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1. Posted by tanreb (Budding Member 7 posts) 11y

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Which is the best way to get to the Tatras from Bratislava? I suppose it's by train... How long is the trip? Which town should we go to exactly to be near the mountains?

And once there, what about places to stay? Any recommendation?


2. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Are you going to go over the border and visit Krakow? It's a really beautiful, interesting, and fun city. And the Salt Mines right outside the city are amazing.

3. Posted by Miska (Budding Member 29 posts) 11y

Hi, yes, if you don't rent a car in Bratislava, then the best way to get there is by train.

Visit where you can find the railway connection from Bratislava (the main station) to Poprad-Tatry, which is the capital of Tatry-region and located about 15 kilometers from the mountains.
I think, it can last 4 or 5 hours, or try to ask for Inter City train, which is faster, because it doesn't have so many stops like basic train.
You can have accommodation right in Poprad, but I recommend you to go to Tatry, where you can choose from more villages (Stary Smokovec, Tatranska Lomnica, Strbske Pleso...), which offer more types of accommodation (hotels, but also cottages).
To help you what to visit in Tatry isn't so difficult- in summer there is almost always sunny, so you can wander and take tours, visit the lake Strbske Pleso or go to the Gerlachovsky Stit, which is the highest peak of Slovakia. There is beautiful view on whole mountains.
To come in all mentioned villages is easy-by using electric railway.
And like Travel100 wrote- Poland is our neighbour country, Krakow is really worth to see.

I wish you wonderful holidays in Slovakia,

4. Posted by tanreb (Budding Member 7 posts) 11y

Thank you for your information, Travel100 and Miska, I'm really looking forward to seeing those places! Everything sounds beautiful and amazing! :)

5. Posted by Miska (Budding Member 29 posts) 11y

Zubrik, are you going only to Tatra mountains or will you spend some time also in Bratislava? How long do you plan to stay in Tatra?

6. Posted by tanreb (Budding Member 7 posts) 11y


We are planning to stay in Bratislava for about three or four days (from August 2nd to August 5th, for example), and then visit other parts of Slovakia, for example the Tatras, and also we'd like to go to Viena.
I suppose we'd stay in the Tatras for three or four days, I don't know yet, because we'd like to know other places in the country that are interesting :)
What worries me a little bit is the accommodation. Do you know if it is difficult to find a place to stay?

7. Posted by Jozin (Budding Member 4 posts) 11y


If you want to find a good and affordable place to stay in Bratislava, try, it's a cosy place in the very centre of the town. Some of the student apartments (in Slovakia called "internat")also offer housing during the summer, ask about "Bernolak", "Belojanis" and "Mlada Garda" - local people should give you directions.

Best regards,

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8. Posted by Jozin (Budding Member 4 posts) 11y

...and as far as other interesting places in Slovakia are concerned, here is the list of what I find to be worth of seeing (even more than
"overturisted" Vysoke Tatry):
- Orava region (skansens of folk architecture, Orava "eagles' nest" castle)
- Slovensky raj national park, south of Vysoke Tatry, with gorgeous canyons and caves
- Stiavnica region in central Slovakia - beautiful hills for hiking with many lakes and lots of history, Banska Stiavnica is one of the most picturesque towns of Slovakia
- towns of Trencin, Banska Bystrica, Kezmarok, Levoca, Kosice
- Spis castle south east of Poprad, probably the largest medieval castle in central Europe.

For a good source of information about Slovakia, check out the website / .

Best regards,

9. Posted by Miska (Budding Member 29 posts) 11y

Zubrik, Jozin gave you good information. I agree with all of the places which he offered you to visit.
My first decision besides Tatras would be Slovensky Raj national park- (the translation is Slovak's Paradise) but anything you will choose, you will like it ;)

Vienna is beautiful city, one of my most favourite cities, I will not compare it with Bratislava. Only some points- it is much bigger, full of tourists and more expensive, of course. But so near to Bratislava that you will have it comfortable to go there

10. Posted by tanreb (Budding Member 7 posts) 11y

Thank you Jozin and Miska for your useful information! I think Slovakians are very nice people :)