18 Best Hikes in the Low Tatras, Slovakia (+ map): Things to do in Low Tatras

Are you looking forward to a holiday in the Low Tatras? Check out the travel guide with the best hikes and things to do in the Low Tatras, Slovakia.

In this guide you will learn:

  • travel tips on how to get to the Low Tatras and how to get around;
  • where to stay in the Low Tatras
  • when to visit the Low Tatras;
  • tips for hikes and the most beautiful places in the Low Tatras – tips for easy and more demanding hikes and routes.
  • things to do in the Low Tatras with children

Travel Guide for the Low Tatras:

Transport to the Low Tatras

Low Tatras by car

The Low Tatras are closer to the Czech Republic than the High Tatras. The shortest route is via Brno on D1 – if you take Prague as your starting point, you will be in the Low Tatras in 5.5-6 hours.

Highway towards Tatry – view of the High Tatras

You can calculate how much the trip will cost you here. The price of petrol in Slovakia is similar to that in the Czech Republic. Add to the price of petrol the price of a vignette for Slovakia, or the price of a toll for Slovakia. also for the Czech Republic, if you don’t have.

A Slovak motorway vignette will cost you €12/10 days (2024). You can buy it easily online.

Low Tatras by train and bus

The easiest way to get to the Low Tatras is by train – line Prague – Košice. You can buy the cheapest train ticket from CZK 300. You can choose between Student Agency and České dráhy.

If you do not want to give up the comfort of a car, there is the option of a car train, i.e. The car will be driven by Czech Railways and you will sleep in the sleeping area. I have no experience with this myself, but my friend travelled to the High Tatras (same connection as to the Low Tatras) and she couldn’t praise the trip.

The train stops near the Low Tatras at 3 locations, from where you can comfortably get directly to your accommodation:

  • Ružomberok station – from here you take a bus to Donovaly, which takes half an hour and costs around €2 (long-distance buses can be more expensive).
  • Liptovský Mikuláš station, where most of the passengers will disembark and head to the Jasná resort in the Demänovská valley. The bus station is right next to the train station. The journey takes half an hour and costs €1.60.
  • Station Poprad, from which you will travel to Telgart. The trip takes 1 hour and takes €2.10 out of your wallet.

Note: Prices are valid as of 2022, they may be slightly higher now.

Accommodation Low Tatras 😴

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Family hotel in Demänovská valley

Cosy accommodation with half board and wellness

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Modern accommodation Liptovský Mikuláš

Accommodation with half board and wellness

Transport in the Low Tatras

In the case of the Low Tatras, you can rely mainly on bus transport. It’s just not as dense as you might imagine. But it will get you to the main points without any problems. It runs regularly and is reinforced with additional connections in peak seasons. Use the Slovak timetables to find a specific connection.

In the Low Tatras it is easier to get around by car. There is ample paid parking at all starting points. Prices are usually around €10 for all-day parking (6am-6pm).

When to the Low Tatras?

If you are going hiking in the Low Tatras, it is worth waiting to avoid encountering piles of snow or large snow fields on the way, which could make your journey quite difficult.

Even July is still a bit erratic. The weather may be April, but there should be no sign of snow. I recommend checking out the situation beforehand on the webcams.

And then there are the favourites – August, September and October. The driest time of the year, when you’re least likely to get hit by a storm in the middle of nature. October is the best month ever, because the weather is already pleasantly cool and you have the chance to experience some really far-reaching views in good visibility.

As for the winter season, it usually runs from December to the end of March. If you are heading to the Jasná resort in the Demänovská valley, you can ski here until the end of April.

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What to visit in the Low Tatras? Tips for trips and the most beautiful places

Below you’ll find tips for hiking routes and trips for those looking for easy routes and those who would prefer a more strenuous day hike.

Difficulty is calculated in the outward direction unless otherwise stated. The time is only approximate and if you have a little bit of fitness, you will be at the finish line faster.

