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The latest singletrail in Liptov region, directly above the town of Liptovský Mikuláš in the Háj-Nicovô forest park area named High flow, is about 800 meters long with an elevation difference of 100 meters, and will delight nearly all mountain biking enthusiasts. It is designed to be manageable for less experienced riders while also offering enjoyment for trail connoisseurs.

The start of the flow trail is located at the end of a meadow next to a military monument and is clearly marked with a wooden gate and directional signs. The ascent route for cyclists is along the official asphalt road to Háj-Nicovô, or alternatively, cyclists can push their bikes up the hiking trail on the side of the flowtrail.

The co-author of this fun and technically high-quality track is Adam Rojček, an ambassador of downhill cycling in Liptov, a 6-time Slovak champion in downhill and enduro disciplines and also the winner of the European Cup in downhill in 2023. It is also a community project involving many volunteers and enthusiastic riders, who have contributed significantly to the construction and final form of the trail.

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Babky (1566 m above sea level) is part of the Western Tatras, while the hike to them is not among the most demanding, but it is definitely one of the most beautiful. Especially the views of Liptov are worth it.

You start the hike to Babky at the beginning of the Bobrovecká valley, specifically in the Bobrovecká vápenica area, where free parking is available. The route follows the blue sign next to the calvary along the weighbridge through the Pod Babkami intersection to the Chata pod Náružím, where you can have refreshments. The route continues along the blue sign to Pod Babkami, from where you take the green sign to Babky. Grandmothers have a unique view. During the route, we can stop at a partisan bunker. This is a cave with photos and a description where the guerrillas were hiding.

Availability and parking options

There is a free parking lot with sufficient capacity right at the starting point of the route in the location of Bobrovecká vápenica.

The bus stop is about a 2.5 km walk from Bobrovecka limestone at the intersection with the village of Jalovec, which can be reached by suburban line from Liptovský Mikuláš.

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Accommodation and catering options

On the way to the top, you walk past the Chata pod Náružím in Červenci, where you can have refreshments or sleep. The Mountain Hotel Mních is located near the starting point of the route. On the way from Jalovec, it is possible to visit Salaš Pastierska. In addition, there are designated sites for camping.

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Detailed route description

The route is parallel to the red hiking sign, with the exception of the detour to stop 3. At the end, the educational trail leads through a high mountain environment, where you need to be especially careful in the steep part. The last information panel of the educational trail stands in the Vrác saddle about 30 minutes from its destination at the top of Veľké Choč.

Names of information panels:
1. Lúčky village
2. National natural monument Lúčanský waterfall
3. Natural monument Lúčanské travertine
4. Spa Lúčky
5. Choč – Žimerová meadows
6. Choch – forest area
7. Choč – alpine range
The information panels in the field are not marked with the name of the nature trail.

Availability and parking options

Parking is possible in the village of Kalameny.

Accommodation and catering options

You can stay in Kalameny or Lúčky.

Detailed route description

The route starts in the village of Kalameny and continues past the Kalameny lake (thermal spring), which is used for public bathing all year round. It is parallel to the yellow and, from the junction Sedlo pod Kráľová, to the red tourist sign. The route with a permanent climb leads largely outside the forest, which can be strenuous on sunny summer days. A 7 m high metal ladder and a bridge lead to the platform with the castle. There are warnings in the terrain: entry into the Liptovský Castle area is possible only at your own risk and for persons under 14 only accompanied by adults.

With good visibility, the hill and the castle offer views as far as Orava with Baba Hora, the Liptovská Basin with the Liptovská Mara reservoir, the Low Tatras and Veľký Choč (1,609 m above sea level). The castle area is a national cultural monument. The small remains of the castle (exposed foundations of the walls), which are being preserved by the local civic association Castrum Liptov, are freely accessible to the public.

Names of information panels
1. Educational trail Kalameny – Liptovský Castle
2. Flax and hemp
3. Water
4. Interesting facts about Liptov Castle
5. Forest
6. Geology of the Choč Hills
Information panels in the field (except for the introductory one) are not marked with the name of the nature trail.

There are also (three) faded information panels from the previous version of the educational trail (status in 2020) on the trail route. It is possible to return from the castle to the lake as a circuit following the (exposed and also steep) blue tourist sign (total 4.5 km to the exit in the village).

Availability and parking options

Parking is possible in the village of Kalameny or by the Kalameny lake. Parking is charged.

Accommodation and catering options

You can stay in Kalameny or Lúčky.

The educational trail Plieška (Cyril and Methodius path) will take us from the Spa Lúčky below the hill Plieška to the village Kalameny. The trail is connection between the natural thermal lake in Kalameny and the Spa in Lúčky village.

Detailed route descrition

You can also get to the Spa Lúčky by bus. The route starts at the tourist crossroads Lúčky, Aqua-Vital Park, near the restaurant Kúpeľná dvorana. However, it is both direction-way. You will go along the edge of the forest along the blue-marked hiking trail at the southern foot of Plieška Hill.

The trail is moderately challenging and can be muddy and slippery on some places in colder weather. The route is only slightly difficult due to its length, elevation and terrain. Therefore, it is suitable even for small children.

A path with three educational panels will lead you to Kamaleny village. There is a natural swimming pool called a “pit”. The nature trail begins/ends at the rebuilt and adjusted pit with warm mineral water.

 

Information boards names

  1. Great Moravia
  2. Saint Cyril – Constantine
  3. Saint Methodius

Information panels in the terrain are not marked with the name of the nature trail. The design of the first and the remaining two panels differ.

Availability and parking options

Free parking is possible at the beginning / end of the route in the Spa Lúčky, or at the thermal lake in Kalameny. There are also regular bus connections to the villages from Ružomberok town.

Options for accommodation and meals

In the villages of Lúčky, Liptovská Teplá and Kalameny there are several accommodation and catering facilities.

A journey along the traces of the submerged villages, forever buried by the waters of Liptovská Mara. This cycling thematic route offers not only sports activities and beautiful views but also interesting information about the water project that has significantly influenced the lives of thousands of people and forever changed the face and development of the entire region.

Our tip: There are several uphill sections along the route, so we recommend tackling it with the use of e-bikes or for more experienced cyclists.

Everything changed with the idea of building the water project. From the declaration of the construction closure for the presumed flood area in 1950, through the definitive government decision to proceed with the construction until the completion and permanent use of the entire water project complex in 1976, the residents had to face many challenges. In a period of difficult struggles for their daily future, strength and the ability to withstand conflicting decisions and often unattainable demands were necessary. In the shadow of the future reservoir, a whole generation of people grew up on the threshold of the emerging new face of Liptov.

Below the water level of Liptovská Mara, there were a total of 13 historically independent villages, of which 12 were completely submerged by the reservoir. A total of 940 families, representing over 4,000 residents, were relocated. The thirteen vanished villages, of which only one was rebuilt, are fragments in the mosaic of life in Liptov. Through their names, recorded only in old maps, we also remember other villages that were significantly affected, positively or negatively, by the impact of this major construction project. It was necessary to relocate railway and road networks, reroute electric and telecommunication systems, establish new infrastructure for various areas of life, as well as create protective zones and safety measures.

The project was constructed between 1969 and 1975, and from the very beginning, its purpose was to mitigate flood torrents, improve water flow in the middle and lower reaches of the Váh River during dry periods, and generate electricity. Tourism development was a tertiary priority during the planning and construction stages.

Nearly 50 years have passed since the completion of the water works, and people are no longer afraid of devastating floods in Liptov. The region has become a popular tourist destination. Enjoy the magnificent views of water and mountains from the saddle of your bike and learn interesting facts and information about the history of the water project and its related context.


Also visit: The mini open-air museum of the submerged villages in the Koliba Gréta area in Liptovská Sielnica, where you can find valuable information about other vanished villages that are not included on this thematic cycling route.

Interesting POIs along the route:

Detailed route description

The route starts at the former Korytnica Spa, where you can refresh yourself with water from one of the springs before the walk. The water from the healing springs has a positive effect on stomach as well as digestive and metabolic problems. Jozef, Žofia, Antonín, Vojtech I a II springs all have highly mineralised water rich in calcium, magnesium and iron.

Follow the green way markers. The route leads along an asphalt road and on to a forest logging track. In less than an hour of pleasant climbing, you will get to a saddle under the Baba mountain, from where you are rewarded by views over the massif of Zvolen (Nová hoľa), a mountain located over Donovaly. After about three quarters of an hour of walking along the logging track, the forest begins to thin out, with the ridge of the Veľká Fatra (from Mt. Krížna to Mt. Suchý vrch) coming into view. On reaching the Hiadeľské sedlo saddle, the route turns left up the track marked by red waymarkers, ascending steeply through the forest, which gradually gives way to dwarf pines. It then continues along the tops of Mt Prašivá and Mt Malá Chochuľa, leading right to the summit of Mt Veľká Chochuľa.  Veľká Chochuľa (1753 m.a.s.l.) is the highest peak of the western part of the Ďumbierske Tatry mountain range, offering nice views to all directions. It lies on the main ridge of the Nízke Tatry mountain range, with Cesta hrdinov SNP (the Path of the Heroes of the Slovak National Uprising) running along its summit.

