Speckled with row boats in summer and hugged by pillowy snow banks in winter, the tarn at Štrbské Pleso is one of the High Tatras’ loveliest scenes – and don’t visitors know it. This glacial lake (1346m) receives huge numbers of visitors around the year, thanks to lofty hiking trails and the country's longest ski season. For almost half the year, the lake freezes over, allowing ice skaters to spin across its surface.
Development continues to encroach on this pine-hemmed retreat, with spa tourism an increasingly profitable money-spinner. But even travellers who prefer the lesser-trodden path will grudgingly admit that Štrbské Pleso is nothing short of gorgeous.