Slovakia borders with Poland, the Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary and Ukraine. It’s home to a diverse population scattered across mountains, lakes, forests and the Danube basin. Earlier this year, Tatra Photography built three wooden wildlife hides in Slovakia’s Tatra Mountains, providing visitors with the unique opportunity to capture close-up images of wild brown bears in their natural habitat. Having snapped photos of a 350kg brown bear shortly after, they share some of their best pictures of Slovakia with us.

Bear hide, Cierny Váh

One of around 800 bears in Slovakia

A lake in Tatranská Štrba

Štrbské pleso

View of the High Tatras from Malý Slavkov

Kopské sedlo at 1750m above sea level

Tatranská Štrba lake

Troye Lake

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