PODBANSKEfounded in the 15th century, 940 meters above sea level
Originally a mining settlement, Podbanske gradually transformed through the centuries, first into a shepherding community and in the 19th century centred around a sawmill. By the middle of this century it had developed as a tourism centre, and its earlier agricultural functions gradually died out.
For those who prefer easy walks, Podbanske offers some of the longest trails with the smallest changes in elevation within the High Tatras. The settlement is a starting place for tours and small skiing centre. The Podbanske area has a very good road connection, with good accommodations and restaurants in one of the High Tatras' more quiet settings.