Spišská Nová Ves - Slovenský Raj (Slovak Paradise)

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Elektrárenské Námestie (ice rink), 052 01, GPS: 48.942654, 20.560155

Park your car in the parking lot in front of the winter stadium in Spišská Nová Ves, or in the surrounding area. From there, follow the RED CYCLO SIGNS along the river Hornád, out of the city, in the direction of the Slovenský Raj (Slovak Paradise).

The Roma settlement

3,2 km 

 GPS: 48.947678, 20.522673

Before the Roma settlement, go across the bridge to the opposite side and continue along the Hornád river.

Smižany, Maša

5,2 km 

GPS: 48.950955, 20.507955

Red signs will lead you to a large billboard on the edge of Smižany. From there, the route continues to the Košiarny Briežok along the GREEN CYCLO SIGNS.

Košiarny briežok

8,2 km 

GPS: 48.931499, 20.512957

Follow the green trail – you will first go by the cooperative farm, and then at two Y-shaped intersections keep left. You will come to a buffet at Košiarny Briežok. The pointers are at a distance from the buffet, at the forest line.

Pod Flajšerom

17,3 km 

GPS: 48.911983, 20.502599

Behind the Košiarny Briežok hill, there is the first pretty uncomfortable climb through the forest. You will rise to almost 400 metres of altitude. Before the end of the climb, turn left onto a not paved forest road from the concrete road. After a long climb, you'll enjoy the first smaller downhill ride to the road fork Pod Flajšerom.

Čertova hlava

(Devil's Head)

20,5 km 

GPS: 48.883794, 20.450055 

After 1 km, continue straight at the crossroads in the valley of the mountains. Just after the crossroads, turn right, where a climb begins. You will rise by still other 200 metres of altitude to the Čertova Hlava. From this point, the route will steeply climb and change; the remaining kilometres will reward you for your efforts.

Hajdúkova lúka

(meadow)

22,7 km 

GPS: 48.876099, 20.434339

From the Čertova Hlava follow the GREEN SIGNS downwards to the Hajdúkova Lúka meadow and connect to the BLUE SIGNS direction MLYNKY along the concrete road.

Palcmanská Maša

(Reservoir)

30,5 km 

GPS: 48.862514, 20.385867

In the village of Mlynky , follow the RED SIGNS. Continue along the GREEN SIGNS towards MLYNKY direction Palcmanská Maša through the village of Prostredný Hámor. The water site is an ideal place to recover strength in the second half of the circuit.

Stratená, kríž

(The cross)

36,6 km 

GPS: 48.868251, 20.347639

Continue from Palcmanská Maša under the railway bridge along the main road. After a while, turn right following the BLUE SIGNS through the village of Dobšinská Maša. Across the field, behind the village, you will turn once again to the main road. Here is a quick downhill ride along the GREEN SIGNS to Stratená.

Podlesok

56,2 km 

GPS: 48.964214, 20.385230

Behind Stratená, enter the gate to the Slovenský Raj and the BLUE SIGNS will take you to Podlesok. First you will experience a smooth hike in a beautiful setting and then amusement of the long downhill ride through the woods. This is a beautiful 20 km long section of the route.

Hrabušice

58,6 km 

GPS: 48.971656, 20.398331

Continue along the GREEN SIGNS to Hrabušice, where at the junction with the main road you will join the RED SIGNS that will lead you up to Spišská Nová Ves.

Spišská Nová Ves

72 km 

GPS: 48.942654, 20.560155

The RED SIGNS will guide you through the village of Spišské Tomášovce, bypassing Čingov, to the junction before Smižany, where you will recognize the surroundings. The river Hornád will lead you back to the winter stadium.

 

Spišská Nová Ves

Spišská Nová Ves is a district city in the Košice region. The city is a gateway to the National Park Slovenský Raj. The number of inhabitants ranks the city the second largest one in the Spiš region.

The city lies on the river Hornád in the Hornád Basin, on the eastern edge of the Slovenský Raj, at the meeting point with the Volovské Vrchy mountain ridge and the Levočské Vrchy hills.

When in the city, you may visit and see a number of historically valuable objects. Most of them are located on the Town Hall Square, which is one of the most beautiful and longest ones in Europe. The city was declared the Urban Historical Zone in the year 1992.

