If you are a hiker, visiting the Tatras mountains and Slovak Paradise is definitely something that should be on your to-do list. Slovakia is considered a hidden treasure by many hikers due to its immense gorges, breathtaking scenery, vast wildlife, and natural, rugged beauty. Here are 5 great reasons to visit Slovak Paradise for hiking and exploring.
1. A wealth of adventure
Compared to the Alps for example, the Tatras mountains and Slovak Paradise are not overcrowded except for a few weekends in late summer. The trails here are fairly well built, but not quite as well as the Alps, and thus you have to take precautions in how you step, and may even have to hold chains as you climb. You’ll be so focused on the path forward that you won’t be able to remember any of your other troubles.
2. Beauty in every scene
No matter which mountain you hike in Slovak Paradise, you can rest assured that you’ll be able to enjoy a wonderful view everywhere you look. Many hikers love the top of the Štrbské pleso mountain area, saying the area is beautiful, with mountains in every direction. In winter, this area is especially beautiful; snow covers every peak and landscape, and fog is thick throughout the valley. The landscape is wild and untamed, and will leave you feeling as though you’re seeing a creation from one of J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy novels.
3. Vast, thick forests and green areas
Many hikers love Slovak Paradise’s green areas, with its dense forestry and green areas. The forests are alive and well, and hiking here almost feels as though you are taken to a different land. In summer and spring months, visiting this area provides a vast and breathtaking view of the countryside, and wildlife will be out and about — providing an even more “wild” sense of your hiking adventure.
4. Great cuisine to replenish your energy
A full day of hiking the mountains in Slovak Paradise will leave you ready to sit down and refuel with a good meal. Thanks to the affordable and delicious cuisine offered in this area, you’ll be able to get plenty of good food at local restaurants. Some local favorites include steamed buns, kapustinca, and numerous chicken dishes made with delicious sauces. Segedin goulash is a popular favorite, consisting of pork stew and sauerkraut, topped with cream and served with steamed dumplings.
5. Well-developed tourist infrastructure
Of course, one of the top 5 great reasons to visit Slovak Paradise is the well-developed tourist infrastructure. There are plenty of mountain huts all throughout the countryside, allowing you to rest during your hiking adventures. You can grab a cup of coffee or something to eat. Zbojnicka hut and a hut by the green glacier lake are two areas to stop during your visit.
Be sure to bring chains and leaders for your trip to make sure you’re well-equipped for the hike, and be sure to do some easier trails before heading out so you are in good shape and well-prepared for the valley. The terrain is beautiful, the people are friendly, the food is good – and the mountains offer a legacy of breathtaking, challenging hiking areas.