Once called “Grandpa” by locals, Lomnicky Peak is one of the highest and most visited peaks in Slovakia’s Tatras Mountains. With a summit of more than 2,600 meters high, visitors can see as far as the Polish lowlands and more than one-fifth of the area of Slovakia on a clear day. The peak is best reached by a cable car that was the most modern in Europe at the time it opened in 1940. Visitors take one car up to Skalnate pleso, followed by another car up to the peak, rising 1,700 meters. Mountaineers can hire a mountain guide to take them up to the peak as well, but it is prohibited to try to climb the peak without a guide. While visitors previously simply took the cable car up and back down again right away, they now have the option to spend the night on the mountain, at the highest situated apartment in Central Europe.
The cable car is open daily in June from 8:50 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; in July and August from 8:50 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; in September from 8:50 a.m. to 3:50 p.m.; and in October from 8:50 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. It is closed the rest of the year. Roundtrip tickets cost 24 Euro and can be purchased up to seven days in advance.