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Walking in Slovakia

Walking in the Tatras National Park

The National Park of the Tatras (TANAP) is a recognised UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, this rugged series of towering granite peaks form a natural border with Poland and are Slovakia’s premier walking attraction.

The Tatras Mountains are shorter and narrower than those in the Alps and with 25 peaks standing over 2,500m the Park offers some fantastic walking trails. The High Tatras Mountains are the highest part of the Carpathian Range and provide you with a variety of excellent walking trails and footpaths including the notable Tatranska Magistrala Trail. This pristine wilderness is also home to brown bears, and the Slovakian High Tatras is one the best paces to see these magnificent creatures in Europe. Explore offers a unique short break to the Tatras, enabling access to areas of the National Park usually off limits to tourists to combing walking with observing bears in the natural habitat.

Lying along the Polish border the jagged peaks of the Tatra reach their highest with views of turquoise lake, deep wooded valleys and waterfalls, they are best accessed from the town of Zakapone in southern Poland which is characterised by its own style of timber architecture inspired by the surrounding mountains.

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There are a number of good walks in the Low Tatras Mountains too and also Mala Fatra National Park. The Low Tatras as the name suggests are a lower group of mountains than the High Tatras with only three peaks above 2000 metres. There are a number of pleasant walks in the area.

The Mala Fatra Mountains in the national park by the same name are seldom visited by tourists, but offer great hiking amongst alpine meadows, stunning gorges, beech and pine covered peaks and clear rivers rushing through green valleys.

Slovakia is a great destination for walking in Europe, and if you enjoy mountain scenery, seeing lesser known sights and admiring beautiful flora and fauna along the way then this is an ideal destination for you.

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