The turn of the 19th and 20th centuries in Europe is known as a period called in France ‘La belle épogue’, meaning ‘The Beautiful Period’. There were no wars, industries and trade was blossoming. Railways, press, telegraph and telephone shortened the distances. Modern aristocracy lived comfortably everywhere and was financially secure to indulge in pleasant activities. Architects established a new luxurious style appropriate for this period – art nouveau.

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Until then, the High Tatras were considered to be mainly a health and recreation resort. But they should become a meeting spot of European aristocracy. This gave the rise of new luxury hotels in the Tatras more than 100 years ago. A unique hotel in Tatranská Lomnica was built by International Sleeping-car Society from Brussels (Wagons Lits Cook).

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Its construction, at the foot of Lomnický Peak at an altitude of 908 m, began in 1904 and in 1905 it was finalized according to the project of architects Quido Hoepfner and Gejza Gyori from Budapest. It was opened on 1st July 1905. Its original name Palota szálló (Hotel Palace) was changed to Grandhotel Praha in 1919.

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The hotel not only brought a well-off clientele to the region but also played a significant role in the growth of sport industry in the Tatras. A toboggan and bobsleigh tracks, facilities for summer sports were built and it was the first hotel running all the year round. It preserved its majestic charm up to the present day. It is a true, living legend in the middle of Slovakia´s highest mountains.

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