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We came to Slovakia to hike in the High Tatras, the highest range in the Carpathian Mountains. Though our time in Slovakia was short, we left with the overwhelming feeling that Slovaks are genuinely welcoming and flexible hosts. Everything felt easy, efficient, and uncomplicated. We look forward to returning someday.

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Slovakia Travel Guide: High Tatras

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Hike in the High Tatras Mountains

The High Tatras (Vysoké Tatry in Slovak, Tatry Wysokie in Polish) are a granite mountain range in the Carpathian Mountains, located in northern Slovakia and southern Poland.

When To Visit: Trails are open from Mid-June until the end of October. We recommend visiting in late June, September, or early October.

How to Get to the High Tatras: From Bratislava, take a train to Poprad-Tatry.

Recommended Tour Operator: TravelSlovakia.SK. They offer guided and self-guided hiking tours in the High Tatras.

Learn More: Trekking in the High Tatras

 
High Tatras Mountians, Slovakia
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  • How much German do you need to know to hike in Austria?

While you don’t need to speak German to hike in Austria, it’s really helpful to know a few words and phrases, so that you can better navigate trails, menus, and mountain huts.

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  • Alpine Pasture Safety in the Alps 🏔🥾🐄🐑🐐

Traditional alpine farming (“alpine transhumance”) is a type of pastoralism in which livestock are seasonally moved to higher elevation mountain pastures in summer and to lower elevation valley pastures in the winter.

For centuries, transhumance has sculpted the landscape of the Alps. Forests have been felled for grazing cattle and sheep, creating large open meadows at high altitudes.

The Alps are synonymous with verdant alpine pastures as much as snow-capped peaks.

Hiking trails and cycling routes often bisect alpine pastures where cattle, sheep, goats, horses, and donkeys freely graze.

It’s really important that you don’t disturb grazing animals (especially cows). As silly as this might sound, your life is at stake. These pastures are not a petting zoo.

There have been a number of accidents and deaths in the last few years because people have provoked, pet, and/or disturbed grazing cattle.

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  • Austrian mountain hut etiquette.

Rule #1 Take your shoes off before entering any of the bedrooms/dormitories.

Rule #2 Never ask to be seated alone.

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