Unusual finds and rarities

Slovak nature is not only picturesque but it is also rich in unusual finds and rarities. With their dimensions, the Tatras is the smallest mountain range in the world with an exceptional concentration of wonders set in deep valleys and sky scraping rocky peaks. It is also interesting to observe the regeneration of kilometres of forest after the strong wind storm of 2004. The Slovak Karst National Park is the largest karst area in Central Europe. Ochtinská aragonite cave is the only cave of its kind in Europe. Together with other caves in the Slovak Karst, it is entered in the UNESCO World Heritage List.

More than 40% of the area is covered with forest, which makes Slovakia one of the most forested countries in Europe. And they hide secrets. In Kysuce, we can find the world famous, unique stone spheres and an oil spring, in Dobročský primeval forest we can find ancient trees in a 400-year development cycle, and in Poloniny National Park you can meet bears and wolves as well as one of the last European populations of European bison. Volcanic mountains hide former craters and stone waterfalls, next to Bratislava there is a paleontological dig of prehistoric fossils in the Sandberg sandstone formations. Breath taking natural creations from West to East.

  • Lime Tree of King Matthias

    Castle park in Bojnice prouds with Lime Tree of King Matej, one the oldest trees in all Slovakia. It had a girth of 11 metres and a height of 9 metres with a tree-top of 5 metres when the last measurement was taken.
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  • Badínsky prales (Primeval Forest of Badín)

    The primeval forest of Badínsky prales, with its rare primary fir and beech habitat almost untouched by human activity, is one of the oldest protected areas in Slovakia. It was visited by Prince Charles in 2000.
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  • Berek Forest Park

    Berek Forest Park will be like a balm to you spirit, offering you the possibility of recreation in the quiet natural environment in the south-western part of the town of Nové Zámky. It is a perfect place for families with children to relax or for couples to go on a romantic walk.
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  • Bešeňová Travertine Formation

    The village of Bešeňová is one of the few precious places with occurrence of "freshwater" limestone, so-called travertine. These precious calcite forms arised thanks to mineral contents of water, its temperature and, of course, the surface and structure of the landscape. If you have some free time, come and visit this "forsaken" pit situated to the north of the village.
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  • Craters of Ružbachy (Spišská Magura Mts.)

    The tourist attraction of Spišská Magura and the spa Vyšné Ružbachy are several craters.

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  • Devínska Kobyla Mt. (Malé Karpaty Mts.)

    The National Nature Reserve Devínska Kobyla is unique and very interesting locality for its flora. It stretches in the southern most part of the mountains Malé Karpaty on an area of 101 ha. It is situated between villages Devínska Nová Ves, Dúbravka and Devín on the territory of the Capital Bratislava.
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  • Diery (Malá Fatra Mts.)

    The village Štefanová with numerous buildings built in traditional style is situated in the north-west of Slovakia at the foothill of the mountain Veľký Rozsutec (1,610 m).
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  • Dobročský prales (Primeval forest of Dobroč)

    Maybe you will be surprised to find out that there are wildwoods in Slovakia. Not the rainy ones, but our Slovak… One of them is Dobročský prales – National natural monument.
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  • Gaderská and Blatnická dolina valleys (Veľká Fatra Mts.)

    Situation of the village Blatnica next to the Gaderská dolina and Blatnická dolina valleys makes of it an ideal salient point for the trips to the spectacular valleys of the Veľká Fatra Mts.
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  • Gerlachovský štít peak (High Tatras)

    The mountain hotel Sliezsky dom is the starting point for the trip to the tallest mountain of Slovakia - the Gerlachovský štít peak (2,655 m). The route leads by the terrace-shaped Velická dolina valley, with a beautiful 15 m tall Velický vodopád waterfall. For its botanical diversity, the terrace above the Velický vodopád waterfall bears the name Kvetnica (The Flower Garden).
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  • Hradová Watchtower near Košice

    Let´s have a look at Košice from the hight! You can have an experience of a panoramic view of the town from the nearby Hradová Watchtower. It rises on the top of the hill, where a medieval castle used to be located in the past. Access is very simple indeed. You can get there by public transport and a little walking.
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  • Korňa Oil Spring

    In Kysuce village Korňa, you will not find any oil tycoons who would become rich thanks to „black gold“. However, you can find there the unique oil spring, which is the only preserved spring among similar smaller oil surface outflows in the central Europe.
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  • Kráľova hoľa Mt. (Low Tatras)

    The village Liptovská Teplička becomes very popular above all in summer. It is the base for trips in the mountains Low Tatras. Among them is the ascent to the mountain Kráľova hoľa (1, 946 m).
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  • Kriváň Mt. (High Tatras)