Until 1974, there used to be a narrow-gauge railway running from Ružomberok to the Korytnica spa. In 2016, the disused railroad was turned into the Cyklokorytnička cycle path, which also serves as an educational trail for families with small children.

Mt Veľká Chochuľa can also be reached from Liptovská Lúžna by following the yellow markers, taking you through the Sedlo pod Skalkou saddle and Mt Košarisko straight to the summit.

Access and parking

You can park the car in the Korytnica village. The route is also accessible by bus – get off at the Liptovská Osada, rázcestie stop.

Accommodation and dining ožnosti ubytovania a stravovania

There are no mountain chalets on the way but there are many accommodation options available in Korytnica, nearby Donovaly and Liptovská Osada. You can have refreshments at the Penzión Svätopluk guest house in Korytnica and, of course, try the water from one of the springs in Korytnica or go to a shop and buy it in a bottle. The beneficial effects of the water were noted already in the 17th century.

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The Šíp mountain is located in Šípska Fatra, which is a mountain range connecting the Malá and Veľká Fatra mountain ranges. It rises right above the confluence of the Orava and Váh rivers, between the villages of Kraľovany and Ľubochňa. The route starts in the Stankovany village, from where you follow the green markers. In about 30 minutes you will reach the Podšíp setllement, where you can admire its well-preserved, traditional wooden houses or just stop by for a picnic. From Podšíp, follow the yellow markers up through Zadný Šíp to the majestic cross on the summit of Šíp (1170 m.a.s.l.), from where you can enjoy amazing views of Veľký Choč.

The area of Šíp (302 hectares) has been designated a national nature reserve due to the presence of rare plant and animal species.

Accessibility and parking

The route is accessible by car, bus and train. You can park the car at the parking lot in front of the Municipal Office in Stankovany. Stankovany railway station. Stankovany, Pri moste bus stop.

Accommodation and food facilities

Refreshments and drinks are available at the Krčma Stankovany pub.

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Veľký Bok (1727 m.a.s.l.) is a prominent mountain situated in the central part of the Kráľovohoľské Tatras. The mountain juts out of the main ridge and is higher than the ridge, so once at its summit, you can enjoy a wonderful all-round view. There used to be a mountain chalet called Veľkoboká chata in the saddle under Veľký Bok until the Second World War when it was burned down by fascists. The chalet was a part of a network of mountain chalets, lying between the Štefánikova chata pod Ďumbierom chalet and the Štefánikova chata pod Kráľovou hoľou chalet. It is still a missing link in the chain of mountain chalets in the Low Tatras. A small hunting lodge has been built on its foundations, but it is not open to the public.

Veľký Bok is not one of the most visited mountains, so if you are someone who likes wilderness and enjoys the challenge of wandering off the beaten track, this is the hike for you. It takes the whole day. The hike from Malužiná to the top takes around 4-5 hours and its  14 km long. First, follow the blue trail markers and when you reach the saddle under the Veľký Bok, follow the yellow trail markers.

The top can also be reached by following the route from Svarín (Svarín – Pod Chmelincom – Veľký bok and back), marked yellow. Similarly to the Malužiná-Veľký Bok and back route, the total length of this route is 28 km. This hike can also be done as a one-way hike from Malužiná to Svarín or vice versa.

Accessibility and parking

You can park in both villages. The route is also accessible by bus – Malužiná, rázcestie (crossroad) bus stop.

Accommodation and food facilities

There are no mountain chalets on the way, but there are several places offering refreshments in both villages. There should also be a spring above the hunting lodge.

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The route to the summit of Radičiná starts in Ružomberok, Rybárpole and continues through a commercial forest to the Dubovské lúky meadows with traditional haystacks and a view over the majestic Veľký Choč mountain. The route then steeply climbs through the woods to the saddle and a glade with a fire pit. From there, it is only a short walk to the summit of the Radičiná mountain (1127 m n.m.), where you can enjoy a view over the Liptovská Mara dam.

Availability and parking options

You can also approach the Radičiná mountain from the opposite side, from the Komjatná village, Studničná part. You can park in Ružomberok, Rybárpole or in Komjatná. The route is accessible  by bus and train. Ružomberok – Rybárpole stop.

Options for accommodation and meals

If you wish to have refreshments before or after the hike, there are plenty of dining options in Ružomberok.

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The route starts in the village of Partizánska Ľupča, which was once the oldest mining town in Liptov and whose square boasts an iconic church and burgher houses. The yellow trail marker will lead you out of the village to the Biela Ľupča signpost, past meadows and a fenced water reservoir. Keep right and enter the woods. Continue to the Rumanec signpost where there is a table with benches ideal for a refreshment break. The route offers nice views over the lower part of the Liptovská Mara dam, the Western Tatras mountain range and the Chočské vrchy mountain range.  At the monument of the fallen soldiers, the route enters the woods and will take you through a meadow right to the top of the Predná Magura mountain, where you can find a reconstructed gazebo.

Predná Magura (1171 m.a.s.l) offers great views over the Liptov basin, nearby forested Ľupčianska Magura mountain, the main ridge of the Low Tatras mountain range and over Salatín, a mountain in the Low Tatras. This hike is ideal for families with small children and less fit walkers.

Availability and parking options

Free parking is available in the village or at the water reservoir. The village is accessible by local bus from Ružomberok or Liptovský Mikuláš.

Options for accommodation and meals

There are no mountain huts on the route but there is a choice of accommodation in the Partizánska Ľupča village. Just a few kilometres away, there is the Železnô recreation resort with accommodation and a pleasant snack bar on-site as well as a popular Magurka chalet offering accommodation and dining.

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Ostré (1067 m.a.s.l.), called Hrdoš by locals, is a rocky mountain visible from the main road leading from Martin to Ružomberok. The starting point for the hikes to Ostré are Komjatná (app. 2 km), Švošov (app. 3 km), Stankovany, Žaškov and Ľubochňa.

When starting from Švošov, follow the yellow trail markers to the Sedlo pod Ostrým saddle, from where a steep but only about 15-minute long climb will take you to the summit of Ostré. There are some trees on the summit but they do not obscure the views over Ružomberok, most of the lower Liptov and Orava. There also is a fire pit at the top.

Access and parking

The route from Švošov is also accessible by train. You can park the car in the villages.

Detailed route description

This easy half-day tour to the Rovná Hoľa mountain will reward you with stunning views to all directions, especially of the Western and High Tatras. Follow the yellow marked trail that starts in the Nižná Boca village and continues up the valley where it joins the path leading to the saddle of the Črchľa valley where you can find a spring of fresh water. Continue through the forest and dwarf pines to the top of the Rovná (flat) Hoľa mountain (1723 m.a.s.l.). As the name suggest, its top is flat so when there, you can enjoy open views to all sides. Perhaps the most unique is the view of Ďumbier, of its steep walls and gullies leading to the Ďumbiersky Kotol basin. To the west there are views of the Chopok and the massif of the Bôr mountain and to the north you can admire the views of the limestone massif of the Ohnište mountain with its famous rock window.

You can also reach the summit of the Rovná Hoľa mountain from Vyšná Boca, Čertovica and Svidovské sedlo.

Access and parking

You can park in the village. The village is also accessible by bus.

Accommodation and dining

There is a spring of potable water along the way to the saddle of Črchľa. You can have refreshments in the Nižná Boca village, for example at the Chata Barborka chalet located close to the lift. There are many accommodation options in the village to choose from.

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Chabenec (1955 m.a.s.l) is a majestic mountain on the ridge of the Western Tatras offering views to all directions. The route starts in the Magurka settlement, where gold as well as silver and antimony was mined in the past. You can learn more about the history of mining by following the Magurský zlatý chodník trail which kids will enjoy as mush as adults.

Follow the green markers towards the Ďurková saddle. At the Nad sedlom signpost, follow the red route markers towards Malý Chabenec and to the top of Chabenec. Once you have had your fill of great views, you can return to the Magurka setllemenet using the same route or you can extend the route by walking to the Útulňa Ďurková mountain hut, which is located below Mt. Chabanec and is a popular resting place for people hiking the ridge of the Low Tatras.

Access and parking

There is free parking in the Magurka settlement, but the access to the settlement is via rural, narrow road that often gets icy in winter.

