High and Low Tatras
The Tatras are undoubtedly one of the most distinctive symbols of Slovakia.
They form the highest part of the Carpathians and are located in the northern part of Slovakia on the border with Poland. The mountain range in Slovakia covers an area of 610 km². Their alpine character is accentuated by 30 peaks over 2,500 m above sea level. m ..
The High Tatras was declared the first national park in Slovakia (TANAP) in 1949.
Rocky peaks (Gerlachovský peak, Kriváň, Rysy, Lomnický peak), deep glacial valleys (Mengusovská valley, Veľká and Malá Studená dolina), moraine and tarns (Štrbské pleso, Skalnaté pleso) were created in the High Tatras.
In the area there are villages with many historical monuments (Kežmarok, Poprad) and important tourist centers (Starý Smokovec, Štrbské Pleso, Tatranská Lomnica, Ždiar).
Mountains provide its visitors with a wide range of possibilities and trips in summer and winter. Families with children, tourists, as well as lovers of history and natural beauties come into their own.
The Low Tatras stretches 80 km between the valleys of the Váh and Hron. In 1978 the Low Tatras were declared a national park (NAPANT).
The main ridge reaches a height of over 2000 m. The highest peaks are Ďumbier (2043 m), Chopok (2024 m), Dereše (2004 m), Chabenec (1955 m) and Kráľova hoľa (1948 m).
The Low Tatras are one of the most visited mountains in Slovakia. Nevertheless, in the eastern part, between Čertovica saddle and Kráľova hoľa, there are still real forests, which are interesting for hiking.
For example, the ridge section from Chopok to Čertovice is attractive for tourists. It offers beautiful views of the Low Tatras valleys.
The best equipped tourist resorts are located in the middle of the Low Tatras, in two valleys below Chopok. In the northern part lies the Demänovská Valley with recreational settlements, in Lucky, Zahradky and Jasna.
In the south there is the Bystrá Valley with centers Tále, Srdiečko and Kosodrevina and the recreational village Mýto pod Ďumbierom.
In the central part of the mountain is a ski resort in the saddle Certovica.
In the western part, the main starting point for hikes is the village of Donovaly, in the eastern part of Liptovská Teplička and Telgárt. The main tourist starting point for the Chopok-sever (Demänovská dolina) is Liptovský Mikuláš, for the Chopok-south (Bystrá dolina, Krpáčovo) Podbrezová and Brezno
This area offers swimming opportunities (Bešeňová, Čierny Váh, Krpacovo, Liptovska Mara, Liptovsky Jan, Aquapark Tatralandia, Tale) and cave visits (Bystrianska Cave, Demanovska Ice Cave, Demanovska Cave of Freedom, Cave of the Dead Bats, Vazecka Cave).