The town of Vysoké Tatry
has an area of 380 km2 and is the second largest town in Slovakia. It covers the majority of the Tatra National Park and is formed of 15 town parts that were individual settlements originally. They are all connected by the main road called Road of Freedom leading from Podbanské to Tatranská Kotlina. The administrative centre is the settlement of Starý Smokovec, which is one of the most significant centres of tourism along with Tatranská Lomnica. The town of Vysoké Tatry was established in 1947 and has 4150 permanent inhabitants. In October 2008, the towns of Vysoké Tatry and Poprad were visited by Her Majesty, Queen Elisabeth II. She also made a trip to Hrebienok by a funicular.
is the largest town of the Spiš region as for the number of inhabitants. Due to its location, it is called the “entrance gate to the High Tatras “. Poprad is located on the river Poprad in Popradská kotlina (basin) between the High and Belianske Tatra Mts. (in the north), Levočské vrchy Mts. (in the east), Kozie chrbty Mts. (in the south).
The present town of Poprad is formed of five former towns of the Upper Spiš region and one former settlement: Old Town, Matejovce, Spišská Sobota, Stráže pod Tatrami, Veľká and Kvetnica. The most significant of them was Spišská Sobota, which kept its primacy until the late 19th century. Today, its centre reminds of past times and is the most precious one of all as for architecture.
Real history of the town of Poprad began in ancient times already. Life hasn´t stopped in this territory since then. Working tools, ceramics, weapons – all this proves that there was pulsing life and trade in the territory of Poprad and its neighbourhood thousands of years before the birth of Christ and didn´t stop at the turn of eras either.
is a settlement under the Tatras located at the southern foot of the High Tatras at the altitude of 829 metres, which makes it the highest located settlement in Slovakia. The settlement offers a beautiful view of the High Tatras panorama in the north and ridges and deep valleys of the Low Tatras in the south. This distinctive settlement combines modern times with old traditions. One can even see older women wearing local folk costumes here every day. There are original wooden houses and barns located next to modern houses. The settlement is typical for traditional farming but is experiencing a big boom of tourism, hiking and recreation too. The settlement includes a part called Tatranská Štrba and a significant centre of tourism and winter sports- Štrbské Pleso, which are interconnected by a rag railway.
is the highest located tourist spa. It stretches on the southern bank of the tarn of Štrbské pleso at the altitude of 1,346 m. It experienced a big boom in 1970, when the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships took place. The cancelled steam rag railway was replaced by a new electric one at that time. The first simple hostels that were built in the settlement were followed by luxurious buildings on the tarn bank that formed a spa later. Today, it is a significant sports centre of Nordic skiing and a popular and modern holiday destination for families with children.