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Slovakia offers an excellent opportunity for mountain walking, ranging from the most demanding to the simplest walk in pristine woodlands. The marking of tourist trails in Slovakia is a tradition dating back more than 130 years and is one of the foremost systems of trail marking the world. These trails create one compact network which is more than 14,000km long. Just choose a direction on your compass and discover the beauty of the High and Low Tatras, the Velka, Mala Fatra or the Male and Biele Karpaty mountains. Or just be charmed by walks in the Slovak Paradise, the Slovak Karst or the Slánske or Súľovské vrchy hills.

Slovak Paradise / © Ladislav Struhár │Source: Slovak Tourist BoardSlovak Paradise / © Matej Kohút │Source: Slovak Tourist BoardMalá Fatra National Park / © Bedrich Schraiber │Source: Slovak Tourist Board
Malá Fatra National Park / © Ladislav Struhár │Source: Slovak Tourist BoardWooden raft in Pieniny National Park / © Bedrich Schraiber │Source: Slovak Tourist BoardPieniny National Park / © Bedrich Schraiber │Source: Slovak Tourist Board
National Park of Nízke Tatry / © Bedrich Schraiber │Source: Slovak Tourist BoardNational Park of Nízke Tatry / Source: Slovak Tourist BoardNational Park of High Tatras / © Bedrich Schraiber │Source: Slovak Tourist Board
National Park of Veľká Fatra / © Juraj Pekárek │Source: Slovak Tourist BoardNational Park of Veľká Fatra / © Bedrich Schraiber │Source: Slovak Tourist BoardPoloniny National Park / © Ladislav Struhár │Source: Slovak Tourist Board
National Park of High Tatras - Roháčský waterfall / © Bedrich Schraiber │Source: Slovak Tourist BoardHiking in High Tatras / © Ladislav Struhár │Source: Slovak Tourist BoardHigh Tatras / © Bedrich Schraiber │Source: Slovak Tourist Board
Poloniny National Park  - beech forests / © Ján Lacika │Source: Slovak Tourist BoardNational Park of Muránska Planina / © Stanislav Staško │Source: Slovak Tourist BoardNational Park of Slovenský Kras (Slovak Karst)  / © Jaroslav Tomko │Source: Slovak Tourist Board
High Tatras / Source: Slovak Tourist BoardHigh Tatras / © Ladislav Struhár │Source: Slovak Tourist BoardNational Park of Nízke Tatry / © Peter Švehla │Source: Slovak Tourist Board

You can admire the beauty of the nature and untouched atmosphere in nine National Parks:

National Park of High Tatras (TANAP)
The oldest of Slovak protected areas was founded in 1949. It is a unique protected area of flora and fauna among the highest European mountain peaks situated north of the Alps. The TANAP contains mountain and high-mountain plants such as dwarf pine, pine woods and a wonderful flora. Rare animal species such as the eagle, bear, or marmot live here as well. The chamois is the symbol of Tatras. It is one of the most precious species as it developed in isolation since the glacial age. For this reason it differs from its relatives living in the Alps or Apennines and you will not find this kind anywhere else on Earth. The tallest mountain of Slovakia is one of the peaks of the High Tatras -Gerlachovský štít (2,655 m). The Park contains more than 100 alpine lakes and several waterfalls.

National Park of Slovenský Raj (Slovak Paradise)
The park is situated in the eastern part of Slovakia here you will find an attractive landscape of karstic plateaux, gorges, waterfalls and caves. It is considered one of the most charming nature reserves in Slovakia. The characteristic broken landscape, with its ravines, streams, waterfalls and karst formations is accessible by paths, and in more demanding parts, tourists can be assisted by technical aids. The 16km long stretch of headwater on the river Hornad is called the Hornad Canyon (Prielom Hornadu) and is one of the longest and most spectacular Slovak canyons, as well as the most visited trails in the Slovak Paradise. One of the biggest ice caves in Europe – the Dobšinská ľadová jaskyňa cave – can be seen here. Thanks to its significance and unique ornamentation, it was included into the List of the Cultural and Natural Heritage of UNESCO.

National Park of Malá Fatra
The park is situated in the westernmost Slovak high mountains. Beautiful gorges, rock peaks and an attractive ridge tour belong among its attractions. The main subject of protection is the territory with varied geological history and dissected relief forms, rare and precious biocenoses, flora and fauna, and the exceptional value of forest and mountain compounds with precious dwarf pinewoods, rapacious animals such as the wolf, lynx or bear.

National Park of Muránska Planina
The park with its wild mountain karstic landscape and minimum human interventions is located between the central and eastern parts of Slovakia. On the top of the peak, you can admire the fabled ruins of the Castle of Muráň. The territory of the park contains numerous karstic springs, swallow holes, and jets, around 300 caves and 15 abysses. Its terrain is refreshed by sink holes, grikes, canyons, rock towers, and rock windows. You can find there a dwarf pinewood at the lowest altitude in Slovakia. There is a natural occurrence of creodonts - grey wolf, brown bear and Eurasian lynx.

National Park of Nízke Tatry (NAPANT)
The largest Slovak National Park lies in Central Slovakia and its greatest attractions include numerous karstic phenomena and beautiful caves. The typical features of this Park are long valleys, deep canyons and steep rocks, coated by dwarf pines or grassland even though the predominant are forest overgrows, lower and mixed forests with the abies, beech, spruce, larch, and maple. Fit hikers can climb the tallest tops of the Nízke Tatry Mts. - Chopok a Ďumbier, which offer attractive views of almost half of Slovakia and are included in what is often referred to as the most beautiful ridge tour in Slovakia. Caves are also much visited assets of the area. Among them, the complex of Demänovské jaskyne caves is the most popular. You can find there a strong population of Slovak wild beasts as a bear, lynx or wolf.

National Park of Pieniny (PIENAP)
The park is the smallest of the Slovak National Parks, but as far as its beauty is concerned, it is in no way less beautiful. It stretches along the border with Poland and the river Dunajec passes through it. It is possible to hire a raft and admire the wonderful scenery of the park by navigating your way down the river. The National Park of Pieniny is rich in rare species of plants. The varied fauna covers 766 species of butterflies, 99 species of mollusks and more than 200 species of vertebrae. In the rocks and on forest pathways one can, for example, meet a lynx or see otter hunting in the water of the Dunajec River.

National Park of Slovenský Kras (Slovak Karst)
The park is situated in the south of Slovakia next to the frontier with Hungary and is the largest karstic area in the middle Europe (440 square kilometers) with the densest concentration of underground forms. You will find there 1100 caves and abysses, which are inscribed in the UNESCO List of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage. The most interesting places are the Zádielska tiesňava gorge and Domica cave. 

National Park of Poloniny
the easternmost Slovak National Park lies at the point where three frontiers meet: Slovak, Polish and Ukrainian. It contains original extensive beech and fir-beech forest and the primeval forests, which were put on the UNESCO list of World Natural Heritage sites in 2007. The land is characterised by the occurrence of wild beasts –brown bear, wolf, lynx, and cougars as well as the bison, which can only be found in this National Park.

National Park of Veľká Fatra
The park lying in Central Slovakia is typical with its continuous forest, long valleys and the largest locality of native yew trees in Europe. The natural value of the Veľká Fatra Mountains is its extensive mountain territory with its dissected surface, rich in karstic phenomena, continuous forest, extensive and typical deforested zones, long valleys with diverse flora and fauna.

 

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