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Slovakia’s High Tatras named best European destination 2019 by Lonely Planet

Summer view of the High Tatras, Slovakia

Bratislava, Slovakia – Slovakia’s High Tatras mountain range was ranked best European destination 2019 on Lonely Planet’s annual list compiled by travel experts.

Slovak High Tatras named best destination in Europe 2019

Slovakia’s High Tatras (Vysoké Tatry, in Slovak), one of the most significant national landmarks of Slovakia and highly popular destination for locals and foreign tourists alike, was named as the best 2019 summer destination in Europe.

Lonely Planet’s travel writers chose to celebrate the High Tatras for its peaks and waterfalls and countless climbing and hiking trails. The High Tatras offers breathtaking landscapes at almost every corner, including around the famous Strbske Pleso lake, one of over 100 ultramarine lakes scattered in the mountain range.

Travelers can also head there to enjoy a rare spotting of brown bears, eradicated from most of the other mountainous regions in Europe, or go skiing during the winter months. The awe-inspiring Tatra National Park turns 70 this year, the perfect opportunity to go (back) to visit its beautiful scenery, or admire Slovakia’s highest peak, the 2.655 meter-high Gerlachovske Stít.

“There’s something mythical about the landscape of Slovakia’s High Tatras, a lofty realm of crooked peaks and plunging waterfalls when snow willow blankets the ground and fearsome beasts patrol the forests”, writes Lonely Planet.

Lonely Planet’s top 10 European destinations list 2019

Presenting its 2019 ranking of the top 10 European destinations, Lonely Planet wrote that “from cultural city breaks to awe-inspiring scenery, buzzing foodie destination and the best spots to escape the crowds, there are a wealth of experience to be enjoyed across the continent this summer”.

Slovakia‘s High Tatras beat the Spanish capital city of Madrid, “which earned its place for its emphasis on sustainable living” and the “less-explored part of Iceland” Arctic Coast Way, ranked second and third respectively.

If you need ideas for your next travels, check out the complete list of Lonely Planet’s top 10 European destinations 2019:

  • 1 – High Tatras, Slovakia
  • 2 – Madrid, Spain
  • 3 – Arctic Coast Way, Iceland
  • 4 – Herzegovina, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • 5 – Bari, Italy
  • 6 – Shetland, Scotland
  • 7 – Lyon, France
  • 8 – Liechtenstein
  • 9 – Vevey, Switzerland
  • 10 – Istria, Croatia

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