Hikes

Exploring the beauty of Slovakia on a good long hike is one of Englishmaninslovakia’s key passions. Therefore we’ve created a special sub-section to act as a reference point for all the best hikes we feature in detail on this blog. Beneath the linked hikes, please also see the articles we have on this site which – although not primarily about hiking – are ideal incorporated into a hike or are part of an interesting hiking trail

We’re now number one for Slovakia hikes on the web in English – nowhere else will you find such a variety of hiking routes with so much detailed trail info in Slovakia anywhere else online – or in print (without having to pay for it!)

BRATISLAVA AND AROUND:

The Pilgrimage Route to Marianka From Bratislava (three to four hours)

Marianka to Dračí Hrádok and Pajštún (three hours)

The Pajstún Castle Hike From Stupava (three hours)

Devínska Nová Ves, Sandberg, Devínska Kobyla & Devín Castle (half-day)

Along the Danube From Most SNP to Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum (all-day)

The Forgotten Bank of the Danube (two hours)

WESTERN SLOVAKIA:

The Štefánik-Themed Trails Around Bradlo (20 minutes to multi-day)

The Stefanikova Magistrala across Western Slovakia (this link is to the overview, then see stages 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5)

The Cesta Hrdinov SNP from Western to Eastern Slovakia (this link is to the overview/stage 1, then see stages 2, (day-long stages of a 21-stage hike))

Piešt’any to Villa Bacchus in the Footsteps of Beethoven (two hours)

Around Tematín Castle From Hrádok and Luka (half-day)

Around Beckov Castle (one hour)

Král’ová Reservoir (one to four hours)

Around Gýmeš Castle (half-day to 1 day)

MALÁ FATRA/VEL’KÁ FATRA

Two Short Walks Around Chleb and Veľký Kriváň (half-day for both)

LOW TATRAS

The Dead Bats’ Cave

The Hrebeňovka: the Classic Low Tatras Ridge Hike (this link is to the overview, then see Englishman in Slovakia’s stages 1, 2 and 3)

HIGH TATRAS:

The Tatranská Magistrala from Ždiar across the Mountains to Podbanské (multi-day) (this link is to the hike overview, then see stages 1, 2, 3 and 4)

EASTERN SLOVAKIA:

The Tokaj Wine Cellars Hike (two hours)

Poloniny National Park, Kremenec & the Ukraine border (all day)


Places to go Hiking

  • Picture by PATRICK CIMPRICHAncient Slovak castle’s new gateway to yet more mystery

    ** Picture by PATRICK CIMPRICH Exciting reports say that the mysterious missing main gate to Viniansky Castle has finally been found. The castle ruin in eastern Slovakia originally dominated a hill overlooking the trade route into Poland. But nobody has been able to pinpoint the original fortified entrance…  until now. Historic researcher Jaroslav Gorás is reported as saying: ...

  • ©www.englishmaninslovakia.co.ukThe High Tatras Mountain Resorts − Starý Smokovec: the Funicular to Hrebienok

    Mountain resorts are an occasionally unerring type of destination. They represent the most straightforward ways, on paper, of accessing the prime mountain country of any given destination. But the flip side of that is that they can appear austere and inauthentic tourist centres, full of people milling around but not actually knowing how to inject ...

  • ©www.englishmaninslovakia.co.ukLow Tatras Mountains: Up Chopok the Back Way

    It’s not long until ski season. It never is, in the Low Tatras mountains around Jasná. Jasná is Slovakia’s (and one of Eastern Europe’s) biggest ski area and has deservedly had numerous articles written about it: as a new frontier for skiing (Guardian), as an affordable, fun family ski break (Telegraph) and generally as an off-the-beaten-track ...

  • ©www.englishmaninslovakia.co.ukLow Tatras Mountain House: Chata M.R. Štefánika

    Shortly before I arrived at Chata M.R. Štefánika, the heavens opened. What had been a sun-kissed start to my hike along the Hrebenovka, the three-day ridge trail across the Low Tatras mountains, became a downpour. I could barely discern the path in front of me. Then, looming through the rain clouds at precisely the right ...