Accommodation and dining

A popular Magurka chalet located right in the settlement offers both accommodation and delicious cuisine. There is also the Útulňa Ďurková mountain hut offering shelter for the night. The hut is mainly used by hikers crossing the ridge of the Law Tatras. It is located below the saddle, so you need to descend a few metres form the route to get there, but the refreshments and the atmosphere are worth it. Just a few kilometres away, there is the Železnô recreation resort with accommodation and a pleasant snack bar on-site.

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Holý Vrch (1723 m.a.s.l.) is a less majestic and less known peak of the Western Tatras. There is a popular tourist route that will take you to the summit of the impressive Baranec Mount running through it. The peak is characterized by its pyramid shape and it is accessible all year round, with no seasonal closures.

The starting point for hikes to Holý vrch is either the Žiarska Dolina valley (app. 3 km along the yellow markers) or Jakubovany (app. 6 km along the blue markers). The summit is not marked, it is above a signpost located on the ridge leading to Baranec. It takes about 1,45 hour to reach the summit from there.

The route from Jakubovany starts near a former ski lift, continues along an asphalt road and past the cottages, where it turns left to the forest. Above the place where the trail crosses the Tatranská Magistrála touristic route, there is a signpost directing hikers to the Jakuboviansky Vodopád waterfall, which can be reached within 5 minutes. After visiting the waterfall, hikers need to return back on the trail and ascend to the top of the Tri Kolky Mount, where they can rest and enjoy the views of the basin. The second part of the route takes hikers on an energetic climb to the top.

Access and parking

You can park in the Jakubovany village or use the car park close to the former Jakubovany ski lift. You can also walk to the starting point from the final bus stop in Jakubovany.

Accommodation and dining

There are no accommodation options on the way but you can have refreshments in the village, for example at the Jakub pub.

Detailed route descrition

Although the Demänovská dolina valley is one of the most visited mountain areas in Slovakia, there are still places with not too many people around. One of such places is the Vyvieranie gorge, from where you can continue to the Pusté mountain, Krakova hoľa mountain and the Demänovská hora mountain.

The route is not circular, so you need to use public or other transport. Park the car at the ATC Bystrina camping grounds located at the beginning of the village of Demänovská Dolina, near the turn off to the Pavčina Lehota village. Right at the turn off, there is a bus stop that will take you to the Demänovská jaskyňa slobody cave.

From there, follow the green trail markers down the valley alongside the Demänovka river.

The route runs alongside a busy road leading to Jasná, but the road noise is minimal. Continue over small bridges to the confluence of the Demänovka river and a stream flowing from the Dolina Vyvieranie valley and welling up from the depths of the karst underground. After you enter the Dolina Vyvieranie valley, the trail will lead you along the bed of a stream which is not wide nor deep. Since the valley is a part of the National Nature Reserve, there are some fallen trees as well as trees that have been pruned in order not to block the trail along the way. The valley starts opening up in the middle part of the route. Later, the route gets quite steep and serpentine, taking you to the side of the valley and out of the woods. At one point, the trail crosses a creek with rock cascades. The part of the route leading from the Iľanovské sedlo mountain saddle to the bottom of the Demänovská hora mountain is flat.

It will take you along a quiet traversing path located just below the ridge. NAPANT (Low Tatras National Park) maintains the route, so the path is very comfortable. The landscape changes again and the scent of pine trees fills the air. At the western side of the Demänovská hora mountain, which is the last peak of the ridge, the path will lead you to a panoramic grassy and rocky terrace overlooking the Demänovská dolina valley, the Liptovská Mara dam, Liptovský Mikuláš and its surrounding.

The yellow trail markers will guide you to the crossroad from where it is possible to reach the Demänovská hora mountain as well. Continue towards ATC Bystrina instead. The ascent is steep but short, so most people can make the summit with no problems. The circular views you will get are glorious and definitely worth taking a short breather for. At the peak, you will find a small wooden cross and a visitors book for you to sign.

The descent is quite steep at the beginning but the trail serpentines make it easier. On the whole, the hike is very pleasant and not tiring. The route finishes at the ATC Bystrina camping grounds.

Availability and parking options

You can park the car at ATC Bystrina. The car park has sufficient capacity.

You can also get here by local busBus timetables>>>

Options for accommodation and meals

The villages of Pavčina Lehota and Demänovská dolina have a range of accommodation and dining options.

You can find and book your accommodation here.

This route links two important tourist points in Ružomberok. It leads along a forest road that is only partially asphalted and is suitable for both mountain and trekking bikes, with only easy climbs. You should be careful on the descents and not take any unnecessary risks.

Along the Giant’s Path you will find things that the giant Čutko lost, and then get to Čutkovská or Hrabovská dolina valley. At Čutkovo, the Obrovo area will entertain children and adults with a ride on the highest zipline in Slovakia. You can also eat well at ‘koliba u Dobrého pastiera’ (the Good Shephard). At Hrabovo you can relax, hire a boat or use the playground under the reservoir. If the country’s highest zipline was not enough, visit Tarzania, where this time you can enjoy the longest zipline in Slovakia.

One of the places you should visit when wandering around the Liptov region is Liptovská Lúžna, a mountain village situated in the Low Tatras. If you are heading from the Liptovská Osada village, drive through the Liptovská Lúžna village in the direction of Železnô. The lookout tower offering wonderful view of the surrounding nature is located on the left hand side, app. 500 m after the village. You will reach it within a few minutes of easy walking. The path leads through a meadow and offers views of Lúžanské Meandre of the Lúžňanka stream with clear and slowly flowing water. The meanders – bends in the stream – were formed as the result of a sharp decrease in the stream’s slope, creating an optical illusion that the stream is flowing uphill.

The best time to visit this place is between March and May.

Entry to the lookout tower is at your own risk.

Explore a short educational Trail of artists in the beautiful surroundings of the Lúčky Spa. It leads behind the Spa Hotel Choč, the Dependance Liptov spa house and the Balneocentrum. The trail is dedicated to the memory of famous artists whose lives were connected to Lúčky. The gazibo is dedicated to Milan Michal Harminc, a famous architect who designed the Dependance Liptov spa house. The artistic benches are dedicated to Tadeáš Salva, a famous composer who was born in Lúčky, and to Jožko Piťo, one of the most famous first violinists in Slovakia who used to play in Lúčky and who contributed to the promotion of Slovak folk music.  

M. M. Harminc: was one of the most active Slovak architects. He was professionally active for 65 years ( 1886 – 1951 ) during which he designed over 300 buildings throughout Europe, of which 171 were situated in Slovakia. He was born on 7 October 1869 in Serbia. In 1886 he left for Budapest, where he worked for several construction companies. He founded his own construction office in 1897 and by the beginning of the war, he managed to design 45 houses. In 1915 he moved with his family to Slovakia, to the town of Liptovský Mikuláš, where he opened a design and construction office. What connects him to the Lúčky Spa is the building of the Liptov spa house he designed. The war postponed its opening to 1946 when it began operating with the capacity of 100 beds. He died in 1964 in Bratislava.

Dominik Ševc: He was born (March 12,1895), lived and was artistically active in Lúčky, the place he loved. He founded the Folklore Group Lúčan, originally called Choč (in 2020 it celebrated 80 years since its foundation). He sewed costumes for the group, choreographed the dances, composed folk wishes and songs, performed in an amateur theatre…He dedicated 60 years of his life to the promotion of cultural life of Lúčky, with the desire to preserve traditions and cultural heritage of our ancestors. Under his supervision, the ensemble rehearsed a hussar dance, a recruit dance, a stick dance and a so-called “šatôčkový” (handkerchief) dance as well as a traditional wedding performance, Priadky performance and an unforgettable Pltnica perfomance, the idea of which was taken over by SĽUK (Slovak Folk Art Ensemble). He was awarded the Folklore Festival Východná commemorative medal by the then Minister of Culture in 1973.

Jožko Piťo: He was born in 1800 in Tekovské Lúžany. After serving for 12 years in the Imperial Army, he got to Liptovský Mikuláš where he first encountered the Slovak folk song which had him captivated from then on until his death in 1886. He formed his own band which played for lords from all over Slovakia. That is how he got to the Lúčky Spa where he entertained guests during the spa season. His violin virtuosity was described by many Slovak poets and writers, yet the best description is believed to be given by S. H. Vajanský in his “Husľa” novel. Jožko Piťo helped raise Slovak national awareness by placing a folk song to the pedestal it rightfully deserves.

