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.
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.
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)...more
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.more
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...more
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...more
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.
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.
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.
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....more
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....more
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.