Štrbské pleso

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Štrbské pleso
Štrbské pleso in October 2005
LocationHigh Tatras
Coordinates49°07′21″N 20°03′30″E / 49.12250°N 20.05833°E / 49.12250; 20.05833Coordinates: 49°07′21″N 20°03′30″E / 49.12250°N 20.05833°E / 49.12250; 20.05833
Primary inflowsUnderground
Primary outflowsUnderground
Basin countriesSlovakia
Max. length640 m (0.40 mi)
Max. width600 m (0.37 mi)
Surface area19.76 ha (48.8 acres)
Max. depth20 m (66 ft)
Water volume1.284 hm3 (1,041 acre⋅ft)
Surface elevation1,346 m (4,416 ft)
Frozenmore than 155 days/year
IslandsLimited rocks
SettlementsŠtrbské Pleso
Frozen over for 155 days a year

Štrbské pleso (Hungarian: Csorbató or Csorba-tó, German: Tschirmer See, Polish: Szczyrbskie jezioro) is a picturesque mountain lake of glacial origin and a top tourist destination in the High Tatras, Slovakia. It is the second-largest glacial lake on the Slovak side of the High Tatras, after Veľké Hincovo pleso. Maximum depth is 20 metres (66 ft).


Štrbské pleso is now part of the neighborhood of Štrbské Pleso (spelled with a capital P). It is on the municipal lands of the village of Štrba, after which Štrbské pleso ("Lake Štrba") is now named. The word pleso ("tarn") is applied only to mountain lakes. The locals used to call it "the puddle" or "pond" (mláka) in the past.[1] It is the second-largest glacial lake on the Slovak side of the High Tatras, after Hincovo Pleso, to which it loses by 0.8 acres (3,200 m2).[2] It is fed by underground springs and has no visible outflow stream. Its surface remains frozen for around 155 days per year.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Miloš Janoška, Sprievodca po Tatrách. 1911.
  2. ^ "Top 10 of the High Tatras". vysoke-tatry.sk
  3. ^ "Štrbské pleso." Encyklopédia regiónu Vysoké Tatry. vysoke-tatry.info