Andrej Plávka: A poet born to the family of a tanner in the village of Liptovská Sielnica in 1907. He worked as a director of the Tatran book publishing company from 1949 to 1968 and was a chairman of the Association of Slovak writers in the years from 1969 to 1982. He published his first poetic work in 1922 in the Nový rod magazine. He later published in the Mladé Slovensko, Svojeť, Mladé prúdy, Elán, Slovenské pohľady and other magazines. His work was inspired mainly by the older generations of Slovak authors, such as the Štúr group and mainly by P. O. Hviezdoslav. After L. Sielnica was flooded by the waters of the Liptovská Mara dam, the Lúčky spa became the place where he spent his holidays every year and where he sought inspiration for the many poems he wrote. He died in 1982 in Bratislava.

Tadeáš Salva: A music composer, associate professor and artist. This native of Lúčky (October 22, 1937) was musically gifted from a young age. He studied accordion, cello and piano at the Higher Music School in Žilina. He continued his compositional studies at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava with A. Moyzes and J. Cikker and finished his studies in Poland. He worked as a head of the Music Department at the Czechoslovak Radio Košice, a music editor for the Music Editorial Board of the Czechoslovak Television in Bratislava, a dramaturg in SĽUK (Slovak Folk Art Ensemble), an associate professor at the Department of Music Education of the Faculty of Education in Nitra. He served as a chairman of the Association of Slovak Composers from 1991 to 1995. He died in 1995 in Bratislava and is buried in Lúčky.

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The trail is a combination of forest paths forming 2 basic circuits:

Pribylina – Račkova walley

A mildly ascending trail leading alongside a museum to a forest railway exposition
The trail starts at the parking place adjacent to the open air museum in Pribylina. There is a buffet in front of the museum where you can get some refreshment. When continuing through the open air museum and head to the forest, you´ll get to the exposition of Považská forest railway. There you can see old trains and a train depot. Behind the depot the model flood protection dike is situated.

• Route: 7 km (3.5 km and back)
• Marking: green CTT 5462
• Surface: new asphalt road of excellent quality
• Difficulty: slight ascent

The car park by the summer open air pools is the starting point of the route for those who already know how to cycle even on roads with traffic. If you are just waiting for this stage of your children’s life, you don’t have to be sad. You can drive to the valley to the parking lot at Stanišovská Cave, from where the road continues along the river without cars. The base of the entire route is asphalt, in the end of lower quality. The slight ascents of the road are enriched by short descents and steeper ascents, which you will definitely manage.

The riding experience is enhanced by views of the side ridges of the Low Tatras, a rock window on the left side of the valley and the noise of a meandering river. A pleasant refreshment during hot days is a 60-minute journey with a headlamp and a guide through the bowels of the Stanišovská Cave, the success of which you can celebrate with traditional Liptov delicacies in the Strachanovka hut below on the route. Are you afraid of the dark? It doesn’t matter in Liptovský Ján either. At the cave, you can immortalize yourself with wooden figures or visit the lookout tower, which offers a beautiful view of the village and its surroundings.

Parking: parking by the summer swimming pool Termal Raj

putovanie dolinou k jaskyni

• Route: 8 km (4 km and back)
• Marking: red CTT 033
• Surface: asphalt pavement, paved road
• Difficulty: moderately rising, almost horizontal

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Description of the route: The section of the children’s route follows the route of CykloKorytnička, which leads mostly on the original railway route from Ružomberok to Korytnice and offers visitors the beauty and interestingness of the Revúcka Valley. From the parking lot in front of the Motel Vlčí dvor, the cycling trail leads through a separate cycle path outside the road. During the route you can enjoy the view on the sluices on the river Revúca, breeding ponds or turn to Brankovský waterfall (30 min walk). In the end, the surface of the route turns into a paved road that rarely passes through the foresters’ car. The route in two places crosses the first class road.

Parking: parking in front of Motel Vlci dvor

Route description: The route starts at a parking lot next to the Koliba u Dobrého Pastiera restaurant., where you can also find Obrovo, a unique world of the giant Čutko. From the lot, follow the yellow marked trail leading along a slightly ascending asphalt road with one steeper section. Along the route you will pass a lake where you can relax and also a playground where kids can play. You can quench your thirst at one of the several mountain springs with drinking water along the way. To satisfy your hunger, you can either use one of the fire pits to light a campfire and have a barbecue or you can go to the Koliba u Dobrého Pastiera restaurant where the chefs will be happy to cook for you.  The route will also take you past feeding racks, a dam, a wide boar game preserve and a flock of sheep.  If you still have some energy left at the end of the walk, you can walk to the Pálenický Vodopád waterfall (40 minutes on foot).

Parking options: in front of the Koliba u Dobrého Pastiera restaurant

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Enjoy lots of fun with kids at Obrovo – a unique world of the Čutko giant in the Čutkovská Dolina valley near Ružomberok. Use the Liptov Region Card and enjoy 20% off the entrance fee.

Probably the most beautiful part of the Demänovská valley consisting of a limestone massif which stretches from the mouth of the valley to the half of the Siná mountain. Climbing is permitted only in the bottom part of the mountain, from May 1 to Febuary 28. The bottom part is divided into Horné and Dolné skaly. The exception is valid until 2022 but we believe that it will be extended.  

Climbing here is very unique and special. The rock is solid and has many faces, so the climbs here are technical and endurance demanding. Most of the holds are small. More than 100 routes vary in difficulty, ranging from VI+ to X+ UIAA, with most of them having the difficulty level of about VIII. It is, however, important to remember that the routes are half a degree more difficult than the routes in the other climbing areas. The whole massif faces south, so the rock is hot in summer. With the exception of the bottom cave, the whole area is ideal for climbing on cold days. Because of the features of the rock, the whole area best suits experienced climbers who will not regret visiting Siná.

Climbing permitted:        1.5. – 28. 2., the exception is valid until 2022

Info james.sk:                 List of climbing areas in Slovakia, restrictions, rocks wardens

Sector: Horné skaly
No. of routes: 70+
Difficulty: VI+ – X+ UIAA
Length of routes: 15 – 33! m

Approach

Approach: 10 min.

Take the Demänovská dolina exit from the D1 highway and continue to the parking lot in front of the Demänovská Cave of Liberty (Demänovská  jaskyňa slobody). Then follow the yellow footpath markers on a path leading to the top of Siná. Enter the valley and walk past a meandering creek. After about 200 metres leave the footpath to Siná and turn right to the footpath that will take you right beneath the rocks. From here you will see a row of rocks which you will reach easily in about 5 minutes.

Prekvapenie, VII

Description:            12 glue-in stainless steel bolts + abseil chain.

Probably the most beautiful route in Horné skaly. The challenge is a boulder at the beginning of the route, under the first anchor. That is why it is better to fix the first anchor to the ground. The route then continues onto a slightly steep face with good holds, allowing you to move as if you were dancing.

See www.shsjames.org for current restrictions.

Probably the most beautiful part of the Demänovská valley consisting of a limestone massif which stretches from the mouth of the valley to the half of the Siná mountain. Climbing is permitted only in the bottom part of the mountain, from May 1 to Febuary 28. The bottom part is divided into Horné and Dolné skaly. The exception is valid until 2022 but we believe that it will be extended.  

Climbing here is very unique and special. The rock is solid and has many faces, so the climbs here are technical and endurance demanding. Most of the holds are small. More than 100 routes vary in difficulty, ranging from VI+ to X+ UIAA, with most of them having the difficulty level of about VIII. It is, however, important to remember that the routes are half a degree more difficult than the routes in the other climbing areas. The whole massif faces south, so the rock is hot in summer. With the exception of the bottom cave, the whole area is ideal for climbing on cold days. Because of the features of the rock, the whole area best suits experienced climbers who will not regret visiting Siná.

Climbing permitted:        1.5. – 28. 2., the exception is valid until 2022

Info james.sk:                 List of climbing areas in Slovakia, restrictions, rocks wardens

Sector: Dolné skaly
No. of routes: 35
Difficulty: VI+ – X UIAA
Length of routes: 10 – 12 m

Approach

Approach: 10 min.

Take the Demänovská dolina exit from the D1 highway and continue to the parking lot in front of the Demänovská Cave of Liberty (Demänovská  jaskyňa slobody). Then follow the yellow footpath markers on a path leading to the top of Siná. Enter the valley and walk past a meandering creek. After about 200 metres leave the footpath to Siná and turn right to the footpath that will take you right beneath the rocks. From here you will see a row of rocks which you will reach easily in about 5 minutes.

Quick Jump, VII

Description:            7 glue-in stainless steel bolts + abseil chain.

One of a few warm-up routes Siná has. It leads through a distinctive block with good holds ideal for using piaz moves. The climb to the “balcony” is a bit of a challenge but the final moves are on good holds through an overhanging rock.

See www.shsjames.org for current restrictions.

