High Tatras - Stary Smokovec
Starý Smokovec was known in ancient times, mainly due to their mineral springs. In 1793, grew up near springs mountain lodge and apartment for hunting. In 1797, there was no settlement, the first of its kind in the Vysoké Tatry, which act as a summer destination. In the mid-19th century occurs more tourism development, because owner George Rainer made available to wider sections of the Starý Smokovec. At the time, grew the first major hotels and restaurants as well as water treatment facility with constant medical supervision, most of these hotels still are working.
Location and climate
Village of Starý Smokovec is in the High Tatras in the altitude of 990 m. Include it in a slightly cool to cold climate with average annual temperature around 6 ° C.
Dominants of Starý Smokovec are primarily the spa houses, some of them even come from the 19th century. In 1839 there was built bathhouse Flora, 11 years later opened its gates Švajčiarsky dom and Bellevue. The most dominant is Grandhotel,built in 1904. It was created by projects of Budapest architect Guido Hoepfner, who was originally monoblocks, later was extended three times. Tourists are also encouraged to taste the local mineral springs and visit the Vysoké Tatry.