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Discover the Tatra Mountains: A Train Ride to Nature's Grandeur

Discover the Tatra Mountains: A Train Ride to Nature's Grandeur
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22 / 05 / 2023

An experience of the high mountains as if on the palm of your hand, with a saddle or from the saddle, accommodation with a view of glacial baths that take your breath away? A direct train connection is just a few hours away.

If you're a nature lover and like to discover new places, you should definitely consider a trip to the Tatra Mountains, the border mountain range between Slovakia and Poland. This picturesque region, known for its breathtaking landscapes, mountain peaks, mountain lakes and diverse flora and fauna, will warm the hearts of experienced mountain climbers and beginners alike. The train journey is not only a comfortable and environmentally friendly way to travel but provides stunning views of the surrounding scenery.

The train connection from Bohemia to the Tatra Mountains is easy and convenient. Several routes take you directly to the area. The options for direct connections to the Tatra Mountains are mainly from Prague, Brno and Ostrava. The best connections are the RegioJet express train, Leo Express or the Czech Railways, which will take you directly to Poprad – Tatry station, the starting point for entering the Tatra National Park, in less than eight hours. From Poprad, you can continue by train to Tatranská Lomnica, Štrbské Pleso or Starý Smokovec, which are popular starting points for hiking in the Tatra Mountains. Trains run regularly and connect all the main tourist attractions in the Tatras, taking you to the foot of the mountains.

The train journey offers a unique opportunity to admire the beauty of nature. You can sit back, relax and watch the surrounding scenery gradually change from fertile fields and villages to mountain valleys and majestic rock massifs.

Once you arrive in the High Tatras, you have several ways to enjoy this beautiful region. You can hike into the mountains and admire the spectacular views of the highest part of the Carpathian Mountains. The High Tatras are famous for their monumental peaks. The Gerlach Peak, the highest peak in Slovakia hidden in the tangle of giants on the edge of the mountain range, and many others will surely embrace you with their beauty. If you are the more adventurous type, you can also try rock climbing there, or the only way via the Ferrata route located in the Belianske Tatras. For water lovers, there are the Cold Stream Waterfalls, Green Lake and many other picturesque water bodies. Over the ridge, on the Polish side, there are several glacial meshes. There is also the biggest one in the Tatra Mountains, Morskie Oko.

The Tatra valleys have been a tourist attraction for decades and are becoming increasingly popular with the general public, the main tourist centre is Strbske Pleso for its scenic beauty and access, reached by a local retro train service on the eponymous train. It is also possible to stay in one of the local hotels with a view of one of the largest Tatra lakes. The smallest mountains in the world, as some call them, offer activities not only for hikers but for cyclists. You can cycle to Popradské pleso along a route stretching less than five kilometres.

But if you are planning to go to the beauty of mountain Slovakia or Poland, think about safety and always study the route carefully, including the altitude profiles of the planned hikes, time possibilities and your abilities. All these elements play a key role in hiking in the Tatras and should not be underestimated, as well as the weather conditions, which can be unpredictable in the mountains.