The newest climbing area in Liptov consisting of a 50-metre-high conglomerate rock. It towers over the boundary of the Studničná and Komjatná villages, in the municipality of Ružomberok. It hosts beautiful climbing routes for climbers of different levels and offers an opportunity to climb long routes. An amazing feature of conglomerate rock is that it has many holds, scales and notches, which is why the area is the top rock climbing destination in Liptov. The view from the top of the rock is one of the most beautiful in the region.

Climbing permitted:        all year round

Info james.sk:                 List of climbing areas in Slovakia, restrictions, rocks wardens

No. of routes: 35
Difficulty: V – X- UIAA
Length of routes: 20 – 45! m

Approach

Approach: 15 min.

Take the road leading from Ružomberok towards Dolný Kubín. At Komjatná turn right and carry on for about 2 km up the hill. You will see Studničná – part of the Komjatná village – from there. Park the car on the hill, right next to the chapel that stands next to the road. Then take the field path towards Komjatná. Cross the meadow and walk the steep short hill that will lead you to the forest. Turn left to the forest and follow the footpath. It will take you 5 minutes to get to the top of the reef. There is a path on both sides of the reef leading down under the rocks.

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Veľkonočná hrana, VIII

Description:            15 glue-in stainless steel bolts + abseil chain.

One of the best routes in Komjatná. It starts with a 10-metre long corner that leads to a rest shelf. It then continues with a rounded edge over which you will get to the final face. The route is airy and will test your endurance.

 

See www.shsjames.org for current restrictions.

The newest climbing area in Liptov consisting of a 50-metre-high conglomerate rock. It towers over the boundary of the Studničná and Komjatná villages, in the municipality of Ružomberok. It hosts beautiful climbing routes for climbers of different levels and offers an opportunity to climb long routes. An amazing feature of conglomerate rock is that it has many holds, scales and notches, which is why the area is the top rock climbing destination in Liptov. The view from the top of the rock is one of the most beautiful in the region.

Climbing permitted:        all year round

Info james.sk:                 List of climbing areas in Slovakia, restrictions, rocks wardens

No. of routes: 35
Difficulty: V – X- UIAA
Length of routes: 20 – 45! m

Approach

Approach: 15 min.

Take the road leading from Ružomberok towards Dolný Kubín. At Komjatná turn right and carry on for about 2 km up the hill. You will see Studničná – part of the Komjatná village – from there. Park the car on the hill, right next to the chapel that stands next to the road. Then take the field path towards Komjatná. Cross the meadow and walk the steep short hill that will lead you to the forest. Turn left to the forest and follow the footpath. It will take you 5 minutes to get to the top of the reef. There is a path on both sides of the reef leading down under the rocks.

 

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Televíkendová, V+

Description:            11 glue-in stainless steel bolts + abseil chain.

A nice route for getting acquainted with the area. It finishes with a comfortable stance from where you can climb the route called Zuzkina, which has the difficulty level of VI. Take a long enough rope! The route is named after the Televíkend TV show in which the route was climbed.

 

See www.shsjames.org for current restrictions.

A nice quiet area hidden in the woods of the Biela dolinka behind the Liptovský Ján village. It comprises several limestone reefs that are divided into four main sectors. It is suitable for beginner as well as experienced climbers who favour technical routes.  The big advantage is that climbing is allowed all year round and so you can spend nice time here on warm winter days.

The routes vary in difficulty, ranging from IV to IX+ UIAA, with most of them having the difficulty level of around VI and VII.  The routes are technical and the longer ones are also strenuous, requiring a great deal of endurance.

Climbing permitted:        1. 8. – 31. 1., a od 1. 2. – 31. 7.

Info james.sk:                 List of climbing areas in Slovakia, restrictions, rocks wardens

Sector: Hrádocká
No. of routes: 16
Difficulty: V – IX UIAA
Length of routes: 10 – 33! m

Approach

Approach: 15 min.

Take the Liptovský Ján exit from the D1 highway, drive through the village and into the Jánska valley. Pass the thermal swimming pool and the Strachanovka hotel and restaurant. Continue past the Bystrá hotel (on your right) and take the first right. Park your car in the parking lot next to a waterworks building and then walk the valley past the creek for about 10 minutes. At the point where the forest footpath crosses the creek keep to the right and walk the path uphill to the rocks (5 minutes).

Rieka, VII+

Description:            12 glue-in stainless steel bolts + abseil chain.

A beautiful long endurance route that will challenge your finger strength at the beginning and test your endurance at the end.

See www.shsjames.org for current restrictions.

Newly established drytooling area in the Demänovská valley.  Drytooling is a form of rock climbing in which ice axes and crampons are used to climb rock. Instead of using hands to rock climb, the climber hooks ice axes onto holds and pockets. Climbing Ertoid requires a lot of power and endurance. The climbing area consists of a wide limestone overhang which is only about ten metres high but it is very steep, with a short roof on its top.

Climbing here is permitted all year round. The wide overhang protects against rain but when there are heavy rains, water runs down over it. There are quickdraws clipped to the bolts during the winter months but they are removed in summer.

Form: drytooling

Climbing permitted: all year round, the exception is valid until 2022

Info james.sk:         List of climbing areas in Slovakia, restrictions, rocks wardens

No. of routes: 22
Difficulty: D5+ – D12
Length of routes: 5 – 15 m

Approach

Prístup: 5 min.

Approach: 5 min.

Take the Demänovská dolina exit from the D1 highway and continue to the parking lot in front of the Demänovská Ice Cave (Demänovská  ľadová jaskyňa). From there walk the asphalt road past the RiverSide hotel and then take the footpath on the left side of the creek. It will take you 5 minutes to get to a high distinctive wide overhang with quickdraws.

Traja kamaráti, D10-

Description:            12 stainless steel rivets + abseil chain.

An endurance route with long reaches through good pockets. The route is fairly predictable and tall climbers have an advantage.

Foto: Marek Černý

Foto: Igor Pap

See www.shsjames.org for current restrictions.

Newly established drytooling area in the Demänovská valley.  Drytooling is a form of rock climbing in which ice axes and crampons are used to climb rock. Instead of using hands to rock climb, the climber hooks ice axes onto holds and pockets. Climbing Ertoid requires a lot of power and endurance. The climbing area consists of a wide limestone overhang which is only about ten metres high but it is very steep, with a short roof on its top.

Climbing here is permitted all year round. The wide overhang protects against rain but when there are heavy rains, water runs down over it. There are quickdraws clipped to the bolts during the winter months but they are removed in summer.

Form: drytooling

Climbing permitted:        all year round, the exception is valid until 2022

Info james.sk:                 List of climbing areas in Slovakia, restrictions, rocks wardens

No. of routes: 22
Difficulty: D5+ – D12
Length of routes: 5 – 15 m

Approach

Approach: 5 min.

Take the Demänovská dolina exit from the D1 highway and continue to the parking lot in front of the Demänovská Ice Cave (Demänovská  ľadová jaskyňa). From there walk the asphalt road past the RiverSide hotel and then take the footpath on the left side of the creek. It will take you 5 minutes to get to a high distinctive wide overhang with quickdraws.

SUE, D5+

Description:            5 stainless steel rivets + abseil chain.

The easiest route ideal for getting acquainted with drytooling. There are deep pockets in a steep rock wall. SUE and the neighbouring route Snaživec are suitable for warm-up climbs.

Foto: Marek Černý

See www.shsjames.org for current restrictions.

Probably the most difficult climbing area in the Demänovská valley consisting  of a limestone arch soaring over the Repiská hotel. It comprises three distinctive arches and a technical face situated in the right lower part. Climbing here is permitted all year round but it is good to check it on www.james.sk.

The area offers power and endurance climbing. The rock is relatively solid and most of the routes lead to a distinctive overhang. There are more than 50 climbing routes ranging in difficulty from V+ to X+ UIAA, with most of them having the difficulty level of around VII. As the whole massif faces south, the rock is hot in summer, especially the arch which is even a bit hotter. That is why it is better to climb it in winter and autumn, or in rainy weather. It is ideal for strong sport climbers who want to push their limits.

Climbing permitted: all year round, the exception is valid until 2022

Info james.sk:         List of climbing areas in Slovakia, restrictions, rocks wardens

GPS coordinates of the parking lot:        48.99849, 19.58290

GPS coordinates of the arch:                48.99134, 19.57648

Approach

Approach: 15 min.

Take the Demänovská dolina exit from the D1 highway and continue to the parking lot in front of the Demänovská Cave of Liberty (Demänovská jaskyňa slobody). Then walk the asphalt road to the Repiská hotel (15 min.). There is an arch towering above the hotel. From there you can either continue walking the asphalt road or use a steep footpath that will take you directly to the arch. The footpath is located next to the retaining wall of the hotel.

