At the beginning of the 20th century there were memorial signs all over the Tatry mountains for the people who lost their lives in the area. It was considered psychologically bad to have those plates all over the place. The Tatra commission undertook it to concentrate all those memorial plates in a forest under Ostrva in the Mengusovska valley. On the cemetery you will find a memorial chapel and carved wooden Detva crosses. Once a year in late autumn a memorial service is held.
It's a short detour from the main "normal" hiking path to reach the cemetery. This path is considered a mountain path which is closed from 1.1.-15.6. Since the sign was only in Slovakian, we didn't understand it. After the visit of the symbolic cemetery continue that way to the lake. It's very beautiful that way.
From Popradske Pleso train station it's a one hour uphill hike to the lake. The path follows a forest road winding uphill. You will cross a mountain stream and pass a picnic hut. Shortly before you arrive at the lake, you can take a detour if you like to the symbolic cemetery.
This mountain restaurant by the lake not only serves food, but offers accomodation too. They also sell postcards. Food prices are very reasonable considering the mountain location but I guess there is road access for delivery.
Favorite Dish: I ate a local Tatra soup which had lots of meat pieces in it as well as potato. It came with bread. Although it looked a bit greasy, it actually tasted very delicious and was very nutricious. All the local hikers seemed to have ordered soup too.
You cannot order French Fries separately. They can only be ordered as a side dish of a main dish.
You can take the Tatratrain that runs between Poprad and/or Stary Smokovec and Strbske Pleso to the stop Popradske Pleso. From there you have to walk to the actual lake.