Slovakia

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As a Western European it's great fun to discover the hiking possibilities of Eastern Europe. Take Slovakia, a beautiful country, which wisely separated itself from the Czech Republic after the desintegration of the Soviet Union. The Slovaks have the highest parts of the Tatras range within their borders, and they much enjoy walking there.

There are different massifs. From north to south: the High Tatras (Vysoké Tatry) with Slovakia's highest mountain, Gerlach Peak. To climb this 2655m mountain is no easy stroll. (The highest mountain on the other side of the border, 2499m Rysy in Poland, is much easier). Next are the Low Tatras (Nizke Tatry). East of these you will find the Slovak Paradise (Slevensky Raj), a karst massif. To the west of the Tatras are more mountain ranges: Malá Fatra and Velka Fatra. Still further west, leaning on the Czech Republic, are Biele Karpaty and Malé Karpaty, geologically part of the Carpathian Mountains which start in Serbia.

Hiking in Slovakia means to buy maps and set out. Trails are marked by a red, blue, green or yellow strip between two white bars. Signposts give information about the length of walks. The Slovak Tourist Club (Klub Slovensky Turistov) maintains the paths.

The idea of long distance hiking trails has blown in from other parts of Europe. There are three attractive routes. The Pilgrim Trail coinciding with European long distance trail E3 includes the Malá Fatra mountains. The E8, a more interesting option, follows a string of mountain ranges: the Malé Karpaty, the Low Tatras and the Slovak Paradise. The international Mariánska pilgrimage hiking trail largely coincides with the E8. Last but not least there is the Tatranska Magistrala trail, a three day hike across the High Tatras from east to west.

In winter and early spring all mountains are covered in snow. Hiking season starts in the second half of June. In July and August trails and huts in the most popular areas are crammed with hikers.

Trails

Regions

Books

Cicerone Press
United Kingdom
2012
  • The High Tatras
  • A handy guidebook describing walks and scrambles in the High Tatras mountains. The beautiful craggy peaks of the High Tatras straddle the border between Poland and Slovakia, offering totally different experiences. The walks are widely varied ranging from easy to strenuous. The White Tatras, Slovakia and Western Tatras, Poland are also covered. Read more
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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2012
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2012
  • Wandelgids - Trekking gids The High Tatras - Hoge Tatra | Cicerone |
  • The sight of the craggy peaks of the High Tatras mountains straddling the Poland-Slovakia border is unforgettable, beautiful and dramatic. With a dusting of snow and a swirl of mist, they assume the ghostly appearance of a phantom army. As well as the High Tatras, the second edition of this book also covers the neighbouring but contrasting... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
2016
  • Tatra Mountains of Poland and Slovakia: Car Tours and Walks
  • Within the compact area covered by this guide (140km east-west, 65km north-south) are two outstanding national parks in southernmost Poland: Pieniny and Tatra, and the best of neighbouring Slovakia`s mountains in four national parks: Tatra, Slovensky Raj (Slovak Paradise), Low Tatra and Mala Fatra. There can be few places where walkers are... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
2016
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2016
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Maps

Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Slovakia: Detailed Tourist Atlas
  • Very detailed, good tourist atlas of the Slovak Republic at 1:50,000, presented in an A4 ring binder with a hard slipcase, therefore giving the opportunity to use single sheets if needed and making it perfect for walking.The cartography is as clear and accurate as the UK`s Ordnance Survey, with hill shading, contours and peak heights to show... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Czech Republic Road Atlas
  • Czech Republic Road Atlas from MairDumont in an A4 spiral-bound format, with 18 street plans and the publisher’s innovative system of providing peel-on/peel-off stickers for making selected locations more prominent when navigating.MairDumont’s distinctive cartography boldly stresses main roads and motorways in strong colours and selected towns... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Slovakia Road Atlas
  • Slovakia Road Atlas at 1:100,000 in an A4, spiral-bound format from Shocart, part of the Freytag & Berndt cartographic group, with extensive overprint for waymarked hiking routes, plus indexed street plan of the country’s eight main cities including Bratislava, etc.For drivers the atlas presents a finely graded road network with driving... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Tatra National Park
  • Tatra Mountains (Tatrzanski) National Park in Poland at 1:25,000 on a contoured GPS compatible map from CartoMedia highlighting hiking trails, plus an overview map of the hiking routes, a street plan of Zakopane, a road map with access from Kraków, and very extensive tourist information including accommodation, flora and fauna, etc.Coverage... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Tatra Tourist Attractions (Dookola Tatr)
  • The Tatra Mountains in Poland and Slovakia on an overview road map at 1:100,000 from Cartomedia showing access to the mountains on both sides of the border and highlighting picturesque locations and other places of interest, plus street plans of Nowy Targ in Poland and Poprad and Liptovský Mikuláš in Slovakia. Coverage extends from Nowy Targ... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Gorce and Pieniny
  • Gorce and Pieniny in a series covering Poland’s best hiking areas on waterproof and tear-resistant, laminated maps, specially designed to withstand repeated re-folding and even the worst weather conditions. Each map is double-sided and has clear, well presented cartography with a contoured base (20m interval) and, where appropriate, relief... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • High Tatras (50K)
  • One of the titles in a series of hiking maps of the Tatra Mountains and the adjoining areas of Slovakia, part of an extensive coverage of hiking areas of Central Europe from Kompass , the largest publishers of walking maps. The maps have shading and graphic relief, with contours at 40m intervals on the 1;50,000 maps and at 20m intervals in the... Read more
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Germany
De Zwerver
Netherlands
  • Wandelkaart 2100 Hoge Tatra-Vysoke Tatry | Kompass |
  • Goede wandelkaart met vrijwel alle topografische details en ingetekende routes. Ook met symbolen voor toeristische bezienswaardigheden, register. Berghutten duidelijk weergegeven. Gevaarlijke wandelroutes zijn goed herkenbaar. GPS toepasbaar. Inclusief een Duitstalig boekje met informatie en routesuggesties. Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • High Tatras (25K)
  • One of the titles in a series of hiking maps of the Tatra Mountains and the adjoining areas of Slovakia, part of an extensive coverage of hiking areas of Central Europe from Kompass , the largest publishers of walking maps. The maps have shading and graphic relief, with contours at 40m intervals on the 1;50,000 maps and at 20m intervals in the... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
  • Kompass wandelkaart 2130 Vysoké Tatry-Hohe Tatra / Hoge Tatra |
  • Goede wandelkaart met vrijwel alle topografische details en ingetekende routes. Ook met symbolen voor toeristische bezienswaardigheden, register. Berghutten duidelijk weergegeven. Gevaarlijke wandelroutes zijn goed herkenbaar. GPS toepasbaar. Inclusief een Duitstalig boekje met informatie en routesuggesties. Let op: deze kaart bestrijkt een... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Slovensky Raj (25K)
  • One of the titles in a series of hiking maps of the Tatra Mountains and the adjoining areas of Slovakia, part of an extensive coverage of hiking areas of Central Europe from Kompass , the largest publishers of walking maps. The maps have shading and graphic relief, with contours at 40m intervals on the 1;50,000 maps and at 20m intervals in the... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Slovakia: Kompass 50K/25K Hiking Maps
  • Tatra Mountains and the adjoining areas of Slovakia as part of an extensive coverage of hiking areas of Central Europe from Kompass - the largest publishers of walking maps. The maps have shading and graphic relief, with contours at 40m intervals on the 1;50,000 maps and at 20m intervals in the 1:25,000 titles. Contours apart, the 25K maps are... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Czech Republic and Slovakia Road Atlas
  • Road Atlas of the Czech Republic and Slovakia at 1:150,000 from Freytag & Berndt, presenting each county separately and accompanied by street plans and enlargements for main urban areas, plus mapping of the whole of Europe for route planning.The atlas, published in an A4 spiral-bound format, presents each country on a separate set of maps, with... Read more
Kompass
Germany
  • KOMPASS Wanderkarten Nízke Tatry /Niedere Tatra - Král'ova hol'a WK 2102
  • One of the titles in a series of hiking maps of the Tatra Mountains and the adjoining areas of Slovakia, part of an extensive coverage of hiking areas of Central Europe from Kompass , the largest publishers of walking maps. The maps have shading and graphic relief, with contours at 40m intervals on the 1;50,000 maps and at 20m intervals in the... Read more
Kompass
Germany
  • KOMPASS-Wanderkarten Nízke Tatry /Niedere Tatra WK 2132
  • One of the titles in a series of hiking maps of the Tatra Mountains and the adjoining areas of Slovakia, part of an extensive coverage of hiking areas of Central Europe from Kompass , the largest publishers of walking maps. The maps have shading and graphic relief, with contours at 40m intervals on the 1;50,000 maps and at 20m intervals in the... Read more
Kompass
Germany
  • KOMPASS-Wanderkarten Západné Tatry - Westliche Tatra WK 2131
  • KOMPASS Wanderkarten enthalten alles Wissenswerte zum Wandern wie aktuelle Wanderwege, empfehlenswerte Routen und wichtige touristische Informationen.Doch können unsere Wanderkarten meist mehr, sind sie nicht nur eine reine Wanderkarte sondern fungieren sie auch als Skitouren- sowie Bikekarte, siehe Titelabbildung. Der topographische Inhalt der... Read more
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Netherlands
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  • Slowakije 8 dagen singlereis
  • Tussen de Lage en de Hoge Tatra Slowakije: een klein land, en voor Nederlanders jammer genoeg relatief onbekend. Een land met een rijke geschiedenis: tot 1918 behorend tot de Donaumonarchie Oostenrijk-Hongarije, in die tijd misschien wel het machtigste land ter wereld. Een land met pure natuur in de bergen van de Lage en Hoge Tatra. Deze... Read more
Aktivatours
Netherlands
  • Slowakije 8 dagen
  • Tussen de Lage en de Hoge Tatra Slowakije: een klein land, en voor Nederlanders jammer genoeg relatief onbekend. Een land met een rijke geschiedenis: tot 1918 behorend tot de Donaumonarchie Oostenrijk-Hongarije, in die tijd misschien wel het machtigste land ter wereld. Een land met pure natuur in de bergen van de Lage en Hoge Tatra. Deze... Read more
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