Zilina Travel Guide

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Zilina Things to Do


    St. Mary´s Square is a square that has had many name changes. The square is situated in the historical centre of Zilina, is quite large and is surrounded by many buildings that have gothic cellars. Since the great fire in 1521, the buildings were re-built in Renaissance style, many having arcades.The open arcaded corridors are known locally as...


    Really the full name is the Church of the Conversion of St. Paul the Apostle, it wouldn't all fit into the heading space!It was the Jesuits who arrived here in 1654 as Missionaries that set about building the Church and a Monastery in 1743. Five original Renaissance houses had to be demolished to make way for the Church, they did keep the cellars...


    One of the old buildings we came across was the "Old Town Hall."It may or may not be the oldest Town Hall in the city, all that is known, is this one dates back to 1508. This is where the city administration offices were and are once again.It once housed a room for the night guards, a prison and an archive. It has original cellars that were...

  • Hiking in Mala Fatra-Janosikove DIery

    In Terchova-Vratna valley,there are many opportunities for hiking. One of the most popular and most beautiful trail leads through Janosikove Diery.It leads through forest and along small water-falls.The terrain is secured with ladders and chains but it is not difficult.This trip is convenient also for families with children and for occasional...

  • Cycling to Polom mountain (near Zilina)

    Near Zilina,there are many possibilities for cycling.This trail to the hill above Zilina - Polom,is favourite among many cyclers from Zilina and surroundings.This hill is popular also for MTB race, which takes part there every year in autumn. There are 2 starting points from which you can get to the top (1.Stranavy, 2.Strecno).But you can start in...

  • Cycling in Mala Fatra - Chata pod...

    In some parts of Mala Fatra,you can do beautiful cycling trips, for example to Chata pod Chlebom(Chalet under Chleb) from Sutovo/Trusalova near Martin.Here are some photos of this travel we did last autumn.It is quite difficult cycling trip,convenient only for MTB.The journey go mainly through the forest,and the route is in some parts stony.The...


Zilina Hotels

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  • Holiday Inn Zilina

    Sportova 2, Zilina, Slovakia (Slovak Republic), 01

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Hotel Dubna Skala

    Hurbanova 354/8, Zilina, 01001, Slovakia

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Hotel Boss

    Pivovarska 7, Zilina, 010 01, Slovakia

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

Zilina Restaurants

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    Just a restaurant

    by KiNyA Written Mar 29, 2003

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    We were all starving so we *needed* to find a good place to have a meal. And we found it. Actually I forgot the name & address of the restaurant, I have to look up in my diary, just that at the moment I have no idea where it is.

    Favorite Dish: But! We got our 1st beer here!

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Zilina Nightlife

  • Kingston Bar: Best cocktails in town !

    by Alain-d Written Jul 15, 2005

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    This simply is the best place there is in Zilina should you wish to indulge in some good cocktail drinking in a nice "trendy" (but not too much) setting.

    Was recommended by many people here (Slovak, of course, but also... Japanese ! :), boy were they right !

    As an added bonus, prices are low (when compared to western Europe, for Zilina, it's a little expensive).

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Zilina Transportation

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    Railway station in zilina

    by GentleSpirit Updated Sep 28, 2011

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    The railway station in zilina is a pretty run down looking edifice that desperately needs an upgrade. If you are hauling luggage there are no escalators or elevators. There is a flat sort of rail that makes it at least a slight bit easier. Be mindful of your thing, a lot of not so savory characters congregate near the entrance to the station and panhandle or ask for cigarettes.

    The pedestrian area starts across from the train station and will lead you right to the lovely main square.

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Zilina Shopping

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    The Aupark shopping and entertainment center was located across the road from our Hotel.It is home to more than 120 shops and 850 free parking spaces.We walked over here to find food, which there was, including fast food outlets, cafes and Restaurants.We also found plenty of major retailers and lots of fashion chains with reasonably priced clothing...

  • Sheep's Cheese

    Outside of Zilina, along the roadside you will find small farmer's stalls selling a variety of cheeses. This region has a strong shepherding tradition and the sheep's cheeses are very good. Sheeps cheeses. The one i bought was a bit sharp but very tasty various prices, as cheap as 2 or 3 euro, depending on quantity

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Zilina Off The Beaten Path


    A beautiful scenic drive along good road [E50], is the one that follows the River Váh to Liptovský Mikuláš. The drive is approx. 86kms and takes approx. 1.5 hours.We followed the road and found it wound around some big river bends and gave us excellent views of the River Váh. We saw Castle ruins as we went through the forested area, then came out...


    Still travelling along the E50 and only a little further on from Strecno Castle, I see some more ruins, only this time they are on the left side and on the other side of the River Váh. Once again, the ruins are sitting high above the surrounding area. The Castle used to be called Varin and was mentioned in 1267, how-ever the name changed to Stary...


    I wish I had known about Strecno Castle located just 16kms from Zilina. From the road, we could see Strecno Castle towering above us on a rock overlooking the river Váh. Unfortunately, there was no-where to pull off the road and park so photos were taken from a moving car. The road we were following was the E50 which runs alongside the River Váh to...


Zilina Sports & Outdoors

  • Ski mountaineering to the top of Mala...

    Vratna Valley in Terchova near Zilina is of the biggest ski resorts in Slovakia. Except of skiing there are many possibilities for ski mountaineering. Beautiful slopes of Mala Fatra mountain range is all around Vratna valley. You can choose trails from the easiest to the most difficult.I reccomend to monitor snow conditions that are published by...

  • Ski mountaineering in Mala Fatra

    Mala Fatra offers many trails for ski mountaineering - from the easiest to the most difficult. A good tip for beginners is in the area of ski resort "Martinske hole", which is above the town "Vrutky", 20 kilometres distant from Zilina. The route from "Vrutky" to the ski resort (around 8 kilometres) is accessible only by car, there is no skibus. The...

  • Cycling in Turska dolina (Zilina region)

    The village Turie is distant only 10 kilometres from the centre of Zilina and it is easily accessible from Zilina.In Turie is beautiful valley called "Turska dolina", which is more than 10 kilometres long and leads all the time uphill through forest.The surface is asphalt and in the end unpaved.This valley is favourite among MTB cyclers and also...


Zilina Favorites

  • go prepared

    Zilina is quaint little town--very nice in the short time I was there. As you can imagine, good luck finding English speakers. You'll be lucky if you get a hello. Thus, know some key slovakian words and have some money already exchanged just in case. This should probably applied to most places in Slovakia besides Bratislava. Trust me--it was...

  • The centre

    I have been to some places around Europe before but have never seen anything like that. Zilina's architecture was unique! Actually later on I figured out all the Slovakian cities & towns have the same centres - just like this one here.

  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

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