Slovakia

High Tatras, hiking in Slovakia

29 May 2019

Slovakia is a country that is not immediately associated as a tourist destination and is still a relatively unknown area for Belgian travelers and hike enthusiasts. The Tatras region is forming an area on the border of Slovakia and Poland. This region is known as the Tatra National Park and consists of 4 parts, namely: Belianske Tatras, High Tatras, Low Tatras and Western Tatras.

Endless nature in Tatras Slovakia

Hiking pleasure in the smallest alpine mountains in Europe, the Tatras

Tatra Mountains, one of the most beautiful views of Slovakia

This region charmed us especially with its beautiful nature and beautiful mountain landscapes. The Liptov region contains about 50 mountain peaks of over 2000 meters, so every hiker will find a bit of a challenge here. The Tatra is not just a beautiful piece of nature, it is a UNESCO biosphere reserve and is often called “the smallest alpine mountains in Europe“.

Some practical numbers:
  • 1800 km hiking trails
  • 1150 km of cycle paths
  • 1000 km of ski slopes and 230 km of maintained cross-country ski runs
  • different caves
  • water parks, thermal spring baths

High Tatras nature

Tourism in Tatras, a busy place or endless rest?

Strbske Pleso, the photogenic mountain lake

The Tatras is a well-known holiday resort among the Polish population, but for many other European tourists this is a fairly unknown region. Of course, some places are more touristy than others. The most famous, and also highest situated village in the High Tatras, is without a doubt Strbske Pleso. The magic of this place is without a doubt the beautiful mountain lake that is surrounded by several snowy peaks. It is the perfect starting point for various hikes.

 Instagram proof, definitely yes!

Feeling like a queen in the Kempinski High Tatras hotel

If you prefer to enjoy the mountain landscape in  a peaceful way, you can definitely consider an overnight stay in the Kempinski high Tatras hotel. This ‘high-end’ 5-star hotel gives you a good feeling with its fairytale appearance. One of our favourite spots in the hotel is the luxurious spa and swimming pool where you can enjoy a beautiful view of the mountain ranges.

Liptovska Mara, Slovakia’s most famous water reservoir

The “Slovak” or “Liptov” sea is the largest water reservoir in Slovakia. Liptovska Mara is a popular summer attraction because of its various water sports, from wakeboarding to yachting. We did a relaxing tour on the lake of 22 km2, but if you want to enjoy the necessary amount of rest you can relax on one of the different beaches along the lake. Sunbathing, sailing, fishing, swimming or hiking, you name it!

 If you prefer to go for a walk, you should definitely take the short walk to the dam. Here you have a good view over the lake and the characteristic white church on the shore.

Spotting from the boat on Lake Liptovska Mara in Slovakia

Skalnate Pleso, a hike with som height-adrenaline

Experienced hikers are guaranteed to have a great time in the Tatras Mountains. On the other hand, the less trained hikers certainly do not have to worry. If you prefer to avoid the altimeters, you can take the cable car from Tatranska Lombica to Skalnate Pleso (1.751 meters). You can also take the ‘green marked tourist trail’ or ‘red marked tourist trail’ in order to find a tailor-made walk. The red cable car will take you to the 2nd highest peak in Slovakia, the Lomnicky Top. There are several possibilities, such as a walk to the astronomical and meteorological observatory. The walks will show you the varied fauna and flora of the high Tatras Mountains, as well as small waterfalls (such as the Hrebienok waterfalls).

High Tatras Lomnicky mountains

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The new treetop walk in Bechledka

The latest addition to the Tatras area in 2019 is the so-called “Treetop Walkway“in the Eastern Tatras. The walk is located at an altitude of 24 meters and is 1.2 km long. What is the advantage of this hike? The beautiful view of the Tatra National Park, Pieniny and the picturesque Zamagurie. Do you miss some adrenaline on this hike? Then you can still opt for the longest bobsleigh track of the entire Tatras area!

In the summer of 2019, the new panoramic restaurant will be opened!

The hiking trail  is open to the public all year-round.

 Treetopwalk: 10,00 euro and for children 7,5 euro

 Treetopwalk + cableway: 20,00 euro and for children 16,00 euro

Practical: how to get there?

From Belgium, the most plausible option is the plane. From Brussels you can fly to different airports, namely:

  • Krakow (140 km)
  • Kosice (110 km)
  • Bratislava (280 km)
  • Budapest (250 km)

 Looking for another beautiful hiking destination? Read here all about our hiking adventures in Saalbach, Austria!

The beautiful Glacial Lakes in Strbske Pleso

This blog was created through the collaboration with Enjoy Tatras and the Slovak Ministry of Transport and Construction.

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