My favourite place in the Tatra Mountains, Poland

I must confess... ;-)) I've already been there three times and I've not had enough. Whenever I have another chance, I'll go there again. What is more, the place I'm talking about changes constantly. Every year it looks different. Every time you see it, there's something new and although you feel it has changed, you love it all the same.

The Tatra Mountains, Poland

What I'm talking about is a place in the Tatra Mountains National Park, which I call Rzedy as this name was the closest on the map to where I found myself.

The Tatra Mountains, Poland

If you want to try it yourself, prepare for a 7-hour-long walk. Comfortable boots are indispensable, and a big bottle of water.

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Start from Koscieliska Valley. When you reach the mountain chalet in Ornak, choose the green trail leading through Tomanowa Valley and then continue with the green trail through Rzedy.

The Tatra Mountains, Poland

What I love about Rzedy is basically two things. The first is that there are scarcely any people (as opposed to the wild crowds in, say, Sea Eye - Morskie Oko). And the second is nature. The variety of plants and trees is amazing. And year after year you encounter different species.

The Tatra Mountains, Poland

Have a look at this lichen. You see them very often in the Tatras.

The Tatra Mountains, Poland - lichen

How about these? They look like small cabbages, don't they?

The Tatra Mountains, Poland

Rzedy is exceptional because every few metres the landscape changes, the surface changes and you have to be rather careful sometimes where to put your foot not to fall down.

The Tatra Mountains, Poland

One year the most difficult part to cross was a place covered with small well-ground stones. They were so tiny and so dry that you slipped on them easily. This year it was a piece of cake. On the other hand, another part which used to be simple to cross, now presented a great challenge.

The Tatra Mountains, Poland

Well, it's worth accepting the challenge as the views are breathtaking and you cannot possibly get bored with them. I only hope that the place will stay so peaceful as I have always known it...

The Tatra Mountains, Poland