Hiking in Slovakia – Our Hike to the Amazing Green Lake (Zelene Pleso) in Slovakia’s High Tatras

Hiking in Slovakia will reward you with exceptional mountain views, glacier lakes and gorgeous paths in a stunning setting.

While some travellers have never heard of the High Tatras mountains in Slovakia, trust me, it’s what the country should be known for.

Hiking in Slovakia – Our Hike to the Amazing Green Lake (Zelene Pleso) in Slovakia’s High Tatras

Hiking in Slovakia will reward you with exceptional mountain views, glacier lakes and gorgeous paths in a stunning setting.

While some travellers have never heard of the High Tatras mountains in Slovakia, trust me, it’s what the country should be known for.

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Hiking in Slovakia Zdiar
Where we stayed while hiking in Slovakia – The small village of Zdiar with epic views

Our hike to Green Lake in Slovakia’s High Tatras quickly turned out to be one of the best days of hiking in Slovakia.

We have based ourselves in the small village of Zdiar with magnificent views of the High Tatras mountains, but you can easily do this hike if you are staying anywhere near the High Tatras.

There are a few hiking routes you can take to reach Green Lake:

Option A: Tatranska Lomnica – Skalnate Pleso – Vel’ká Svišt’ovka – Zelene Pleso

This hike would take about 8 hours

You can start the hike to Green Lake at Tatranska Lomnica which is a popular town at the centre of the High Tatras and many visitors base themselves here. From here, you can buy a one-way ticket at the ticket booth for the cable car to Skalnaté Pleso (around €22). 

Once you are up there, look for the observatory and pick up the red marker trail to Zelene Pleso. This is also signposted as Chata pri Zelenom Plese which is the name of the wooden hut/restaurant at the lake in Slovak.

The first part of the hike is quite rocky, and you’ll reach the top of Vel’ká Svišt’ovka and see the Zelene Pleso (Green Lake) below.

Continue on for 5km down. See below for more information on how to get from Green Lake down to the main road.

Hiking in Slovakia Green Lake Zelene Pleso hut
Hiking in Slovakia – “Chata pri Zelenom Plese” is the name of this hut located at the Green Lake in the High Tatras

Option B: Biela Voda Parking to Zelene Pleso (Green Lake) return hike.

This hike should take 6 hours

We did this exact hike to Green Lake in August 2022. You can either take the bus to the Biela Voda Parking or you can drive here and park your car.

The parking is €10 (to park inside a small designated car park) or you can simply park on the shoulder of the main road for free, which is what we did.

Hiking in Slovakia Green Lake Zelene Pleso path

The trail is easy to find and you have a few options for hikes here as well.

The first step is the 3-hour hike to Green Lake (Zelene Pleso) which is marked with a yellow marker. As mentioned, this is signposted as Chata pri Zelenom Plese. It makes sense as chata (the mountain hut) at the lake is also a restaurant serving hot food and cold beer.

Plus for serious hikers, you can stay overnight, but for that, it is best to enquire before your arrival. You can book your stay at Chata pri Zelenom only via e-mail and it costs €32 per person with breakfast. 

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The first hour of the hike is an easy path across the forested area, we spotted wild raspberries and plenty of bees in the wildflowers. 

Hiking in Slovakia Green Lake Zelene Pleso wildflowers
Hiking in Slovakia – The trail to Green Lake (Zelene Pleso) was very beautiful in August with wildflowers everywhere.

Slowly the path gets rockier and you’ll cross the small river twice before you follow it up to the top of the valley. The final hour of the hike is probably the steepest and having good hiking shoes for the rocks will help.

There was also plenty of water on the trail so waterproof shoes are recommended. 

But you’ll also start seeing the peaks (all of them are over 2000 metres high) in the distance and then suddenly the Green Lake appears with the background of the mountains and the mountain hut Chata pri zelenom plese in the corner of it. 

Hiking in Slovakia Green Lake Zelene Pleso top
Hiking in Slovakia – The Green Lake Slovakia

Congratulations! You made it!

Get some rest at the hut, refuel and enjoy the views. You might spot the ducks that live in the lake as well.

There is a path surrounding Green Lake and it’s here that you’ll see the most tourists as this is the point where all trails connect.

Hiking in Slovakia Green Lake Zelene Pleso
The Green Lake (Zelene Pleso)

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From here there are a few options for hiking in Slovakia from Green Lake:

  • You can climb to Jahnaci stit. But this is an intense hike with exposed rocks and chains to help you along. It would take another 2.5 hours to the top and 2.5 hours to get back.
  • Another option is to hike to Skalnate Pleso.
Hiking Slovakia at the top of green lake
More hiking trails from the Green Lake

To get back, simply follow the trail down to Biela Voda Parking

Hiking in Slovakia Green Lake Zelene Pleso beautiful
Hiking in Slovakia awards hikers with stunning views

If you arrived by public bus, just wait for the bus to come by or ask any local to call you a taxi to Tatranska Lomnica. It should be 7-8 euros, so it’s easy.

Seeing that you’re so close, you might consider crossing into Poland. If you do, we recommend a visit to Zalipie; the prettiest village in Poland, and here are Poland’s best cities to visit. 

And yes, we’ve got you covered with 18 traditional Polish dishes you’ll love!

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Slovakia is an excellent destination for outdoor lovers. We recommend this hike to the amazing Green Lake (Zelene Pleso) in Slovakia’s High Tatras.

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