Malé Karpaty (Small Carpathian Mountains) - Slovakia

Extent: 820 square kilometres.

This mountain range is located in west part of Slovakia and divide - similarly as fortification - Záhorská plainland from  Danube plainland. The complex belongs to Fatra-Tatra area, which forms a part of West Carpathian Mountains. It is divided into four next parts, such as: Devínské, Pezinské, Brezovské and Čachtické.

Highest peak: Záruby (768 m).

Surface: afforested, including beech-wood and oak forests.

Climatic area: rather warm, in higher localities moderately warm area.

The territory was declared as Preserved Countryside Area in 1976.


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SVK: Stupava - Biofarm Príroda
heading (paragraph): Nature
No. of pictures: 30 pictures

If you prefer to leave quick everyday run of working duties, so, let´s go with us to slow a little and have a stop at Biofarm in Stupava. We spent there, with our friends, one Saturday afternoon. Now, we know that this was not our last visit there. Very beutiful nature, free running small animals and last but not least, wooden chalet, where you will be served in people´s costumes, all this form the right relax atmosphere.

Text/photo: O. Kubáčková

 

 


SR: Bratislava - The Ruins Of Devín Castle
heading (paragraph): Sights
No. of pictures: 24 pictures

Devín castle is well preserved ruins. Located on a rock at the confluence of the Morava with the Danube. The first mention dates back to 864th Due to its strategic location became the site of the oldest documented settlement agglomeration. During the long centuries that have replaced many monarchs, among others, Prince Rostislav, or known genera and Báthory Pálffy. Děvín was a place of eternal battle of the Austria-Hungarian, but also faced the invasions of Turkish and Napoleonic troops. Since the days of the Slovak national movement when walking on Štúrovci its walls, became a symbol of Slovakia and friendship among nations. Today is a popular tourist attraction that offers not only a beautiful view of the cheese landscape and knowledge of history at the renovated courtyard.


Text: Oskár Mažgút
Photo: Daniel Babický


Austria: the Castle Complex of Schloss Hof
heading (paragraph): Sights
No. of pictures: 34 pictures

Go back with us the the period of baroque which you can admire during the visit of the greatest baroque castle complex in Austria - Schloss Hof in Marchfeld. It is a rural residence which was originally built for Prince Eugene of Savoy and later it became a property of kaiserin Maria Theresa, who improved the castle. Today is Schloss Hof together with its gardens one of the most impressive architectonic-artistic works of European baroque. There are various concerts, interesting gastronomical events, events for children and their parents, and, the peak of season, traditional Great baroque festival. In winter the area is covered with stands offering traditional Christmas delicacies as a part of a Christmas fair.

If you choose to travel there by your feet or by bicycle, you may use a trail leading through across a new bridge Cyklomost svobody from Děvínská Nová Ves. Those of you who prefer bus can make use of shuttle available every weekend and on holidays, which operates from Vienna (50 km). For drivers there are parking lots with vast capacity. We chose to visit this location on bicycles. On our photos you can see what we experienced there in our photogallery.

Text and photo: Oskar Mažgút


Western Slovakia - Scenic Flight
heading (paragraph): Other
No. of pictures: 33 pictures

Our great friends gave as a an hour scenic flight as a wedding gift. We took off and landed ati Boleraz airport near Trnava. We flought over the Small Carpathian Mountains to Bratislava. While we were flying we admired Cerveny Kamen castle and a TV tower on Kamzik, Bratislava Castle and many more or less known places. Next we moved over the Danube to Gabcikovo. From there we headed to Orechova Poton and there we saw beneath well-known Slovakia Ring circuit. On our way back to Trnava we unintentionally landed in Sladkovicove for sometimes you just have to go to the toilet, especially when you have cold. About one and half hour later we returned back to v Boleraz airport. There, our friends had been waitning for us with a huge amount of goulash. and cold beers. To us this trip was really unforgettable.

