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Over 40 percent of Slovakia is covered by woodland, giving the country one of the largest forest areas in Europe. In Slovakia you can find hills, mountains, and parks, as well as bodies of water such as lakes or rivers which forge their way through rocks to create unique landscapes that you will love. Embark on a journey across Slovakia and discover its natural wonders.

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Lomnický štít

A trip to the second highest peak in Slovakia, Lomnický štít, ranks among the most amazing tourist attractions of the High Tatras. The cable car will take you to heights of 2 634 metres.
In good weather, the summit of Lomnický štít offers a unique panoramic view, where visitors can look out over almost one fifth of the country. The mountain has an observatory together with a weather station, which is at the highest elevation of any workplace in Slovakia. If you want to enjoy romantic moments under the stars, try out the highest hotel suite in Central Europe.

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Dunajec Gorge

The trip through Prielom Dunajca (the Dunajec Gorge) in Pieniny National Park, from the municipality of Červený Kláštor to the mouth of the brook called Lesnický potok, is one of the most beautiful in Slovakia. This is a place of many legends. A special treat is to navigate the river on wooden rafts, but you can also walk or cycle along the trail beside the river. The Dunajec channel tapers at the initial point of the gorge. In this place, called Jánošík‘s Jump, the stream of the Dunajec river is only 10 metres wide with a depth of up to 12 metres. Eighty-metre rock towers, named Sedem mníchov (Seven Monks), can be seen on the slope of Holica Hill (828 m) at the third river meander. At the far end of the gorge, you can find the spring Storočná voda. Legend has it that those who drink from it will live to be a hundred years old.

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Janko Kráľ Park in Bratislava

The oldest public park in Central Europe is situated on the right bank of the river Danube. Founded in the years 1774–1776, it was the first park to open to the general public. Built under the influence of Baroque classicism, its shape was based on an eight-pointed star. The park in its current form dates back to 1839. Rare trees are complemented by diminutive architecture, and small circular spaces are decorated with signs of the zodiac. The most prominent architectural feature of Janko Kráľ Park is a unique gazebo, a former gothic steeple of a Franciscan church. The most precious trees, which complement large lawn spaces, are the 200-year-old London planes with trunks measuring 6 metres in circumference.

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Liptovská Mara

Also known as the ‘Liptov Sea’, it is the largest water reservoir in Slovakia. The dam was built between 1970 and 1975 to mitigate the flood risk to the river Váh. During its construction, 13 municipalities had to be flooded and their inhabitants relocated. The most important sites were taken apart and built anew in the Museum of the Liptov Village in Pribylina. A very popular holiday resort is the village of Liptovský Trnovec, with a renowned camping site, a harbour and excellent conditions for yachting and windsurfing. This place is also a popular base for trips into the mountains of Chočské vrchy and the Western Tatras. The summer tourist season runs from mid-June until September.

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Jánošíkove diery in Malá Fatra

The system of gullies and canyons at Jánošíkove diery (Jánošík’s Holes) in the mountain range of Malá Fatra bears the name of the Slovak folk hero Juraj Jánošík. Through them runs a brook with over 20 waterfalls, creating magnificent rock formations. Alluring hiking trails with footbridges, chains and ladders are suitable for families as well as for keen hikers. Through Jánošíkové diery you can get to two peaks in Malá Fatra – Malý Rozsutec and Veľký Rozsutec. Jánošík’s native village and the popular folklore festival ‘Jánošík Days’ are a must-see when you come to visit Terchová, which is also a base for many hiking trips.

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