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On the Path to Refuge Samotnia in Karkonosze

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Charming route to the shelter Samotnia  in the Giant Mountains (Karkonosze), south-western Poland. That is one of the most beautiful places in Poland.

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A: The Giant Mountains (Karkonosze) near the mountain hut "Samotnia"

by Grzegorz Jóźków, 200 meters away

A view from near of blue trail between mountain hut "Samotnia" and The Hunting Lodge. The glacial cir...

The Giant Mountains (Karkonosze) near the mountain hut "Samotnia"

B: Samotnia 03

by Tomek Zuk, 420 meters away

Samotnia 03

C: Samotnia shelter over Small Lake in the Sudetenland

by Zbigniew Pilip, 470 meters away

Small Lake in Sudetenland and the Samotnia shelter are one of the most beautiful places of todays Pol...

Samotnia shelter over Small Lake in the Sudetenland

D: Maly Staw

by Tomek Zuk, 480 meters away

Maly Staw

E: Schronisko Samotnia

by Tomek Zuk, 540 meters away

Schronisko Samotnia

F: The Giant Mountains - The Small Pond

by Grzegorz Jóźków, 650 meters away

View on glacial lake The Small Pond (Mały Staw) and mountain hut "Samotnia" in polish part of The Gia...

The Giant Mountains - The Small Pond

G: Mountain hut "Strzecha Akademicka"

by Tomek Zuk, 740 meters away

Mountain hut "Strzecha Akademicka"

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by Patryk Szarek, 1.2 km away

I: Rownia Pod Sniezka

by Dariusz GORAL, 1.7 km away

Rownia Pod Sniezka

J: Karpacz

by Patryk Szarek, 1.8 km away

Karpacz

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