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The Tatra Mts. are the part of Western Carpathians. There are situated on the border between Poland and Slovakia, to the south of Polish localities Kraków (Cracow), Nowy Targ, Zakopane and to the north of Slovakian towns Poprad and Liptovsky Mikulas.
In the comparison with the largest mountains of the world, Tatra Mts. are a little range - with regard to their area and their altitude and length as well. The highest Tatra peak Gierlach (in Slovakia) is 2663 metres a.s.l. high whereas in Alps Mount Blanc peak is 4807 m, in Caucasus - Elbrus peak is 5633 m above sea level. In Poland the highest peak in Tatra Mts. is Rysy - 2499 m, and beyond the Tatras - Babia Góra in Beskidy Mts. - 1725 m.
With regard to Tatra's area (785 square km), they are quite little if you compare them with the Alps i.e. (175.000 s.k.). The length of Tatra Mts. is 53 km, the Alps - 1200 km.
All range is devised into 3 parts, different in landscape character, geological structure and kind of rocks which formed their peaks. These are The Western Tatra Mts., The High Tatra Mts. and The Bielskie Tatra Mts. The most interesting and mass visited part are The High Tatra Mts., with the most beautiful glen of Morskie Oko (The Sea Eye), in the polish part of Tatras. The Western Tatra Mts. are less high, with less steep slopes, but with very nice and wide landscape. The most beautiful place of them is the Kościeliska Valley. The Bielskie Tatra Mts. (name from the Biała - town in Spisz, which owned a part of Tatra's terrains) are all situated in Slovakia and there are no tourist trials there - because of reservation of nature.

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