  • Chleb, with the Vratna Valley beyond and Janosikove Diery just hidden... ©www.englishmaninslovakia.co.ukAround Terchová: Hotel Diery

    What’s better than paradise? Another paradise that’s less crowded, right? Take Slovenský Raj, for example, or the Slovak Paradise, as the name translates. Sitting just southeast of Poprad, Slovenský Raj national park is rightly known for its paradisaical qualities: namely its steeply-twisting narrow rocky valleys, carpeted by conifers and splashed by rushing waterfalls up which you ...

  • ©www.englishmaninslovakia.co.ukAround Piešt’any: Reštaurácia Furman

    Imagine it: the biting wind of a mid-winter afternoon, the dismalness of night-time already looming although there has barely been any daylight to speak of. Still, you’ve made the best of it and hiked into the hills, only to find the weather has got too much for you. It’s gnawed its way into the marrow ...

  • Around Bratislava – The North: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Kamzík

    Like the Tower of London, like the Eiffel Tower, the thing that puts you off wanting to go to Kamzík, the big TV tower/mast standing sentinel over the hills above Bratislava is that it is, perhaps, too obvious.  There is admittedly not much subtle about it: nigh-on 200m of steel and glass jutting out of an already prominent forested ...

  • The Bratislava skyline from the Štefánikova magistrálaHiking Western Slovakia on the Trail of Slovakia’s Heroes: the Štefánikova Magistrála

    When I heard there was a path themed around one of Slovakia’s greatest all-time heroes, Milan Rastislav Štefánik, running from the Austrian border at Hrad Devín through the entirety of the Small Carpathians to Bradlo, where the man is buried, my interest was, I’ll admit it, piqued. 120km Showcase of Slovakia’s Best-Of The Štefánikova Magistrála is a 120+km path in total and encompasses the very ...

  • From Bratislava to Wild Western Slovakia: an Intro to the Small Carpathians (Male Karpaty)

    Before I wax lyrical about one of my favourite ranges of hills and forests (the Small Carpathians, or Malé Karpaty) too much more on this blog it’s probably necessary to give you some context. So here we go. In terms of mountains in Slovakia, it’s the Carpathians that rule the roost. They’re the peaks that start ...

  • High Tatras Mountains: Tatranská Magistrala – the Kit List

    There is a running joke in Slovakia about the Czechs. Lots of Czechs come to the Tatras mountains each year. Of all visiting nations, the Czechs are apparently the most Gung-ho when it comes to forging off alone in the peaks without a guide (perhaps with the mentality that, if they speak 99% of the ...

  • On Video: Ice Walking in the High Tatras

    A nice wintery video, this one… two hikers walking on Slovakia’s clean mountain  ice… plenty of frozen lakes up in the High Tatras, too, so why not take the winter-only opportunity to see them from a different angle; right on top of them!

  • High Tatras Mountain House: Zamkovského Chata

    It was summer, but we were still rubbing our hands together to keep the circulation going whenever we had to remove our gloves to study the map. A cold wind was blowing belated flurries of snow down from 2500m peaks over the long, exposed, boulder-strewn stretch of the Tatranská Magistrala between the lurid mountain lakes ...

  • High Tatras Mountain House: Horský Hotel Popradské Pleso

    For a good six months of the year, the snow piles so high against the timber walls of Horský Hotel Popradské Pleso that it rather resembles a giant igloo than a mountain lodge. Abutting the rugged lakeshore of Popradské Pleso, this hotel is surrounded by sheer mountain slopes that soar to over 2000 metres. The difficult ascent/descent from/to ...

  • High Tatras Mountains: On the Edge at Skalnaté Pleso

    It’s a turbulent collision of worlds, Skalnaté Pleso. The cut-off point between the lower slopes of the High Tatras mankind has succeeded in taming to some extent and the wild peaks rearing above that mankind (let’s hope) never will tame. Cowering just below the point where the mountains sheer away in broken walls of rock in ...

  • The High Tatras Mountain Resorts: Štrbské Pleso

    Štrbské Pleso, probably Slovakia’s most famous lake and certainly the number one tourist destination in the High Tatras, may not seem the most likely choice for Englishmaninslovakia.com to write about – except that, somewhat surprisingly, it’s not actually been covered in English in much detail anywhere else on the web. When we realised this, dear ...

