80 Best places to visit in Slovakia! Travel ideas with pictures and maps
Best places to visit in Slovakia – National Parks
Slovakia is a beautiful country with some of the most breathtaking nature in the entire world. This country’s national parks are known for their striking landscapes, and they attract countless visitors each year. The unique rock formations, large flowing waterfalls and lush green meadows are just a few of the amazing natural wonders that you will find here.
If you are planning your next vacation and love spending time in nature, you should seriously think about visiting some of these national parks.
53. National Park of Vysoké Tatry (Tatras National Park) – UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere Programme
The National Park of Vysoké Tatry is located in northern Slovakia, and it offers some of the most beautiful landscape in the entire country. This park has many tall mountain plants, including pine woods and dwarf pine.
There is also Belianska Cave, which is the only cave in the park that is open to the public. If you are planning to visit Slovakia, you should seriously consider visiting this park. 600 kilometres of hiking trails, best ski resorts in the country, the highest peak reaching 2,654m, wonderful lakes and waterfalls… Check the hiking map here: https://en.mapy.cz/s/2G3PS
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Top 10 places to visit in High Tatras National Park
1. Štrbské pleso lake
2. Popradské pleso lake
3. Lomnický štít – 2nd highest peak (2,634 m)
4. Zelené pleso lake
5. Belianska cave
6. Vodopád Skok waterfall
7. Kriváň peak
8. Rysy peak
9. Ždiar village
10. Téryho chata and Zbojnícka chata mountain chalets with a tour through Priečne sedlo mountain saddle
54. National Park of Nízke Tatry (Low Tatras National Park)
Established in 1978, the National Park of Nízke Tatry offers a number of natural wonders that are absolutely incredible, especially when you see them up close. This particular park is known for its deep canyons and long valleys that stretch out for miles.
The park is 728 square kilometres in total, and it is an extremely popular place for hiking and rock climbers. There are several caves and its highest peaks are Ďumbier (2,043m) and Chopok (2,024m) – accessible on foot or by cable car. Check the hiking map of Low Tatras National Park here: https://en.mapy.cz/s/2G2tc
Top 10 places to visit in National Park of Nízke Tatry
1. Chopok (2,024m) for skiing and hiking
2. Ďumbier (2,043m) – the highest peak in Low Tatras
3. Demänovská Dolina and Vrbické Pleso
4. Demänovská Ice Cave
5. Demänovská Cave of Liberty
6. Jánska dolina valley – pleasant walk
7. Kráľova hoľa peak (1,948 m) – cycling and hiking
8. Stanišovská jaskyňa cave
9. Štefánikova chata mountain chalet (great food)
10. E8 – International long distance hiking trail through the peaks of Low Tatras
55. National Park of Slovensky raj (Slovak Paradise National Park)
The National Park of Slovensky raj has one of the largest ice caves in the world, and its many gorges, waterfalls and other spectacular natural wonders make it a truly magical place to visit. This park’s spruce forest covers a majority of the area, and it has some truly amazing local flora.
There are a number of bird species and other animals that can be found in this park. Bear, wolf, deer or lynx… just to mention some of them. Hiking/cycling map with 300km hiking paths: https://en.mapy.cz/s/2G2x2
Top 10 places to visit in National Park of Slovensky raj
1. Dobšinská Ice Cave
2. Suchá Belá gorge
3. Prielom Hornádu gorge
4. Veľký Sokol gorge
5. Ferrata Kyseľ + Malý Kyseľ and Veľký Kyseľ gorges
6. Piecky gorge
7. Kláštorská roklina gorge and Kláštorisko
8. Tomášovský výhľad – terrace view
9. Dedinky and Stratená villages
10. Zejmarská roklina gorge
56. National Park of Pieniny
The National Park of Pieniny is the smallest of the national parks in Slovakia. Established in 1967, it is made up of 21 square kilometres and includes over 1,000 different species of animals, including 766 species of butterfly.
Those who are interested in rock climbing will find that Tri koruny, which is located on the Polish side of the park, offers a real challenge. Rafting Dunajec river is one of the best tourist attractions in the park! Hiking map: https://en.mapy.cz/s/2G2N0
57. National Park of Mala Fatra
The National Park of Mala Fatra can be found in the Slovak high mountains of Mala Fatra. This park offers an exciting ridge tour for those who are looking for some real adventure.
It was given the status of protected land back in 1967, and it attracts lots of people each year from all over the world. Among its best places to visit are Jánošíkové Diery, Šútovský waterfall, or Malý Rozsutec (1,343m) and Veľký Rozsutec (1,609m) peaks. Hiking map: https://en.mapy.cz/s/2G2TQ
58. National Park of Velka Fatra
The National Park of Velka Fatra is well known for its beautiful long valleys and lush forests. It has mountainous land that is perfect for those who love hiking and rock climbing.
This park makes up a total of 404 square kilometres, with 261 kilometres being protected land. The continuous forest makes up a large portion of this breathtaking landscape. Hiking map: https://en.mapy.cz/s/2G31l
59. National Park of Muranska planina
The National Park of Muranska planina has a striking mountain landscape and karstic springs as well as hundreds of caves that you can explore. This park also has over 1,400 different species of vascular plants.
The grey wolf, brown bear and Eurasian lynx can all be found in this park, and there are numerous access points for hikers who want to experience all of the beauty it has to offer. The park is also known for the only area where you can meet wild horses in Slovakia. Hiking map: https://en.mapy.cz/s/2G3dR
60. National Park of Slovensky kras (Slovak Karst National Park) – UNESCO caves
The National Park of Slovensky kras is one of the youngest parks in the country, but also one of the most beautiful and expansive. This area is made up of 346 square kilometres of rugged wilderness with 177 square kilometres being protected.
There are hundreds of caves and abysses in this park that make it a mysterious and stunning place to visit. The area was inscribed on UNESCO World Heritage Site list. Hiking map: https://en.mapy.cz/s/2G3mx
Top 10 places to visit in National Park of Slovensky kras
1. Domica cave and Baradla cave in Hungary
2. Jasovská cave
3. Gombasecká cave
4. Zádielska gorge
5. Zádielska plain
6. Krasnohorska cave
7. Silická plain and Silická ľadnica ice cave – a tour only to the cave entrance
8. Hájske waterfalls
9. Turniansky hrad castle ruins
10. Jelení vrch hill along with the birch grove at its top
61. National Park of Poloniny – UNESCO Primeval Beech Forests
The National Park of Poloniny is located on the far eastern part of the country, and it is made up of 298 square kilometres of land. A vast majority of this land consists of dense forests and water-filled valleys.
This is definitely one of the more popular national parks for tourists to visit because of its incredible scenery. The beech-fir woods and a variety of wildlife make this a truly incredible place. Several parts of this national park are UNESCO sites named Ancient and Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians. Check the hiking map here: https://en.mapy.cz/s/2G3On
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