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.

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Books

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United Kingdom
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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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De Zwerver
Netherlands
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Maps

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Netherlands
De Zwerver
Netherlands
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Lower Tatras East - Kralova Hola (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
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Lower Tatras West - Chopok (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
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Slovakia Tourist Atlas
  • A4 spiral-bound tourist atlas of Slovakia with a clear detailed mapping at 1:100,000 with hill-shading and peak heights and a map of the whole country at 1:1,100,000. The cartography is the same as the older Road Atlas by the same publisher, but contours are highlighted, and various footpaths, long-distance hiking tracks and other information... Read more
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
  • 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 Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Slovakia Road Atlas
  • A4 sized, spiral-bound, indexed road atlas of Slovakia at 1:100,000, with street plans of 35 city centres. Road detail includes minor roads, toll roads and footpaths, with intermediate driving distances marked. Rest areas, petrol stations, bridge heights, gradients, passes, road closures and border crossings are shown. Other transport details... 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 Liptovsk Read more
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Walking holidays

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Belgium
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