There is a tourist information center right in the center of town right at the top of the cluster of buildings by the railway station. While I was there (which was pretty low season) it was staffed by fairly young people. Everyone was quite helpful and they gave out a free map with decent orientation for the hiking trails in the vicinity.
They can also be helpful in helping to arrange your journey onwards from Stary Smokovec.
Hiking around Stary Smokovec
Stary Smokovec was a good,central place to go if you want to hike in the high tatras. Take the funicular up to Hrebienok and go hiking up farther from there. In an afternoon's hike you can see some great waterfalls, mountains and lovely lakes.
You will notice a lot of locals hiking, though it is not nearly as crowded as Poland. You will see people of all ages (literally!) going out for a nice hike in the mountains. The paths are pretty well marked and nice and clean.
You can usually stop for something to drink at the chatas (mountain huts) along the way.
- Mountain Climbing
- Hiking and Walking
- Adventure Travel
This beautiful building is what you first see when you arrive by train. The ticket sale is only open around train departures (at least in pre-season). There is a timetable hanging there too. Also there is a café and a souvenir shop. The public toilets are located in a small building to the right of the station building if you stand in front of it (on the side of the railway tracks), you will have to pay a small fee to use the clean toilets.
Old catholic church
This small church is built in the same colours as the Grand hotel. It seems that Pope Johannes Paul II has visited here on 3rd July 1995. The church was closed but the outer door was open. So we were able to have a look through the glass door.
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