Text and photo: O. Maňáková


Bike Trip: From Bratislava to Austria
heading (paragraph): Places Of Interest
No. of pictures: 38 pictures

Bratislava and its surroundings offer great possibilities for bike tourism thus we (the Infoglobe editor staff) decided to try one of many bike trails along Danube. We departed from Slovakia's largest housing development, Petrzalka, to beautiful landscape of Lower Austria. In the first photo gallery, we are going to show you our road across border zone through the town of Wolfsthal to the medieval town of Hainburg. The view of golden fields, blue sky and colorful meadows was... captivating.

Text and photo: Oskár Mažgút

SK, Bratislava: Unusal Walk in Terrain
heading (paragraph): Other
No. of pictures: 30 pictures

On the second weekend of October all fans of Infoglobe and Slovakian Paleontological Club decided to learn something about unique geological localities in the area of National Nature Reservation of Devinska Kobyla. The summit of voluntary enthusiasts took part by the paleontological locality of Sandberg. There were conducted short lectures about new, yet still not opened, Sandberg-Pajstun geopark and also about the locality of Sandberg. After an interesting presentation, people received bags for trash around. Then they moved to other locality of no lesser importance, Waituv Quarry. There the second interesting lecture took part. From there, people moved to Bratislava’s borough of Devin. The trash was collected and put on the yeard of local municipality that helped the organizers with the event. The participants helped to cclean nature and learned a lot of new interesting facts as well as enjoyed beauty of this colorful autumn. We present you the event in our photo gallery.

We give thanks also to CIMA company for providing the participants with free cleaning products.

Text and photo: Oskár Mažgút


SK, Bratislava - Hluboka Road and Horsky Park
heading (paragraph): Places Of Interest
No. of pictures: 31 pictures

Hluboka Road contains many interesting place woth visiting, even though you usually dont find it in travel books. You can visit not only the Lurdska cave which is very close to Calvary in Bratislava. At the first glimpse you can see tables with thanksgiving to the Virgin Mary. The place rather resembles the oldest sanctuary in Slovakia - Marianka. Also it resembles very interesting church of the Virgin Mary of Snow. Unfortunately, its original 50-meter tower was demolished in the totalitarian past. The Hluboka Road, today protected zone, was built in a rocky hollow way in 1870. It served as an entrance road to Horsky Park. The park was created after adjustments to the existing forest. Even today it resembels a small forest rather than a park in the city.

Text: O. Maňáková
Photo: O. Mažgút a O. Maňáková


SK Bratislava - City below Snow Cover
heading (paragraph): Cities
No. of pictures: 30 pictures

Last couple of years it hasnt been common for snow to cover our city. This time, we went on a beautiful winter walk. We began in Petrzalka. There colorful panel houses contrasted white duvet of snow. Gradually, we moved to the city center to visit Bratislavský hrad. There we enjoyed beautiful vista of the city. The same we enjoyed at Slavin. Enthusiastic about unexpected beautiful walk we enjoyed a cup of tea back home.

Text and photo: Oskár Mažgút

Překlad: Stanislava Waniová


SK: Small Carpathian Mountains - Nature in Winter
heading (paragraph): Hills
No. of pictures: 23 pictures

The third highest mountain in the Small Carpathians is Vapenna mountain (752 m). It is set in the Pezinske Carpathian mountains near the town of Solosnica. It is a hardly-to-miss object which dominates its surroundings. Mostly limestone massiv is of rather of oblonged shape. The ridge is mostly uncovered and made of rugged rocks or cliffs. These run on its right side. On the area of 3 333 100 m2, there is the National Nature Reservation of Rostun. It is of the highest level of protection.

You can get on the top of Vapenna via couple of tourist trails. Either from the town of Solosnice, or by trails going from the Small Carpathian mountains. On the top, there is a smallo observation tower. You can see in all directions from there. The vistas are amazing and unforgetable. It is also the main reason why the mountain is so popular and frequented by the tourists.