    An exceptionally attractive trip is the ascent to the Kriváň Mt. (2,494 m ) a stout peak in the western part of the High Tatras. This mountain is a multiple winner of enquiries about the most beautiful mountain in Slovakia. It is easily recognisable for its conspicuously curved summit, which is the reason why it is called Kriváň (in English Curved Mount).
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  • Lednické Rovne Botanic Park

    The immediate surroundings of the originally Renaissance-style manor house in Lednické Rovne feature a magnificent park that, in line with the English model, was built towards the close of the 18th century by Count Aspremont.
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  • Lomnický štít peak (High Tatras)

    A trip to Lomnický štít peak by chair lift is among the most attractive adventures for tourists in the High Tatras and, indeed, it enjoys the popularity of the public. It reaches the differential height of 1,700 m and carries tourists to a height of 2,634 m above sea level in only a few minutes.
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  • Lúčky Waterfall

    Even though Slovakia does not stand out as a large country with huge waterfalls, it can be proud of having more than two hundred registered waterfalls. With regard to the area of Slovakia, we can say that this number is unique.
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  • Manínska tiesňava narrow (Súľovské vrchy Mts.)

    A much sought after attraction in this area is the narrowest canyon in Slovakia - the Manínska tiesňava narrow which popular for its wild appearance and rare flora and fauna.
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  • Natural Park in Betliar

    The park surrounding Betliar manor house is the largest historical natural park in Slovakia, registered in the world historical gardens list since 1978. Its area of the amazing 81 ha presents not only precious species of trees, but also water structures, paths and historical buildings that make a harmonious and compact unit with the manor house itself.
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  • Prosiecka and Kvačianska dolina valleys (Chočské vrchy Mts.)

    The villages Prosiek a Kvačany in region Liptov are generally known as starting points for the trips to the most beautiful and most visited of the Slovak valleys - Prosiecka dolina and Kvačianska dolina.
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  • Roháče Mts. (West Tatras)

    Roháče are often and justly praised as the most beautiful part of the West Tatras. A crown of wonderful peaks dominated by the majestic Baníkov Mt. surrounds the extensive Roháčska dolina valley. In turn, the Ostrý Roháč and Volovec Mts. are the princes of the Roháče Mts. They form an indivisible couple of slender rock mountains in the principal ridge and look like two devils horns, expressed by their names (Ostrý Roháč means a sharp horn and Volovec means an ox).
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  • Rysy Mt. (High Tatras)

    One of the most frequently visited Tatra peaks is undoubtedly the Rysy. Its popularity is due to the collective ascent of tourists held annually in the early August.
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  • Súľovské skaly rocks (Súľovské vrchy Mts.)

    The Súľovské skaly rocks forming an attractive rock town are situated in the north-west of Slovakia, only several kilometres from Žilina.
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  • The canyon Prielom Dunajca (Pieniny Mts.)

    A trip to the Prielom Dunajca (the canyon of the Dunajec river) is one of the most beautiful in Slovakia. It starts in Červený Kláštor, continues on to the mouth of the Lesnický potok brook and further along the right bank of the meandering Dunajec.
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  • The canyon Prielom Hornádu (Slovenský raj)

    The Prielom Hornádu canyon is one of the biggest tourist attractions of the Slovenský raj Mts. The narrow, 16 kilometre long canyon-like valley separates the marginal ridge culminating in the Tomášovský výhľad view (667 m) from the mountain range.
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  • The geyser of Herľany

    The favourite destination in the environs of Košice is undoubtedly Herľany. The special attraction of this former spa is the famous geyser of Herľany.
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  • Veľký Choč Mt. (Chočské vrchy Mts.)

    The mountain Veľký Choč towering above the dividing line between regions Liptov and Orava is one of the most beautiful in Slovakia.
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  • Vodopády Studeného potoka waterfalls (High Tatras)

    One of the tourist attractions in the environs of Starý Smokovec and Tatranská Lomnica in the High Tatras is the group of the cascaded Vodopády Studeného potoka waterfalls.  These waterfalls are among the most frequently visited in the Tatras.
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  • Vrátna valley (Malá Fatra Mts.)

    The only access road to the Vrátna valley, the most attractive part of the Malá Fatra Mts. is from the village Terchová.
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  • Zádielska tiesňava narrow (Slovenský kras karst)

    The most popular and most visited place in the easternmost part of the Slovenský kras is the National Nature Reserve Zádielska tiesňava. Zádielska tiesňava always wins enquiries carried out among tourists when they are asked which of the Slovak valleys they consider the most romantic.
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