Tatra Mountains

The Tatra Mountains is a mountain range that is shared with Poland and Slovak. The highest peak on the Polish side is Rysy, which is 2,499 meters. The most popular destination in Poland in the Tatra Mountains is Zakopane often referred to as the Winter Capital of Poland due to its huge popularity with skiers.

Tatra Poland is a wonderful place to visit year round with average temperatures in the winter around -40 Celsius and 33 Celsius in summer months. Of course, this varies according to the altitude and how much sun is shining on the slopes. March is when you see the most snow accumulation with close to 125 inches; however, all year long there is snow on the peaks.

Tatra Poland is home to a wide variety of plants including around 450 mosses, 700 lichens, 1,000 vascular plants, 200 hepatics, and 900 fungi. As you climb the Tatra Mountains, you will notice different flora at various heights. Until you are at 1,300 meters you will find no shrub layers but herb will cover most of the area known as the Carpathian beech forest, from 1,300 to 1,500 you will be in the Tatra travel area known as the Spruce forest where you will encounter a wide variety of mosses, from 1,500 to 1,800 meters you will be home in the Mountain Pine area, from 1,800 to 2,300 you will be in high altitude grasslands area, and from there upwards the vegetation becomes sparse with mainly lichens and rocks.

Not only will you love all the beautiful flowers and plants that call Tatra Poland home but also you will be able to catch a glimpse of the various animals that live on the mountains. The Tatra Mountains are home to such animals as the Eurasian lynx, red deer, roe deer, Tatra chamois, snow vole, marmot, brown bear, wild boar, and wolf.

A visit to the Tatra National Park is one that will give every member of your family something to talk about when they return home from their Tatra travel. The main headquarters of the park is home in Zakopane, Poland. Of course, the Polish Tatra is similar to that of the Slovak Tatra as there is a park on the other side that is in Slovak. The Tatra National Park sees over 3 million visitors per year making it the most popular park in all of Poland. The best time to visit Polish Tatra and the Tatra National Park is pretty much any time of the year; however, due to the interest of skiers in the area, it may be hard to find accommodations in Zakopane during the winter months.

Zakopane is known as the ski capital of the world due to the fact that the Polish side of the Tatra Mountains has excellent skiing opportunities and great accommodations for skiers. The most popular ski areas inlcude the mountain Kasprowy Wierch. When it comes to ski resorts in the area practically all of the hotels in the area offer amenities for skiers including ski lifts to the popular ski areas inlcuding Kasprowy Wierch.

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