Liptovsky Mikulas Highlights
Great for outdoor sports enthusiasts
Shops (except Hypernova) are shut on a Saturday afternoon
In a nutshell
This is the begining of an international ski resort (a good one)
Liptovsky Mikulas Things to Do
I liked the architecture of this gothic Church! It happens to be the oldest Gothic building in Liptovský Mikuláš.Originally built as a parish church for the people from the surrounding villages in the 13th century. I was able to enter and view the three Gothic panelled altars inside the church. The Main Altar of St. Nicolas, has the statue of the...more
The attractive historical white building in my photo, is the first House built on the square of liberators. An exhibition takes the visitor from the first mention of the city through historical objects, photographs describing important events and personalities, the economic, national, cultural and sporting traditions of the city. If you want to see...more
When I was walking the city centre, I came across the Metamorphoses fountain. It was quite unusual, and didn't have any water in April.The fountain was built in honor of prominent people who had contributed to the development of the city"Giving Honour to CreativeThinking"more
Built in 1846, on the site of an old wooden Synagogue, was the magnificent neoclassical Synagogue in Liptovsky Mikulas.It is no longer used as a house of religion. Since being partially restored in the 1990s, it is used as an exhibition hall and Museum, where the history of the Jewish community is told.It needs restoration, so far nothing has...more
Not far from Liptovsky Mikulas, is Prosiecka Dolina, a picturesque limestone gorge. The gorge is one of the most popular hiking destinations, in Slovakia. You can either hike the entire 2 miles, or just hike a section. You can start from either side, but it is easier to start from Proseik. There is a parking fee of 5 Euros, for 2 hours. You must...more
The town is named for the lake on which it sits. The lake was created in 1975, when a section of the Vah River was dammed.This lake is a popular fishing, boating, and camping destination. It's not really ideal for swimming, because it's really muddy.The lake is also a good base, since you can take day trips to several different locations from...more
A one hour hike through the caves is an exhilarating experience. Beautiful stalactites and stalagmites with underground streams, emerald lake, and waterfall ....... You just need enough stamina and will to negotiate around 900 steps ! However, it is woth the effort.Temperature inside the cave is naturally 7 degrees Celsius throughout, regardless of...more
Besenova is another thermal spa, there are fewer pools or slides than at Tatralandia and may appeal to the older visitor as it is a bit quieter and has more of the hot pools aimed to soothe weary limbs.We particularly liked our visit to Besenova in the snow - my skiing injuries really did disappear overnight.more
Tatralandia is the largest water park in Central Europe - (9?) pools - approx half of which are open all year round. It has lots of food stalls, endless slides, both enclosed tubes and open ones. The pools are heated from the hot thermal springs and two of the pools are very hot. There is also a spa for massages and a really good small kids pool...more
Just about 2 kms from Liptovsky Mikulas there is great aquapark called Tatralandia. You will find there pools with thermal water (opened whole year), many water roller coasters and other attractions. Inside there is also so called vita-term, where are various saunas, "steams" and places to relax. Also massages are available.In the areal there is...more
The cave length is 8,126 m. Sinter „water-lilies" and other lacustrine forms, as well as eccentric stalactites are unique among phenomena of sinter filling. Mighty sinter waterfalls and stalagnates, sphaerolithic stalactites and many other diverse forms of stalactites and stalagmites are captivating.more
Liptovsky Mikulas Hotels
Ul 1 Maja 117 Liptovsky Mikulas 031 01
Good for: Couples
Janosikovo nabrezie 1, Liptovsky Mikulas, 034 01, Slovakia
Good for: Business
1. MÃ?Â¡ja 699, Liptovsky Mikulas, 031 01, sk
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Business
Liptovsky Mikulas Restaurants
Looking for good Slovakian food, in a clean, friendly atmosphere? We found such a place in Liptovsky Mikulas, and highly recommend it. The food was tasty, and the portions were large...our waiter recommended half portions for a few of our children, and even then, there was too much. The ribs and pork medallions were delicious, and for the truly...more
Lots of stuffed animals decorate the walls and staff are in traditional attire. Very friendly and a bit kitsch but if you are a veggie those beady eyes staring at you might put you off your dinner. The food is traditional Slovak - good but a bit heavier than some - lots of rich sauces. If you want some interesting fare (which surely is what...more
Why bizarre - well when we went to Slovakia for the first time the last place we imagined we would visit was an 'American themed bar'. Having visited the States quite a few times I can honestly say that the food at Route 66 is infinitely better ! In other words it is Slovak food with supposedly American names on the menu. The restaurant is in a...more
Liptovsky Mikulas Transportation
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Leaving Liptovsky Mikulas behind, we found a new Highway we were able to travel along to Levoca. It is the D1 and joins the E50 at the village of Spissky Stvrtok, a short distance from Levoca.
Quite a bit of this highway which began Bratislava has been completed. It is hoped the four-lane motorway connecting Bratislava and Kosice will be finished at the earliest in 2018, maybe 2020.
Make sure you check the Motorway speed limits as they vary in places from 130km/h to 90 km/h.
It makes travelling throughout this area good and fast.
Remember, you must have a VIGNETTE to travel on this road.
