Surroundings and tourism

Západné Tatry, Roháče
Oravský hrad
Splavovanie Oravy na pltiach
Múzeum Oravskej dediny
Oravice - Juráňova dolina
Oravská priehrada
Tvrdošín
Hviezdoslavova Hájovňa v Oravskej Polhore
Demänovské jaskyne
Soľná baňa Wieliczka - Poľsko

Western Tatras

The Western Tatras (Slovak: Západné Tatry; Polish: Tatry Zachodnie) are mountains in the Tatras, part of the Carpathian Mountains, located on the Polish-Slovak borders. The mountains border the High Tatras in the east. In Slovakia, they are partially located in the traditional regions of Liptov and Orava. The highest peak is Bystrá at 2248 meters.

Orava Castle

The castle dominates on the rocky hill above the river Orava and the Oravsky Podzamok village. In origin it was a wooden castle and fortified, but very slowly the wood was replaced with the stone. The first news written about the stone castle goes back to. The three terraces of the rocky hill became the foundations of the upper, medium and lower castle. During the centuries the Orava castle changed different times the appearance and proprietors. Today to the inside of the castle is situated the exhibitions of the Orava Museum - one of the most ancient museums in Slovakia.

Rafting the river Orava

The river Orava offers non demanding navigation through the splendid Orava countryside, where every participant will find out what it is to paddle. This trip can be enjoyed above all by families with children, for whom it will form an unforgettable adventure.

Museum of Orava village

This open-air museum is situated at the foot of Rohace in the Western Tatra Mountains. The first building of the museum - a forest house with a restaurant from Zakamenne was built in 1970. The building burnt down in 1990. It was rebuilt in 1998 and opened again. Museum was first opened in 1975. The museum is divided into five thematically based parts. The dominant part of the museum is the churchyard and the late gothic wooden church from Zabrez from the 15th century.

Oravice - Juran valley

Oravice offers various possibilities for active vacation. One of them could be a trip into the valley Juráňová, starting in Oravice (red label). The route is easy but still very attractive for tourists.It is an enjoyable walk for undemanding tourists and families with children.

Orava water reservoir

Orava water reservoir is a favorite tourist center in Upper Orava region. It was built in 1953, and with the area of 35 square kilometers, it is the largest such artificial lake in Slovakia. It gives opportunities for water sports such as water cycling, rowing, diving, water skiing, windsurfing, sailing and others. Nice trip could be the cruise to Slanicky Island, which is a remnant of flooded village called Slanica.

Podbiel

Podbiel is among the villages which were established by the herdsmen colonization during the period when the feudal lords, the Thurzos, ruled. The Bobrova raľa section is the largest complex of preserved “gingerbread” houses in the Orava region, with 64 homes and 49 courtyards built predominantly in the latter half of the 19th century. Many of them offer attractive accommodations. The village is the gateway to the Roháč Mountains and the museum of folk architecture in the village of Zuberec.

Tvrdosin

Maria Medvecka gallery is an exhibition of works from the oeuvre of Mária Medvecká, the painter of Orava, has been housed in a 19th century classicist mansion since 1979. Representing the whole of the painter's life work, 242 works of art are exhibited in a 583m2 space a choice of lifetime painting making national artists.
Wooden church, late of 15 century, built in the local cemetery.    

Demänovske caves

Demänovský Cave System, formed by the Demänovka River on the right side of the Demänovská Valley in the Low Tatras Mts., is the longest speleologically interconnected karst system in Slovakia. The length exceeds 35 km. It consists of 10 caves. The most important are: Demänovská Cave of Liberty (8,336 m) and Demänovská Ice Cave (2,445 m), which are open to the public. Further are Demänovská Cave of Peace (16,174 m), Vyvieranie Cave (1,437 m) and Pustá Cave (4,663 m).

 

 

Wieliczka Salt Mine - Poland

The Wieliczka Salt Mine, located in the town of Wieliczka in southern Poland, lies within the Kraków metropolitan area. The mine continuously produced table salt from the 13th century until 2007 as one of the world's oldest operating salt mines (the oldest being the Bochnia Salt Mine).
The mine's attractions for tourists include dozens of statues and an entire cathedral that have been carved out of the rock salt by the miners. About 1.2 million persons visit the Wieliczka Salt Mine annually. Commercial mining was discontinued in 1996 due to low salt prices and mine flooding.