Štrbské Pleso, Slovakia
In the centre of Slovakia and bordering Poland lies the Carpathian mountain range. To the south of the range are the Tatra Mountains and the resort of Štrbské Pleso. Primarily a ski resort, out of season it offers snow-capped mountains, iced lakes, walks and hikes galore and early morning beer with a chaser if that’s your style.
The lake in Štrbské Pleso is well worth a visit and a walk around, and in late April it’s still frozen and surrounded by snow-capped mountains.
It doesn’t take that long to walk around, unless you’re like me and stopping to take photos every five seconds (I can’t help it, I’m an addict). There are plenty of benches dotted around so you can sit and admire the scenery.
There’s local wildlife that you need to keep an eye out for as well, like these wee fellas that found their own resting place on the lake.
Quack quack. Don’t forget to look up for nature, too.
And then there are the quackers that just walk right up to you.
Around the lake are some hotels and cafes – some of which when I visited weren’t open.
The lake is surrounded by Christmas trees (official name). Though I don’t recommend stealing one – they’re quite tall and would be awkward to carry (perhaps if there was a group of you …).
Just by the lake there was a small pond with frogs mating. Incredibly noisily. Must’ve been watching frog’s porn (!). Note: that was quite a funny joke for me.
The lake is easily reached from the train station, about a ten minute walk. Beyond the lake are the ski slopes which offer the highest located ski resort (but not on the highest mountain – crazy, eh?)) of the High Tatras. Štrbské Pleso is definitely the smartest and the biggest of the resorts.
When visited: Late April/Early May
Weather: not quite shorts and t-shir, but when the sun’s out you might get burnt (my poor nose)
Getting there: hire a car and drive, or get the train to Poprad from Bratislava or Kosice. From Poprad it’s a monorail like train to the various ski resorts.