SK, Oravska Lesna – Picturesque Village in the Mountains
In the midst of summer we spent a couple of days in the Oravian village of Oravska Lesna. It is surrounded by beautiful nature of Slovakian Beskydy and Oravska Magura.
Oravska Lesna thanks to its location in beautiful natural scenery is an idela place to refresh oneself. Even our short time there was joyful despite of bad weather. In winter, when everything is covered in white blanket of snow, people who love winter sport will find here great conditions to skiing, cross-country skiing in this coldest town in Slovakia. During other seasons, Oravska Lesna is an ideal places for trips to local nature. It is popular among tourists as well as among lovers of mountain biking, people who love picking mushrooms, or those who love trains as there is a unique narrow gauge railway. In 2011, Oravska Lesna became a village of the year.
Founding of the village
The founder of the village is Count Juraj Erdody Jr. The village used to bear his name, it was called Erdutka or Erdödy. In 1946 it was renamed and since it has had its current name Oravska Lesna. To this day, one of the largest municipalities in the Orava region. Specific as it is scattered on the hills near the springs of the Bila Orava.
Oravska Lesna is Up-to-Date
Oravska Lesna as one of a few Slovakian villages has not just unique nature surrounding it but also vast variety of service available to locals as well as tourists usually coming from other Slovakian regions or Poland or very distant places in the world. In addition to standard services such as post office, restaurant, health center and supermarket and other stores, you will find a gym, tennis courts, indoor pool and even an indoor ice rink, which can not boast of any county or city.
The picturesque village of Oravska Lesna hides many attractions. Perhaps the most famous monument here, which annually attracts many visitors, it is an interesting historical forest railway, which was declared a technical monument.
More on the railway HERE.
Even beautiful church of St Anna in the central part of the village is worth visiting. It dates from 1914 and its beautiful architecture exceeds regional significance. At that time the church. Anna really built in the Art Nouveau style and progressive still on it you can admire the unique harmony of wood, stone and masonry, which together form a beautiful nave church with the single-cross floor plan. Holds up to 1,500 people and is one of the most beautiful landmarks in the village.
Also a visit to local observatory should be interesting. Yet we decided to take an easy hike along the Forestry nature trail. Next time we will tell you more about it.
Text and photo: O. Maňáková
Autumn is the most colorful season of the year and the best for tourism. You need to count on early sunsets but the sun is not so hot. Therefore, we decided to go up into the mountains.
We recently visited a charming Orava town near the Polish border. In the upper part of the Orava Basin, in the valley of the Oravice River, lies the village of Trstená, which pleasantly surprised us with its many unique monuments, interesting history, remarkable personalities and a kind of uplifting atmosphere.
Last week we learned the history of the privileged Orava town of Trstena, and today we will do some sightseeing for we will visit sacral buildings, architectural treasures and modern sights. We will even take you to one beautiful place of pilgrimage.
Last week we went together on an excursion to the parish church which we left for the House of Culture. This beautiful and modern building offers spaces for cultural events, concerts or discussions.
Today we visit the Orava region to Klin town (near the district town of Namestovo). A projection that split two rivers gave the village its name. It is an ideal place to start your trips to the surroundings. Nevertheless, the village is also an interesting place on its own.
Today, our steps will lead to the north of Slovakia. We will visit spectacular Orava region, where we visit the unique technical monument – Orava Forest Railroad.
Our steps today head to Horna Orava, to a small swamp lake that is of large cultural and natural importance.
Peculiar region of Orava is one the most beautiful places in Slovakia. Regardless season you happen to be there, or weather, it will pleasantly surprise you. This time was no different. Again, we were taken away by it.
Unique region of Orava is one of the most beautiful yet most unwelcoming in Slovakia. We have visited it for many times in the past. This time we didn’t walk around there but we mounted our bikes, tested our skills, and enjoyed beautiful bike trip.
I am really getting into mountain biking. There was a time I couldn’t even imagine that I would ride across mountain ridges. Even getting across it on foot was difficult. I thought I would give up right below the peak for many times. Today, I am realizing that I might be an enthusiastic mountain biker.
We started our autumn bike trip in unusual town of Oravska Lesna. First break was in the Oravska forest railroad station – Tanecnik. We climbed up the steep hill to a crossroad on the ridge. We continued from there to Sedlo Beskyd station. There we went into the observation platform. Today we go along the ridge one more time to see a beautiful chapel, our last stop.
Picturesque Oravian town of Hrustin is located in the middle between Namestov and Dolni Kubin. Our loyal readers truly know it very well.
Few weeks ago there was an interesting event in picturesque Hrustin, a town in Orava, called the Hrustinska Prevodovka, which we didn’t want to miss. What we have seen and experienced will be revealed on the lines below.
In today article we will take you to the picturesque Oravian town of Hruštín. There is unique architecture, interesting dialect, many sport attractions and last, but not least, also beautiful nature of the Central Beskydy.
Do you belong among winter sports lovers? Also, you can not imagine a winter holiday without a good snow and well-maintained slopes? Although, I have to admit that in recent years we go with a group on skiing for one week. Usually, we go abroad, but the Slovak mountains, we did not forgot about. My favorite places have been for years the Kysuce and Orava regions.
The ski season is on and this year’s winter is not only rich on snow but also many beautiful sunny days. So as soon as we had a free weekend we moved off to nature at least for few days. Our steps led to Orava, one of the most beautiful regions in Slovakia.
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