Hiking the High Tatras

The rocky, alpine peaks of the High Tatras in Slovakia are the highest in the Carpathians, with 25 peaks soaring over 2500m. But hiking this impressive little range needn’t require an Olympian effort. In the morning, ride a cable car up to 1800m and you can hike along mid-elevation trails, stopping at a log cabin hikers’ hut with a restaurant for lunch. A few hours more and you’re at the Hrebienok funicular terminus that will take you down to turn-of-the-20th-century Starý Smokovec below, well in time for dinner.