Text and photo: Radoslav Biskupič


SK, Small Carpathians – Beauties of Devinska Kobyl
heading (paragraph): Hills
No. of pictures: 17 pictures

The hill of Devinska Kobyla is one of the highest peaks (514 m) of the Devinske Karpaty, southern part of the Small Carpathian Mountains , at the edge of Bratislava. It is part of the Small Carpathians CHKO. Between Bratislava’s districts of Devinska Nova Ves and Devin, on the area of 1 011 157 m2 the Devinska Kobyla NPR of 4th level of protection is located.

Devinska Kobyla is frequented and popular locality mostly visited by people of Bratislava and from around. It is really easy tourism. Regardless the season it lures visitors here. The best are the vistas from western slopes of Devinska Kobyla. The town and Devin castle are easilyvisible. They are on the confluence of Danube and the Morava. In the distance, the Hainburg hills dominate the vista. On its foot near the Danube’s bank, there is the town of Hainburg an der Donau. If the visibility is good, you can see the silhouettes of the Eastern Alps in the distance, mostly Schneeberg (2 076 m).

Text and photo: Radoslav Biskupič


SK, Small Carpathian Mountains - Wandering About
heading (paragraph): Hills
No. of pictures: 24 pictures

Small Carpathian Mountains is criss-crossed by many tourist and forest trails. They run there from every surrounding city. Some are going across high hills where you can have wonderful vistas to the surrounding. Others stretch through deep green valleys. Interesting localities are the peaks of Celo (716 m) and Veterlín (724 m). Fantastic panoramas of the Small Carpathians and Podunajska Lowland is what you will have when you get on the top. Not less interesting and popular is Cerna Rock (662 m), a marked tourist trail goes to the top. It is another attractive locality in these mountains. We can only recommend you to visit it there. From this steep rock, a beautiful view to an abyss, local mountains, and lowlands are available. You can follow inconspicuous forest path off Cerna Rock until through Polamane (612 m) to the peak of Stary Plast (643 m). This less known peak, however, offer a beautiful view of the Small Carpathians, mostly its major mountains of Jelenec and Geldek. Their distinctive silhouettes are easy to recognize.

 

Text and photo: Radoslav Biskupič


SK, Bratislava - Spring Wake in Rusovce
heading (paragraph): Nature
No. of pictures: 30 pictures

In case you love to watch nature in spring take a look at our gallery showing you Rusovce. There is 766-meter long nature trail showing the beauties of the Danube islands, Rusovsky canal, and the life of the locals. Going down paths you can see first spring’s flowers, abandoned lake, or the first English-style park with huge platan trees. Of course, notice Rusovsky chateau which has been in decay.

Text and photos: Oskár Mažgút


SK, Bratislava – Green Island
heading (paragraph): Places Of Interest
No. of pictures: 32 pictures

Maybe you will be suprised but Bratislava has many beautiful places in nature. Join us for a tour to the ramparts, Presidential Garden, Janek Kral Orchard, Franciscan garden, summer reading place, or Vodarenska garden which is bit off. All these places are charming. Don't you believe us? Well, take a look at our photo gallery
 
Text and photos: Oskár Mažgút


SK, Male Karpaty – Krslenica and Cerna Skala
heading (paragraph): Hills
No. of pictures: 24 pictures

The Male Karpaty mountains are full of beautiful places. This time we visit Krslenica National Reserve near Plavecky Mikulas. In the reserve, there are beautiful karst gorges. Then we go to the locality known as Cerna Skala. We can see there limestone rocks, and enjoy the vista over surrouding hills and mountains. The most distinct feature of the terrain is the nuclear power plant in Jaslovske Bohunice.
 
