For anyone stumbling upon this question, or for your future hikes in Tatra Mountains.
I recommend this website: mapa-turystyczna.pl
It is in Polish only, but it uses interactive Google maps, which is self explanatory and great for planning routes. All you need to know is that:
"z" means "from",
"do" means "to",
(and after clicking on a point) "ustaw jako ...
Depends on how old the kids are and where exactly you want to go.
I went to the Lower Tatra (somewhere near Liptovský Mikuláš) with my parents when i was around 10, and we used to go hiking up the mountains or for a half day long walks around the many trails. The trails on to of the mountains at this time where more or less just flat stones placed next to ...
Unless you leave your car in the middle of a forest for a month, it is highly unlikely that you find it without wheels.
In Tatras, there are parkings near the entrance to most trails. They normally charge 20-30PLN (= 5-7EUR) per day. If you start from a town (e.g. Zakopane), you can simply leave it on a street parking. In 2012 I left a car here and I didn't ...
The ADAC provides a nice map that allows for route calculation, but also displays all the campsites along a route. I checked your route from Antwerps to the Tatra national park and basically, the campsites along the route are so dense that it doesn't really matter:
In Poland, there is basically every 50 to 100 kilometres a camping site directly next to the ...
Polish mountain shelters are operated by PTTK (Polish Tourist and Sightseeing Society).
They have site with list of their shelters in Tarta mountains. By clicking More you get detailed description, contact and price information.
I managed to find a very readable set of maps here:
but they are only in Polish I am afraid. The routes are marked in colour dashed lines (the colour corresponds to the colour of the signs marked on the trail), the other symbols used seem rather standard.
Firstly, you cannot legally camp in Tatras. There are no designated places for camping and you risk being fined (66EUR in 2009 (1)). I am writing in EUR as it is probably easier to understand than PLN. The shelters will take EUR as well as PLN (on both sides of the border, I imagine).
There are many shelters on both Polish and Slovakian sides (map, in ...
I don't how old are your kids, but in polish mountains there are few trails for children:
Chochołowska Valley (green trail)
Kościeliska Valley (also green trail)
Ścieżka pod reglami/Ścieżka nad reglami (I don't how to translate its name to english)
the path from Palenica glade (Polana Palenica) to Morskie Oko - there are a lot of tourists every year, but ...
We did a bit more research and decided for bus to Zakopane, operated by www.strama.eu, departs Tatranska Lomnica 4 times a day.
We then took the Train from Zakopane to Krakow.
The total amount of time was a bit longer than only bus, but we wanted to keep the bus leg as short as possible.
TigerExpress runs direct minibuses. Neither they, nor their parent company LEO Express, have information on car seats on their websites.
If you want to take the train, you could take this bus to Nowy Targ and change to a train there. The total journey world take longer and cost a bit extra.