Oravska Polhora Travel Guide

  • MAIN  HIGHWAY  NO  521
    MAIN HIGHWAY NO 521
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    KATHY AT BORDER CROSSING POINT
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    OUR NISSAN BY LOCAL SMALL GROCERY
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Oravska Polhora Things to Do

  • Hiking in Slana Voda region

    From the parking place at the inn "Chata Slana Voda" you can hike in many different directions. It's a good place to start (and to finish with a good glass of beer!).

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  • Climbing Babia Hora

    When you visit Oravska Polhora, you can drive to Slana Voda. At the Inn "Chata Slana Voda" is the start of the hiking route to the Babia Hora Mountain

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Oravska Polhora Nightlife

  • Night in Slana Voda

    Though our cottage was in the middle of nowhere, at 200 m we had a good place to have a drink at night.

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  • Cheers

    Every night we went to Inn "Chata Slana Voda". Communicating, having fun and drinking beer & Borovicka with the local people. It was a pleasure to go back there everytime! We drunk Martiner, as a local said: a bad beer but since Heineken took over it 's a good beer...........

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Oravska Polhora Transportation

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    HIGHWAY  521

    by matcrazy1 Updated Jan 28, 2004

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    We got to Oravska Polhora by car driving from Sopotnia Wielka towards Oravsky Podzamok and Czech Republic. Main highways were quite well maintained and much less bumpy in Slovakia than in Poland. But secondary roads... depends on where, sometimes like highway 520... better don't ask.

    WHERE IS IT?
    Oravska Polhora is located in nortwest Slovakia - it's the most northern village of the Slovak Republic. The village is located 3 km (1.9 mi) away from Polish - Slovak border crossing point called Korbielow - Oravska Polhora on highway 945 in Poland and 521 in Slovakia.

    DISTANCES:
    Krakow, Poland - 134 km (83 mi)
    Tychy, Poland - 90 km (56 mi)
    Auschwitz (Oswiecim), Poland - 81 km (50 mi)
    Oravsky Podzamok, Slovakia - 42 km (26 mi)
    Zilina, Slovakia - 136 km (84.5 mi)
    Bratislava, Slovakia - 336 km (209 mi)
    Svrcinovec - Mosty u Jablunkova (Slovak-Czech border) - 105 km (65 mi)
    Prague, Czech - 578 km (359 mi)

    There are Slovak scheduled buses to Oravska Polhora - the last bus stop is just by the border crossing point. The Polish bus company (PKS) last stop is located on Polish side of the border. They go to the border 3 times daily from roundabout in Korbielow. There are no cross-border buses as I know. You must cross the border on foot.

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Oravska Polhora Shopping

  • Slovak beer

    Don't miss delicious although cheap Slovak beer, if you drink beer of course. We bought one bottle of Zlaty Bazant (Golden Pheasant) beer because only this brand was cold = stored inside a frige in the grocery. That beer tastes quite good in my opinion although nothing compare to Polish Tyskie and Zywiec hehe. Zlaty Bazant (Golden Pheasant)...

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  • Strange Coca-Cola cans

    Kathy bought this strange, small can of Coca-Cola light in the grocery. She never saw such cans. Hehe, I noticed that most cans, bottles etc. in the USA are larger than those ones in Europe, right? Slovak beer if you like beer. White cheese (of cow or/ and goat milk). For a small can of Coca-Cola light:11,9 SK = $0.33 = 0.28 euro = 1,26 zl.

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  • Food and drink

    There are a lot of small groceries on both sides of the main and the only highway (No 521) of Oravska Polhora. Many more than needed for local customers, I am sure. They were put for visitors from Poland as prices for food and drinks were and mostly still are lower in Slovakia, although the difference is lower and lower. The groceries are marked by...

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Oravska Polhora Local Customs

  • Horse traction

    Impossible in Western Europe but quiet normal in this region and beautiful to see: a horse as traction on higway 521 in Oravska Polhora, 06-07-2005

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  • Bilingual village?

    Looking at commercials along highway 521 in Oravska Polhora one can think that the area is bilingual as most of them are in two languages: Slovak (potraviny) and Polish (sklep spozywczy), haha - no English (grocery).But it's not true: natives speak Slovak not Polish but most customers in numerous groceries are Poles because of lower prices on food...

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Oravska Polhora Warnings and Dangers

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    by matcrazy1 Updated Jan 19, 2004

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    Local traffic was very light (almost no cars except a few from Poland) on Highway 521 which was less bumpy than in Poland to be honest. But drive carefully: local highways maybe icy even from late September till early May esp. at night/early morning and in forests, snowy often in January and February.

    Emergency phones:
    Fire - 150
    SOS (road service?) - 154
    Ambulance - 155
    Police - 158
    Hmm... write the above numbers down or put into your cell phone memory card not to look for them in real emergency. Btw I think it's a safe country and area for driving visitors.

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Oravska Polhora What to Pack

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    ORAVSKA  POLHORA

    by matcrazy1 Updated Jan 11, 2004

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Comfortable walking shoes preferrably water-resistant: like good trainers or better special walking shoes (Danish Ecco are very comfortable and... expensive but worth the cost).
    Sun-glasses esp. in winter and summer and always a rain coat.

    Read info on climate in Slovakia:
    Climate of Slovakia

    Check weather (4-day forecast) for Orava region (in Slovak language):
    Weather forecast for Orava
    Remember that the weather changes very fast in this mountaineous area!

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Toilet paper, soap (small bottle of liquid soap), paper towels or tissue papers. Usually available in public toilets (restrooms) but... not always.

    Photo Equipment: For pictures at night and bad light (weather) take a tripod.

    Miscellaneous: If you are going to climb the mountains buy good map of the area, detailed with mountain trails marked. There are maps covering whole Slovakia by VKU (Vojensky Kartograficky Ustav) which are numbered (area by area) and the best in my opinion. Available in bookstores in Dolny Kubin and sometimes (rarely) in bigger petrol/gas stations.

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Oravska Polhora Off The Beaten Path

  • Oravska Polhpora tour 2006

    Jan Herud, owner of the Slana Voda Inn, gave us a free tour through Oravska Polhora. He showed us his other companies. One of these other companies is a local supermarket with a pub. Of course we had a stop at the pub........

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  • Local houses

    Nothing much interested, I think. Just look at typical people houses located on both sides of Highway 521. They are made of brick or other brick-like materials, painted and roofed with iron or other sheet. There is no large differences in that matter on both sides of Polish-Slovak border. Maybe there are more wooden old and new houses in Poland....

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  • Commerce or smuggling?

    We were a little surprised to see two women speaking Polish walking on foot back to Poland with heavy bags in their hands. They must had done big shoping in Slovakia (smugglers?). Prices for food and drinks (booze!) were a little higher in Poland. It still changes and probably the prices will be almost the same on both sides of the border soon....

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Oravska Polhora Sports & Outdoors

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    HORSERIDING

    by matcrazy1 Updated Dec 4, 2003

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    We met two people riding a horse along Highway 521 in Oravska Polhora. As the surrounding Oravske Beskydy mountains look amazing I am sure it must great fan to ride a horse across the area.

    Equipment: BYOH - Bring Your Own Horse (like BYOB - bring your own booze/beer :-).
    I don't know where to rent a horse there - ask the locals, please.

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