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5 reasons why is Slovakia a hidden treasure for hikers

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The inspiration to write this article came from my 2 English guests, with whom I had spent a few days exploring Slovakia in the beginning of June. They wanted to see the Slovak nature and mountains, so our destinations – the High Tatras and Slovak Paradise, were clear. We stayed in Tatranska Lomnica, the small village situated at the foot of the Lomnicky stit peak. After hiking and eating delicious food for 3 days in a row, they were captivated by Slovakia and during the last evening they even told me: “Slovakia is a hidden treasure”.

5 things, I´ve learned about Slovakia during their stay:

1. Adventurous hiking

They said that in comparison for example with the Alps, the hiking in the High Tatras is more adventurous and the High Tatras are not so overcrowded (except the weekends in July and August). The hiking trails are partially built up, but not as well as those in the Alps. Therefore sometimes you have to be careful where you step or sometimes you even have to climb while holding the chains. This kind of hiking will also help you to forget about your daily problems, because you have to concentrate your mind only on the way ahead.

One of many hiking trails in the High Tatras
Adventure hikes through gorges of the Slovak Paradise

 

2. Beautiful views everywhere you look

It really doesn´t matter which mountain you choose to hike, because you can be 100% sure, that after you reach it, you can enjoy beautiful views all around you. As we were ascending to the top of the peak above the Štrbské pleso, called – the Predné Solisko, they said, “It’s amazing. There are mountains everywhere you look.”

On the top of the Low Tatras mountains
The famous lake in Tatras – Strbske pleso

3. Lots of forests and greenery

As we were driving across the country, heading to the High Tatras, they also noticed and mentioned that Slovakia is really green country with lots of forests and greenery.

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Hiking trail in the forest
Greenery

4. Slovak cuisine

Delicious Slovak meals, big portions and reasonable prices. All these impressed them very much and they were happy to finally eat some good food after constant eating of Fish & Chips. Of course you have to know which restaurants are worth it and which aren’t. Fortunately, I chose only the good ones. 🙂

Bryndzove halušky – our most national meal you can get 🙂

5. The tourist infrastructure

The tourist infrastructure in our most visited areas is quite good developed. They were pleasantly surprised by the number of mountain huts and the possibilities where you can have a rest during or after the hike and enjoy a cup of coffee, beer or even eat something to boost your energy.

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Hut by Lake Green
Mountain hotel by Lake Popradske
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4 thoughts on “5 reasons why is Slovakia a hidden treasure for hikers
  • Michaela

    Hi Martin, I want to ask you for some hiking tips. We're going to Štrbské pleso at the end of August and we have only whole 3 days there. Could you please advise us some trails that we need to see? I want something adventurous (some leaders and chains) :-) I was thinking maybe Rysy or Koprovsky stit? Are that trails for one day? Thank you! Misa

    • Martin

      Hi Michaela, thank you for the question. As you want to experience more adventurous hikes I recommend you to do round hike through Mlynicka and Furkotska valleys and also Rysy is an adventurous hike. These hikes are quite difficult, so on the 2nd or 3rd day you would appreciate going only for example to Zamkovskeho chata from Stary Smokovec. Have a nice vacation and if you had more questions, you…

  • Monika
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    Hi, I've read that some of the hiking trails are closed until 15 of June and we are traveling in May. How to know which routes will not be available?

    • Martin Talač

      Hi Monika, yes you can find the list for example here: http://www.tatryportal.sk/en/high-tatras-national-park/ Basically you can walk to all of the mountain huts, except Chata pod Rysmi, but you are not allowed to walk any further, you should walk back the same way. Then you can also walk the red path from Hrebienok to Popradske pleso or in the other direction too. I hope I helped you Martin

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