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Top 10 in the High Tatras

Beauties and attractions in the High Tatras cannot be counted on the fingers of one hand, let alone on two. Yet, we have chosen ten natural beauties for you that are worth seeing. They will impress you with their majesty.

BelianskaThe cave of Belianska jaskyňa is definitely one of such natural beauties. It is the only cave open to the public. It is located inside Kobylí vrch (hill) over the settlement of Tatranská kotlina and was declared a national natural landmark. It was open to the public in 1882 and has the richest dripstone (sinter) decoration of all caves in the Tatras. Only 1,370 m are made accessible of its total length of 3,829 m. There is an interesting system of lights that was installed already in 1896. The cave is closed during the winter season due to the reconstruction of the railing system!

skok

Among beauties of water created by nature are waterfalls Vodopád Skok and Kmeťov vodopád. Vodopád Skok is literally “jumping” in Mlynická dolina (valley). It is fed by the brook Mlynica, which falls down from a height of 100 m and looks as if it was jumping. That´s why it is called “Jump” (=skok) in Slovak. The waterfall is 25 m long and is the richest waterfall in the High Tatras as for the amount of water. On the other hand, Kmeťov vodopád is the longest waterfall in the High Tatras. It is 80 m long and located in the valley Nefcerka.

strbskeThe history and natural character of the Tatras is closely related to tarns. The most popular and most visited one is Štrbské pleso. It is the second largest tarn in Slovakia and its beauties can be admired both when standing on the shore or sitting in a boat.

HincVeľké Hincovo pleso is another beautiful tarn among top ten natural phenomena. It is the largest and deepest kettle tarn in the Slovak part of the High Tatras. It is located at the altitude of 1,946 m in Hincová kotlina (basin), in the upper part of Mengusovská dolina (valley). It is 53 m deep and has the total area of 20.08 ha.

koprovaValleys located at the foot of the mountains are interwoven with tourist trails. If you decide to follow them, you won´t regret it. They offer beautiful panoramic views you will fall for. One of them is Kôprová dolina (valley). It is a 12 km long territory with many side valleys. A tourist trail crossing the valley leads the tourists to real nature´s riches. Green meadows, thick forests or banks of Kôprovský potok (brook). It crosses Hlinská dolina (valley), continues to Vyšné Kôprovské sedlo (saddle) up to Mengusovská dolina (valley). When following the trail, tourists can even climb Kôprovský štít (peak), which rises above the valley together with Mt. Kriváň.

KrivanMt. Kriváň is an imposing peak located in the western part of the High Tatras, rising to the altitude of 2,494.7 m. It has several ridges, of which the southern and south-western ones are accessible for tourists.

Mt. Lomnický štít is one of the most famous peaks of the High Tatras and the second highest peak in Slovakia. It reaches the altitude of 2,633.8 m and its summit resembles a three-sided pyramid. It became popular thanks to a suspension cableway operating from Skalnaté Pleso. Tourists can climb it from Lomnické sedlo (saddle). However, with a mountain guide only.

To compete the trio, there is Gerlachovský štít, the highest peak of the Tatras and the whole Carpathian Mountains rising to the altitude of 2,654.4 m.

The “top 10” includes one saddle called Sedielko. It is located between the peaks of Zadný Ľadový štít and Široká veža at the altitude of 2,376 m. It is the highest located saddle and connects the valleys Malá Studená dolina and Zadná Javorová dolina. You can climb it in both directions – from settlements of Starý Smokovec or Tatranská Javorina.

The last but not least of ten most spectacular natural beauties is the Wall of Mt. Malý Kežmarský štít, which is the largest rock wall in the High Tatras. It reaches a height of 900 m and is popular with rock climbers.

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