Nizke Tatry - Slovakia (Low Tatras)
The densely forested hills of the Low Tatras (Nizke Tatry) run parallel
to the High Tatras, sprawling between the valleys of the Vah and
Hron rivers. They form the center of an 810 square kilometer (311
square mile) national park packed with thick forests, indigenous
wildlife, and hidden caves. The main ridge is 80 km (50 miles) long;
the highest peak is Dumbier (2,042 m or 6,810 ft) while Chopok (2,024
m or 6,746 ft) attracts the most tourists.
Somewhere an old travel book says the geographic heart of Europe
is tn the wooden mountains of the Low Tatras. Heart - the word
is used so much it loses its significance. But soul - is seems
right that Europe's should be in the wilderness.
From the top of Dumbier, you can see Hungary, the edge of
Polana and almost all of Slovakia.
Compared to the High Tatras,
the Low Tatras are virtually untouched. Chopok and Dumbier offer
the most popular vantage points; the rest of the peaks have no
single lookout spot - the view just happen as the trail turns
or crests above the trees. This is where to come to meet nature.
Buy a tourist map and explore this untouched part of Europe.
The highest ridge of the Low Tatra range comes to a terminus
at the Certovica pass. But east of here is where Slovakia's only
true high country begins. Unlike the mountains to the north and
west, the high country isn't in the shadows of craggy peaks, nor
does it have urban base camps like Banska Bystrica, Zilina or
Liptovsky Mikulas below. It is merely high, and remote.
Information centers: Liptovsky Mikulas, Brezno
© Dusan Korytko
© Ivana Stohlova