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TOURISM from SK - Zemplín, Šariš, Spiš, Liptov, Orava, (region)
Museum in Stara Ľubovna...
By SK Pogranicze
Published: 20.06.2012

Národopisná expozícia v prírode - skanzen v Starej Ľubovni,
Stará Ľubovňa
Ethnographic natural exposition - open-air museum,

   The Museum of Folk Architecture, which is located at the base of the Castle Ľubovňa
in northern Slovakia, represents a separate exposition. It features a set of traditional buildings from the surrounding villages, which, coupled with the Castle, gives rise to unique and highly impressive scenery.
   The group of country houses in the open-air museum is reminiscent of a
picturesque settlement below the castle
and records the development of popular architecture in the area. It features 25 log structures from the first half of the 19th century until the beginning of the first third of the 20th century.
   Apart from farmer houses with original interiors, which show the past culture of housing and farming, the open-air museum also contains structures that were used seasonally for agricultural and craft purposes. A
blacksmith's workshop, a forester's house, a school, and a water mill
of Sulín are only some of them.
   A wooden Greek-Catholic church of Matysová of 1833 is the most valuable building to be found in the open-air museum. The wooden church with an iconostasis is consecrated to St. Michael the Archangel. To this day, Eastern Rite
services are held in the church to mark major religious celebrations.
   Both the open-air museum and the Castle Ľubovňa are home to a number of compelling events that enliven a visitor's trip to this area.
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1. The Greek-Catholic church from Matysová
   The dominant of the exposition is the wooden Greek Catholic church sacrificed to Saint Michael Archangel, built in 1833. It belongs to the outstanding remembrances of the folk sacral architecture in the eastern Slovakia.
    It is rustic one-nave building with the sanctuary having a polygonal closure and an antechapel, above which the high tower is perking. The church interior is decorated with the iconostas, created in the Baroque - Classic style decorating three-row architecture from the first half of the 18th century. The side altar of the Transfiguration from the second half of the 17th century to the beginning of the 18th century is on the left from the iconostas. The original of the circular object hanging up on the ceiling in the middle of the nave is connected to the legend from the middle of the 17th century which had been preserved in the village. The church was transported to the exposition in 1979 and in 1991 it was preordained. Some lethargies in the Old Slavonic language are held there on some special religious holidays.
Bohus Zhukiewicz

2. The Dwelling House from Veľký Lipník from 1922,
3. The Seasonal Field Dwellings from Litmanová,

4. The Granary from Veľká Lesná,
5. The Farmer´s House and the Village´s Reeve´s house from Veľká Lesná,
6. The Shepherd´s House from Litmanová,
The Peasants´ Homestead from Údol,
The Family House from Údol,
The Carpenter´s Workshop,
The House from Jarabina,
The Living House from Jakubany,
The Rooms´ Ceiling Billets,
The Living House from Kremná,
The Farmhouse from Kamienka,
Smith´s Hearth,
The Mill from Sulín.

photo (zakapior)


By Pogranicze SK
Published: 20.05.2012

    Overlooked by the ancient Ľubovňa Castle, the town of, the centre of the Northern Spiš region, lies in the River Poprad basin in northern Slovakia.

is a town of interesting history and charming natural setting. The distinct countryside provides for recreation, hiking and curative stays. Spending time in the town and its surroundings, one may enjoy the Castle Days organized at the Ľubovňa Castle, or the Saint Hubert Festival held at the open air museum and accompanied by a rich program me including the red deer and roe deer calling presentations, as well as the Ľubovňa Market or the Midsummer Fires feast.
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The National Pieninský národný park
By SK Pogranicze
Published: 20.03.2012

Worked out by Bohus Zhukiewicz

   Pieniny, a small rocky group of mountains visible well already from Nowy Targ, extends from Czorsztyn village to Szczawnica town. From Sromowce Niżne, the Pieniny are cut by the Dunajec river, which following a winding course creates the Pieniny Gorge. The section between Sromowce and Szczawnica is known as the most beautiful part of the Pieniny range. Here, the river is surrounded by numerous steep white limestone slopes covered with lush vegetation. Every bend of the river reveals another spectacular and poetical view.
M. Orłowicz, “An illustrated guide to Galicya”, Lvov 1914


The Spišs (region)... (Múzeum dediny) góralska wieś...
By SK Pogranicze
Published: 10.03.2012

Open-air museum presents cultural values of ethnically mixed region in northern Spisz and north-western Saris. With it´s character presents unique variousness of life in this area.

* Hraničné
: Prešovský kraj, okres Stará Ľubovňa.
   The Roman Catholic wooden
church of Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary
from 1785. It is a single nave log building which serves to the Roman Catholic believers and those of eastern ritual.
   Its interior decoration is varied. It contains icons and fragments moved here from the church in Stará Ľubovňa.


Location: Prešovský kraj, okres Kežmarok.
- is a typical Goral village in a wide valley of the Osturniansky potok brook. It is probably the longest village extending over the banks of a brook in Slovakia. There are many original Goral buildings preserved in the commune.

