5 National Parks

Slovakia, a small country located in the heart of Europe is unique with its highly varying landscape’s. In Slovakia there are 9 National Parks and 14 Natural Reserves. Let us take you to the 5 most different and beautiful national parks. We will visit breathtaking high mountains, beautiful valleys, deep caves, crystal clear rivers & waterfalls, unique fauna and flora. Accompanied by our experienced Mountain Paradise guide you will see the largest National Park – The Low Tatras, The National Park with the highest peaks – The High Tatras, the most varied National Park – The Slovak Paradise, the smallest – The Pieniny National Park and the wildest – The Muranska Planina National Park.

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The Low Tatras National Park ( NAPANT )

The Low Tatras main mountain ridge running from west to east is approximately 100 km long. The highest peak of this national park is created by Ďumbierske Tatry 2046 m. The peak Kráľova Hoľa 1948m is the source of four major Slovak rivers – the Hron, Váh, Hornád and Hnilec. The longest cave in the Low Tatras national park is Demänovská kvapľová jaskyňa Slobody with a 23-km long labyrinth. The largest tarn in the park is Vrbické pleso in the valley of Demänovská dolina. The flora and fauna of the region are interesting mainly for their diversity. The symbol of this national park is the brown bear.

Trekking tour through the biggest mountain range in Slovakia to the highest peak of the Low Tatras Dumbier Mt 2046m.

DumbierDifficulty: Moderate
Hiking time: 5-6 hours
Highest Point: Dumbier 2043 m o.s.l.
Lowest Point: Trangoska 1120 m o.s.l.
Elevation gain: 923 m

Moderately demanding high mountain tour. The ascent to the Dumbier 2043m is almost 1000m long. We start form Trangoska 1120m following the trail around Halasova jama, Mrtvych netopierov and Chata R.M.Stefanika 1728m and Krupovo sedlo 1760m. The oblique traverse heads to the Krupova Hola Mt. 1927m. It then leads us on the path ascending up to the Dumbier Mt. 2043m the tallest mountain of the Low Tatras. We then descend to Trangoska 1120m.

The High Tatras (TANAP) National Park

The High Tatras national park is the most beautiful in Slovakia. The High Tatras became the country’s first national park in 1948 and includes the mountains of Belianske Tatry and Západné Tatry (Western Tatras). Their length of 55 km makes them one of the smallest mountain ranges of alpine character in Europe. The highest summit of the High Tatras and of the whole of the Carpathian range is Gerlachovský štít 2655m. The symbolic national peak of Slovakia located in the national park is Mt. Kriváň 2495m. There are over 100 lakes or mountain tarns in the park which have been formed in glacial kettles. The deepest tarn is Veľké Hincovo pleso, with a maximum depth of 54 m. There are many waterfalls in the High Tatras national park, the biggest is Kmeťov waterfall which is 80m high. In the High Tatras area there are many karst formations though the only cave accessible to the public here is Belianska jaskyňa (1750 m long) with its fascinating stalactite-stalagmite decoration. In the High Tatras national park there are over 1500 flora species, of which the most precious are Lady’s mantle and Euphrasia. The most interesting animals in the region include the chamois, golden eagle and marmot.

Strbske PlesoStrbske Pleso – Velke Hincovo Pleso

Difficulty: Moderate
Hiking time: 6 hours
Highest Point: Hincova kotlina 1946 m o.s.l.
Lowest Point: Strbske pleso 1355 m o.s.l.
Elevation gain: 591 m

We start from Strbske pleso and trek along the trail up to Popradske pleso. From here follow the trail passing through Hincova kotlina – Hincova Valley when we reach the largest and deepest lake Velke Hincovo pleso – Big Hincovo lake. From here you will see the summit of the walk – Koprovsky stit – Koprovsky peak.

The Pieniny ( PIENAP ) National Park

This park is located in the north of eastern Slovakia in the mountain range of Spišská Magura and it partly forms a natural border with Poland. Pieniny is Slovakia’s smallest national park and is rich in natural beauty and picturesque scenery.

Under the Mt Tri Koruny the river Dunajec pushes its way through a limestone canyon 9 km in length which is one of major natural features in the national park which was declared a state nature reserve in 1967. There are over 20 species of fish in the Dunajec river including trout and huchen. The village centre of Červený Kláštor, is occupied by the cultural monument dating back to the beginning of the 14th century.

