The High Tatras offer an experience you will never forget. The region has the most beautiful natural attractions: mountain lakes, waterfalls, beautiful hiking trails and ski slopes, dark forests and many more. After spending a couple of days in the mountains, you will not want to go home for sure. Here is a fraction of what the High Tatras have to offer.
The High Tatras are a mountain range along the border of Northern Slovakia and Southern Poland. They are a range of the Tatra Mountains chain.
Luckily, the transportation is amazing. You will reach the High Tatras from Budapest in about six hours by train with two transfers. Once you reach Poprad, the Tatra Electric Railway line takes you anywhere you would want to go in the High Tatras (and its price is included in your train ticket). The train line connects Poprad, Tatranská Lomnica and Štrbské Pleso, the three major tourists centres of the region.
If you go to the High Tatras from Budapest, Poprad will likely be your last stop before heading to the mountains. Poprad is a city in Northern Slovakia at the foot of the High Tatra Mountains. The city is famous for its historic centre and for being a popular holiday resort. It is the biggest town of the Spiš region and the tenth largest city in Slovakia. I would definitely recommend grabbing a nice lunch here before you go to the mountains (cheaper) or before leaving for home.
Starý Smokovec (meaning Old Smokovec, Hungarian Ótátrafüred) is a part of the town of Vysoké Tatry in Northern Slovakia in the Tatras. Tourists and visitors love Starý Smokovec because of the skiing and hiking possibilities it offers. Starý Smokovec used to be the tourist centre of the region, but today it is a smaller and quieter town where you will likely find much cheaper accommodations than in the bigger cities such as Tatranská Lomnica.
Štrbské pleso (Hungarian: Csorba-tó) is a mountain lake of glacial origin. The word pleso means mountain lake. It is the second largest glacial lake on the Slovak side of the High Tatras after Hincovo Pleso.
The lake is named after the village of Štrba, Štrbské pleso means Lake Štrba. The lake gets its water from underground springs and has no visible outflow stream. Its surface remains frozen for around 155 days per year. You can walk around the lake in one hour. The area has a specially peaceful, quiet and calming atmosphere. It is the perfect thing to do when you are too exhausted to hike and just want some light exercise for the afternoon.
Skok Vodopád is a 25-m-high waterfall up in the mountains near Štrbské Pleso. The waterfall is at 1,800 m in the Žilina region. There is a trail going into the valley Mlynické doliny, starting from Štrbské Pleso. The walk up to the waterfall takes approximately 90 minutes. The trail goes mostly uphill, but the view is really worth the trip. Just when you start to give up from exhaustion, you start to see the waterfall in the distance, and nothing can stop you from there.
The Cold Creek Waterfalls
Another waterfall, relatively close to Starý Smokovec is the Cold Creek Waterfall(s). It is also worth visiting if you are in the area.