Natur > Natural attractions > Tatranský národný park
75, 05941 Tatranská Štrba
GPS: 49° 05' 21" N 20° 03' 40" E
National Park of Tatras (TANAP) was founded in 1949, It covers the high-mountain area of the Tatras. The TANAP contains mountain and high-mountain plants such as dwarf pine, pine woods. Rare animal species such as the eagle, bear, or marmot live here as well. The chamois is the symbol of Tatras.
You can find here the tallest mountain of Slovakia Gerlachovský štít (2,655 m) as well as the symbol of the country - the mountain Kriváň. For the sake of security, the hiking paths in the high-mountain levels of the TANAP are closed from 1 November to 15 June. The Park contains as well more than 100 alpine lakes and several waterfalls. The most visited lakes are the Štrbské pleso (with ski areal Park snow) and Popradské pleso.
Among the best localities to choose for access to the TANAP is the town Poprad and the tourist resorts Starý Smokovec, Tatranská Lomnica, Štrbské pleso. Along with its Polish part, the High Tatras constitute the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve since 1993.