10 days 10 EUR
30 days 14 EUR
1 year 50 EURRelated to:
- Road Trip
Liptovsky Mikulas Warnings and Dangers
Cheating non-Slovak speakers/nationals seems to be normal for some taxi drivers at the train/bus station: I have paid 250 SKK for a 5KM trip while the normal road is much shorter. When later I have realized that and went with a friend speaking Slovak to complain (with the receipt stating clearly the starting point and the address of my "pension"),...more
Make sure you get your "VIGNETTE" in Austria and Slovakia if you drive on the Motorways (Autoroutes). These are available at the service stations on route as you enter the country. They are valid for 1-7 days min , 1 month, 3 months and 1 year.A vignette is the motorway tax pass and is important. It is not a rip off when compared to the government...more
6 Hotels in Liptovsky Mikulas
13 Reviews and Opinions
Liptovsky Mikulas Tourist Traps
Jasna is known as the key Slovak ski resort and given the size of the hotel we were staying in and the large hotel at the bottom of the road we felt that in the summer it would be a nice but not too noisy place to stay. It was - until 8pm at night when it got spooky. How do hundreds of hotel residents just disappear. They were there at dinner, noone seemed to leave but the only bar had two residents for the 4 nights we were there - us. The Grand Hotel was completely empty ! Where do they go, what did they do. We never found out. LM may not be quite so close to the mountains but has more choice and life outside the ski season. Even in the ski season it seemed that many people were travelling to LM to eat out rather than staying in the resorts. I wonder why .....
Unique Suggestions: Climb Chopok. 6,500 metre peak with paths stretching out and leading you on in every direction from the summit. Wild lupins and delphiniums, clearly marked paths and if you want to cheat you can catch one of the chair lifts to take you 3/4 of the way up. Remember though ........be prepared. Its a big mountain, the weather can change rapidly and there is a risk of thunderstorms given the exposure. There is a mountain cabin (chata) just below the summit which serves drinks and food and provides accomodation provided it is booked in advance.
Fun Alternatives: The High Tatra resorts have many characterful bars and restaurants and are much livelier even in summer ! Alternatively stay in Liptovsky Mikulas and visit the High or the Low in the day and enjoy a nice meal in LM in the evening before a gentle stroll back to your accomodation.Related to:
- School Holidays
- Family Travel
Liptovsky Mikulas What to Pack
Luggage and bags: It is possible to buy virtually anything you need in LM - particularly outdoor gear. Provided that you avoid overprized western brands you can kit yourself out very reasonably.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: If you like shoes try the Gabor factory shop (near Route 66) in the shopping plaza - very good deals on excellent quality womens and mens footwear
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: There are a couple of pharmacists and the hypermarket Hypernova is open every day and has most toiletries you could need. We have struggled to buy any high or even medium factor suncream - Slovakians dont seem to use it.
Photo Equipment: There is a specialist photo shop at the bottom of the old town square
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Lots and lots of outdoor shops - the Keswick of Slovakia.
Miscellaneous: If you plan on visiting Tatralandia flip flops and fleeces are useful. It is quite a windy spot and the paths are a bit hard on the feet as you walk from pool to pool.
Liptovsky Mikulas Off The Beaten Path
Located next to Liptovsky Mikulas is the Liptovská Mara Reservoir. I thought it interesting that where the dam is situated was an important settlement in pre-historic times. Archaeological finds dated to Paleolit, Younger Bronze Age and from Great-Moravian Times. Now, all this area is under water, as is the town of Liptovská Mara, of which the reservoir is named.
The dam was built to stop the River Vah from flooding so much. It seems to have worked, plus hydroelectric stations have been built for electricity.
The Dam looked gorgeous, a nice spot for a holiday based on water activities which your allowed to do here. There is plenty of reasonably priced accommodation and I found a brochure for a sightseeing cruise on the lake, something if we had time we would have done.Related to:
- Water Sports
- Sailing and Boating
Liptovsky Mikulas Sports & Outdoors
As we drove away from the town of Liptovsky Mikulas, I noticed ski runs in the mountains.
There are several ski resorts in the area, one 7kms and another 15kms away from Liptovsky Mikulas.
Liptovsky Jan - Javorovica is family friendly and has 4 easy slopes serviced by 4 lifts, covered by artificial snowmaking. Beginners can enjoy day and night on the slopes.
The Jasna Low Tatras ski resort has over twenty four lifts on both sides of the Chopok Mountain – including seven chair lifts and three cable cars.
The slopes are graded as 28% beginner, 51% intermediate, and 21% advanced
If your sick of skiing, I read the resort is near the entrances to the Demänovská Cave of Liberty and Demänovská Ice Cave.
Liptovský Mikuláš is the closest tourist town for going to these places.
Jasna is currently bidding alongside Krakow to host the 2022 Winter Olympics.
As you can see in the photo, in April there was hardly any snow.Related to:
- Skiing and Boarding
Liptovsky Mikulas Favorites
Where to find a car park in the city without paying a fortune, always hard to find.Then we came across the parking area in my photo, free parking is what we thought. This changed when we pulled into a vacant spot, for out from the little hut in the photo, emerged a person to collect some money for parking there.The moral of the story is....It you...more
Somewhere between Zilina and Liptovsky Mikulas, we passed by towns with these medieval type walled Churches. I have seen them in Germany, and there they were very old, I imagine they would be so here! I really like them and their attractive onion domes.Sorry I can't remember which villages, etc, only that they were along route E50.Keep your eyes...more
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