Spend a beautiful winter time in the Tatras and enjoy the Tatra Teple of Ice in Hrebienok. Follow the "scallop" shell, which is an integral symbol of all visitors of Composteta de Santiago in Spain. The famous pilgrimage site is a symbol of a new beginning and the muse of this year's ice project. This year, you can look forward to precise work and striking details that will enhance the experience of visiting the ice temple.
We have gone through difficult times. The present-day situation in the world has influenced all of us. Some things are gone, but some have been born. Everything is changeable. Life is a cycle, everything changes, develops, grows, multiplies and gets reduced. Every moment in our lives is unrepeatable. The uniqueness of existence and the unstoppable cycle are Alpha and Omega of this year’s project.
The Temple of Ice in the Tatras is always inspired by world-famous buildings and this year is no exception. The cathedral that was our project model is part of the UNESCO world heritage. It represents the Romanesque architecture but includes Gothic and Baroque elements as well. Several sculptors and wood carvers from Slovakia, the Czech Republic and the USA have been working on the masterpiece and talented Adam Bakoš is the main architect again.
Skilled hands are changing an unbelievable number of 1,880 blocks of ice, i.e. more than 225 tonnes in total to a beautiful piece of art. The temple of ice is protected by a cover with a 25-metre-diameter this year too and the highest point of the creation is 12 metres high.
The unique construction of ice is a true work of art. The heart of Hrebienok contains several precise details and iconic elements. But there is also a deep meaning included. The cathedral which has served as the source of inspiration is a significant pilgrimage site, so the year of 2021 emphasises its appeal even more. The main idea of pilgrimage is for everybody to find themselves again, to get closer to nature, meet new people and open their heart to new life. The jubilee year of 2021, which comes after long 11 years, stresses the meaning of the cathedral symbolically. They say: “Everybody who visits the temple and enters its gates comes out as a new person. Clean and born again.” Many of us carry a burden inside and want to get rid of it, let it be and move on without it.
A comfortable funicular operates to Hrebienok to the Tatra Temple from the station of Starý Smokovec and tickets can be purchased comfortably at the ticket office of Starý Smokovec or advance online on gopass.travel.
Covid measures before entering the Tatra Temple of Ice
Current measures and regulations in the Tatra Temple of Ice on Hrebienok.
Valid from 1.11.2021
- Exhibition halls and shows - allowed individual shows only for completely vaccinated with a maximum of 1 person per 15 m2
- Entry to the facilities will be allowed only to persons with covering the upper airways with FFP2 respirator
- Observe 2m intervals between other people
- Minimize contacts and do not shake hands
- Use disinfection before commissioning
- Prefer payment by card
- Follow the operating instructions
The following is considered to be a person vaccinated, tested or overcome with COVID-19 (hereinafter referred to as "person in the OTP regime":
a) a person fully vaccinated,
b) a person who is able to demonstrate a negative COVID-19 test result not older than 72 hours after collection in the case of RT-PCR or LAMP test or 48 hours after collection in case of antigen test, or
c) the person has contracted COVID-19 in a period not exceeding 180 days ago.
For the purposes of this Decree, the following is considered to be a fully vaccinated person:
- a person at least 14 days after the administration of the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine with a two-dose schedule,
- a person at least 21 days after the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine with a single-dose schedule, or
- a person at least 14 days after the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, if the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine has been administered within 180 days of the COVID19 disease has passed,
- or a person under 12 years of age.