Local nameGerlachovský štít
LocationVysoké Tatry, Slovakia

Gerlachovský štít, informally referred to as Gerlach, is the highest peak in the High Tatras, in Slovakia, and in the whole 1,500 km long Carpathian mountain chain.

Usually listed at 2,655 metres AMSL, its exact elevation is actually 0.6 metres lower. The pyramidal shape of the massif is marked by a huge cirque. Despite its relatively low elevation, the about 2,000 m vertical rise from the valley floor makes Gerlachovský štít soar. Mistaken for an average mountain in the rugged High Tatras range in the more distant past, it has since played a symbolic role in the eyes of the rulers and populations of several Central European nations, to the point that between the 19th and mid-20th century, it had four different names with six name reversals. It managed to be the highest mountain of the Kingdom of Hungary, and of the countries of Czechoslovakia, Slovakia and then Czechoslovakia again within the span of less than three decades of the 20th century.

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Address 06201, Slovakia

Coordinates 49°9'50.223" N 20°8'2.08" E

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