Tips for easy hiking trails and day treks in the Low Tatras:

1. Chopok (2023 m)

If you are looking for a hiking trail and a hiking point where you can enjoy some privacy, skip Chopok. It is the most visited peak in the Low Tatras. But then again, it’s an iconic highlight that few will miss.

There are several ways to get to it. The easiest option is the cable car directly from the Jasná resort.

Ascent to Chopok from the south side

  • Length from Kosodrevina hut: 2 km; 1 hour 30 min
  • Elevation: 487 m

Another option is to ascend Chopok from its southern side – from the Trangoška hut, where you leave your car. The cottage is a great accommodation tip as it is strategically located for many excursions and hiking trails. From there, take the cable car to the Kosodrevina mountain hut. Here you will follow the yellow hiking trail.

Ascent to Chopok from Demänovská Dolina

Most often people go to Chopok from its north side, resp. from Demänovská Dolina. There are two hiking trails leading to the top around Vrbický pleso, which is the largest lake in the Low Tatras. Follow the blue hiking trail, which partly follows the cable cars heading to Chopok and which will take you about 3 hours.

The second trail follows the yellow hiking trail to the Polana saddle, where you will follow the red trail. The stretch between the saddle and the Chopok peak is part of the iconic ridge from which you will have great views. However, the route upwards will take quite a lot of time (6 hours), so for us we recommend to take the cable car up and go down in the opposite direction from the top of Chopok to Demänovská Dolina.

2. Small ridge

The Little Ridge is called the area between the cable car below Chopok Peak and Dereš Peak. You can manage the small ridge even with smaller children. The cable car will take you to Chopok, from where you will head towards the top of Dereše (2 004 m) along the mountain path. The journey will take you less than an hour. You can return along the same route or descend down one of the hiking trails.

3. Krakova hole (1 752 m)

The starting point is the largest cave in Slovakia – Demänovská jeskyně Svobody, from where you will follow the blue hiking trail over the top of Pustá to the top of Krakova hole.

Krakova hole
view from the top of Krakova hole

From the top of the Krakova hole you can enjoy the same beautiful views as from the more visited peaks of Chopok and Ďumbier, but the tranquility is much greater here.

4. Ďumbier (2043 m)

  • Length from the top station of the cable car to Chopok: 4.1 km; 2 hours
  • Elevation: ↑ 399 m ↓386 m
  • Route map: route to the top of Ďumbier

Ďumbier is the highest peak of the Low Tatras. Take the cable car up to Chopok and from there follow the red hiking trail around Kamenná chata through Demänovská and Krúpa saddle to the top of Ďumbier.

5. Vrbické pleso

Vrbické pleso is located directly in Demänovská Dolina. A number of hiking trails lead around it to the very heart of the Low Tatras.

  • Length: 1 km; 20 minutes
  • Elevation: none; easy walk

Park your car directly behind the Grand Jasná Hotel (you will not miss it – on the left side), where the nature trail around Vrbický pleso follows. There are several information boards and a playground along the route.

Accommodation Low Tatras 😴

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Modern apartments Liptovsky Mikulas

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Cheap apartments Demänovská dolina

Cozy accommodation, breakfast, great location

6. Demänovská jeskyně Svobody

Demänovská jeskyně Svobody is a karst cave on the northern side of the Demänovská valley. There are several caves in this area and Demänovská jeskyně Svobody is the most famous. The first option is to drive here and park in the paid parking lot, or. to ride the bus.

Demänovská jeskyně Svobody can be reached on foot directly from Jasná from the Biela Pút’ saddle (by the reservoir), from where you can follow the yellow trail to the Ostredok lookout tower, past the symbolic cemetery of the victims of the Low Tatras to Demänovská jeskyně Svobody. On the way you will experience beautiful views of the Demänovská Dolina. The route will take you about an hour and a half and you won’t have to climb much.

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7. Demänovská valley

A nature trail with information boards and great views leads around the entire Demänovská valley.

