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The Tatras mountains (Tatry) are Slovakia's biggest attraction for most foreign tourists – and with a splendid, jagged central massif rising abruptly out of a green plain, it's easy to see why, even from distance.

For all their majesty, the High Tatras are surprisignly compact – about 25 km from west to east. They are relatively young, their sharp summits and broad valleys carved by glaciers. Three dozen valleys contain over 1000 tarns, small glacial lakes, and dense pine forest skirts the range below 1600 m.

Naturally, they are a magnet for fresh-air enthusiasts from all over Europe. They're heavily developed, and in high summer and winter densely crowded.

The Tatras are part of the 795 sq km Tatry National Park (Tatransky narodny park), Czechoslovakia's first national park, founded in 1949. The range also extends into Poland, where there is also a national park.

The park's administrative centre, and the main gateaway to the Tatras, is Poprad. At the foot of the central range i a string of resort 'villages' that began as sanatoria centres, to which Europeans flocked for the 'climate cure'. Stary Smokovec was the first, founded in the 1870s. They're administered from Poprad, though Stary Smokovec now has some administrative independance.

Stretching up across the mountains are hundeds of kilometres of trails, with enough day hikers and superb long walks to keep you here for years. You can enjoy Limnicky Stit without walking at all, thanks to an audacious cable car to the summit.

The main east-west regional highway passes through Poprad, while an upper road joins all the resorts in a line. Stary Smokovec, at 990 m, is the biggest resort centre, with the most facilities and connections. To the west is the touritsty Strbske Pleso (1350 m), and to the east the more peaceful Tatranska Lomnica (850 m). Poprad is linked to all the resorts by road and a convenient train.

  • Last visit to Vysoke Tatry: Aug 2002
  • Intro Updated Dec 6, 2002
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  • GentleSpirit's Profile Photo
    Aug 24, 2012 at 8:45 PM

    Great Deal on the house. I didn't get to go into Poprad at all, would have loved to stay in the tatras for a few days more

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Dec 9, 2009 at 9:31 AM

    A pretty area, and the deal on the house sounds excellent!

  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Jun 6, 2009 at 2:41 AM

    Jerca, excellent page about Vysoke Tatry, which we visited two years ago. We stayed a few days in Poprad and explored the High Tatry from there. We have even been to Strba, so I know most of the places you mention here. Well done.

  • Redang's Profile Photo
    Apr 10, 2007 at 10:47 AM

    ¡Qué bonita página!

  • barryg23's Profile Photo
    Aug 22, 2006 at 12:52 PM

    Very nice page on the Tatras. I like the soudn of that beer and wine!

  • sourbugger's Profile Photo
    Oct 8, 2005 at 11:45 AM

    aahh the tatras - one of my favourite corners on earth

  • Zo72's Profile Photo
    Sep 9, 2004 at 2:46 PM

    Nice Tatry page!

  • vdoortje's Profile Photo
    Jun 7, 2004 at 5:41 AM

    Oh, I love this place!! I have been there twice. The first time we went up to the Lomnicky Stit and saw nothing because of bad weather up there. Freezing! In July! Second time the sever wind prevent us! I would love see it in clear weather, but the crowd!

  • May 24, 2004 at 5:34 AM

    Jerca excellant page. Your pages gave lot of information about this place which is unknown to me. Thanks for sharing.

  • travelife's Profile Photo
    May 11, 2004 at 7:38 AM

    Wonderful pics of Tatry! Have to come back!!

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