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High Tatras Mountains

The most compact mountains of alpine type in Europe are located on Slovakia’s northern border with Poland, both countries are members of European Union. The mountains also gave the name to the town of Vysoke Tatry, formed by several smaller settlements. Starý Smokovec, Štrbské Pleso and Tatranská Lomnica are best known of these. The unique, high mountain climate of High Tatras and its beneficial efects on the human body have been the main factors in the development of the region since the 19th century. Till today, the sanatoria, therapeutic institutions and spa hotels specialize in treatment of non-specific diseases of air-passages. The transport gateway to the mountains is the city of Poprad, with Poprad-Tatry airport and railway station, while the Electric Railway and public bus line connects the Tatra settlements. During winters, the area is visited by tourists enjoying numerous skiing opportunities.

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Nový Smokovec

Founded in 1876 as a curative settlement, Nový Smokovec (1018m) was the first one in High Tatras operated also during winters. Soon it became the most luxurious spa of its period, and tourist services were added. Notable is buildings are villa Szontágh (1876), local church (1887), sanatorium Palace (1934). A number of new hotels were opened close before the World Ski Championship in 1970, among them also the former Park hotel, lately rebuilt into the hotel Atrium.

Atrium Hotel (formerly Park Hotel)

The hotel built at the foothill of the peak Slavkovský štít (2452m) enthralls the visitors with its unusual circular architecture. From the hotel rooms one has a beautiful view of the Tatra peaks or of the Sub-Tatra basin. Hotel facilities include bowling track, wine cellar, and a wide range of wellness programs. Only 50 m from the hotel is Jakubkova lúka (Jacob's Meadow), a well-known ski center ideal for children and starter skiers. Hrebienok, a sought-after ski center, is located about 200 m from the hotel. Next to the Hrebienok funicular railway there is the start of a unique attraction of the High Tatras – a 3 km long sledding track with the possibility of unforgettable night sledding. There is also an open ice area located about 150 m from the hotel.


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