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Skalnaté pleso is a moraine lake in the lowest karst of Skalnata dolina.

rocky Mountain Lake

Skalnaté pleso is a moraine lake in the lowest karst of Skalnata dolina.

Despite many rescue interventions (in the 1930s and 1950s), since 1937 it has had variable levels and sometimes dries up. Its existence was threatened, in addition to hydrological and climatic, by human factors. It was mainly the construction of a cable car station from Tatranská Lomnica to Skalnaté pleso and Lomnický štít.

Skalnate dolina, Skalnate pleso and Skalnaty potok have long been in the Lomnice district below Lomnicky stit . People called this valley Lomnická dolina. Very soon, however, herdsmen and herds began to devastate her. Soil erosion occurred and vegetation disappeared. The character of this part of the valley changed and therefore the name of the valley changed from Lomnická to Skalnata. Poles still respect the older names. The lake is therefore Łomnicky Staw. Juraj Buchholtz Jr. in his Panorama of the Tatras from 1717 has the designation Stagnum rupicaprarum - Stainbock See for him, which means Chamois Lake. Later, Stainbock (chamois) was erroneously transcribed into Steinbach (Rocky Stream) and thus the lake was renamed Steibach See.

The lake has an area of 1.23 ha, a depth of 2 m and is located at an altitude of 1,754 m above sea level

At the ball is the Skalnaté pleso station of the Tatranská Lomnica - Lomnický štít cable car (valley station of the Lomnický štít cable car, the top station of the cable car that runs from Tatranská Lomnica to Skalnaté pleso with the Štart intermediate station and the cable car, which is out of operation), chairlift to Lomnický saddles, the Observatory of the Astronomical Institute of the Slovak Academy of Sciences, the Encián Hotel, the Rocky Cottage and the Mountain Service Station.

The lake is accessible:
- Gondola lift from Tatranská Lomnica
- follow the blue tourist sign from the Štart cable car station, where the access road from Tatranská Lomnica leads.
- along the red marked highway from Hrebienok around Zamkovský chata, or from the opposite side from Dolina Bielych plies.

Additional information

Transport: By foot, By bike, By car, By train, By bus
Parking: Free parking nearby, Paid parking nearby

Accepted payments: Cash
Languages: Slovak, English

Suitable for: Childrens, Families with childrens, Elderly, Handicapped, Young, Adults
Season: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
Updated on: 17.3.2020

Opening hours


monday - sunday:
00:00 - 23:59


rocky Mountain Lake
059 60  Tatranská Lomnica
Region: Prešovský
District: Poprad
Area: Spiš, Tatras
 49.188805, 20.232145

Altitude: 1754 m

059 60  Tatranská Lomnica

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