In early summer 2018 we celebrated the water park´s 15th birthday. Do you remember your first day in the water park, your first water slide ride or first bathing? Only few of us know how it all began. So come back with us to the very beginning of Tatralandia and see how it has grown for the last 15 years.
From thermal springs to a water park
Without the unique Slovak nature, namely that below the Earth's surface, all-day entertainment in Tatralandia would only remain a courageous idea. For thousands of years, slow geological processes have been forming the foundation of Liptov Basin and created rich sources of mineral and thermal waters. Therefore, the idea of developing a water park was born at the beginning of this century with the aim to use thermal water sources with its beneficial effects. And thus Tatralandia grew between the Western and Low Tatras.
First bathing Tatralandia started to be developed in November 2002 and less than a year later the water park opened its gates for the first time at the beginning of summer holidays (in July 2003). At that time, Tatralandia was offering amusement in 6 pools and 6 water slides. There was an obstacle course in the pool with thermal water. A year later, visitors could already relax in the sauna world, and 9 water slides and 3 pools were added to the summer part of the water park. What´s more, a new accommodation area Holiday Village Tatralandia was built in the water park to give the feeling of home to visitors during their holiday spent in cosy cottages with a stunning view of the Western and Low Tatras.
Tatralandia – the crazy place
Tatralandia has always been an epicentre of all day amusement full of adrenaline, as witnessed by the rope centre, which once bordered our water park on one side. On the other side, Western City of Šiklův Mlýn was situated. Then 2005 arrived and brought new Bubble City summer inflatable attractions for children and water football for active sports fans. Our visitors could enjoy a new kind of entertainment in addition to swimming, saunas or water slide riding.
... and we grow further
The year 2006 brought a new year-round hall Karibik which features a low-water pool for the youngest visitors and a relaxation pool with various water treatments for older ones. A new water slide tower with four year-round water slides „Bašta“ was built to the hall the next year. Wellness Paradise has also been added to the complex with a wide range of massages, wraps and other wellness procedures. A semi-closed water slide Tornado was the next one which complemented the four water slides in 2008. In its funnel it is able to take a photo of each brave rider, so you can have a smiling memory to take home.
Adrenaline is never enough
Our visitors could experience another unforgettable adrenaline experience in 2009 in an open water slide and its steep U ramp. Boomerang Raft Ramp, after a steep start, pushes riders on a raft to the other side of the U ramp and takes them back to the bottom part until they get back swinging to a landing pool. Boomerang Raft Ramp hadn´t been long alone. A year later another water slide was built next to it, a family water slide Trio still offering a circular ride on a rotating raft every time in a different direction. In 2011, our visitors were welcomed by new summer ticket offices and even this summer season they enabled faster entry to many visitors.
Tropical Paradise in Liptov
Tatralandia went through a major change at the turn of 2012 and 2013. Did you also notice? Yes, of course, it was during its 10th birthday and Tatralandia grew up a lot. A large covered hall Tropical Paradise was built, bringing the tropical atmosphere of remote exotic countries to the region of Liptov not just for its shell shape. Since then, we have a guaranteed temperature of 30°C all year round in Liptov and an opportunity to sunbath under the translucent roof. The tropics also include refreshing mixed drinks in the Barbados water bar. The bar divides the Tropical Paradise water surface into four pools - two with fresh water and two with salt water, whose salinity (salt content in water) is higher than in the Black Sea. And there is also a majestic pirate ship behind which small visitors can find a snorkelling pool - just put on diving goggles, immerse yourself and admire life under the sea. Did we mention tropical plants such as palm trees, coconut trees or banana trees? That´s the reason, why the hall was named Tropical Paradise.
Babies will also enjoy their time and crazy men also love the wild waves
In order to get an unforgettable experience from Tatralandia, sports and adrenaline got a new dimension in 2015 in a form of the Hawaii complex with an opportunity to surf. First, visitors could try it with a mobile simulator, but a year later the year-round hall Surf Waves Tatralandia was built with an indoor surf simulator and 4 surf lanes. Real madness in water. But in order to provide good feeling for everyone, we decided to create the Baby Silent Zone in the same year, a quiet place with a kitchenette where parents can relax, feed their little ones or change their nappies in an intimate environment.
Artists and animals on holidays in the water park
Tatralandia hosted a circus from the Czech Republic in 2016. There were wild animals, clowns and stuntmen three times a day in the water park. Of course, photo shooting with trained animals was a must. The circus tents was located in the area where two new water slides are now in place, which you have certainly heart about and perhaps tried out.
2018 boasts a MEGA attribute, because in July 2018 2 new MEGA water slides were opened - an adrenaline Delphin water slide and an interactive 4Family water slide. They are high as a 5 storey house and even have their own elevator for rafts. Thanks to it, the rafts are exported up to the tower and everyone has enough energy to lark in the pools and other 26 water slides.
What a ride?
More than 15 years passed like water. Actually, Tatralandia itself has grown since then so fast. That's why we want Tatralandia to continue growing and bringing joy and a lot of beautiful experiences to anyone who crosses its gates...
at least for the next 15 years :)