low-tatras

Low Tatras

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MAIN ACCESS POINTS: Ružomberok, Liptovský Mikuláš (good bus and train connections, E50 Motorway)

The Low Tatras mountains are far and away the highlights of this sub-section: a startling verdant ridge forming part of Slovakia’s central massif with fabulous ridge-top hiking and skiing. Better yet: unlike the High Tatras, which get a lot of promotion from the Slovak Tourist Board, these peaks are almost unvisited by outsiders (well, except for the Czechs). And don’t think that these mountains are low just because of the name. True, the high point of Ďumbier (2043m) is 700-odd meters shy of the loftiest High Tatras summit, but here you’ll be exploring right on the ridge tops: plonking you higher, on average, than you often get in the High Tatras without special cable car-related assistance. Plus the Low Tatras National Park, which makes up the greater part of this region, is Slovakia’s largest (1100 square kilometres including the buffer zone!) Let’s call these mountains Slovakia’s secret crown jewels! 

Down below the peaks are the valley towns which act as gateways to the mountains and boast a fair share of attractions to boot – Ružomberok and Liptovský Mikuláš (northern access) or Brezno (southern access). Highlights hereabouts include the gorgeous Unesco-listed traditional village of Vlkolínec and the gentle green Liptov Valley where Ružomberok and Liptovský Mikuláš sit, which is famed for its sheep cheese (!!) and separates the Low Tatras from the High Tatras to the north/east. The rest of our content here is on the Low Tatras Mountains themselves – this includes both the mountain base settlements like Donovaly (southwest) and Demänovská Dolina (north) AND of course the gorgeous hikes/sights up on the ridges/peaks. Mountain bases and ridges/peaks are often connected by chairlift/cable car: we’ll post information about those connections here too.

ALSO IN THE REGION: Don’t forget that – as well as this sub-section on places to go in the Low Tatras – we also have a sub-section on where to stay hereabouts (Places to Stay/Low Tatras) and a sub-section on Low Tatras places to eat (Places to Eat & Drink/Low Tatras).


Places to go in Low Tatras

  • On the trail ©www.englishmaninslovakia.co.ukLow Tatras Mountains: the Hrebenovka Ridge Hike, Stage One (Chata Pod Čertovicou to Chata M.R. Štefanika)

    To walk along a mountain ridge, for days, scarcely bumping into a single building in the process, would be a rarity anywhere in the world. To do so in Europe is a privilege indeed. Many chains of mountains boast hikes that clamber up to their highest echelons, but ridge hikes that allow you to stay ...

  • © Clive TullyPaws For Thought: Extreme Wildlife Watching in the Low Tatras Mountains

    Adventure travel writer Clive Tully forges off on the trail of wolves, bears and chamois in remotest Slovakia with award-winning volunteering organisation Biosphere Expeditions. It’s late in the afternoon, and after several hours bush-whacking through dense forest while traversing steep slopes, suddenly an excited shout comes from the front of the group. “Wolf scat!” Scat is not a ...

  • ©www.englishmaninslovakia.co.ukLow Tatras Mountains: Up Chopok the Back Way

    It’s not long until ski season. It never is, in the Low Tatras mountains around Jasná. Jasná is Slovakia’s (and one of Eastern Europe’s) biggest ski area and has deservedly had numerous articles written about it: as a new frontier for skiing (Guardian), as an affordable, fun family ski break (Telegraph) and generally as an off-the-beaten-track ...

  • Low Tatras Mountains: the Hrebenovka Ridge Hike (an Intro)

    It is a confounding mystery why the Low Tatras are not given more publicity internationally. They can still be accessed with relative ease (from Liptovský Mikuláš, Ružomberok or even Poprad). The mountains here comprise Slovakia’s largest national park, too, not to mention Eastern Europe’s largest ski resort, Jasna but despite these immense draws the majority ...

  • img_2244_999x1777Low Tatras Mountains: The Dead Bat’s Cave

    High in the broccoli-hued forest foothills of the Nizke Tatry (Low Tatras) – Slovakia’s great unsung mountain range – hidden between the lofty pine trees of the lower slopes and the element-stunted trees of the kosodrevina above, there is a small mountain cottage. The residence of some recluse, the unknowing passerby might think, some remote holiday house. ...

  • Credit: Authentic SlovakiaTours: Authentic Slovakia, the Country’s Wackiest Tour Agency

    Englishman in Slovakia caught up recently with one half of Authentic Slovakia, owned by two brothers, one of Bratislava’s newest and coolest tour agencies, to find out a little bit more about them and the kind of experiences tourists can have with them. Slovakia’s tourism industry has been keen in the past to brush over ...