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National Park of High Tatras

Nature Interest

The oldest of our protected areas, the National Park of Tatras (TANAP) in the north of Slovakia, was founded in 1949. It covers the high-mountain area of the Tatras and it is the unique protected area of flora and fauna among the tallest European high mountains situated north of the Alps.

The National Park of High Tatras was established as the first of its kind in Slovakia. Five years later the Polish side of the Tatras won a similar statute. Along with its Polish part, the High Tatras constitute the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve since 1993. The administrative headquarters of the National Park is located in Tatranská Lomnica.

The TANAP contains mountain and high-mountain plants such as dwarf pine, pine woods and a wonderful flora. Rare animal species such as the eagle, bear, or marmot live here as well. The chamois is the symbol of Tatras. It is one of the most precious species, as it developed in isolation since the glacial age. This is the reason why it differs from its relatives living in the Alps or Apennines. Its protection is extremely strict because only 1000 animals survive at present.

The tallest mountain of Slovakia is one of the peaks of the High Tatras - Gerlachovský štít (2,655 m). Symbol of the country though is the mountain Kriváň. The Park contains more than 100 alpine lakes and several waterfalls. The biggest and deepest lake of the Tatras is the Veľké Hincovo pleso, while the one situated highest is the lake Modré pleso (2,192 metres above sea level). The most visited lakes are the Štrbské pleso and Popradské pleso.

The only cave open to public in the TANAP is the Belianska jaskyňa.

For the sake of security, the hiking paths in the high-mountain levels of the TANAP are closed from 1 November to 15 June. Visitors accompanied by mountain guides are allowed to divert or abandon officially marked hiking routes only between 16 June and 31 October.

The Museum of TANAP in Tatranská Lomnica founded in 1957 provides exhausting information about TANAP and its inhabitants. In fact, it is the best source of information before one visits the mountains, as it offers the natural and overall history of the place.

Among the best localities to choose for access to the TANAP is the town Poprad and the tourist resorts Starý Smokovec, Tatranská Lomnica, Štrbské pleso (the highest situated tourist resort). The mountain ranges of Západné Tatry - Roháče are best accessible from tourist centre Zuberec.

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Places Around

Ždiar - typical Goral community

Ždiar - typical Goral community

ŽDIAR is a typical Goral community situated between the mountains of the Belianske Tatry and Spišská Magura. It is a tourist centre and the starting point for trips to the mountains Belianske Tatry.

Ranč Čajka

Ranč Čajka

AGROTURISTIKA - možnosť zapojiť sa do chodu gazdovsta a chaty, starostlivosť o zvieratá, ich kŕmenie, čistenie koní, osedlanie koní, pomoc pri ustajnení koní, napájaní, vyhnojovaní, kosiť čerstvú trávu, jazda na traktore. Túto možnosť oceňujú rodičia s deťmi, ktoré tak majú možnosť naučiť sa veľa o zvieratách a prírode, ale aj dospelí milovníci prírody, alebo pod neustálym tlakom pracujúci manažéri. JAZDA NA KONI je pre niektorých jedinečným zážitkom, atrakciou ale aj koníčkom, ktorému venujú celý svoj život. Pre tých čo sa chcú povoziť, naučiť sa jazdiť, starať sa o kone, objednať si celé stádo pre svoje podujatie, jazdiť na saniach, nočné jazdy, výlety po okolí a iné.

Motorest Goral

Motorest Goral

Slovenská tradícia v kuchyni. Meníme obyčajný obed na skvelé zážitky.

Restaurant & Pension Vyšná

Restaurant & Pension Vyšná

Penzión leží uprostred obce Smižany, v blízkosti Slovenského raja, možnosti pešej turistiky.

Ranč pod Ostrou skalou

Ranč pod Ostrou skalou

Ranč pod Ostrou skalou neďaleko Dobšinskej ľadovej jaskyne, to je pravý western.

Vysoké Tatry – Starý Smokovec

Vysoké Tatry – Starý Smokovec

The Vysoké Tatry – Starý Smokovec is an ideal ski area for families with children and beginners. Day and night sledding from Hriebenok is among the best winter experiences in the Tatras.

Spa Vysoké Tatry - Nový Smokovec

Spa Vysoké Tatry - Nový Smokovec

The unique alpine climate of the Vysoké Tatry and its beneficial effect on human organism was one of the main reasons to establish climatic spa in this mountain range, particularly in the settlement Nový Smokovec. MUDr. Nikolaus Szontágh, a physician who possessed some experience from the Alps, founded the spa and opened the first sanatorium in 1876.

Spa Tatranská Polianka

Spa Tatranská Polianka

The tradition of the sanatorium in Tatranská Polianka specializing in the treatment of respiratory system diseases dates back as early as the 19th century. Tatranská Polianka is located 1005 metres above sea level, in the forest zone in a slightly cold area. Due to dry air, a favourable sunlight ratio, lower air pressure, lower oxygen pressure and moderate day temperatures without major variations, the climate in the Tatras is perfect for patients with lung diseases.

Vysoké Tatry – Tatranská Lomnica

Vysoké Tatry – Tatranská Lomnica

The Tatranská Lomnica ski area is home to Lomnické sedlo, the highest and steepest piste starting at an elevation of 2,190 m above sea level, with 1,300 m of vertical, a 5-month snow guarantee, the latest chair and gondola lifts and expanded pistes widened to 60 m.

Lučivná Spa

Lučivná Spa

Lučivná Climatic Spa is located amid a forest park in a scenic area below the Tatras.It is situated 816 metres above sea level. The facility specializes in providing spa treatment to children suffering from non-tuberculous diseases of the respiratory tract.

Aquapark Aquacity

Aquapark Aquacity

AquaCity Poprad is a modern and eco-friendly tourist resort which is literally self-sufficient in terms of energy. Using geothermal water and solar energy on a daily basis prevents tonnes of carbon dioxide from being released into the atmosphere. AquaCity manages to cut energy costs and return the savings back to customers in the form of affordable eco-friendly luxury.

Snowpark Lučivná

Snowpark Lučivná

Snowpark Lučivná ponúka lyžovanie v malebnom prostredí podtatranského kraja s krásnym panoramatickým výhľadom na Vysoké Tatry.

Vysoké Tatry – Štrbské Pleso

Vysoké Tatry – Štrbské Pleso

Štrbské Pleso, the highest situated settlement in the Tatras Mountains, offers 9 km of easy to moderately difficult ski runs on the southern slopes of Predné Solisko, which are popular especially with families and advanced skiers.

Ždiar - typical Goral community

Ždiar - typical Goral community

ŽDIAR is a typical Goral community situated between the mountains of the Belianske Tatry and Spišská Magura. It is a tourist centre and the starting point for trips to the mountains Belianske Tatry.

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