PLACES TO VISIT IN SLOVAKIA
Strbske pleso is a gateway to many favorite tours in High Tatras. Park your car there and hike away! It's a neat short tour up to the waterfalls (3 hours there and back on yellow marked path) and the views are worth it. Fresh air of High Tatras is known to be curative. If you feel strong, walk up along the waterfalls and look at them from above! You'll find mesmerizing mountain lakes at the top. For slow walkers, take a relaxed walk around Strbske pleso tarn. It's so beautiful there... Many locals find accommodation in the centre and with the first rays of daylight undertake whole-day hikes to Tatra peaks.
This magnificent 900 years old ruin is one of the biggest castles in Europe! It is beautifully placed in the countryside on travertine rock. From there, the landscape stretches away so unspoilt. Magical place, perfect to transport you back in time. The castle is legitimately listed in the UNESCO Heritage List, among the most important monuments in the world. The exhibition is large and profound; you can spend a whole day wandering about. During weekends the castle really comes alive with costumed enthusiasts and historical props. You'll find the Spis castle on the way from Levoca to Presov.
Sucha Bela gorge makes for one of the most fascinating karst marked paths through the Paradise. Waterfalls, rock windows, cascades, ladders, natural jacuzzis and even an ancient carthusian monastery await you on your way. The tour start in Podlesok. You'll get there from Hrabusice. Park your car in the guarded parking lot. The main walk is one-way up the stream. Make sure you have good water-resistant hiking boots on; you will walk through the gorge, often with the stream below your feet. Refresh with a cabbage soup, Kofola or langoš in Klastorisko cottage. From there leads a quick return way to Podlesok. The tour is semi-demanding, 4 hours total. We wish you a heavenly journey!
Demanovska Cave of Liberty
Located in Low Tatras in Demanovska valley, only a couple of minutes by car from Liptovsky Mikulas, Demanovska Cave of Liberty might just be the most beautiful underground place in Slovakia. You can park the car right below the entrance; the only downside here is the parking lot price :(... The tour lasts for about 1 - 1.5 hour and takes you through magnificent halls and domes, viewing rich flowstone fillings, flowstone water lilies, eccentric stalactites, mighty flowstone waterfalls and columns, sphaerolithical stalactites and many other forms of stalactites and stalagmites that are totally captivating. The temperature in the cave is 7°C and there are many stairs, so it's probably not recommended for very young children (4 years and less). The ticket is 7€ (plus 10€ if you want to take pictures). And if you feel like caving, Demanovska Ice Cave is right next door.
Vychodna Folk Festival
Vychodna Folk FestivalVychodna, a village below the High Tatras about 20 kilometres east of Liptovsky Mikulas, is the place to be the first weekend in July (every year). The oldest and greatest folklore music and dance festival in Slovakia held since 1953 is the top show of hugely diverse folklore traditions of Slovakia. An international range of performers also present folk traditions from other countries. During the festival in the large open-air theatre, the whole village lives in a unique summer atmosphere. Amusements and accommodation is provided everywhere. Dance and craft workshops, dance parties and games are organized for the visitors. Top folk event of the world!
Village of folk architecture
Skanzen Pribylina Folk VillageSkanzens, as we call the open-air museum-villages, are scattered all over Slovakia and are definitely a must-see. They showcase Slovakia's folk history, architecture and basic life of past centuries, high class and low class. The museums include examples of traditional buildings and furnishings, schools, churches, craftmens' workshops, manor houses, hundreds and hundreds years old - some even from the 11th century. The museums frequently host thematic exhibitions and special events, even weddings.