on winter with magnificent views from room windows. Old Shelter, also known as Wozownia – currently an oldest existing shelter in polish Tatras, is situated not far from New Shelter and has functioning accommodations. Morskie Oko is a largest and most beautiful Tatra lake, surrounded by highest peaks of polish Tatras. It lays in a gorge, part of Rybi Potok Valley, since the old lake name was Rybi Staw (Fish Pond) because of a trout living in its waters.
History Morskie Oko shelter history reach year 1874 when Tatra Society managed to build a small object facing the lake. After expansion it could hold up to 50 people and despite having sub-par standards, it grew pretty popular among tourists visiting Morskie Oko till 1898, when fire completely destroyed the structure. Works on new shelter began in 1907. In meantime, coach house served temporarily as shelter (current Old Shelter). New shelter was put to use in 1908 and it's running to this day. Interwar years was a time of constant development and modernization of the building. During World War II there was a German border patrol stationed there. Time after the war is inseparably connected with Łapińscy family name. In years 1945-1980 the shelter was hosted by Wanda and Czesław Łapiński. Later, till 1985, it was runned by their son, Wojciech, and since his premature death, his wife Maria takes care of the shelter to this day with daughter Patrycja and son Jakub.
Currently Shelter offers: - boiling water available 24 hours a day, kettles in shelter corridors - luggage storage - TOPR info board with weather forecast and current mountain conditions - shoes and clothing dryer - tourist equipment rental - cash machine
Buffet On the ground floor is a kitchen open from 7.00 to 21.00 in season. You can eat breakfast, dinner and supper here. Free boiling water is available. Other than this, sweets, basic tourist equipment, literature (including professional alpine guides) and souvenirs are accessible.
Accommodation New Shelter – offers 36 sleeping spots for tourists: - 3 rooms for 3 people with sink on shelter first floor with beautiful views from windows. Those rooms are usually reserved with significant advance during season (from july to september). Max. 10 m, bathroom, shower. - 1 room for 4 people on second floor for family, groups of friends. Shower must be reached on first floor. Nice, comfortable room with unusual sight from window. - 1 room for 5 people on second floor, wide, warm and bright. View from window towards east – Żabie slopes up to Rysy - 3 rooms for 6 people, with special number 9 with balcony, bunk beds, view on south. Another “six” on second floor is cozy, with view facing west, from Mnich to Opalone. Every bed in New Shelter comes with beddings. Shared shower is located on first floor and on shelter ground level. Old shelter – offers 43 beds in tourist standard inside three dormitories. In hall number 3 (14-person) are bunk beds. In halls 5 and 6 (13 and 16-person) – bunks.
Routes - Palenica Białczańska Clearing – Morskie Oko – around Morskie Oko – return on foot or with horse driven cab. The trip takes around 6 – 7 hours with access to Zakopane - Red trail – around Morskie Oko – beautiful and pleasant walk, takes around 1 hour. - Red trail – Morskie Oko – Black Pond, pretty and educating trip, 185 meters above Morskie Oko, quite steep, comfortable, rocky path, return can connect with Morskie Oko detour, mandatory point of Morskie Oko tour, takes around 2 – 3 hours both sides - Blue trail – through Świstówka Roztocka to PTTK shelter in Five Polish Ponds Valley takes around 2 hours, 1 hour 40 minutes back - Blue and green trail – Mickiewicz's Waterfalls – Roztoki Valley – Five Ponds Valley – Świstowa Czuba – Morskie Oko, beautiful, moderate classic tour, good physical condition advised for comfort. After the Mickiewicz's Waterfalls bridge turn right on rocky path, quite steep at first. Green signs lead through valley bottom, along the way, a nice Nowa Roztoka clearing. After 40 minutes we turn left into black trails, directly under Ponds shelter or further down the green trail, Siklawa on the right, particularly beautiful with high water. After reaching Great Pond threshold, behind the blue trail signs, there is Five Ponds Shelter 10 minutes to the left, 1670 meters above sea level. Upwards from shelter leads a rocky path, Świstowa Czuba 1763 m above sea level, great views on Roztoki Valley, Buczynowa Vale, Five Ponds. The path turns right, Świstówka Roztocka, Kępa, grassy plateau in central part of Opalony ridge. Majestic views on Moskie Oko, Black Pond, giants of High Tatras. Down from Kępa (1683 m above sea level), traverse through Żleb Żandarmerii meadows, 40 minutes from Kępa, around 2 hours long. From Morskie Oko Ponds to Waterfalls 3 – 5 hours. - Red trail – from Toporowa Cyrhla through Psia Trawka, Rówień Waksmudzka, further along the road to Morskie Oko and next to Black Pond to Rysy, takes around 1 hour 30 minutes from Mickiewicz's Waterfalls to shelter, 1 hour 15 minutes back. From shelter to Black Pond – around 50 minutes, 40 minutes back. From shelter to Rysy – around 3 hours 50 minutes, 3 hours 10 minutes back. - Red trail – asphalt road from parking on Palenica Białczańska clearing (not accessible for cars), connecting with red trail before Mickiewicz's Waterfalls. Takes around 2 hours 20 minutes, 1 hour 55 minutes back. - Yellow trail – to Szpiglasowa Pass, around 2 hours 15 minutes, 1 hour 40 minutes back.