The latest edition of the Cicerone guide to the High Tatras just landed on my desk, bringing back fond memories of one of my first walking holidays. My trip was to the Polish side of the High Tatras.
The High Tatras
Slovakia and Poland - Including the Western Tatras and White Tatras
Guidebook detailing walks and scrambles in the High Tatras mountains of Poland and Slovakia. Varied routes among the strikingly beautiful craggy peaks of the High, Western and White Tatras range from easy to strenuous. Includes useful lists of summits as well as practical advice on accommodation and facilities, travel, mapping and language.More information
We took the train down through Poland, visiting Auschwitz en-route – an experience I will never forget.
We based ourselves in the delightful town of Zakopane. I’d be interested to see how the town has changed nearly 20 years on. When we visited, there were only a few hostels and small hotels available, and not many places to eat – I’m sure it's very different now.
We’d hoped to do a couple of hut-to-hut walks, but the snow came early that year, so we opted for a number of fantastic day walks instead. I’ve forgotten most of the places we walked, but flicking through the book, I remember summiting Giewont, a distinctive mountain seen from Zakopane, with its metal summit cross.
The new guidebook has got me thinking (not that we are ever short of inspiration here), but it's time I went back – maybe this time to explore over the border into Slovakia?