Leisure time and surroundings

Veľký Choč

Veľký Choč is the dominant peak of the Choč Mountains. It is visible already from Štrba and from the entire Lower Orava region. It is officially accessible for the tourists via four tourist paths (from Lúčky, from Likavka, from Valaská Dubová and from Dolný Kubín). Most beautiful are the climbs from Lúčky and Dolný Kubín that offer tourists beautiful views.

 

Kvačianska and Prosiecka valleys

These valleys represent the couple of beautiful and often visited valleys in the massif of the Choč Mountains. The slopes of the valleys are - besides reefs and rock walls - covered with woods that had never been, due to their hard accessibility, more intensely commercially used. For its preservation and uniqueness Kvačianska valley was declared in 1967 a State Natural Reserve (nowadays National Natural Reserve).

 

Liptovská Mara

During summer, Liptovská Mara becomes the most important recreational resort. Thousands of holidaymakers spend their holiday here. Visitors are offered the possibility of swimming, surfing and yachting, visiting the school of windsurfing, boating, water cycling, mini-golf, fishing and a scenic cruise on board the boat Liptov.

 

Rafting – water sports

It is suitable for families with children, groups and also for individuals. Rafting is realized on the multi-seat rubber inflatable boats. Each client is equipped with a life vest and a helmet on demand. You navigate the passage of approximately 10 km (1, 5 hours); it starts in Kráľova Lehota and ends in Uhorská Ves.

Navigating the Váh River on the rafts

Wooden rafts with the capacity of 12 people start the navigation in Pltisko Bariérová. The length of the passage is approximately 7 km and the navigation takes approximately 50 – 75 minutes. The rafts are steered by two raftsmen who also provide an oral representation in various languages.

 Vlkolínec

This local part of Ružomberok is the most well preserved reserve of the folk architecture in Slovakia. In December 1993 this wooden village was inscribed into the list of World Natural and Cultural Heritage UNESCO.

 

Archeological open air museum Havránok – Liptovská Mara

This archeological site is situated on the small hill of Úložisko. It is the place of finding of the settlements from the younger Iron Age, there were also discovered the remains of the burning sacrifices - human bones. Other interesting things to see here are the reconstructions of the Celtic buildings. In 1967 Havránok was declared as national cultural landmark.

Liptovský castle - Kalameny

It is also called Liptov Castle, Liptovský old castle, Grand castle of Liptov and Sielnický castle. You can access his ruins by following the nature trail from the village Kalameny. Public can admire the remains of the uncovered architecture after building and conservational treatment based on archeological research.

Castle Likava

The largest castle of Liptov built in 1315. The ruins of this castle are situated on the tip of Front Choč at an altitude of 657 meters. An archeological research and preservation works have been taking place here since 1980. You can reach the castle by a trail from Ružomberok

Wooden articular church – Svätý Kríž

This wooden Evangelic Lutheran church belongs among the largest wooden constructions in Central Europe and it is situated approximately 14 km far from Liptovský Mikuláš. During the process of its construction no stone or iron could be used. Two more churches of this type were built in Liptov, one of them in Hybe - it unfortunately burnt out and second one was built in Paludza.

Museum of Liptov Village - Pribylina

It is an extended exhibition of Liptovské Museum in Ružomberok. These building are originally from the flooded area by the water works Liptovská Mara. In the Museum of Liptov Village there are occasionally organized cultural events. There is a possibility of horse riding, which is a local attraction.

Demänovská Cave of Liberty

It is located in the National Nature Reserve Demänovská Valley in the area of Low Tatras National Park. The entrance to the cave is in the small valley of Točište at an altitude of 870 meters, accessible via zigzag trail from the parking lot and you have to overcome the difference in height of 52 meters. The length of the available passage is 1800 meters, the elevation between the entrance and the ground is - 66 meters, between the ground and exit from the cave + 85 meters.

 
Demänovská Ice Cave

The cave entrance is situated in the cliff Bašta, approximately 90 meters over the ground of the valley. There is a nature trail on the ascent route. Inside the cave, there is a well known repository of the bones of various vertebrates including cave-bear.

 

The Tatras

The Tatras are situated in the northern part of Slovakia on the border with Poland. Nowadays, they are inwrought with numerous trails. Tatranská magistrála (which is the main marked tourist path) is traversing all Tatras. Individual Tatra trails are traversing the valleys and end up in the peaks, by the mountain lakes, chalets or slips leading to other side of the Tatras. 

Orava castle

Is an outstanding dominant of the Orava region and it belongs among the most significant landmarks of the castle building in the territory of Slovakia. The premises of the Orava castle nowadays house expositions of the Orava Museum of P. O. Hviezdoslav – historical, ethnographical and of natural history.

Museum of Orava Village in Zuberec

Objects from all over the region of Orava are to be found in this museum. Mountain stream Studená flows through this area and it supplies the headrace for the mill and a wash-basin. Rich ethnographical exposition, breeding domestic animals and growing technical and commercial crops enable the visitors closer look at the life in Orava in the past.  

 

The Strečno Castle

It has already been a ruin for three centuries. Its preserved architecture is an evidence of the development of medieval fortress since the gothic epoch till the baroque epoch. In 1994 the main reconstruction works were brought to an end and castle was opened to the public in 1995.

 

Ski resorts in the surroundings:

  • Ski Park Ružomberok (16 km),

  • Jasná Low Tatras (35 km),

  • Park Snow Donovaly (40 km), 

  • Ski Resort Roháče/Spálená (63 km),

  • Ski tow directly in Lúčky and in Kalameny (3 km).

 

Galleries and museums in the surroundings:

  • Gallery of P. M. Bohúň in Liptovský Mikuláš,

  • The Slovak Museum of the Nature Protection and Speleology in Liptovský Mikuláš,

  • Janko Kráľ Museum in Liptovský Mikuláš,

  • Liptov Museum in Ružomberok,

  • Gallery of Ľudovít Fulla in Ružomberok

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