Considered the pearl of Karkonosze.The most beautiful place in the whole of the Sudety Mountains
Samotnia is one of the oldest mountain refuges in Poland. It is famous for its tourist-friendly atmosphere, wooden interiors and home cooked food. It is located within the Karkonosze National Park and can only be reached on foot. Hikers may leave their cars at a secure car park in Karpacz at, for instance, Hotel Sadyba.The refuge is situated halfway between Karpacz and Mt. Sniezka.
Samotnia is a property belonging to the Polish Country Lovers’ Association (PTTK). It has 50 beds and offers both full- and half-board. It is a great place for wedding receptions, post-graduate meetings, domestic celebrations as well as cultural and sporting competitions. Samotnia Refuge is also an excellent starting point for hiking atop Mt. Sniezka or to the Czech refuges and picturesque Great Pond (Wielki Staw).
The Small Pond is a glacial lake located in the Karkonosze Moutains, in the Western part of the Sudety Mountains. It is the second biggest lake in Karkonosze (2,9 ha), after nearby Wielki Staw (The Big Pond- 8,5 ha). It lies at the bottom of The Small Pond Cirque towered by Równia pod Sniezka (1400 m) and Smogornia (1489 m). Most of the year the lake is ice covered, in the hottest months the water temperature reaches about 10 degrees Celsius. The water is very clean and clear, the depth of the lake is 7 meters.