Tatra, the highest mountain range in polish territory, including highest massif in Carpathian chain. It counts as much as 60 km in lenght and from 15 to 20 km width. The whole area covers around 800 km². Because of its landform, Tatra mountains are divided into Bielskie Tatras (Hawrań 2152 m above sea level), High Tatras (Gerlach 2655 m above sea level.) and West Tatras (Bystra 2248 above sea level). Located between four geo-historical lands: Liptow, Orawa, Podhale and Spisz, while through Tatra, Orawa and Spisz goes polish-slovak border. Poland owns 175 km² of Tatra surface. Its protected by two national parks (Tatrzański Park Narodowy, TPN in Poland and Tatranský národný park, TANAP in Slovakia).
Tatra mountains are exceptional for many reasons: natural, historical, cultural. They have much peculiar exploration history and unchanging popularity both among tourists and explorers. Trails layout from Tatra National Park counts 275 km.
You can practice both walking, climbing, skiing (downhill, cross-country, skitour) as well as restricted mountain biking. Guests can make use of mountain shelters of PTTK (on Chochołowska Clearing, Ornak Hall, Kondratowa Hall, Gąsienicowa Hall, Roztoka, Valley of Five Ponds and on Morskie Oko). Thanks to the cultural sheep pasturage program, tourists can taste original oscypkis and drink zéntyca (sheep milk whey). They can also hear genuine podhale highlander dialect and see them in their regional outfits.
Tatra area is also important because of its historical perspective. Couriers have slipped through its green border during World War II. Mountain-climbing and tourism was born and evolved here. Many have lost their lives hiking or saving others. Mountains inspired numerous artists - i.a. Painters (Jan Nepomucen Głowacki, Stanisław Witkiewicz, Rafał Malczewski and others), poets (Kazimierz Przerwa-Tetmajer, Jan Kasprowicz, Adam Asnyk and others), photographers (Mieczysław Karłowicz, Adam Brzoza and others).
While entering Tatra Mountains, tourists should keep in mind that this territory is protected by Tatra National Park. Its then necessary to know the obligatory touring rules of the area. The answers to questions about tourist traffic (pedestrians, skiers, bikers), car traffic and animal restrictions are available on website www.tpn.pl.
We cordially invite you to see the most beautiful region in Poland.