At this point, you certainly won't miss the Roman Catholic Parish Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, who is among the most exceptional sights of the city. It would be a pity not to enjoy the view of the city from its spire, which is also the highest spire in Slovakia. Nearby, you may find Miesto Prianí  (a wishing place) that serves as a reminder of the first wish of the Gothic bell casting workshop in the Spiš area.

You should take notice of  the Town Hall, the Provincial House, Ridotto, the Slovak Church, the Greek Catholic Church of the Transfiguration of Virgin Mary, the Evangelical Church, the Roman Catholic Church of the Mercy of God, the Immaculata, the Institute of Education, the Statues of the Four Evangelists, the Monument of Liberation, the Jewish Cemetery and also the Slovak Double Cross, which is located in the southern part of the city of Spišská Nová Ves called Pieskovec (Sandstone) under the Hill Rittenberg.

You definitely should not miss the visit to the Spiš Castle in the nearby village of Žehra, which is entered in the UNESCO List of Cultural Heritage. It is not only evidence of the development of architecture in this country from the 12th to the 18th  centuries, but through its area exceeding 4 hectares it is considered to be one of the largest castle complexes in Central Europe. The Travertine Heap of the altitude of 634 metre a.s.l. protrudes two hundred metres above its surroundings.

Info: Hours of operation and ticket prices at www.snm.sk e-mail: info@spisskemuzeum.com

Phone: + 421 53 454 13 36

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The World Heritage in the Spiš region is represented by a unique set of cultural and natural monuments. The Spiš Castle, the Church of the Holy Spirit in Žehra, Spišská Kapitula and Spišské Podhradie have been its part since 1993. Nestled in the travertine countryside with preserved territories of Dreveník and Sivá Brada, they created an unforgettable scenery.

TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRE at Letná Ulica st. No. 49, 052 01 Spišská Nová Ves

Phone: + 421 53 429 82 93 Phone/fax: + 421 53 442 82 92 E-mail: tic@mestosnv.sk www.spisskanovaves.eu/tic www.facebook.com/tic.snv

 

Accommodation:

Apartments Rudolf, right in the heart of the city, just a few metres from the City Hall square

Address: Zimná Ulica st. No. 169/35, 052 01 Spišská Nová Ves

Phone: + 421 905 955 464, rudolf@rudolf.sk , www.rudolf.sk

Restaurants : the pedestrian zone and the City Hall square are surrounded by many restaurants, where anybody will really enjoy the meals served.

 

Bike shops:

CykloABC Address: Ing. Straku 1232/5, 052 01 Spišská Nová Ves                                                      Phone: + 421 (0) 53/441 30 64, hours of operation: Mon-Fri 9:00-12:00, 13:00-17:30 Saturday 9:00-12:00

Cyclo-Špak II – Marcela Špaková, Duklianska Ulica st. No. 17, 05201 Spišská Nová Ves http://cyklospak.sk

Schwabik, s.r.o., 052 01 Spišská Nová Ves, Zimná Ulica st. No., 36 http://www.schwabik.sk/

 

SLOVENSKÝ RAJ (Slovak Paradise)

The Slovenský Raj National Park is located in the eastern part of Slovakia, declared a preserved landscape area in the year 1964, and re-categorized as the national park by the Government of the Slovak Republic Decree in the year 1988. It covers the area of 19,763 hectares and its preserved zone extends on 13,011 hectares.

The longest river canyon and the largest ice cave in Slovakia may be found here, 25 beautiful waterfalls in 8 rocky narrow passes, more than 300 km of signposted hiking routes and 400 km of cycle routes, 12 nature educational trails (almost 87 km), environs for rock climbing and ice climbing, hipo tourism, winter and water sports and other activities. Slovenský Raj is a paradise for lovers of nature, tourism and sport. It is accessible all year round.

This unique territory, exceptionally abundant in the natural values and beauties with a complex of coniferous and broad-leaved forests, is located on a plateau churned up by continuous erosion. The typical phenomena of the countryside include upland plateaus, deep canyons, gorges, waterfalls, surface and underground Karst phenomena and attractive underground spaces with stalactites and stalagmites. The highest point in the National Park is the Predná Hoľa clear-cut hill (1,545 metres). The most famous gorges include Suchá Belá, Piecky, Sokol, and Kyseľ with numerous waterfalls. Remnants of the originally flat relief include the upland plateaus of Glac, Geravy, Pelc, and Skala.

