Dolina Pięciu Stawów Polskich – one of the most picturesque valleys in the Tatra Mountains, being a part of the biggest Tatra Valley – Dolina Białki. The landscape of the valley is extraordinary. In the background one can enjoy watching granite peaks of the High Tatra Mountains, ponds formed by glaciers, picturesque pastures and various Alpine-like plants. The biggest of five ponds is Wielki Staw, which is also the longest and deepest in the Tatra mountains (31,14 ha; 79,3 metres depth). It gives the beginning to the Roztoka stream, which goes over the cliff that in turn forms the biggest waterfall in Poland called Siklawa (app. 70 metres high). Nearby a pond called Przedni Staw, it is situated a mountain shelter. The valley can be a starting point for further hiking; e.g. Morskie Oko through Świstówka (blue trail), Świnica through Zawrat (blue and red trail), Kozi Wierch (blue and red trail), Wodogrzmoty Mickiewicza and Siklawa (green trail).

How to get there…

From PARYZANKA Guesthouse, turn right in the direction of Bukowina Tatrzanska. Continue driving for another 3 kilometres and turn right on the first roundabout (Łysa Polana direction). On the left, you can see a border crossing (crossing the border n.a) and alongside a narrow road, you can reach a paid car park. After about 30 minutes’ walk, once you reach Wodogrzmoty Mickiewicza, you need to turn right and follow a green mountain trail in the direction of Dolina Roztoki (Roztoka Valley).