Slniečkár, X-

Description:            19 stainless steel rivets + abseil chain.

Quickdraws.

The route best reflects the character of the climbing area. After a series of pulls and side pulls, the route starts on a technical face and it follows through a distinctive cave where you can rest. It then leads through a difficult overhang, almost a roof, and above the edge of the arch. Series of moves on two- and three-finger pockets.

See www.shsjames.org for current restrictions.

Probably the most difficult climbing area in the Demänovská valley consisting  of a limestone arch soaring over the Repiská hotel. It comprises three distinctive arches and a technical face situated in the right lower part. Climbing here is permitted all year round but it is good to check it on www.james.sk.

The area offers power and endurance climbing. The rock is relatively solid and most of the routes lead to a distinctive overhang. There are more than 50 climbing routes ranging in difficulty from V+ to X+ UIAA, with most of them having the difficulty level of around VII. As the whole massif faces south, the rock is hot in summer, especially the arch which is even a bit hotter. That is why it is better to climb it in winter and autumn, or in rainy weather. It is ideal for strong sport climbers who want to push their limits.

Climbing permitted: all year round, the exception is valid until 2022

Info james.sk:         List of climbing areas in Slovakia, restrictions, rocks wardens

No. of routes: 50
Difficulty:
V+ – X+ UIAA
Length of routes:
10 – 33 m

Approach

Approach: 15 min.

Take the Demänovská dolina exit from the D1 highway and continue to the parking lot in front of the Demänovská Cave of Liberty (Demänovská jaskyňa slobody). Then walk the asphalt road to the Repiská hotel (15 min.). There is an arch towering above the hotel. From there you can either continue walking the asphalt road or use a steep footpath that will take you directly to the arch. The footpath is located next to the retaining wall of the hotel.

Ivanov pilier, VII-

Description:            13 stainless steel rivets + abseil chain.

Beautiful distinctive pillar formation located in the right part, dividing the biggest arch and the lower wall. A long route up a slightly steep pillar that gets steeper close to its top. The middle part leads through natural pockets that will challenge your technique and strength.

See www.shsjames.org for current restrictions.

A nice quiet area hidden in the woods of the Biela dolinka behind the Liptovský Ján village. It comprises several limestone reefs that are divided into four main sectors. It is suitable for beginner as well as experienced climbers who favour technical routes.  The big advantage is that climbing is allowed all year round and so you can spend nice time here on warm winter days.

The routes vary in difficulty, ranging from IV to IX+ UIAA, with most of them having the difficulty level of around VI and VII.  The routes are technical and the longer ones are also strenuous, requiring a great deal of endurance.

Climbing permitted:        1. 8. – 31. 1., a od 1. 2. – 31. 7.

Info james.sk:            List of climbing areas in Slovakia, restrictions, rocks wardens

Sector: Vtáčik – City center
No. of routes: 21
Difficulty: IV – VII UIAA
Length of routes: 8 – 12 m

Approach

Approach: 15 min.

Take the Liptovský Ján exit from the D1 highway, drive through the village and into the Jánska valley. Pass the thermal swimming pool and the Strachanovka hotel and restaurant. Continue past the Bystrá hotel (on your right) and take the first right. Park your car in the parking lot next to a waterworks building and then walk the valley past the creek for about 10 minutes. At the point where the forest footpath crosses the creek keep to the right and walk the path uphill to the rocks (5 minutes).

 

Vtáčik – Prvá IV

Description:            5 glue-in stainless steel bolts + abseil chain.

Nice and easy route ideal for beginner climbers to make their first contact with the rock.

GPS súradnice Vtáčik: 49.02251, 19.65695

See www.shsjames.org for current restrictions.

A mining trail has been opened to the public in the Ľupčianska valley. There are 11 panels along an 8.4-kilometre-long circuit trail marked blue and then yellow.

The trail is a part of the “Slovak mining route” project, which connect educational mining trails in Slovakia. As you walk, you will learn more about the mining industry, gold mining, antimony ore processing, rock processing as well as about wild nature.

The author of the texts on the information panels is Martin Chovan, professor emeritus of the Faculty of Natural Sciences of the Comenius University in Bratislava.  

Trail type
one-way, self-guided, year-round

Outdoor learning activities for schools
suitable for field trips and nature walks

The construction of the trail was initiated and organized by members of the Friends of Magurka Civic Association and the Magurka Chalet, who seek to revive the traditions and history of the area.

Information panels

0. Magurka educational trail / placer gold mines, invitation to Magurka

1.Magurka chalet /educational trail map, brief history of mining

2. Village centre / settlement, ore dressing plant, church, ore treatment

3. Bašovňa, Bašovňa water circuit / leats, water reservoir, Russegger adit

4. Klinčok,Kilian adit /adits of Magurka, gold, sitting area. Map of adits

5. František adit. Forest management / Forest Compossessorate, Land Community in Partizánska Ľupča

6. Leopold adit / geology, minerals, Kapustisko, geological map

7. Ritterstein adit /Kapustisko-Močidlo mining section, water conduit, sitting area

8. Low Tatras National Park(NAPANT)

9. Striebornica /silver vein, mineral wealth of the Low Tatras

10. Viedenka / Viedenka, eastern part of the deposit, Mária adits, opportunity of trying gold panning

Golden trail of Magurka route description

Start from the Magurka Chalet and ascend on a pleasant and relatively undemanding blue trail that will take you to the ridge of the Low Tatras. From there follow the yellow trail back to to the Magurka Chalet.

Important

On the border of the neighbouring villages Smrečany – Žiar, on the left side of the main road, there is a football field with a large parking lot. Here we recommend starting the route and connecting to an easily accessible field road leading beyond the barns of the village Žiar. At the peasant cooperative at the field junction, you continue to the right. The road continues for about one more km along the gardens belonging to the houses and continues through the meadow overlooking the Western Tatras and the dominant peak Baranec.

The meadow path leads to the Wild Boar pen area, which is located among the trees. It is not marked with any sign, so we indicate as a clue the last house in the village Žiar, which you have on the right side about 400 m from you. At this point, the road splits again, you continue straight, towards the north.  You continue for a while through the meadow until you see, after a few meters on the left, a small bridge over the brook. Walk over the bridge directly to the game park.

The route is suitable for the beginners but also for families with children who want to spend their free time in the meadows in the Liptov region nature.

The village of Smrečany is located 7 km from the town centre Liptovský Mikuláš and is easily accessible by bus line LM – Žiar or by car. It is possible to park a car in front of the shopping centre Jednota, and there is also a bus stop nearby. 10 km circuit ideal for Nordic walking begins in front of the shopping centre.

It is a circuit, so the starting point is identical to the place of finish of the route, during which you will get beautiful panoramic views of the mountain ranges the Western and the Low Tatras, the Choč hills. In case of good visibility in the distance you will also see the transmitter Kráľová Hoľa. The most remarkable landmark of the route will be the magical view of the most famous Slovak peak Kriváň.

From the grocery shop Jednota in the village Smrečany, you will go about 100 m north along the main road, where at the first possible turn on the right turn right and continue along the road for another 300 m between the houses. You will pass Matej’s log cabin, and here you can make your first stop. Behind the cabin there is a giant area for fallow-deers, sheep, and a goat with baby goats.  Behind Matej’s log cabin, you can finally get above the village and to the road between the fields. Approximately after the first kilometre from the grocery shop Jednota, you will pass by the crossroads of the villages Smrečany – Žiar.

It is a crossroad to all four world sides. You continue straight east to the village Veterná Poruba. At the cooperative Veterná Poruba, you do not turn into the village, but in the direction out above the village. You will pass the cooperative first, after a few meters further the cemetery, and on the way, you continue northwards further direction behind the village. On the fifth km of the start, on the left side there is the extinct settlement of St. Stephen and on the right, there is the sign NOVINY and new route towards the village Liptovský Ondrej. But you continue straight north and at the first possible turn on the left turn left and continue the asphalt road above the village Žiar.  You will pass a 100-year-old apple tree growing in a field and later through a birch alley above the village Žiar. Here you have two options: Option number 1: Continue down to the village and walk through the village towards your car, or Option number 2: a few meters above the cemetery between the cooperative fields you turn left and reach the crossroads of the villages Smrečany – Žiar which is already familiar to you.

