- Lake Štrbské Pleso is the the best rated tourist attraction in Slovakia.
Štrbské Pleso is situated amidst the High Tatras in Slovenia, at an elevation of 1,346 metres (4,416 feet). On average, the glacier lake is covered in ice about 155 days per year. The mountain lake is subject to strict environmental protection regulations. Therefore, swimming is prohibited. However, it is possible to rent rowing boats at the lakeside. Enjoy the beautiful mountain panorama during a nice little cuise. Within the season, rentals are availabe daily from 9:00 to 17:00.
The true appeal of a trip to Štrbské Pleso lies in the unspoiled nature that surrounds it. While it was a popular travel destination in Eastern Europe during the 20th century, it has recently been forgotten, and is hardly known at all in the West. Hence, Štrbské Pleso promises peace and quiet. The healing mountain air also plays its part in the recreational value of the area. The surrounding forest is home to deer, eagles, wildcats, foxes, and many other animals. Furthermore, over 60 bears live in the area. Some of the hotels even offer so called "Bearwatching" tours, where guests get to watch the impressive woodlanders in their natural habitat.
A range of hiking trails around the lake invite you to enjoy the woods and the mountains. For a more comfortable way of exploring the surrounding peaks, check out the cable cars. If you're travelling during the winter, a ski resort can also be found in Štrbske pleso. It features runs for skiers of all skill levels.
The Lake at Štrbske pleso originates from the melting of a glacier. The first lodging house wsa opened at the end of the 19th century. In 1885, the place was declared a health spa. For environmental protection, swimming and rowing was banned in the 1980. By now, boats are allowed on the lake again, while swimming remains prohibited.
How to get there
The easiest way to get to Štrbske pleso is by train. From Bratislava, direct trains go all the way to the mountain town. Furthermore, rail service is cheap and comfortable in Slovakia. However, getting there by car is always another option. Driving from Bratislava takes approximately 3.5 hours.