The conference will take place at Grandhotel Praha under Lomnický Peak (2,634m/8,640 ft.) in High Tatras Slovakia.
Grandhotel Praha has been writing its glamorous history since 1905. It was built in beautiful Art Nouveau style, which takes you back in time to the era of a real fairytale in the Tatras. The hotel is located in Tatranská Lomnica and offers accommodation in 106 rooms and 19 suites. A new wellness centre that offers spoiling and stylish wellness packages in the Tatras is the most precious jewel of the hotel. The idea of combining healing effects of Tatra nature and local spa tradition is embodied in the Grand Mountain Spa. Treatments, massages and own cosmetic products based on herbs, forest fruits and other treasures of Tatra nature are available only in our Wellness & Spa centre and all hotel premises. You will feel it everywhere you go – when savouring healthy delicacies of the local kitchen or sleeping on special herbal pillows. An outdoor infinity pool with breathtaking views, whirlpools, saunas and a big indoor pool offer flawless relaxation after a hiking trip or a day on the ski slope.
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The town of High Tatras is a central part of The Tatra National Park (TANAP) which covers an area of 74.111 hectares. It is the oldest and largest national park in the Slovak Republic, The National Park encompasses the three mountain ranges of the region, The High Tatras, The Western Tatras and Belianske Tatras (The White Tatras). The National Park was established in 1949 as a direct result of prolonged effort of leading Slovak environmentalists who strove to save one of most beautiful and most valuable natural resorts in central Europe for the future generations. In terms of geomorphology, High Tatras with its 24 peaks higher that 2.500 m above sea level provide the only mountains with an Alpine character in the whole of the 1.200 km length of the Carpathian Mountain range. In order to protect the fragile environment visits to the natural park area are strictly regulated and visitors are obliged to use only the marked hiking and ski trails provided by the Park Authorities. All main trails open to hikers visiting the Tatras are only open to the public between the 15th June until the 31st of October. Despite these restrictions however, there is open access for walkers to the many mountain chalets and hotels.
The High Tatras were created about 60 mil. years ago heaving up the granite massif above the level of the surrounding land. It gained its current appearance by the glacier activity 2 mil. years ago. The characteristic peaks (such as Gerlachovský Peak, Kriváň, Rysy, Lomnický Peak), deep valleys of glacier origin (Mengusovská Valley, The Grand and The Small Cold Valley), moraines and mountain lakes (Štrbské Mountain Lake, Skalnaté Mountain Lake) were formed the same way, too.
In the region, there are situated villages with numerous historical monuments (Kežmarok, Spišská Sobota, Poprad) and tourist centres (Old Smokovec, Štrbské Mountain Lake, Tatranská Lomnica and Ždiar). From the above-mentioned centres you can start all day trips to the following attractive destinations ( Low Tatras, Pieniny, Slovak Paradise, Levoča, St.Jacob Church, Spiš Castle, Plejsy).
Actual information you will find on www.tldtatry.sk.
One of the most popular activities in the High Tatras is to take the cable car to the Skalnaté Mountain Lake (Rocky Mountain Lake). Skalnaté Mountain Lake (1751 m) is situated in Skalnatá Valley under south cliffs of the Lomnický Peak and it is a good departure point for mountain hikes.