I arrived the Spisske Tomasovce station a couple minutes past 9 o’clock. I went through the village. You will find here a church, some interesting houses and a market (closed on Sundays). I took the green trail and arrived at Tomasovsky vyhlad (view point -a rock cliff that represents an entry gate to Slovensky Raj) after one hour walking. After a...more
SOME DETAILS FROM THE DIARY OF A HIKERMy hiking time: 8 am – 7 pm Breaks: many to take a lot of snapshotsHiking Speed: very slow to enjoy the natureFood: bread, cheese, sausages, biscuitsDrinks: hot black Tea in my thermos flask, some waterMood: excellent ;-)Company: noneDistance: God knows , my leg pain indicator said 25 km.I left my hotel in...more
The nickname of the Hornad Split is Slovakian Grand Canyon and since summer 2006 we know why !!!Tip: buy the Kompass Map no. 2133 (Slovensky raj) with booklet and you can climb and hike for many days!Photo 5: Sucha Bela: this was too dangerous for us, because there were no chains or fences to hold, so we went back after a few hundred metersmore
We started our hike by taking the yellow trail which went up to one of the most popular areas in the park - the lookout point at Tomasovsky Vyhlad. It took us about 40 minutes to get up there and there wasn't too much to see on the way, But that all changed at the lookout. It was like a ridge or cliff opening out onto the forest below. We were...more
My favourite trail in Slovensky Raj was a one-way, green trail from Klastoriska Roklina to Klastoriska Chaty. There were notices about this trail at the start warning that it was tricky and that hikers should be experienced. The estimated time was one hour but we did it fairly fast in 50 minutes. Usually the estimates at the start of a trail are...more
After a short break at Klastoriska Chaty we decided to hike back to Cingov. It was getting late and we hoped to get the 17:45 bus at Cingov to Spisska Nova Ves. We took the blue path to Biely Potok and then on to Cingov, a journey which was estimated to take 1h30 mins. The walk was through forest most of the way though there were a couple of...more
After 30 minutes break we continued again. We continued on the same blue trail again along the Hornad river. Our plan was to follow this trail until we met the difficult green trail and then take that one way trail to the ruined monastery and the large chaty. The route was similar to what we had done before with more chains, footholds and iron...more
After spending an hour searching for my camera at the bottom of the lookout on an off-trail path we gave up and decided to continue our hike. We switched to the blue trail and followed the path along the Hornad river. This was a very exciting trail, dangerous in places with chains, steps built into the cliffs and footholds to help you along. One...more
There is a cable-lift near the camping at the lake. This cable-lift brings you in the woods near a restaurant, but it's not very spectacular. When you go back, you have a great view across Dedinky and the lake, 11-07-2006Tip: at the lake you can buy a delicious klobasa (grilled sausage) and a good glass of beer!!more
Unbelievable!!! A rare and remarkable phenomenon, a definite treasure. After a day of hiking, the Ice Caves will cool you off instantly. This large undeground cave consists of more than 110,000 meters cubed of ice. But a few warning, no English tours and don't forget some warm clothes.more
Spissky Hrad is a World Heritage Site. It is a well maintained castle form the early 13th century. The castle is very imposing with its Romanesque and Gothic features. To reach it, you need to climb a hill, but once you reach the top, you get a nice view of the surrounding countryside. A must for everyone, beach bums included.more
Hike through Slovak Paradise, admiring its diversity of trees, plants, insects, and animals. I most remember the numerous amount of beautiful wildflowers. Of course, one can fully admire the Park without the need to stray from the trails...Throughout the trails, you will meet upon many small rivers, steep slopes, waterfalls, and to get through...more
After four hours of hiking we came upon an abandoned monastery and a chaty, Klastorisko Chaty, named after the monastery. Many of the paths converge on this spots and it's one of the largest Chaty's in Slovensky Raj, so, not surprisingly, it was avery busy when we got there. It was quite a shock to see so many people again as during our hikes th...more
There aren't too many places in Slovensky Raj where you can get food so most visitors bring there own picnics. We planned to shop at the huge supermarket beside the bus station in Spisska Nova Ves. However, our bus from Levoca arrived just before the bus to Cingov (at the edge of the park) was leaving so we didn't have time to stop. We were a bit...more
The Slovak Paradise (North Part) lies close to the main Slovak train route Bratislava-Kosice. All trains stop in Spiska Nova Ves. There are a lot of trains between Bratislava and Kosice. Some direct trains from Prag arrive in the station of Spiska Nova Ves as well. Traveling from PolandThe best way to get there by train is via Katowice. A direct...more