Location: Prešovský kraj, okres Poprad.
- is a typical Goral community
situated between the mountains of the Belianske Tatry and Spišská Magura. It is a tourist centre and the starting point for trips to the mountains Belianske Tatry.


By SK Pogranicze
Published: 20.02.2012

Spišská Belá
- Strážky

    The local part of Spišská Belá - Strážky in the east of Slovakia today represents a complete compound of cultural and historical monuments. The manor house in Strážky is a gem of the Renaissance architecture in Slovakia.
    The manor house Strážky was built on foundations of Gothic castle allegedly constructed on ruins of Knights Templar monastery. It is one of the oldest in Slovakia. Owners of the Gothic castle, the noble family Horváth-Stansith of Croatia, gradually rebuilt it into a Renaissance manor. In 1588, Gregory Horváth-Stansith established a humanistic school in this family residence and continued in reconstruction of the manor in the years 1618 to 1628. It was then that the manor acquired the appearance, as we know it now. The original three-winged building was completed after fire in 1708 following a typical square-shaped ground plan with a square inner courtyard.
Bohus Zhukiewicz

To the
Location: Prešovský kraj, okres Kežmarok, Kežmarok.

The starting and final point: Hlavné námestie square,

    The walk around Kežmarok starts at the Hlavné námestie square. The most conspicuous building in this square is the
town hall in the    Renaissance  style and the Classicist town redoubt. The Hradná ulica street skirted by old burgher houses from the first half of the 16th century leads to the Hradné names tie square with the Castle of Kežmarok. The Castle acquired the present prevailingly Renaissance appearance after the repeated reconstructions in the 16th and 17th centuries. Today it shelters museum
   It is possible to return to the Hlavné names tie square passing by the Late Gothic Roman Catholic
Holy Cross church with the Renaissance belfry
from 1568.
   The wooden Evangelical church, unique structure built of the red spruce and yew timber without using a single piece of metal is also worth seeing.

An urban castle complex was built in 1463 on the rubble of a mediaeval settlement Svätá Alžbeta for the protection of
 the town. The oldest shape of the building which was designed by Imrich and Jan Zapolscy had a Gothic shape. Kežmarok was given its present, mostly Renaissance image after a long-lasting, few stage rebuilding in 1572-1624. The other reconstructions were funded by members of the Thököly family, who brought the Italian stone masons, bricklayers and painters to Kežmarok so that they could transform a fortified settlement into a representative family seat. Buildings from the courtyard were decorated with Renaissance arcades, pompous rooms upstairs - with wall paintings, and the chapel’s interior was renovated in an early Baroque style...
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Geothermal water from High Tatra Mountains...
By SK Pogranicze
Published: 15.02.2012

Aqua park Aqua city Poprad
Location: Prešovský kraj, okres Poprad.

   Aqua City Poprad is a modern and eco-friendly tourist resort which is literally self-sufficient in terms of energy. Using geothermal water and solar energy on a daily basis prevents tones of carbon dioxide from being released into the atmosphere. Aqua City manages to cut energy costs and return the savings back to customers in the form of affordable eco-friendly luxury.


mesto n/Popradem
By SK Pogranicze
Published: 10.02.2012

Following the traces of history (Poprad)
Location: Prešovský kraj, okres Poprad.

The starting and final point
: Names tie sv. Egídia square,
: Spišská Sobota.

   Sightseeing of historic monuments in Poprad starts on the Names tie sv. Egídia square skirted by the Baroque and Classicist burgher houses from the 18th and 19th century. The Early Gothic Roman-Catholic St Egidius church stands in the centre of the square. It was built in the 13th century and the wall paintings in its interior are from the first half of the 15th century. The Renaissance belfry is from 1658.
   The route continues out of the town centre to the urban part Spišská Sobota. Its core consist of a triangular square with burgher houses. St James church and the Renaissance belfry from 1598 dominate the square.
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Veronika and Emil

    Are you attracted to history in connection with nature? Then you will certainly enjoy visiting Poprad. The town is situated in the south-western part of Poprad hollow-basin. Poprad is an administrative, economic, and cultural centre of the region below Tatras. Its civic part
Spišská Sobota has been announced a Town Monument Reservation. In Spišská Sobota you will find many historical jewels. Cultural and social life of the town grew due to a great interest for Tatras. You may also visit some concerts and other social events. Surroundings of Poprad will definitely entice you into taking some walks and doing some hiking. Glorious surroundings of High Tatras creates a unique scenery for your trips. Poprad will certainly enchant you with its history, surrounding nature and the unique atmospehere of this region. Most church buildings are used by Roman Catholics, followed by Lutherans, while Orthodox, Greek Catholics, and Baptists have one each. Nowadays, the Jewish synagogue is occupied by the printing company. The most significant monument is the early Gothic church of St. Egidius with its abundant fresco decoration, a part of which is the earliest portrayal of Tatras. The Poprad-Tatry airport is the highest airport international airport in Central Europe (718 m.s.l.).

