Today we once again visit Turcianska Garden surrounded by monumental Mala and Velka Fatra. We also visit Strane, a neighborhood in Martin city. At the terminus of a public transport line there is a beautiful protected climbing road.
We set off for a trip on one beautiful afternoon in autumn. Despite we were in Martin city we were not in the mood to see some historical landmarks. Instead we wanted to go in the nature. We took a ride by public transport bus to the terminus in Martin’s neighborhood of Strane. The stop is at about 500 meters above sea level at the foothills of Lucany, a part of the Mala Fatra. The first thing we saw was the panel of the Ferata Horske Zachranne Sluzby (the name of the trail). Thousands of tourists have walked through the ferrate and we were determined to find out why it was so attractive.
Following the route we joined the red tourist trail and walked through the area called “Nebicko” to Velka Valley. We were not worried to get lost. Large section of the route went by the Pivovarsky Stream . Following the we reached Bezova, an area at 1270 meters above sea level. There we joined the blue tourist trail and it was only a but further on to the famous ski resort, cottages, or the typical transmitter on Martinske Hole.
The journey was interesting. We covered 770 meters in elevation and more than 5 kilometers in distance. It took us 3 hours from the terminus to the first cottage of Martinske Hole . Two thirds of the route where you can go in both directions are easy and suitable for children with their parents. We enjoyed nature in autumn and even found what remains of former mining equipment. Couple of times we walked across bridges over a stream. We learned something on fauna, flora, geology, history and the ferrate itself. At the fourth information panel on it was bit different because the trail became one way only. More outcrops were visible. On them there were steel ropes to secure climbers as well as steps, and a ladder. At the fifth information board the road even split. To the left is the route easier (B difficulty) to the right more difficult (C difficulty. Indeed we chose the left one.
You have to wear proper equipment because a stream flows through the ferrate. Many undermined the difficulty of the ferrate. There are many dangerous sections which require you to absolutely focus. To be honest, we also hadn’t got complete equipment. Once we walked through the ferrate we made a promise to ourselves not to undermine the equipment any more.
The Mountain Rescue Ferrate is an amazing result of nature with human touch. However, not only the servicemen of the Mountain Rescue participated on its construction. Also the members of local Skialp club invested their time and effort. They worked more then 3000 man hours for free. We recommend you to walk through the whole, or a section at least, of this fascinating ferrate that had been covered by vegetation for a long time.
Note that you can walk through the trail only from , the 1st of June the 14th September and from the 1st of November to the 14th of April. And only during daytime. The measures are due to protection of natural habitat of local fauna.
Should you travel to the town of Bojnice which is very popular, it is likely you will get to Prievidza, a town nearby. Many just ride through it without stopping. It is shame because there is a lot to see in this town central to its region.
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.
A place great for relax and sports is at the edge of the city of Martin. Its Jedlovina Urban Forest, longtime place for relax, business meetings, tourism, or just hike in nature. We decided to visit it as well.
Martin is cultural as well as economical seat of Turiec, North Slovak Region. In 1994, the town was declared as Slovak Centre of National Culture. So, Martin became a very attractive target, not only for local tradition and its monuments.
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. It is not an ordinary cemetery, it is a National cemetery in the city of Martin.
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.
One of the most beautiful parts of Slovakia, is situated between the mountains Velká and Malá Fatra. From the north it bordered by a national cultural city of Slovaks – Martin and from the south by Turčianské Teplice, spa town. The area or region is called Turčianská kotlina (basin), in older sources known as Turčianská zahrádka (garden).
The town of Vrutky is located on the meeting point of the Turiec and Vah rivers. Vrutky is not a large town but there is lot to do for tourists and it has also rich history. Lets join us to explore the town at the edge of Turcianska basin.
In previous parts of our series, we focused mainly alpine mountains. Today we focus on the mountains nearly 1000 m lower. We will talk about Small and Big Fatra. This height difference is reflected in the character of the climate of the mountains and therefore also on slightly different of risk of movement in this area.
More than six weeks, we have to you - our readers, bringing a series on safety in the mountains. Today, this series of these articles finishing. In the final part we will tell you what kind of risk you could meet on Small and Big Fatra in the summer time.
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.
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.