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Slovakia Travel Guide

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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High Tatras mountains, Slovakia

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High Tatras, Slovakia

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

 
Chata pod Rysmi Rysy mountain hut, High Tatras Mountians, Slovakia
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  • One of the most common mistakes travelers make on their first trip to the Dolomites is visiting Alpe di Siusi (Seiser Alm, Mont Sëuc) without a plan. 🇮🇹⤵️

Measuring 56 km2, the Alpe di Siusi plateau is the largest mountain pasture in Europe. 

So many travelers wrongly assume that it will be obvious knowing where to go. 

There are many ways to explore Alpe di Siusi: hiking, cycling, wining and dining in gourmet alpine pasture huts…

The most adventurous hike starting in Alpe di Siusi is the Compaccio (Compatsch) - Rifugio Bolzano (Schlernhaus) - Rifugio Alpe di Tires (Tierser Alpl) circuit trail. 

If you’re staying in Ortisei, we highly recommend following our Alpe di Siusi Meadow Trail. This path links together the most scenic paths and alpine pasture huts on the plateau.

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  • Avoid this mistake, so you’re not completely confused when you get to the Dolomites 🇮🇹⤵️

Don’t just learn the Italian names of Dolomites destinations. 

The Dolomites are located in 5 different provinces within 3 regions in Northeastern Italy. One province, South Tyrol (Südtirol in German, Alto Adige in Italian), was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire prior to World War I.

German continues to be the primary language spoken in this region. When traveling and hiking through South Tyrol, every street, advertisement, natural area, mountain hut, etc… is written in both German and Italian. Generally, South Tyroleans are culturally Tyrolean (Austrian) rather than Italian.

Another language that you will encounter is Ladin, a romance language spoken in the provinces of South Tyrol, Trentino, and Belluno, by the Ladin people. The Ladin people are the oldest inhabitants of the Dolomites valleys. 

Around Val Gardena, Val Badia, Val di Fassa, and Ampezzo Valley, you will see signage and names (e.g. towns, mountain huts) in three languages: Ladin, German, and Italian. 

For example: Alpe di Siusi (Italian), Seiser Alm (German), and Mont Sëuc (Ladin)

While English speakers tend to use Italian names, it’s important to be familiar with the German and Ladin names as well.

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  • Trail Stats ⤵️

9 Amazing Hikes around Cortina d’Ampezzo, Dolomites

1. Tofana di Rozes Circuit Trail (Moderately Difficult)
Where | Dolomiti D’Ampezzo Natural Park, Belluno
Trailhead | Rifugio Dibona
Distance | 11.9 km circuit
Time Needed | 5:30 hours

2. Lago di Sorapis Circuit Trail (Difficult) 
Where | Ampezzo Dolomites, Belluno
Trailhead | Passo Tre Croci, halfway between Cortina d’Ampezzo and Lake Misurina
Distance | 13.2 km circuit
Time Needed | 5:10 hours

3. Passo Giau to Monte Mondeval (Moderate)
Where | Ampezzo Dolomites, Belluno
Trailhead | Passo Giau
Distance | 12.8 km lollipop-circuit
Time Needed | 5 hours

4. Croda da Lago Circuit Trail and Lago Federa (Moderately Difficult)
Where | Ampezzo Dolomites, Belluno
Trailhead | Ponte di Rocurto
Distance | 13.1 km circuit
Time Needed | 5 hours

5. Tre Cime di Lavaredo Circuit Trail (Easy – Moderate)
Where | Tre Cime Nature Park, South Tyrol, and Belluno
Trailhead | Rifugio Auronzo 
Distance | 9.7 km circuit 
Time Needed | 4 hours

6. Sentiero Bonacossa North Trail Circuit (Demanding)
Where | Cadini di Misurina Group, Belluno
Trailhead | Rifugio Auronzo or Lago d’Antorno
Distance | 12.5 km circuit
Time Needed | 6 hours

7. Crepe de Zumèles (Moderately Difficult)
Where | Cristallo Group, Belluno
Trailhead | Rio Gere
Distance | 10.6 km circuit
Time Needed | 4 hours

8.  Alpe di Sennes Circuit (Moderate)
Where | Ampezzo Dolomites Nature Park and Fanes-Sennes-Braies Nature Park
Trailhead | Malga Ra Stua
Distance | 17.1 km circuit
Time Needed | 5:30 hours

9. Rifugio Nuvolau and Cinque Torri (Moderate)
Where | Nuvlau-Averau Group, Belluno
Trailhead | Col Gallina
Distance | 9.6 km circuit
Time Needed | 4 hours

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  • Call us old-fashioned, but nothing beats a regular paper trail map. 

