The Slovak landscape is noted primarily for its mountainous nature, with the Carpathian Mountains extending across most of the northern half of the country. Amongst these mountain ranges are the high peaks of the Tatry. To the north, close to the Polish border, are the High Tatry which are a popular skiing destination and home to many scenic lakes and valleys as well as the highest point in Slovakia, the Gerlachovský štít at 2,655 meters (8,711 ft), and the country’s highly symbolic mountain Kriváň.
Approximately one third of the country extends into the Pannonian Basin, which is divided into three parts in Slovakia. The lowlands around the Morava River are part of the Vienna Basin, the Danubian Lowland in the south is part of the Little Hungarian Plain, the Eastern Slovak Lowland in the south-east is part of the Great Hungarian Plain.
Its total area is 48,845 sq km. Slovakia´s natural resources are: brown coal and lignite; small amounts of iron ore, copper and manganese ore; salt and arable land.
Due to its natural resouces, Slovakia is a popular tourist destination in all seasons.