Cingov, a small hamlet on the north-east of the park, was our entry point to Slovensky Raj. Cingov is There are a few hotels, an information board, a couple of shops and not much more. Numerous interesting trails start from here, which is why we had chosen it as or starting point. The nearest town to Congov is Spisska Nova Ves, about 5 km away and...more
WARNINGI was hiking whole day and was very tired. I took a red trail to the station in Letanovce. The trail went through a Roma Village (Colony - the colony doesn't have any name - just Roma Colony). As I reached the colony dozen of Roma kids came towards me and begged me for some money. I became a victim. ;-) First I wanted to ignore them but I...more
Some of the hikes in Slovensky Raj can be quite tricky and you'll need to be comfortable using chains, climbing ladders and walking across grilles. If it has been raining these trails can get very slippy and often a little dangerous. Also, one worrying thing I noticed on the blue trail was that many of the iron grilles (used when there was no path...more
As I may have mentioned elsewhere on this page, we got back to Cingov, exhausted and tired after a full day's hike only to find we had another 6km still to go. The bus which was supposed to be there at 17.40 was only for July and August - we had forgotten today was the first of September. The next bus at 19.45 was also only for July and Aug so...more
Yes it is nice and cool after a long day of hiking, and no doubt it is a wonderful piece of nature. But there are tons of tourist, you might be afraid that there is no excursion at first, as the sign says: min 4 people. But when you get up there, there are so many people you won't believe. And above all, expencive tickets and no English speaking guide.
Unique Suggestions: At least enjoy the coolness..and make sure you have a lift back to your hotel/home/etc.. Busses there in the everning are rare.
Well.. have to be sincere, we didn't see Spisska Nova Ves properlly... at least, we didn't see towns centre on the way we would like. Although Slovakia has excellent road signalisation and it's hard to get lost there... Spisska Nova Ves is exception. We get lost there 3 times, so i'm proud to say that i visited almost all of SNV suburbs!!! ;-) What...more
The manor house stands in a fine but not well maintained French park with three graded terraces. It looks like they forget to hire gardener there. A summer villa named Dardanelli stands on the highest of them.This summer villa is seat of the museum of keyboard instruments and is really outstanding monument of Rococo architecture in this part of...more
The manor house was built in 1643 in the renaissance style and is connected with the rich Mariassy family. In 1770 – 1775 the manor house was rebuilt in rococo style. In the year 1933, manor and the rest of the Mariassy´s properties was bought by Alexander Wieland and in the year 1945 the properties together with the manor house was confiscated by...more
In the eastern part of Slovakia,there is beautiful National park "Slovensky raj".There are many possibilities for hiking.On the tourist paths there are ladders and chains which make hiking more beautiful,interesting and safer.There are many tracks available also for families with small children. But you must be careful. Tracks run along the rivers and through forests,so chains and ladders could be wet.So you should be well equipped.The most convenient time for hiking there is autumn and summer.But some trails are opened also in winter and at that time it is so wonderful.
I can give you some information about access to this place. The usual starting point for trips in Slovak Paradise is Podlesok(part of Hrabusice village) which is located around 20 kilometers from Poprad and 15 kilometres from Spisska Nova Ves. To Poprad and Spisska Nova Ves go direct trains every day from every big city in Slovakia (Bratislava,Kosice,Zilina...). In Poprad (or Spisska Nova Ves) you have to change and use bus transportation to Hrabusice(but it doesn´t go so often).And finally,the total time of transportation from Bratislava to Podlesok is at least 5 and half hours so it´s quite a long time.
And something about difficulty of trails. Some trails in Slovak Paradise are more difficult (I don´t know each of them) but it depends on the personal physical condition - the only reason of difficulty is that there are many ladders and chains so you have to have good hiking boots and be careful because ladders could be wet.But many trails are convenient also for families with children and I think the trails are well secured.
Here is the link to my photos from Slovensky Raj, where I was last year (August 2011).
Low Pricesthe entry fee to the Slovak Paradise - 1,30 €bus from Betlanovce/Hrabusice to Spisska Nova Ves - 1,00 €train from Spisska Nova Ves to Spisske Tomasovce - 0,40 €single room in Hotel Sport in Spisska Nova Ves - 16 € dinner in Spiska Nova Ves (restaurants in the center) from 3 € to 8 €beer - 0,80 - 0,90 € (O,5 l)glas of wine - 0,50 € (0,1...more
This was certainly not my favourite thing or fondest memory of Slovensky Raj but there is no real suitable section for it. Our first hike in Slovensky Raj took us to Tomasovsky Vyhlad, a lookout point at 666 metres with fantastic views over the valley and even as far as the Tatras in the distance. This was a great spot for taking photos so we...more