Geologically, white limestone, even dolomites of the Mesozoic Era, may be found prevailing here in some places. There are almost 200 caves and abysses, out of which just the Dobšinská Ľadová Jaskyňa ice cave is made accessible. The 11 km long breakthrough valley of the river Hornád is an interesting geo-morphological phenomenon.

The vast majority of the territory is grown by forests with the prevailing limestone beech wood, but also pine growths. Preserved plants grow here, such as Alpine Astra, Spring Gentian, Hart’s Tongue, Iris Aphylla, Heuffel’s Saffron, European Globe Flower, Carpathian endemics such as Carpathian Pearl White, Arctic Violet, Slovak Pasque Flower, glacial relics, such as the,Siberian Saxifrage, Dryas Octopetala, Saxifraga Paniculata Mill., and some others. Plentitude and variegation of the fauna represented by animals such as Bear, Lynx, Eagle, Eurasian Eagle-Owl, Black Stork, contains Alpine Chamois re-seated in the year 1963 from the Jeseníky mountain ridge of Alpine provenance, causing damage to valuable plant communities.

The starting point for a trip to the Slovenský Raj are Spišská Nová Ves and Čingov and Podlesok centres in the North side and Dedinky and on the South side.

 

ČINGOV and PODLESOK

Podlesok is a significant tourist centre in the western part of the Slovenský Raj in the Valley of the Veľká Biela Voda (high white water) at the beginning of a breakout of the Hornád River and at the mouth of the Suchá Belá gorge. It is the starting point for hiking routes in the north-western part of the Slovenský Raj. It is the local part of the village of Hrabušice. In Podlesok, there are also accommodation facilities, volleyball and tennis courts, and a ski lift.

Čingov is an area in the Slovenský Raj and is situated on its northern edge, at the basin-like extension of the river Hornád, in the vicinity of Spišská Nová Ves and Smižany. In addition to Podlesok on the northern side and Dedinky on the southern side of the Slovenský Raj, the area of Čingov is the largest tourist centre lying above the left bank of the river Hornád and in the lower part of the river Hornád breakthrough.

It is also the starting point for many hiking routes, such as the Tomášovský Výhľad view, Sokolia Dolina (Falcon Valley), Klauzy, Kláštorisko, Hornád Breakthrough, the tourist route, which belongs among the biggest tourist scams of the Slovenský Raj and under Čingov there passes through a specially marked 15 km long educational path.

The Čingov centre provides food and accommodation services (private cottages, company cottages, bed and breakfast business). The Slovenský Raj Mountain Rescue Service House is located there, a field station of the Slovenský Raj National Park Administration (only in the summer months).

 

PALCMANSKÁ MAŠA RESERVOIR

The Palcmanská Maša reservoir is the largest reservoir on the territory of Slovenský Raj, created on the upper reaches of the river Hnilec, in the basin-like extension of the valley under the southern rocky slopes of Geravy. Right on the lake, devices and facilities for fisheries are placed. The village of Dedinky was established in the year 1933 by fusing the villages of Imrichovce and Štefanovce by the banks of the Palcmanská Maša reservoir.

The purpose of the reservoir was making water storage to ensure the supply of water to the power plant of Dobšiná, the levelling of the flows of the river Hnilec, and recreational use. The reservoir is located in the Valley of the Hnilec river above the local part of the village of Mlynky, the Palcmanská Maša Reservoir.

The magnificent environment of the resort area of the Palcmanská Maša reservoir offers many possibilities for relaxation, recreation, and accommodation. On the banks of the Palcmanská Maša reservoir, accommodation, sports, and recreational facilities are situated.

