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2/2/2017
Explore the mystical mountains of High Tatras
Explore the mystical mountains of High Tatras

There are very few places quite as breath taking as Slovakia's most famous mountain range, the High Tatras. Majestic, serene and vast, the area stretches across the northern part of Slovakia and edges into Poland. A popular location for hikers, winter sports enthusiasts and those who wish to escape to a virtually untouched landscape, the High Tatras has exceptional beauty at every turn.

A visit to the High Tatras often begins at Vysoké Tatry, the town located at the foot of the mountain range. Located in Slovakia, the town actually comprises 14 settlements which were once individual villages. A truly enchanting place, it is unsurprising that Vysoké Tatry is home to a collection of the area's most popular resorts.

Retreat to Štrbské Pleso
Located within Vysoké Tatry is Štrbské Pleso, the popular ski resort is defined by its remarkable glacial lake. Guests of Grand Hotel Kempinski High Tatras can admire views of the azure waters from the comfort of their rooms, with the crystal clear lake surrounding the entire area. Only a short distance from some of the area's largest peaks, hikers and skiers always have plenty to do.

Explore the Belianska Cave
In the heart of the High Tatras, you will find Belianska Cave. Discovered in the 18th century but believed to be of pre-historic origin, it is the only cave in the region open to the public. Access is granted to all ages throughout the entire year.

Inside, stalactites attractively line the ceiling and tranquil waterfalls can also be discovered. A visit to the Music Hall is a must - this area of the cave is known for its beautiful, superior acoustics which can be appreciated as water cascades into the pool below.

Take to the slopes
During the colder months, the High Tatras are transformed into a winter wonderland. Crisp, white snow covers the landscape, making the region ideal for winter sports. With a cable car providing access to various peaks and lots of facilities to rent ski equipment, skiers and snowboarders of all abilities can enjoy the snow.

High Tatras Cable Car

Štrbské Pleso, Tatranská Lomnica and Starý Smokovec are among the most popular destinations for skiers in the High Tatras range.

Hike Slovakia's peaks
There are many notable peaks throughout the High Tatras, each presenting their own level of hiking difficulty. Numerous routes are open to hikers, enabling even the less experienced to enjoy the striking landscape. From gentle, leisurely strolls to demanding, all-day climbs, the High Tatras offers it all.

Well-practised climbers should head to Gerlachovský štít, the highest peak the High Tatras. With an elevation of 2,654m it is best suited to the most adventurous climbers, and those who wish to scale the peak must hire a skilled mountain guide to accompany them. At the top, tranquil and stunning views greet visitors, making the challenging ascent completely worthwhile.

Often named Slovakia's most beautiful peak, Kriváň stands at 2,494m tall. An accessible route from Štrbské Pleso, exceptional views are guaranteed, either looking towards the mountain or from its peaks. Distinguished by its crooked edge, Kriváň is a must-see for all nature lovers.

A cableway connecting visitors to Lomnický štít, the second highest peak in the High Tatras, enables every visitor to appreciate the true beauty of the jagged, magnificent mountains from an ideal height. Get on at Tatranská Lomnica and travel up amongst the clouds to your destination.

With its unrivalled beauty, the High Tatras offers picture-perfect scenery all year round. A dream-like location, it displays Slovakia in its most natural and beautiful form. Guests at Grand Hotel Kempinski High Tatras are situated within the very heart of the mountain range, which can be accessed easily by car from Poprad-Tatry Airport, Krakow Airport and Košice Airport.

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