1) High Tatras Mountains Voted #1 by Lonely Planet in 2019
When Lonely Planet voted the High-Tatras Mountains into #1 European destination to visit on their ‘Best in Europe’ list in 2019, it was definitely something to shout about. And a stamp of approval and badge of honour for the region, but also the encouragement you need to put Slovakia’s mountainous region on your MICE bucket-list and get active in pristine nature.
2) Refuel with one of Slovakia’s favourite dishes and drinks
If you need to replenish your energy then let us introduce you to “Bryndzove Halusky” (potato dumplings), which is considered a national dish of Slovakia and similar to Italian gnocchi; it is often covered with sheeps cheese (Bryndzove) and locally-sourced smoked bacon. Then wash it down with TatraTea, a very popular liquor which originated in the High Tatras; imagine a bygone-era during the harsh long winters, respite from the cold was to drink herbal tea mixed with concentrated alcohol, and so was born TatraTea.
3) When muscles need soothing after active-adventure pursuits head to the spa….
Blessed with subterranean geothermal water resources, forming mineral springs and healing waters, the Tatras region takes full advantage, and so should your clients. Rejuvenation can be enjoyed at Besenova Thermal Pools (See besenova.com – Liptov region), which is another of Liptov’s epicentres of health, wellness and relaxation, Besanova pumps hot thermal spring water into nine pools made up of health-giving mineral content. Other amazing facilities include AquaCity in Poprad (see aquacity.sk) and Tatralandia (see tatralandia.sk)
4) Winter ‘Incentives’ are a great way to relax and unwind at the end of the year.
The High-Tatras and Liptov Mountains could provide a great alternative from other established European resorts. Various compact ski areas provide value for money without compromising on quality. These are the mountains that produced Petra Vlhova, the current World Champion in Giant Slalom. Key resorts include: Tatranska Lomnica (High Tatras) home to the longest ski run in Slovakia stretching out an impressive 5.5km in length; Strbske Pleso Ski Resort (High Tatras) everything centres on ‘Strbske Tarn’, the ‘A-list’ of pristine glacial mountain lakes, surrounded by the snowy peaks of the High Tatras, great for cross-country ski trails too; Jasna Ski Resort (Low Tatras)
has held FIS Ski World Cup races on numerous occasions and is central Europe’s largest Ski resort, so is Slovakia’s premier winter mountain resort.
5) Speleo-trekking in a unique subterranean world
There is something other worldly about entering a cave network, these speleological experiences can be found in Slovakia, Central Europe’s largest karst territory. From Belianska Jaskyna Cave, located in Tatranska Kotlina, it’s the only one open to the public in the High Tatras to Demanovska Ice Cave & Liberty Cave of the Liptov region, both sites form part of the same 35km underground Karst System. Speleo-trekking could be the ultimate team building and bonding exercise besides caving specialists wearing helmets and head lamps.
6) Adrenaline-fueled to culturally quirky
The High & Low Tatras and neighbouring parks are certainly places to tick-off fabulous bucket-list Incentive experiences from the adrenaline-fueled to culturally quirky. One example is to let the river waters take the strain with a rafting experience through the canyons created by the Dunajec River, on traditional wood rafts in view of the Pieniny Mountains’ (three crown peaks). Once back on land at the Pieniny Chata/Hut, you can have a “Goral Picnic”, which means lunch with traditional Goral music and musicians in authentic costumes.
7) Nature goes hand-in-hand with Hiking and Biking
Hiking and biking in the Tatras & Liptov region really is for everyone, not just those with the fitness of a Tatra Chamois, although you might encounter one on route. Colour-coded trails and plenty of cable cars, weave, wind and climb their way past some of the most dramatic mountain scenery in the “smallest alpine mountains in Europe”. These easy to organise group trips could take you to the regions highest peak Mount Gerlach at 2,655m or even Bear watching on bikes; an early morning start is required to try and capture a sight of these rare and beautiful animals.
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