Text: Oskár Mažgút

Photos: Jozef Dovičin


Bratislava: Knights at Devin
heading (paragraph): Other
No. of pictures: 17 pictures

Does it often happens to you that it is weekend but you don't know that to do? Yet you don't wnat to stay at home doing nothing and would rather do something interesting with your children. If so, we recommend you to viist the famous event the Knights at Devin.

Every year the Tovarysstvo starych bojovych umeni a remesel (Society of Old Martial Arts and Crafts) organizes several events at Castle Devin.  These allow you to see how medieval knight fights, or various crafts actually looked. Apart the main program you will be entertained at other events. This year the main topics will be the Gothic era, and the ancient  Rome.
 
Text and photos: Simona Svanová


SK: Small Carpathians – Walking in Devinska Kobyla in Spring
heading (paragraph): Nature
No. of pictures: 20 pictures

Devinska Kobyla national nature reserve is sitauted on the southwestern slopes of Devinska Kobyla (514 m). It belongs to the Male Karpaty mountain range. In spring, forests and forest-steppes of Devinska Kobyla became one large botanical garden. There you may enjoy colorfulness and diversity of local flora. Forests are covered by green carpets of ramsoms. Spring atmosphere is enhanced by common snowdrps and blue-purple nobleleafs. Somewhere we can spot Corydalis cava or violets. Open southwestern slope of Devinska Kobyla is even more beautiful for violet and white iris. Their yellow blossoms glare on sun-lit steppe and forest-steppe areas. Spring is beautiful in Devinska Kobyla. It is magical and diverse for waking nature of the Devinske KarpatY.

Text and photos: Radoslav Biskupic


SR: Small Carpathians – In Spring Nature
heading (paragraph): Nature
No. of pictures: 20 pictures

Spring is about to start. Slopes and valleys of the Small Carpathians lost their last remains of snow. Sun rays shine more intense, days are getting longer, nature in the area of the Small Carpathians protected area is about to wake from its winter sleep. From under autumn leaves the first white blossoms of snowdrop peak out. At some places, their blossoms create white carpets. In the forests of the Small Carpathians, all other plants thrive as well, violets, buckrams. These make forests of the Small Carpathians more vibrant, more colorful. Nature comes back to life again, first spring blossoms grow and scramble above the ground to rule over the born-again Small Carpathian forest.

 

Text and photos: Radoslav Biskupič


SK, Tourist Walk to Maly and Velky Plesivec
heading (paragraph): Hills
No. of pictures: 21 pictures

In the following photo gallery we will take you to the Small Carpathians, more precisely to the surroundings of the village of Cachtice. Our goal will be to get to Maly and Velky Plesivec, which surrounds the Nature Reserve of the same name. The reserve is not only important for its aesthetic dimension but also for the natural one.. On the way, we enjoy a gradual climb, magical views of the countryside or views of majestic medieval castles.

 

Text: Oskár Mažgút

Photos: Jozef Dovičin


SK: Small Carpathian Mountains  – Walks in Winter Nature
heading (paragraph): Hills
No. of pictures: 25 pictures

The Small Carpathians is a small mountain range situated in the western part of Slovakia, which does not need to be specially presented. In particular, the inhabitants of the adjacent regions are particularly popular in this picturesque area, especially for the Bratislava region, the Small Carpathian mountains is the closest and fastest accessible mountain, where it is possible to spend light and walk all year round in the nature or all-day tourism. This mountain range has its unmistakable charm during the winter. The White Carpathian countryside attracts lovers of winter outdoor activities for cross-country skiing and tours with the possibility of exits to the significant hills of the Small Carpathians, whose summits offer beautiful views of the surrounding hills, valleys and the infinite planes of the Zahorske and the Podunajske lowlands. The captivating and charming views are mainly from the peaks of Skalnate (704 m above sea level), Vapenne (752 m above sea level), Vysoka (754 m nm), Cerna Rock (662 m above sea level) or Devinska Kobyla (514 m above sea level).

