Slovensky Raj Travel Guide
There is the Hotel Mlynky below the...
a view from our room window
Prielom Hornadu - hiking day 2
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...
SOKOLIA DOLINA - hiking day 1
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:...
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....
Picnics in Slovensky Raj
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...
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...
Getting to Cingov
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...
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...
Take Care on the Hikes
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...
Dobsinska Ice Caves
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.
Written Jul 23, 2004
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Spisska Nova Ves-Fair, carnevall or just big mess
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...
Markusovce-sumer villa Dardanelli
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...
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...
Spisska Nova Ves-Architecture
The core of the town is a lens-shaped square (a square with bulging sides) caled Radnicne namestie, typical of medieval towns. It is a cultural, administrative and business centre of the Spis region, and is rich in art and historical monuments. beside churches and...
Spisska Nova Ves-Reduta (Spis Theatre)
Spis Theatre or Reduta is National cultural monument that was build in early 20th century (1902). From architectonical point of view building is really interesting and monumental. I didn't see interior so can't say much about this (I found on the internet that this building...
Spisska Nova Ves-Town Hall
The town erected the Town Hall or Radnica in the classicist style in the 1770 after Empress Maria Theresia declared Spisská Nova Ves the centre of the Spis province and the administrative seat of the region. It has since served as the main meeting point for locals during...
Spisska Nova Ves-Evangelical church
This grey/blue and white structure next to Town Hall is Evangelical church of Spisska Nova Ves. Spis region had a stong protestant community in 17th, 18th and 19th centuries but there are not so many of them now. This church was erected in late 18th century in simplified...
Spisska Nova Ves-Spis Museum
The building of the Spis Museum is, from the historical and architectonical point of view, one of the most interesting buildings that can be found in the town of Spisska Nova Ves. Its foundations were probably laid in the 15th century. Later on it housed the town hall, and...
Hiking in Slovensky raj (Slovak paradise)
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).
Updated Oct 26, 2012
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How expensive is the region?
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...
The Loss of Something Special
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...
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