Detailed route description

The Lutonský´s promenade fulfills the function of a safe connection between the locations of the Bjorson cottage – the final station of the White Pilgrimage and at the same time it is an educational trail with the history of tourism and the ski resort. The promenade is a continuation of the historic cable car pillar and the Lutonsky monument built in previous years. Total length 692 m and area 1563.77 m2. Along the sidewalk are built individual stops of the promenade, which are dedicated to history from mountain farming, through the discovery of caves and skiing, which laid the foundation for tourism development, the important visionary Alojz Lutonský (he was responsible for building the first cable car and connecting Chopok north and south). to the new era of Chopok and the present. It is a nice walk with educational value, which fulfills its function especially in the summer and offers tourists who are not from our region particularly interesting information. As a bonus, the boards are interactive and are a great place for children.

Availability and parking options

Demänovská dolina is connected with Liptovský Mikuláš by a regular bus connection, which is relatively well timed for the needs of tourists. The starting point of the tour is located directly at the bus stop, as well as the destination of the route. There is also an official car park at the starting point, parking is free and in sufficient capacity.

Parking is located at the Grand Hotel Jasna

By train or bus to Liptovský Mikuláš and then by bus from Liptovský Mikuláš to the resort Jasná Nízke Tatry (Demänovská dolina) – itinerary.

Accommodation and catering options

There are several accommodation facilities in the Jasná Nízke Tatry resort that offer accommodation. Dining options are provided, whether in summer or winter, in the hotel restaurants or snack bars.

Find and book accommodation – HERE.

Detailed route description:

The cosy cottage in the Great Fatra is situated between the peaks of Ploská and Borišovo. The very well-equipped cottage with year-round operation and a wide selection of refreshments has a capacity of more than 20 people. The cottage is located at the crossroad of several trails. It is accessible from the valley of Ľubochnianska Dolina, from Liptovská Revúca, but also when passing through the Great Fatra artery or the ridges. If taking a hike from Liptovské Revúce you can start from Vyšná Revúca or Stredná Revúca. The way back can also lead along another trail through Močidlo leading you back to Liptovské Revúce.

We recommend all visitors that they take a climb to the peak Borišov (1509 MASL) along the yellow trail –  in case of good weather they can enjoy stunning views of the Great Fatra´s large part and also of the basin of Turčianska Kotlina.

Availability and parking:

Parking is available in the village of Liptovské Revúce. There is also public transport circulating to the village from Ružomberok. The bus stop is located right at the starting point.

Accommodation and catering options:

Beverages and food are available in the village and cottage Chata pod Borišovom. When booking, please send a text message. The cottage manager will certainly respond to your inquiry.

Detailed route description:

Mountain Hotel Smrekovica is the most significant stop on a tourist trail leading from the Liptov (region) part of the Great Fatra ridge. It is situated between the observation peaks Skalná Alpa and Malá Smrekovica. The cottage can be reached from several routes. The most used is an asphalt road through Vyšné Matejkovo (along the blue trail) from the site Podsuchá, which lies on the main road Donovaly-Ružomberok. The route is suitable for both pedestrians and cyclists and it is also suitable for cars.

Smrekovica, however, is of great importance for tourists passing through the ridge of the Great Fatra, mainly because of its strategic location. They will find a great shelter here to recharge energy so important to conquer the Great Fatra ridge.

Availability and parking:

Parking is free of charge. There is also public transport running to the location. The stop is found directly in Podsuchá, near the Bodega roadhouse.

Accommodation and catering options:

Beverages and food are available at the beginning of the trail in Podsuchá and then in the Mountain Hotel Smrekovica cottage.

Detailed route description:

Májekova Chata is a long-standing star of the Malinô Brdo ski resort. The cottage is located in the beautiful surroundings of the Veľká Fatra (Great Fatra) mountain range and has been operating continuously since its establishment in 1968. It provides cosy accommodation for 42 people, food services in its own restaurant and other services including sports equipment rental or a mountain guide. The cottage benefits from its excellent location, which is appreciated by visitors, especially in the winter season.

Májekova Chata can be reached following a hike from Hrabovo or using a cable car from Hrabovo to Malinô Brdo. The cable car also operates in summer.

Availability and parking:

Parking in Hrabovo is free of charge. Public transport runs to the location and a ski bus is also available in the high season.

Accommodation and catering options:

Beverages and food are available directly at the Májekova Chata cottage.

Via ferrata Dve veže which is only the fourth Via ferrata in Slovakia. It was opened also thanks to Gothal resort which is a partner to the operator of Via ferrata – civic organisation Dve veže. Via ferrata is a so called secured trail, which includes more difficult sections, fixed ropes or iron steps. This guarantees an unforgettable experience. If you feel like you need more adrenalin and climbing is your passion, you are welcome.

Information about Via ferrata Dve veže

Location

Via ferrata Dve veže is located approximately 4km from Gothal resort in the direction to a neighbouring village Liptovské Revúce. You will find it in an area which the locals call „Zahorovo“. The top point of Via ferrata will reward you with views over surrounding peaks of Low Tatras (Končitá, Malý Zvolen, Čierna Hora), Veľká Fatra (Krížna, Frčkov) and also national parks Veľká Fatra and Low Tatras, which are separated by the river Revúca.

Opening hours

Educational trail and via ferrata is opened from 15.6 to 31.1 of a regular year. Movement is allowed during the day one hour after sun-rise until one hour before sun-set.

Levels of difficulty of trails in detail

B – medium level of difficulty

It is a steeper terrain with occasionally more difficult sections and bad steps. Artificial support in the form of steel ropes, cramps, stake poles and steeper longer ladders are used for direct forward movement. Several sections are exhausting and tiring. Many experienced alpine tourists use ferrata set with helmet from this level of difficulty. Ferrata set is required for beginners and children and additional support by rope is also important in dangerous and long sections. Without the artificial securing it would be considered as a climbing terrain of II or III difficulty level.

 

C – difficult trails

The trail consists of steep and perpendicular slopes. Most of prevalently difficult trail is fitted with artificial support (steel ropes, cramps, stake poles, possible slightly hanging ladders). Cramps and artificial steps are more apart (important information particularly for smaller ones and children). The sections are often perpendicular with only one steel rope. The secured sections require certain strength in arms. Long sections of this difficulty consist of large secured trails. Ferrata set with helmet is required also for experienced alpine tourists. Beginners and children are advised to use this trail only with additional rope support and experienced accompanying person. Without the artificial securing it would be considered as a climbing terrain of III and IV difficulty level.

 

D – very difficult trails

The trail consists of very steep rocky terrain, sometimes with perpendicular or hanging sections. Mostly very difficult and support is only provided by steel rope. Few artificial steps (cramps, stake poles) are far apart each other.

 

Via ferrata consists of long, perpendicular or hanging sections, which require very strong arms, good technique and also training. The uphill trail is connected with climbing sections of lighter difficulty (level of difficulty I or II) without support, therefore we advise you to go onto this trail only with sufficiently experienced alpine tourist or climber. Even they are required to have ferrata set (climbing shoes and helmet).

 

The trail is not recommended for beginners and children, additional support by experienced guide or trainer is required.

Without the artificial securing it would be considered as a climbing terrain of IV and V difficulty level.

Each trail contains iron steps which are 40 cm apart. Each trail includes securing steel rope.

IMPROTANT INFORMATION ON EQUIPMENT AND SAFETY!

Visitors of Via ferrata must have a ferrata set which consists of a seater, 2 carabiners, energy absorber, helmet, gloves, shoes suitable for climbing with Vibram sole. Less experienced visitors are recommended to be under Professional supervisor or accompanied by another person or be in a group.

EQUIPMENT RENTAL:

You can rent a complete set and use a professional certified supervision directly in Gothal. Just ask at the reception.

Before visiting Via ferrata, please read brief terms and conditions of use
  • It is prohibited to: open fires or maintain open fires, ride a bicycle or a horse, perform terrain adjustments, go outside of the marked trail, littering, damage vegetation and plants, endanger animals and biotopes.
  • At the same time it is important to adhere to instructions of organs performing control work.
  • Educational trail cannot be used for training, mass competitions and mass organisation of sport events.
  • Please, respect any possible closures in case of logging, maintenance and during cleaning after disasters.
  • The trail and Via ferrata are to be used at one´s own responsibility. We recommend insurance in case the need of mountain rescue assistance – you can call them on 18 300.
  • In case of bad weather, we don´t recommend the Via ferrata trail.
  • We recommend getting insurance for all visitors before entering Ferrata Dve veže. Get your mountain insurance for best prices online.

See  gothal.sk or shsjames.org. for current restrictions.

This trail is generally used as a connecting section between longer trails. It runs along a first class asphalt road. It´s ascending behind the village of Hybe, then a short descent and a straightaway are waiting for you. Turn left from the main road behind the crossroad leading to Liptovský Hrádok and Čertovica and the side road behind the railway will lead you to the centre of the village Kráľova Lehota.

