This is a winter wonderland! The Tatra Mountains are a range of alpine peaks located in the Northernmost part of Slovakia and Southern part of Poland. There are many natural attractions, first class hotels, historical towns, great restaurants and excellent facilities for the lovers of winter sports.
It is hard to beat the beauty of the many little towns and the attraction of the mountains. This is the kind of place where one wants to stay forever. It is equally beautiful the whole year round, but the magic of snow transforms the place into an authentic winter fascination. Poprad is the main town in the area. It is a city with 60,000 people, with rail connections to the main cities of Slovakia and even to the Czech Republic. There is as well an international airport which is the highest airport in Europe, there are some scheduled flights to Bratislava and to Prague.
One can get to almost anywhere in the High Tatras from Poland or Bratislava. It takes around five hours driving from the small, but beautiful Slovakian capital. From Poland one of the main gates is Krakow, it takes around two hours from there to the major ski resorts in the High Tatras with excellent road connections, one just has to be aware and ready for the possible subtle changes in weather. Poprad is a very nice city with many restaurants and good hotels, but the real action is in the mountains.
There are many ski facilities to choose from, my favorite one is Štrbské pleso. I have to say it is one of the most beautiful places that I have ever visited. The glacial lake, the beauty of the mountains and the excellent hotels makes of this one of the best value winter destinations in Europe. Here one gets so much more compared with what one would pay for something similar in another better known destination.
There are certainly many good hotels around, but the Kempinski is without hesitation one of the most amazing properties in the region. First class service, gorgeous views and one of the best spas in Europe make the Kempinski the perfect place in the perfect destination.
Strolling around the mountains transports anyone to a magical ambiance: carriages with beautiful horses, restaurants with torches and the beauty of breathtaking mountains, lakes and forests are just the beginning of an unforgettable trip.
Winter sports facilities are top notch. There are many places where is possible to practice snowboarding and skiing. Kilometers of well-groomed paths lead adventurous people through impressive mountains. There are suitable facilities for beginners as well and it is important not to forget that High Tatras is a perfect place for lovers of cross country skiing. It is possible to rent winter equipment at very affordable prices. Those who prefer something at a slower pace will enjoy the many shopping possibilities all around the towns and the resorts ranging from luxurious brands, to winter clothing and beautiful souvenirs. This is a destination with attractions for everyone.
Undoubtedly High Tratas in Slovakia and it’s multiple inside destinations should be considered when planning a truly fantastic winter escape.