The Slovak Spectator

Magical autumn in the High Tatras

Autumn is the perfect season to explore the Tatras, regardless of your age or physical condition.

The weather is stable and pleasant in the cooler season, guaranteeing visitors breath-taking views and a remarkable symphony of colours. It was the dynamic nature of the High Tatras that inspired the prestigious Lonely Planet travel portal to declare the most famous mountain range in Slovakia the top European destination of 2019. www.regiontatry.sk

All age groups will fall in love with the attractive tourist trails leading through the valleys, up to the alpine chalets and around the most beautiful tarns of the Tatras. The magical mountains will also wow visitors with its 2,000-metre-high peaks, saddles with heavenly views as well as its fascinating world of animals and plants.

More experienced tourists can choose from over 300 km of marked trails and recharge their batteries at 12 alpine chalets. Visitors who prefer easier trips can set out for educational trails in the area of Štrbské Pleso and Starý Smokovec. www.strbskepleso.sk

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Spectacular panoramas of the High Tatras are also accessible via cableways, which operate from Starý Smokovec to Hrebienok, from Štrbské Pleso to Mt Solisko and from Tatranská Lomnica to Skalnaté Pleso, where a chairlift continues to Lomnické sedlo (saddle) and a cable car to Mt Lomnický štít. www.vt.sk

The High Tatras region is famous for its long, rich spa history. It was the spa tradition that gave rise to the establishment of the first settlements in the Tatras, which are still sought-after by tourists from all around the world thanks to the perfect combination of a mountain climate, clean air, beautiful nature and spa treatments. Health tourism has gained popularity in the High Tatras in recent years and includes not only the classic spa experience, but also a wide variety of wellness breaks that are meant to relax and rejuvenate. www.vysoketatry.sk

If you love history, be sure to visit the town of Poprad, which is known as the entrance gate of the High Tatras. There are several guided town tours to choose from, such as the St. Egidius Church tour, where tourists can climb the church tower and enjoy panoramic views of the High Tatras. Just as dynamic as Poprad is Spišská Sobota, where visitors can travel back in time and admire well-preserved town houses on the main square and the grand St. George Church.

If you feel like exploring this picturesque hub, renting public bikes, which are available for free throughout the town, is highly recommended. www.visitpoprad.sk

Aquacity Poprad is the ideal destination to recuperate with your family and kids after a town tour. The water park in Poprad guarantees an extensive offer of top-class wellness services in a two-storey wellness centre, where kids can enjoy various water attractions, water slides and a 3D laser show in the pools. www.aquacity.sk

The Tatras, rich in possibilities and beauty, are also budget-friendly. You can choose an accommodation establishment that provides clients with the regional TATRY Card, which offers unlimited ecological tram and rack railway transport, insurance and plenty of discounts in the area. www.tatry.sk

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