Prielom Dunajca – Haligovske skaly

Difficulty: Moderate
Hiking time: 5-6 hours
Highest Point: Lesnica Plasna Mt. 889 m o.s.l.
Lowest Point: Cerveny Klastor 462 m o.s.l.
Elevation gain: 427 m

Moderate beautiful tour around the Dunajec river in Pieniny national park with stops offering information and photographs of peculiarities and points of interest along the Dunajec canyon. The first stretch is easy and end in Lesnica – restaurant with traditional foot and Goral music.

The Slovak Paradise National Park

This park is located on the south-east of the High Tatras in the north-eastern part of the mountain range of Slovenské Rudohorie. It is best typified by its impressively deep gorges and canyons 150 – 450 m deep which is created in limestone and dolomite by the water currents. The best known gorges include Suchá Belá, Piecky, Sokol and Kyseľ with numerous waterfalls. The highest point of the Slovak paradise is Mt. Javorina 1186 m.

In the Slovak Paradise there are almost 200 caves and precipices, the ice cave Dobšinská ľadová jaskyňa is listed by UNESCO. The Slovak paradise national park also houses a 21-km-long cave Stratenská jaskyňa which is the longest and largest cave in Slovakia. The river Hornád has created a canyon like valley with side ridges and summits which create more than a 300m altitude difference in some parts. The trails are equipped with iron bridges and benches, almost 300 m of chains on steep rocky walls, 140 metal rungs and almost 70 m of wooden rails.

Slovak Paradise National Park

Tomasovsky vyhlad – Klastorisko

Difficulty: Moderate
Hiking time: 5-6 hours
Highest Point: Cingov 490 m o.s.l.
Lowest Point: Klastorisko 770 m o.s.l.
Elevation gain: 280 m

Moderate tour in a form of circle with exposed stretches in the Prielom Hornadu and Klastorna roklina gorges secured by footbridges, chains, stairs, and ladders require increased attention. It is an area of exceptional natural beauty, and of rare flora and fauna. We start from Cingov to the Tomasovsky vyhlad where we have breathtaking views to the Hornad canyon and the High Tatras, through Hornad canyon and Klastorna roklina up to the Klastorisko place with the restaurant and more views of the Slovak paradise, High Tatras & Cartesian monastery from the late 13 century.

The Muránska planina National Park

This park is a karst mountainous plateau in the western part of the mountain range Slovenské Rudohorie on the border between central and eastern Slovakia. This karst area formed by a limestone-dolomite plateau with highest summit being Fabová hoľa 1439 m and the lowest point the valley of the Muránky 400m above sea level. Among the abundant endemic flora the park is  the habitat of bears, wolves, lynx, wildcats, otters, golden eagles, lesser spotted eagles, falcons, eagle-owls and buntings. A special point of interest is the Muránska planina and the breeding of the Slovak Mountain horse which is a crossbreed of the Hucul and Nordic horse. Remains of the castle Muránsky hrad bears witness to the long history of the region. Another architectural jewel is the chateau at Predná Hora.

MuranskyHradMuran Castle and Muranska Planina

Difficulty: Moderate
Hiking time: 7 hours
Highest Point:  Studna hajovna 1170 m o.s.l.
Lowest Point: Muran 394 m.o.s.l.
Elevation gain: 800 m

Moderately high–mountain tour which starts in Muran village. The first stop is Muran castle – which is divided into 27 parts and bears witness to the long history of the region. We then pass through Muranska planina and the breeding of the Slovak Mountain horse, a crossbreed of the Hucul and Nordic horse. We then trek through the ice hole, Poludnica and back to the Muran village.

Accommodation

Classic RoomEnjoy the comfort of Grand Hotel Praha, situated in the heart of an imposing scenery of the High Tatras, that has been connecting the tradition of luxurious past with the expression of contemporary lifestyle for more than 100 years already.

Built in 1905, with the aim to offer the best that the period knew, Grandhotel Praha is still – a whole century later excellent in satisfying even the highest expectation of its demanding clients.

Outdoor spaExperience this unique four-star hotel of the High Tatras, offering 106 rooms, 19 suites and 6 conference rooms, which celebrates the style, culinary art and elegance that evoke pampering luxury.

Surrounds of a leading mountain resort – an ideal winter and summer destination, special care for families, space for absolute relax not only in a luxurious interior of the hotel but also in the relax zone of Grand Mountain Spa – those are only some of the reasons why our clients choose exactly Grandhotel Praha.

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