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  • 10 Easy Hikes in the Dolomites👇

1. Seceda Ridgeline to Regensburger Hütte Circuit Hike
Trailhead | Seceda Cableway Mountain Station
Cableway Ascent/Descent | Ortisei-Furnes-Seceda Cableways, Ortisei, Val Gardena
Distance | 8.9 km circuit
Time Needed | 3:00 – 3:30 hours 
Difficulty | Easy – Moderate

2. Adolf Munkel Trail
Trailhead | Zannes/Zans Car Park, Val di Funes
Distance | 9.2 km circuit 
Time Needed | 3:00 – 3:30 hours
Difficulty | Easy – Moderate

3. Tre Cime di Lavaredo Circuit Trail (Drei Zinnen Rundweg)
Trailhead | Rifugio Auronzo, Auronzo di Cadore
Distance | 9.7 km circuit 
Time Needed | 4 hours
Difficulty | Easy – Moderate 

4. Armentara Meadows
Trailhead | La Crusc Church 
Cableway Ascent | Santa Croce Chairlift followed by the La Crusc Chairlift, Badia, Alta Badia
Distance | 9 km point-to-point 
Time Needed | 3 hours 
Difficulty | Easy 

5. Baita Segantini Hike
Trailhead | Passo Rolle
Distance | 9.2 km circuit
Time Needed | 3:00 – 3:30 hours 
Difficulty | Easy

6. Sentiero Viel del Pan
Trailhead | Passo Pordoi
Distance | 6.4 km out-and-back
Time Needed | 2:10 hours
Difficulty | Easy (Moderate difficulty if you add the Alta Via Della Cresta circular route).

7. Sesto to Val Fiscalina (Sexten to Fischleintal)
Trailhead | Sesto/Sexten
Distance | 12.2 km circuit
Time Needed | 3:15 hours
Difficulty | Easy

8. Santa Maddalena Panorama Trail
Trailhead | Santa Maddalena Village, Val di Funes
Distance | 9.5 km circuit
Time Needed | 3:30 hours
Difficulty | Easy

9. Monte Specie (Strudelkopf)
Trailhead | Prato Piazza Car Park
Distance | 8.8 km circuit
Time Needed | 2:50 hours
Difficulty | Easy

10. Alpe di Siusi Meadows Circuit Trail (Seiser Alm Rundwanderweg)
Trailhead | Oritisei-Alpe di Siusi gondola mountain station
Distance | 14.4 km circuit
Time Needed | 4:25 hours
Difficulty | Easy

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Where to Stay in the Dolomites for Hiking 👇🇮🇹

⛰️Val Gardena, South Tyrol 
Pros: Very transit friendly, long summer season (end of May - end of October) 
Cons: Very busy during high season

⛰️Cortina d’Ampezzo, Belluno
Pros: No cableways needed for most hiking trails, gorgeous and dramatic setting, especially stunning in mid-late October
Cons: transit is difficult to navigate

⛰️Alta Badia, South Tyrol
Pros: Excellent wellness hotels, dreamy scenery, reliable easy-to-navigate public transit 
Cons: Difficult to find budget-friendly accommodations 

⛰️Alta Pusteria, South Tyrol
Pros: Many Dolomites attractions are concentrated in this region. Ideal between mid-September - late October.
Cons: Traffic restrictions in high season (mid July - mid September), which means either driving to trailheads early, or pre-booking parking, or pre-booking transit. 

⛰️San Martino di Castrozza, Trentino
Pros: Dramatic mountain landscapes and thrilling trails
Cons: Short summer season (July - mid-September). The hotels aren’t as nice as those in other regions. Not transit friendly.

⛰️Val di Funes, South Tyrol
Pros: The most beautiful valley in the Dolomites, picturesque views, fantasy-like scenery
Cons: Though the hiking in Val di Funes is excellent, it’s limited. 3 nights in Val di Funes is sufficient. 

⛰️San Vigilio, South Tyrol
Pros: San Vigilio is tucked away in a side valley of Val Badia and is thus often overlooked. There are many quiet trails around San Vigilio.
Cons: Further away from iconic Dolomites sights 

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