The route starts at Vrbický pleso, where you park at the Grand Jasna Hotel. You will go past Mikulášská chata (cottage) on the yellow trail. At the Tri vody signpost turn left to the red light, which will take you through the Luková cable car station to the Záver Širokej doliny signpost. From there you will follow the green tourist trail through the Širokou dolina valley to the cottage at the Lúčky signpost.

Tip: In Demänovská Dolina you can have a traditional Slovak meal in the Jasná hut, which you may remember from Yes, Chef.

8. Kralova hora (1 946 m)

The eastern part of the Low Tatras is not as popular as the western part, which has more higher and more impressive peaks. A popular peak is Kralova hora, which is reached from the village of Telgárt by the red or green hiking trail.

Kralova hora / Low Tatras hiking trails

9. Lookout tower on Krajčov Hill (980 m)

An unmarked hiking trail leads to the Krajčov vrch lookout tower from the village of Nižná Boca, where you can park (buses also stop here). The views from here are great – in good visibility you can see up to the top of Kriváň in the High Tatras.

10. Crossing the Low Tatras

The ridge across the Low Tatras is iconic. We haven’t done the whole thing yet, but we definitely plan to in the future, because we love ridges (in Bohemia, for example, in the Krkonoše or Sumava). The ridge is 90 km long and is interrupted only by two larger saddles, Čertovica and Priehyba. The transition will take 5 days.

You will start from Donovaly along the red trail of the SNP Heroes Trail and end up in Telgárt. The best views are in autumn – September or October. There are several mountain huts along the way where you can stay overnight and refill your drinking water and something good for your stomach. In case of emergency, there are overnight accommodations on the way.

On the way, you can stay here: the tourist shelter Hiadeľské sedlo, Útulna Ďurková pod Chabencom, Chata M. R. Štefánika pod Ďumbierom, Útulna Ramža and Útulna Andrejcová.

If you don’t feel like doing the whole ridge, you can choose just part of it and create your own day hike with beautiful views. You can connect and disconnect in a number of places. You can choose a sightseeing route or take a local bus back.

11. Vrchol Ohnište

Ohnište is a karst peak in the national nature reserve of the same name. That is why it is necessary to stick strictly to the tourist markings and not to enter the trails with markings. From the top you will have a magnificent view of the highest peak of the Low Tatras, Ďumbier.

In addition to the view, you will also see Velkou ledovou propast (Great Ice Abyss). There is a rock gate nearby, to which an unofficial path leads and entry is not allowed nowadays.

There are several routes to Ohniště. The first popular route starts in Malužina, where there is a small parking lot and from there you continue through Svidovské sedlo to Ohnište.

Personally, I recommend starting from the Stanišovská cave, where you leave the car and continue along the yellow Stanišovská valley. From the yellow trail you turn green towards the top of Slemä, from where a turn-off leads to the memorial of the fall of the Slovak National Uprising aircraft.

Turn back to the green and continue to the top of Ohnište (1536 m). It’s a full day hike with a lot of elevation gain, but there are some nice viewpoints and interesting places along the way.

Stanišov Cave

Where to stay in the Low Tatras?

The Low Tatras are not as well connected as the High Tatras. If you don’t want to keep moving (or looking for connections, which aren’t as good here as in the case of the High Tatras), choose your accommodation strategically. Where you have the opportunity to do a variety of hiking tours or other activities.

Accommodation Low Tatras 😴

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Family hotel in Demänovská valley

Cosy accommodation with half board and wellness

ubytování nízké tatry
Modern accommodation Liptovský Mikuláš

Accommodation with half board and wellness

Low Tatras with children

Many of the hiking trails and points can be visited even with smaller children:

  • By cable car to Chopok and from there a short walk along the ridge towards the top of Dereše (see above)
  • Walk around Vrbický pleso (see above)
  • Demänovská Cave of Liberty and Demänovská Ice Cave a little further away – both caves have a parking lot a short distance from the entrance
  • Lookout tower on Krajčovo hill (see above)

You don’t have to worry about going on most trails with bigger kids. Unlike the High Tatras, the Low Tatras are more accessible, forested and without more difficult sections that could cause problems for children.