  • High Tatras Mountains: An Intro to Slovakia’s Classic Hike, the Tatranská Magistrala

    Ever since moving to Slovakia, hiking its most renowned mountain trail, which traverses the entire length of the Tatras mountain range, was something I had been obsessed with doing. The opportunity presented itself this weekend just gone with a friend (and fellow hiking enthusiast) out from the UK so this introduction to the hike and the ...

  • Poprad to the Mountains: Tatras Electric Railway

    The electric trains that run between Poprad and the High Tatras mountain resorts are more than a means of getting about: they are an experience in themselves. I, being quite passionate about public transport, am a huge fan of a transport network that not only gets you from A to B but also does so via beautiful ...

  • Low Tatras Mountain House: Chata Pod Certovicou

    8:30am. The only other guest was chuckling to himself. He simply couldn’t believe it. The manager had just given him a bottle of wine (Château Topoľčianky, not bad), well, just because, too often these days there is a reason for everything and what is nice about Chata Pod Čertovicou is that everything about it confounds reason. ...

  • img_2725Poprad: Nine Reasons to Linger

    Poprad is the gateway to the High Tatras. Whether you’re coming here by road or rail you’ll have to pass through this sizeable city to those tempting and frankly quite bizarre looking mountains just beyond. And of course the question is: why stop? Why indeed, when there’s the beginnings of a mountain wilderness with scintillating hiking, and climbing – ...

  • Poprad: Penzión Plesnivec

    Sometimes, you want to get back from your hike, bike or climb in the mountains and crash in a good, sturdy, cosy room with a thunderous hot shower and the promise of a hot meal and traveller camaraderie. You don’t want the fancy trappings of the big hotels (after all this is the mountains). And ...

  • img_3050The High Tatras Mountain Resorts – Štrbské Pleso: Mountain Lakeshore Dining at Koliba Patria

    Štrbské Pleso is a place people end up at. Its beauty is much touted in Slovakia (and it even makes a point of stating, on the banks of this lake ensconced beneath the High Tatras peaks, about how it got on the long list for the Seven Wonders of Nature). To be honest, such a ...

  • High Tatras Mountain House: Chata Pri Zelenom Plese

    A picture, you see, is often worth a thousand words – or more. Who wouldn’t want to stay here, on the banks of Zelené Pleso, with this sensational view of jagged mountains rearing up above you, scarred with waterfalls and part-coated in snow? I turned up here not knowing anything about the place, as I ...

  • Tours: Tatras Adventure Trips with Adventoura

    Adventoura runs some of the coolest organised tours of the Slovakian Tatras around. It’s based out of Poprad. Here www.englishmaninslovakia.co.uk talks to the founder to give you an idea of what you can see and do with the company…  Question One: What inspired you to set up Adventoura? And why in Poprad? At the time Adventoura went on market ...

  • woodpecker-1186209_1280 - kopieBratislava – A Birdwatching Haven

    For our 150th post on Englishmaninslovakia.com we are honoured to have a guest article on birdwatching in and around Bratislava from one of the city’s most experienced birdwatchers, Tomáš Novák. A keen birdwatcher, nature lover, and “bike birder”, his particular passion is urban birding (spotting the birdlife that inhabits urban areas) and owing to the variety ...

  • Around Bratislava – the North: The Mestské Lesy (Local City Forest)

    IT IS BY NO MEANS the first time I have raved about, nor the last time I will write about, Bratislava’s Mestské Lesy: the wonderful forest that rises up above the city on its northern side. If people ask me what’s so great about living in Bratislava, this is one of the first things I say. ...

  • Around Bratislava – the North: Svätý Jur for a Day Trip?

    An icy, but brilliantly sunny winter’s day: and where to roam from Bratislava when you wake up, well, reasonably late? You want to get out into the countryside, but you also don’t have so many hours before darkness falls again, and are reliant on public transport. Svätý Jur, just to the northeast of Bratislava, might ...

  • Ždiar: All Hail the Ginger Monkey

    With the advent of December comes peak skiing season in the High Tatras, and no more appropriate time to mention for the first time my favourite place in these mountains, Ždiar, and the best accommodation option within, the Ginger Monkey. On this eastern edge of the High Tatras, Ždiar (officially in the distinctive Goral-speaking region of Belianske Tatry ...