Square of Egidius in Poprad
    Around the fusiformed Sqare of St. Egidius, you will find the centre of Poprad. Sqare of St. Egidius offers you bourgeois houses in Baroque and Classicistic style, Church of St. Egidius from the 13th century and significant painting - the oldest illustration of High Tatras.
. There is also a Renaissance bell-tower from 1658 near the church.


By SK Pogranicze
Published: 05.02.2012

photo Slovakia Travel, Miro, Bohus Zhukiewicz
Bohus Zhukiewicz

Belianska jaskyňa, Tatra National Park Museum Tatranská Lomnica, Gerlachovský štít (2655 m), Kriváň Mt. ( 2494 m), (High Tatras), Štrbské Pleso, Starý Smokovec.

    The oldest of our protected areas, the National Park of Tatras (TANAP) in the north of Slovakia, was founded in 1949. It covers the high-mountain area of the Tatras and it is the unique protected area of flora and fauna among the tallest European high mountains situated north of the Alps.

   The National Park
was established as the first of its kind in Slovakia. Five years later the Polish side of the Tatras won a similar statute. Along with its Polish part, the High Tatras constitute the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve since 1993. The administrative headquarters of the National Park is located in Tatranská Lomnica.


The Liptov (region)...
By SK Pogranicze
Published: 20.01.2012

* Svätý Kríž - 1693
: Žilinský kraj, okres Liptovský Mikuláš, Svätý Kríž.

    The wooden articled Evangelical church near the village Svätý Kríž is one of the largest wooden buildings in the Central Europe which was moved here from Paludza between 1974 and 1982.
    It stands on the border of the territories administered by Svätý Kríž and Lazisko. The ground plan of the church is in the shape of a 43 meter-long cross. The church takes almost 6,000 persons.

Museum of the Liptov Village - (Múzeum liptovskej dediny) - Pribylina
Location: Žilinský kraj, okres Liptovský Mikuláš, Pribylina,

 - is the most attractive landmark of the Liptov region. It displays the typical folk architecture. The impetus behind the establishing of the museum was the extensive flooding caused by the construction of the Liptovská Mara dam.
   The most important cultural monuments were moved from eleven flooded communities. They now constitute the main exhibits of the museum. Entire original buildings were dismantled and moved to the museum, which was opened to public in 1991. It is the most recently opened out-door museum of Slovakia.

Grand Castle Hrad and Kaštieľ Liptovský Hrádok
Location: Žilinský kraj, okres Liptovský Mikuláš, Liptovský Hrádok.

   The Castle Hrádok built on a small hill near the river Belá is situated in the town Liptovský Hrádok in the north of Slovakia. Though several versions of a story narrating the origin of the castle exist, one thing is certain: the first reference to the castle is from 1341.
photo Dominik Bugar, Zakapior

Liptovská Mara
- (zbiornik retencyjny na rzece Wag)

   Passing through the region of Liptov, from Liptovský Mikuláš to Ružomberok, one must notice a huge water area of the dam Liptovská Mara. It is the largest water reservoir in Slovakia in terms of the confined water volume.
    The reservoir, namesake of one of the flooded communities, was built in the years 1970-1975. With the principal aims firstly to palliate the floodrisk on the river Váh and secondly for the production of power.
   Construction of the dam required moving of inhabitants of several communes which were inundated, including several cultural and historical monuments, although the most important of them were moved out and are now the main exhibits in the Museum of Liptov Village in Pribylina.
Bohus Zhukiewicz


Gino Paradise - Adventure and fun
By SK Pogranicze
Published: 20.12.2011

Mimina, Bohus Zhukiewicz
   This fine park, which is located in the beautiful setting 
of the Choč Mountains overlooking both the Low and Western Tatras, boasts a wide variety of three indoor and thirteen outdoor pools, nine outdoor water slides, a number of children's slides and hot tubs. The resort also features a new pebble beach that includes a nudist area. Relaxation and entertainment for the whole family are provided all year long.

Bešeňová Travertine Formation

Location: Žilinský kraj, okres Ružomberok, Bešeňová.

   The village of Bešeňová is one of the few precious places with occurrence of "freshwater" limestone, so-called travertine. These precious calcite forms raised thanks to mineral contents of water, its temperature and, of course, the surface and structure of the landscape. If you have some free time, come and visit this "forsaken" pit situated to the north of the village.

Liptovský Mikuláš Aqua park Tatralandia
- Location: Žilinský kraj, okres Liptovský Mikuláš,
- summer in any season.

   Discover a tropical paradise under the Tatra Mountains with year-round temperatures of 30°C (86°F) and the beneficial effects of thermal and salt water. Experience adventure and fun all in one place. Try out 26 slides, get refreshed in 14 pools, take flight with Super fly Tatralandia or relax in 19 saunas with various spa procedures.


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