11 interesting facts about the Tatras that you probably haven't heard
1. Where is the heart of the Tatras?
Yes, the Tatra Mountains have a heart too. You can see this large heart-shaped stone from the tram on the road from Vyšné Hágy to Popradské Pleso. It is located between columns 112-113.
2. Secrets at the bottom of the Lakes of Love
In 1928 a 12 m iron double cross was erected on Štrbské Pleso in gratitude for the creation and celebration of the 10th anniversary of Czechoslovakia. Thirty-two years later, Antonin Novotný, the then President of the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic, had this double cross thrown down. Today, if you go from Hotel Ovruč to the Lakes of Love, you will find a stone double cross hidden at the bottom of the lake, which was supposedly part of the original iron cross and which was hidden at the bottom of the lake by the rescuers before it was destroyed.
3. Lourdes Cave
For the Tatra people, Lourdes is just "a stone's throw away". In Dolný Smokovec, near the National Institute, you will find a stone-walled Lourdes cave with a beautiful view of Lomnický and Slavkovský štít.
4. Where did Čenka's children live?
House from 1881 in the part of Tatranská Lomnica is considered to be the oldest building in Tatranská Lomnica and at the same time the cottage of Mrs. Čenkova and her children, described by Fraňo Kráľ in his work "Čenkova's Children". It is located by the Freedom Road leading from Starý Smokovec. If you want to go there to read and soak up the atmosphere, it is a short walk from the Hotel Lujza Major.
5. Partisan bunker under Kriváň
About an hour from the Three Wells you will come across a reconstructed partisan bunker with a commemorative plaque. The Tatra Mountains also remember sad events, such as the night attack by a German detachment, during which the lives of those who were hiding in the bunker were extinguished.
6. The highest tunnel in Slovakia
At an altitude of 1,125 m above sea level, there is a 150 m long tunnel that ends directly at the National Institute. In the past it was used for supply thanks to a rail siding, but today it is only used for
7. Szontágh Crypt
The founder of Nový Smokovec - Mikuláš Szontág, in addition to founding the then settlement, also contributed to the fact that the Tatras are visited in winter - as he popularized the positive effect of exercise in the cold mountain air. Today you can find his crypt under the evangelical church. And thanks to M. Szontágh, our Villa Olívia can stand today in Nový Smokovec.
8. Greetings from prehistoric times
Near the trail at Štrbské Pleso you will find a cluster of boulders restored in 2021. Stones are the most enduring thing in the world as we know it, which is why they are part of such iconic places and burial sites.
9. What is the oldest hut in the Tatras?
If you guessed Rajner's hut you are right. You can reach it by the red sign in about 30 minutes from Hrebienok. Thanks to its easy accessibility and barrier-free trail, it is one of the most visited huts today.
10. Smokovecká kyselka
There are many natural springs in the Tatras and perhaps the most famous of them is the Smokovecká acid near the Kamzík hut. It has the colour of iron water and a ph value of 3.4. It is medicinal, but its composition is not suitable for long-term consumption.
11. Wooden church in Stary Smokovec
The neo-Gothic Church of the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary in Stary Smokovec was built in 1888 in the alpine style and is considered to be the most beautiful cultural monument of the High Tatras. Near the church there is also a gazebo with a bench on which John Paul II sat during his visit to Slovakia.
So how? Have you heard everything, or did you learn something new today? :) Use this information on your next stay in the High Tatras and experience something new and less traditional.