The High Tatras (Vysoké Tatry) stretch in the northern part of Slovakia bordering Poland and belong to Carpathian mountain range. The High Tatras are divided into three parts - Western, High and Belianske Tatras. The High Tatras belong to the national park (TANAP) and are also registered in UNESCO because many protected animals and plants are found in High Tatras. The High Tatras consist of peaks, mountain lakes and basins. The most notable peaks are Gerlachovský štít (2,655 m), Lomnický štít (2,633 m), Rysy (2,503 m) and Kriváň (2,494 m).

Štrbské pleso is one of the most famous Tatra tarns that is accessible to the general public. It’s situated at an altitude of 1346 m. and is the second largest tarn on the Slovak side of the High Tatras. It has a surface area of 19,8 ha and the maximum depth is 20 metres (66 ft). With its 640 metres length and 600 metres width it’s iced over 155 days a year on average.

Hotel Patria is located as a dominant building near the shore of the high-mountain tarn Štrbské Pleso (1355 metres above sea-level) at the mouth of Mlynická Valley, sensitively incorporated into the High Tatras landscape. It is named after the nearby peak Patria, 2203 metres high.