The Tatra Mountains in Northern Slovakia are some of the best-known peaks in Europe and the primary range of Slovakia. The High Tatras stretch along Slovakia's border with Poland and are higher and steeper than the Low Tatras, which are flatter and greener and have far fewer opportunities for travelers. The primary city of the Tatra Mountains region is Banska Bystrica, a mining town nestled among the mountains.
The High Tatras have their own national park as well as quite a following among visitors. It's a water-filled region with almost 100 lakes among the ravines, passes and cliffs; Great Hincovo Lake is the largest of them all. Trails and roads snake through the foothills, but there are also ski areas and spas to appeal to every taste.
The Low Tatras also have a national park, but are far less developed for visitors. Still, there are multiple ski resorts and abundant natural beauty among the interlinked ice caves of the Demanova Valley or the gorges and topography of the Mala Fatra National Park.
When you come down the mountain or come off the lake, adjourn to any of the well-equipped Slovakian cottages for rest and relaxation amidst the mountain splendor of the region.
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