SK, Region of Žilina – A Region of Natural Beauties I
The Žilina region is located in the north of central Slovakia and combines the beauty of pure nature and unique places. It is one of the most popular tourist locations in Slovakia, thanks to the presence of four national parks and three protected landscape areas.
The Žilina region is also rich in water, whether in the form of rivers, waterfalls or thermal springs. It is also attracted by monuments, such as one of the most beautiful castles in Central Europe - Orava Castle, a UNESCO-listed Vlkolínec, the railway in Vychylovka, the Wedding Palace in Bytča, a wooden nativity scene in Rajecká Lesná, folk houses in Čičmany or a modern astronomical clock in Stará Bystrica.
We will start in the regional city of Žilina, the fourth largest city in Slovakia. It is surrounded by the picturesque mountains of the Malá Fatra, Kysucká vrchovina and the tourist-sought Súlovské vrchy. The most beautiful parts of the city include Andrej Hlinka Square and Mariánské náměstí.
The biggest attractions include the Budatín Castle with a permanent exhibition of wirework and the Rosenfeld Palace, which is a kind of scaled-down imitation of Vienna's Belvedere Castle. Žilina has two (larger) theaters, one city and one puppet, which is one of the most beautiful in Slovakia. The city hosts important cultural events every year, such as the Old Town Festival or the unique Fest Anča. Žilina is also an ideal starting point for trips to neighboring Těrchová, Martin, Kysucký Nové Mesto and Rajcké Teplice.
A Trip to Nature
Directly from Žilina, the village of Štefanová is accessible by car, for the more able and on foot, from where a marked tourist route leads to Jánošík´s holes, which is actually a system of gorges and canyons in the Kriváň part of Malá Fatra. Wonderful natural monuments will take you through the world of rocks, waterfalls and bizarre formations. If you decide to continue from the holes further and higher, you will reach one of the most beautiful peaks in Slovakia, Velký and Malý Rozsutec.
An Event of the Year
The oldest and most extensive nationwide folklore festival is the international festival of Východná, which takes place every year in the village of the same name. The festival is a top show of traditional folk culture. On average, up to 1,400 performers from literally all over the world take part in the multi-day program. The festival also includes a rich accompanying program consisting of dance, music and singing workshops, craft workshops and other attractive events.
GPS: 49°13'27.9"N 18°44'28.6"E (Žilina)
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Tourism is great in winter as well. And this was our motto for our trip to the Mala Fatra Mountains and its peak Velky Rozsutec, the dominant sight of the mountain range.
Only couple of days ago, we celebrated All Souls’ Day. We symbolically lightened candles at cemeteries, silently remembered people we loved. Today, we visit a cemetery. But today we will take you to the cemetery, but not any, but to National cemetery which is located in the town of Martin.
The first weekend this year we decided to spend in the mountains. This time we left snowboards at home, and despite the sufficient amount of snow on the slopes, we have tried for change the winter tourism. And I must say, we don’t regret.
Naše toulavé boty nás tentokrát zavedou do městské části Žiliny – Budatín, která se rozprostírá na pravé straně řeky Váh u soutoku s řekou Kysuca. Navštívime tu ikonický Budatínský hrad (zámek), který se řadí mezi historicky i architektonicky nejvýznamnější památky tohoto krajského města.
The village of Lietava lies 12 km southwest of the district and regional town of Žilina, above which towers the ruins of one of the largest castles in Slovakia - Lietava Castle. This national cultural monument, together with other pottery finds in the Lietava Cave in the Farská dolina valley, proves the history of the settlement of the municipality dating back to the Middle Bronze Age (1500-700 BC).
Last week we climbed Velky Rozsutec and intentionally walked around Janosik’s Holes (Janosikove Diery). This phenomena is so beautiful and unique we must devote one entire article to describe them. So today we see the most popular and most well-known tourist attraction in the Mala Fatra National Park.
Rajecká basin and its surroundings is filled with tourist attractions and amazing places in nature. The town of Rajecké Teplice is well-known for its spa tradition, however, it boasts with other wonders of nature.
Who is accustomed to grandiosity and hospitality of Czech spa towns, so he would rather shade his pretensions, staying in Slovakia. So, Rajecké Teplice, a locality, situated not far from Žilina, could be an example of difference between Czech and Slovak balneology.
The Mala Fatra mountains, north Slovakia, is a popular destination for holidaymakers. The Mala Fatra is mostly covered by dense forests, the highest mountains of this range are bare. Mincol is a well-known mountain of the Mala Fatra. The mountain is inseparable from the Lucanska part of the range.
If you are among those who love nature, enthusiastic tourist, or winter sports lover, or mountain biking enthusiasts then you know that hills covered with woods, alpine meadows, and great ski slopes are the things that the Mala Fatra offers. And last but not least there are magnificent panoramas.
Although winter for us this year is very generous in terms of snow, completely free of snow, we're just left. Although not all ski resorts have sufficient snowy, winter sports enthusiasts will certainly come into their own, mainly thanks to artificial snow.
Today we make a tour in the north-Slovakian city of Martin. In the first part, we introduce you to the places of public life, in the second part, we visit a historic center where we look at fascinating buildings and say something about history of institutes that reside there.
After a visit to Vazec, today we move a little further to the neighboring village Východná. This Liptov village has been associated with the biggest Slovak folklore festival, which has been held here since 1953 for decades.
Kysuca Region belongs, no doubt, to most beautiful and most attractive territories of Slovakia, from tourist point of view. Except marvellous mountaneous nature, interwoven with tourist and cycling routes, or rich history, which will touch you really in every village. Apart of this, the biggest group of wooden statues which will allure the tourists there-it is Slovak Timepiece in Stará Bystrica.
Today we´ll visit a distinctive and between Slovak and foreign tourists but also extremely coveted Kysuce region. Today, however, is won´t be just a tourist outing full of beautiful views, but also lots of great fun in the heart of beautiful countryside.
Beautiful Slovakia thanks to geography and historical development of complex features not only its wealth of natural resources, but also many cultural and historical monuments. Above all they have magnetizing ability to attract not only visitors from far afield, but also from abroad.
Today we are going to explore central Slovakia, again. This time we´ll direct the beautiful north Slovakia Kysuce region, which hides a many beautiful towns and villages, historical or religious monuments, but also the beautiful countryside. There are several attractions that can´t be seen just anywhere. One of them is a unique natural formation morphological Klokočov rocks.
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