High Tatras Of Slovakia: 10 Fun Facts

The reason that not everyone in the world is as deeply in love with the High Tatras as us is probably that most people have never heard about it. We’ve already collected some reasons to love it and now it’s time to share some interesting facts. So here’s what you didn’t know about the High Tatras of Slovakia:

About the park

Hiking to Krivan, High Tatras of Slovakia

High Tatras (in Slovak: Vysoké Tatry) National Park is the first national park in Slovakia, founded in 1948.

It’s the first European cross-border national park together with Tatra National Park (Tatrzański Park Narodowy) in Poland (founded in 1954).

High Tatras are the only mountains of Alpine type in the whole Carpathian Mountain range.

Highest peaks

Hiking to Krivan, High Tatras of Slovakia

The highest point of Slovakia is one of the peaks of the High Tatras: Gerlachovský štít (Gerlach Peak), 2655 m. There’s no marked trail to the peak. (Only members of a national UIAA club are allowed to climb the peak on their own, everyone else should be accompanied by a certified mountain guide).

Lomnický Peak (2634 m) is the second highest peak of the High Tatras accessible only by cable car from Skalnaté pleso (Rocky Mountain Lake).

Small Cold Valley, High Tatras of Slovakia

Rysy (2503 m) is the highest peak of High Tatras accessible by marked route. It’s technically on the border between Slovakia and Poland.

Kriváň peak (2494 m) is the symbol of Slovakia. It is said that every Slovak has to climb to the top at least once in his lifetime.

Mountain lakes

Hiking to Rysy, High Tatras of Slovakia

There are more than 100 alpine lakes in the High Tatras.

The biggest and deepest lake is Veľké Hincovo pleso. Its maximum depth is 53 m and its surface is frozen for most part of the year.

The most easily accessible mountain lakes are Štrbské pleso and Popradské pleso.

+1. The greatest danger

Mlynicka Valley, High Tatras, Slovakia

The greatest danger in the High Tatras? It’s the sudden change of weather: significant fall of temperature in the middle of a hot day often followed by a storm or hail. It’s typical especially in the summer.

Have you ever heard about the High Tatras? Is it on your bucket list?



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By Beata Urmos

Bea is the co-founder of Our Wanders. She’s the writer and the trip organizer, and she’d love to help you plan your own amazing trips! She likes hiking, good novels and chocolate, as well. Her motto is: “A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.” (John A. Shedd)


  1. Thanks, Faye! Tatras are not so well-known, but they are astonishing! 🙂
    Secret gem of Slovakia? Little Fatra and Slovak Paradise National Parks are maybe even lesser known than the Tatras but we also love them very much. They are so charming with lots of small glens, canyons and waterfalls (like Diery Gorges in Little Fatra, Sucha Bela, Falcon Valley in Slovak Paradise).

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