More interesting tips on where to go with children in the Low Tatras

Čiernohronská Railway and Čierny balog

The Čiernohronská railway offers steam train rides in three directions. The green trail leads to the Vydrovo forestry museum, where you can see an exhibition with your children about the forest and everything connected with it. The area also includes a playground, refreshments, nature trails and cycle paths, etc. It is possible to get off the train at any time and walk part of the route. Free parking is available right next to the railway.

Contact ZOO

The Contact Zoo is a great experience not only for children near the Tatralandia theme park in Liptovský Mikuláš. You can feed the animals (adults and bigger children), pet them, cuddle with them, take pictures. You will see small tigers, zebras, llamas, rabbits, camels, eagles, owls and more. We recommend starting early in the morning.

Not far from the zoo is the Heliport – Dom hore noham As its name suggests, you will experience what it is like to live upside down.

Accommodation Low Tatras 😴

nízké tatry ubytování
Modern apartments Liptovsky Mikulas

Garden, restaurant, private beach

apartmány nízké tatry
Cheap apartments Demänovská dolina

Cozy accommodation, breakfast, great location

Aquapark Tatralandia

The well-known aquapark can be found in Liptovský Mikuláš. It’s a great choice on those days when it rains. The water park is huge and the attractions…you can have fun here for a whole day.

Liptovský Mara reservoir

Do you prefer natural bathing like us? Then go to the Liptovský Mara reservoir in Liptovský Mikuláš to refresh yourself. There are a number of smaller beaches, you can rent boats or take a steamboat ride across the dam.

Fairy-tale village of Habakuky

The fairy-tale village of Habakuky can be found in Donovaly. The place will literally draw you into the action of Slovak fairy tales. The area is smaller, but young children will be thrilled.

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Donovalkovo amusement park

Donovalkovo, or the Capital of Children, is located just a short distance from the village of Habakuky. The town is a children’s version of a classic town, with the addition of other attractions, animation programmes and a mini-zoo.

Best hikes and things to do in Low Tatras

Interactive map of the most beautiful places and trips, which will help you easily plan what to visit and see in the Low Tatras.

HOW TO USE THIS MAP: Above you will find a detailed map of things to do in the Low Tatras. Click at the top left of the map to see separate layers with highlighted locations. You can hide and show the different layers or click on the icons on the map to see the names of the places mentioned in the Low Tatras guide. If you want to save the map, star it. For a larger version, click on the icon in the upper right corner.

These were our tips for best hikes and things to do in the Low Tatras. Do you have a question? Let me know in the comments below or share your experience. Have a safe journey!

More information about Slovakia

HIGH TATRAS: See the complete guide to the High Tatras (transport, accommodation, easy and day hikes, excursions).

MALA FATRA: We share tips for the best hikes in Malá Fatra in a separate article.

SLOVAKIA: Get inspired where to go to the mountains in Slovakia. We have also prepared a detailed article with tips on the best things to do in Slovakia.

Summary of the article Low Tatras: tips for trips and hikes

What easy routes in the Low Tatras do you recommend?

A pleasant walk leads past Vrbický pleso, which has an ideal starting position for further hikes. You can take a cable car to Chopok, the most popular peak in the Low Tatras. From here you can take the so-called small ridge hike to the top of Dereš. For more tips and a detailed description of the routes, see the article.

Which hikes in the Low Tatras are among the most beautiful?

The Low Tatras have a number of trails that will literally stun you with their views. You can choose to summit the Cracow Hole, Ďumbier, Kralova Hora in the east of the mountain range or walk the entire mountain range on the iconic ridge. For more tips and a detailed description of the routes, see the article.

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