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.
We had read something on the history of the town before we reached our destination as we usually do. Founded prior to 1567 according the Valachian law the village’s founder was Oravian zhupan Frantisek Turzo. Only five families composed the then village. Today the number is, of course, bigger – around 2.3 thousand people live here. Being in the north of Slovakia local climate is pretty severe which stood as the principal reason for exempting the village from taxes. Juraj Turzo, the son of Frantisek Turzo, issued a new foundation charter in 1613. In 1683, Latvian troops which burned the settlement down. Bubonic plague was another catastrophe to hit the village followed by really cold period. Eventually, Klin recovered from all bad things that had happened. In the present, Klin is a fabulous Oravian village the dwellers of which are friendly and mostly engaged in agriculture. Before it was logging, cattle and sheep breeding, making rafts and shingle production.
Upon we arrived in the village there were couple of cultural landmarks which caught our attention – artisan houses, St Antonio chapel (1825) and curia. St Antonio of Padua church is also a dominant sight. Built in the 19Th century the church has 4 beautiful bells he largest having 1 meter in diameter. A small ski resort is in Taskova, an area adjacent to Klin. There is a downslope, some cross-country tracks or Taskovka nature park . There is one really interesting fact about this area. Even in the coldest winter water doesn’t freeze here.
The greatest attraction in the town we left as the last. největší atrakci obce jsme si nechali na závěr. Už z dálky nás vítala. Je jí 9,5 m vysoká The Jesus Christ statue is a 9,5-meter replica of the original standing in Rio de Janeiro. The one in Slovakia is the third replica. The second, a 23-meter statue is in Lisbon. The monumental work of art is on Grapa Hill at 686 meters above sea level. Christ’s arm span is 7 meters. The statue, pedestal included, weights 23 tons. Near the Jesus Christ statue, that was raised to protect the Orava region, is St John Paul II statue depicting the late pope in prayers. Apart from it there are other sacral buildings. Beautiful view opens up to you once you stand on the top of the hill. You can see Oravska Dam, Namestovo, Varecku, Rohace, or Giewont or Zakopane, both in Poland and both visible only in good weather conditions.
Should you consider yourselves a tourist then the bilingual (Slovak-Polish) Promeny Lesa nature trail is the thing for you. Its length is 9 kilometers in total with 13 information panels doting along the way. The trail takes you across marshlands, farmland, mountains, primeval forests, introduces you life in forest, chapels, and crosses, and eventually you learn on the history of the village and the art of weaving.
In case you are lucky then you can take part in some annually-held events like Klinanska White Trail, a cross-country race, or you can take part in the Crossing the Klinanska Area, or Local Feather Removing etc.
Nothing really happened in the village while we were there. Still we quite enjoyed it despite not going outside it. However, we were amazed by beautiful view, and the unusual attraction hard to find anywhere else.
On the shore of the Orava dam a district town of Namestovo is located. I ti surrounded by beautiful hills of Oravska Magura and Podbeskydska Highlands. Thanks to its location and picturesque nature around (which is part of Horna Orava Protected Natural Reservation) this town became a center of local culture and tourism.
One sunny day we came to a decision that we need to get out of summer heat in the city. We packed our things and left Bratislava for north of the country, for Orava. As we are not particularly physically fit and we did not want to visit many tourist we chose Prislop saddle to be the destination.
Today we are heading to the Namestovo district, where the picturesque Krusetnice village spans at the confluence of the White Orava River and the Klinianka Stream. The village surrounded by the Podbeskydy Highlands invites visitors to a tour of traditional houses, a beautiful Baroque church and even a ski resort. Yet we today will take you to a unique museum where you smell the irresistible aroma of coffee.
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.
Today, in the village of Trstená, we can see the dominants of Milan Rastislav Štefánik Square. We start with the Franciscan monastery, which was built between 1776 and 1780. Until now, he has been architecturally modified several times, but he does not detract from his beauty.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.