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Tourism in the High Tatras

TOURISTS did not always have the stylish outfits they do today. This photo from 1923 shows travelers below the peaks of the High Tatras in hiking gear of the time. Ladies usually wore skirts, or even dresses, and men were sometimes in suits with a tie.

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TOURISTS did not always have the stylish outfits they do today. This photo from 1923 shows travelers below the peaks of the High Tatras in hiking gear of the time. Ladies usually wore skirts, or even dresses, and men were sometimes in suits with a tie.

Prior to the First World War, visitors to the Tatras were mostly wealthy tourists from Vienna, Budapest and Berlin, who were lured by the mountains' untouched nature, and lower prices than in the Alps.

It wasn't until after the war that more tourists from Slovakia and Bohemia started to pour into the Tatras. In 1927, a total of 19,250 tourists visited the range's two biggest centres, Štrbské Pleso and Tatranská Lomnica.


By Branislav Chovan

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