 

Text and photos: Radoslav Biskupič


SK, Svatý Jur – Colorful Autumn of Wine
heading (paragraph): Cities
No. of pictures: 35 pictures

The town of Svatý Jur offers not only a walk through beautiful monuments, but also a unique wine atmosphere, architectural details, ubiquitous vines and ancient terraced vineyards. Especially during the autumn, this corner of Slovakia turns into a colorful gem, which you will definitely visit.

 

Text and photos: Oskár Mažgút


SK, Bratislava: Velký and Malý Draždiak and the Surroundings
heading (paragraph): Nature
No. of pictures: 44 pictures

We invite you on a trip to the Petržalka lakes, which you will find on the edge of a relatively dense housing estate. In addition to relaxation in the form of swimming, fishing or easy hiking, they also offer beautiful natural scenery. So come with us to Velký and Malý Draždiak with a stop at the nameless lakes, the Dead Arm of Kutlík or at the Díků meadow and discover the last remnants of floodplain forests in Central Europe.

 

Text and photos: Oskár Mažgút


SK: Villages Around the Small Carpathians
heading (paragraph): Cities
No. of pictures: 68 pictures

There are many picturesque villages around the Small Carpathians. Today we will visit the village of Boleráz with its local part Klčovany and the village Čáry, Lošonec, Brestovany, Dolné Lovčice, Zavar a Križovany nad Dudváhom. We will admire not only the sacral monuments, but also the surrounding nature.

 

Text: Oskár Mažgút

Photos: Pavel Jemala


SK, Bučany – A Beauty of the Podunajská Highlands
heading (paragraph): Cities
No. of pictures: 40 pictures

This time we will visit the picturesque village of Bučany located approximately 9 kilometers from the regional city of Trnava (towards Piešťany). The village offers to see several remarkable monuments, such as the church of St. Margita of Antioch from 1410, rebuilt in the 18th century, or the ruins of a late Rococo castle. Perhaps the biggest attraction of this village is the Nyáryovská Kurie situated on the highest point of the village, which serves as a cultural and social center.

 

Text: Oskár Mažgút

Photos: Pavel Jema


SK: Villages Around the Small Carpathians II.
heading (paragraph): Cities
No. of pictures: 91 pictures

There are many picturesque villages around the Small Carpathians. Today, through photos, we will visit the local part of Jaslovské Bohunice - Paderovce and also the villages of Pusté Úľany, Petrova Ves, Pavlice, Voderady, Košolná, Šúrovce, Radošovce and Bohdanovce nad Trnavou. We will admire not only the sacral monuments, but also the surrounding nature.

 

Text: Oskár Mažgút

Photos: Pavol Jemala


SK, Bratislava – Ondrejský Cemetery in Autumn
heading (paragraph): Sights
No. of pictures: 34 pictures

Accept the invitation for an autumn walk through the historic Ondrejský Cemetery, which was founded in 1784 and is located in the Old Town district of Bratislava, more precisely, on August 29 Street. This national cultural monument is an oasis of peace, beautiful architecture in the form of artistically rendered tombstones, or a charming tangle of sidewalks in the shade of massive trees. Many exceptional personalities have found their last rest here, and the Greek Catholic Church of the Exaltation of the Noble and Life-Giving Cross from 1861 is literally a jewel of this place of reverence.

 

 

Text a foto: Oskár Mažgút


SK, Bratislava: Medická Garden  – An Oasis of PEace in the Heart of the City
heading (paragraph): Places Of Interest
No. of pictures: 37 pictures

Embark on the last autumn walk. This time we will take you to a public park located in Bratislava'sOld Town. The Medická Garden is one of the most popular places in the capital, offering well-kept lawns, flower beds, massive trees, as well as a children's playground, small architecture or a majestic fountain, all surrounded by relatively dense buildings. Not for nothing is it considered an oasis of peace in the bustling heart of the city.

 

Text and photos: Oskár Mažgút


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