The cycle track starts in Ružomberok at ul. Šoltésová /direction Banská Bystrica/ and copies the former narrow-gauge railway on the route Ružomberok – Korytnica Spa. Along the way, we pass through the picturesque corners of the Revúca Valley, formed by the Revúca River, and learn about the history and importance of the railway through information panels. With its simple terrain, it is intended for families with children. The route measures 23 km with an elevation gain of 390 m and leads across the border of two national parks – Nízke Tatry and Veľká Fatra.

  1. Ružomberok /ul. Šoltésova, direction Banská Bystrica/
  2. Biely Potok
  3. Jazierce
  4. Podsuchá
  5. Liptovská Osada
  6. Patočiny
  7. Korytnica Spa

ATTENTION: The cyclokorytnička crosses the state road E77 Ružomberok – Banská bystrica in three places, therefore we recommend paying more attention to crossings.

Detailed route description

The starting point of the nature trail is located at the municipal office. The trail leads along the eastern hillside of the valley of Ľubochnianska Dolina around the supply channel of the hydroelectric power plant upstream of the river Ľubochnianka to the village of Lúčky and back to Ľubochna. It is an undemanding self-guided, sightseeing, walking & cycling, summer & winter nature trail. It focuses on science, culture, history and technology. There are 10 stops and 1 introductory panel on the route. Individual stops provide information about the church in Ľubochňa, hydroelectric power plant, forest railway, the saddle of Fatranské Sedlo, glassworks, the Ľubochnianka stream, and the valley itself (geological structure, soils, vegetation, animals, small-scale protected areas).

The valley of Ľubochnianska Dolina in The Veľká Fatra Mountains is 25 km long and it is the longest valley in Slovakia. There is an only Fatra lake as well as a beautifully coloured “tajch” (a water reservoir which was built for the needs of mining in past) with clear water. The valley also boasts that the first electrified forest railway was established here at the beginning of the 20th century, which was used to transport harvested wood and transport people working in the surrounding forests. A small hydroelectric power plant used to serve as a source of electricity for this railway. Upon agreement, it is possible to view the power plant from inside and show visitors how it worked and what it is used for, even if there is no railway.

Accessibility and parking

The village of Ľubochňa is easily accessible by train or bus from Ružomberok.

There is a free spacious car park in the centre of the village situated at the Institute of Endocrinology on the square.

Accommodation and food facilities

The village of Ľubochňa provides sufficient food facilities around the village centre.

You can have a stay in several boarding houses in the village or private cottages in the valley of Ľubochnianska Dolina.

Detailed route description

The Medvedia Cesta is designed for children and adults visiting the Hrabovská Valley and its surroundings. The trail informs them in an unpretentious way about the life of the brown bear occurring in this locality. Also, the fauna and flora living in the valley are shortly introduced to visitors. Within an easy three-kilometre walk, visitors stop at seven locations of the Medvedia Cesta nature trail to get basic information about the brown bear and its habits. In addition to written information on boards, the trail includes wallpapers, a climbing attraction, a bear´s bunker and a bear´s “bathroom”.

The trail starts in Hrabovská Valley near the dam and ends under the Sidorovo massive near Mini Farm. The trip can be conveniently combined with other trips, for example, to Vlkolínec (UNESCO World Heritage Site), to an observation platform Sidorovo or Malinô Brdo. After completing the nature trail, visitors can continue their trip along cycling routes of various difficulties, try scooters, a cable car and so on. Hrabovská Valley is a great resort to do various activities such as water or adrenaline sports or just relax by the dam.

Availability and parking possibilities

 

Public transport line number 5 operates directly to Hrabovo (from the town Ruzomberok railway/bus station to Hrabovo-final bus stop). Public transport line number 3 operates from the railway/bus station to Hrabovska road, where you can change to line number 5 directly to Hrabovo. You can find the exact departure times of public transport buses here: https://imhd.sk/rk/mhd

Tourists have several possibilities for parking. The “upper” parking lot at the cable car’s main station offers visitors about 300 parking spaces. Parking is for FREE. Another parking lot is a few meters below (approx. 300 meters), so-called “lower” parking lot located near Hrabovo Kingdom has the capacity of approximately 200 parking spaces and it is also for free.

Accommodation and catering possibilities

You can enjoy a family trip to Malino Brdo during the whole weekend. The choice of accommodation in Hrabovska valley is wide and you can also stay directly in Malino Brdo at the Hotel Malina with wellness and a view of the main slope. You can also find great food here in the restaurant, which is open to the public all year round. After lovely walk during the winter and summer seasons you can stop in the Apré-ski bar where you can warm up with a hot drink in the winter and on the other hand to refresh and relax after hiking in the summer.

Detailed route description

The Háj-Nicovô (The Nicovô Hill) locality is a sought-after place for beautiful landscape, wide sports opportunities and military history. The unforgettable views from its peak overlooking the scenery of the surrounding mountains, the water reservoir Liptovská Mara and the town are among the emotionally strong experiences. In the past, the first local skiers were sliding down the hillsides of Háj, the first ski jump in Liptov was built there, school balls and festivities were also held on this place. Háj also served as pasture for cattle breeding and since the 1950s it has been afforested to its present form.

The nature trail documents the struggles for Liptovský Mikuláš during World War II. It leads to a protected monument complex with a memorial and the largest war cemetery of Czechoslovak soldiers in former Czechoslovakia. It is built in a locality where the second most difficult fighting took place in Slovakia.

Accessibility and parking

Parking at the beginning of the trail is limited, sufficient parking capacity is available at a free car park, and at the end of the trail. There is no bus service running to the locality, but the beginning of the nature trail is located just a few minutes of walking from the Stop Shop within the public transport Liptovský Mikuláš or from the town centre.

Accommodation and food facilities

Neither food nor accommodation facilities are available near the trail. However, you can find them in the centre of Liptovský Mikuláš.

Detailed route description

The nature trail Čierny Kameň (Sl. Black Stone) is situated in the centre of the village of Liptovské Revúce. It is a modern trail with 8 stops providing visitors with information on fauna and flora in the National Park of Veľká Fatra, Natural Nature Reserve of Čierny Kameň, as well as on sheep farming or local history during the Slovak National Uprising.

This self-guided, bidirectional, circular, summer and winter nature trail follows the red, green and yellow hiking trails. It is one of the more demanding trails, mainly due to its length of 9.5 km, which can be handled in 5 hours by an average physically fit tourist.

Accessibility and parking

Free parking is available at the beginning of the trail at the cemetery behind the church, or at the municipality library (Obecná knižnica) – village part Stredná Revúca, and at the end of the trail at the COOP Jednota shop – village part Vyšná Revúca.

Regular bus service circulates from Ružomberok to the village. There is a bus stop in the village part Stredná Revúca at the fire station and in the village part Vyšná Revúca at the COOP Jednota shop.

Accommodation and food facilities

There is a shelter on the trail itself for temporary overnight sleeping. Possibilities to get food are limited; therefore we recommend having sufficient supplies with you. Accommodation is available in private accommodation facilities and boarding houses in Liptovské Revúce or Liptovská Osada.

Detailed route description

The self-guided, bidirectional, pedestrian, summer nature trail is moderately challenging and passes through the protected landscape area of the National Park of Veľká Fatra. Including 9 stops, the trail is 11.5 km long. It is focused on science, history and conservation.

The trail starts at the top station of the former chairlift on the southeast slope of the Líška hill and ends at the cottage of Chata pod Borišovom. It is parallel to a red-marked hiking trail and the shorter sections with the blue and green-marked hiking trail. The walk takes around 4-5 hours. Due to its top location, however, it is necessary to count on a full-day trip even in good weather.

The full-day trip is quite demanding due to its length. It begins in the village of Liptovské Revúce, part of Vyšná Revúca, from where you ascend to Rybovské saddle and then the route slightly descends to the locality Pod Líškou, where the nature trail starts. It is less than 10km to the trail´s starting point (+3:15 hours). The trail continues through the peaks of Krížna, Ostredok and Ploská to the cottage of Chata pod Borišovom, where you can refresh yourself and take a rest. Then you descend back to Liptovské Revúce, where you will find another nature trail – Červený Kameň. The way back is less than 8km (+2:30 hours). The nature trail can be completed with an overnight stay in the cottage of Chata pod Borišovom.

Accessibility and parking

Free parking is available at the beginning/end of the trail, next to the COOP Jednota shop in the village of Liptovské Revúce, part of Vyšná Revúca.

Regular bus service circulates from Ružomberok to the village. A bus stop is situated in Vyšná Revúca at the COOP Jednota shop.

Accommodation and food facilities

On the route itself, there is the cottage of Chata pod Borišovom at the end of the trail, which provides both food and accommodation. There are also private accommodation facilities and guest houses in Liptovské Revúce or Liptovská Osada.

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