 

Tourist information centres:

Smižany: Kaštieľ (Manor House), Tatranská Ulica st. No. 105/302, 053 11 Smižany

Phone.: + 421 53 443 36 66 E-mail: okc.info@smizany.sk www.okcsmizany.eu.sk

Čingov – Trek Cafe: Čingov, the upper parking lot, 052 01 Spišské Tomášovce

Phone: + 421 905 714 541 E-mail: info@cubeadventure.sk , www.trekcafe.eu

Čingov, Chata na Rázcestí (cottage at the crossroads): Čingov, the lower parking lot

052 01 Spišské Tomášovce

Phone: + 421 907 920 728 E-mail: info@cubeadventure.sk

Autocamping Podlesok: Podlesok No. 33, 053 15

Phone: + 421 (0) 53 429 91 65 E-mail: recepcia@podlesok.sk , www.podlesok.sk

Information centre of the Slovenský Raj National Park Administration: Podlesok, No.30

053 15 Hrabušice

Phone: + 421 (0) 53 442 20 10, E-mail: slovraj@sopsr.sk , www.npslovenskyraj.sk

Dobšiná: Námestie Baníkov (miners square), 049 25 Dobšiná No. 384

Phone: + 421 (0) 58 794 11 54 E-mail: tic@dobsina.sk , www.dobsina.sk

 

Accommodation and catering facilities:

Pension Ranč in Podlesok No. 5, 053 15 Hrabušice 

Phone: + 421 918 407 077, www.rancpodlesok.sk

Hotel Slovenský Raj, Podlesok, 053 15 Hrabušice

Phone: + 421 (0) 53/449 04 94 www.hotelslovenskyraj.sk

Ranč u Trapera, Podlesok491/16,  053 15 Hrabušice

Phone: + 421 915 987 232 www.rancutrapera.sk

Park Hotel Čingov-Hradisko, 053 11 Smižany

Phone: + 421 (0) 53/442 20 22 www.parhotelcingov.sk

Pension Lesnica Čingov No. 113, 053 11 Smižany

Phone: + 421 (0) 53/449 15 18, + 421 903 250 086 www.cingov.com

Mountain Hotel Geravy, Palcmanská Maša, 049 73 Dedinky

Phone: + 421 (0) 58/798 11 79 www.geravy.com

Hotel Priehrada, Palcmanská Maša, 049 73 Dedinky No. 107

Phone: + 421 (0) 58/798 12 12 www.hotelpriehrada.com

 

 

 

 

Did you know what?

The National Park Slovak Krast, with an area of over 36 000 ten-hectares, is one of the biggest karst areas in Central Europe.

The Zádielská Valley belongs to the gems of Slovak rock-climbing? The climbing of the specified rock massives is permitted from 1st August until the 1st of March.

The statue of the marathon runner is the only one in the world. There isn’t an artistic sculpture depicting a marathon runner anywhere else in the world, additionally, a part of this piece of art is documentation of all the marathon winners, who’ve conquered the running track in Košice.

There’s an exceptionally rare epitaph written by the field marshal F. Renaud from 1740 in the Fransiscan Seminary Church, made by G. R. Donner, the exclusive sculptor of Vienna.

The Premonstratesian monastery contains unique symbology? It has 4 entrances, just like the number of seasons, 12 chimneys just like the number of months in a year and 365 windows just like the number of days in a year.

The point situated the lowest in Slovakia is in Dolný Zemplín- the village and municipality Klin nad Bodrogom (94, 3 m above seal level), as well as the lowest situated town in Slovakia - Čierna nad Tisou (110 m above sea level).

Sobrance is the most eastern town in Slovakia.

More than 210 types of birds live in the protected landscape area Latorica.

The reservation Tajba is a unique place where one can find the rare European Pond Tutle.

Morské oko (‘The Eye of the Sea’) is the biggest enclosed volcanic lake in Slovakia.

Vineyard and winemaking district Tokaj is one of the five in the world, where one can grow grapes for the production of naturally sweet wines.

The museum of guitars in Sobranovce is one of a kind in Europe and the second of its kind in the world.

Zemplínska Šírava has the biggest water area in the region and the second biggest in Slovakia.

Ochtinská Aragonite Cave is the only one of its kind in Europe and there are only two other ones like it in the world.

The Silická Ice Cave is a popular hide-out for bats during the winter, on rare occasion, even the rare Natterer's bat (Myotis nattereri).

A prominent writer of romances, Mór Jókai, who was looking for some jewel pieces for his new novel ‘Levočská biela pani‘ visited the castle Krásna Hôrka in the year 1883? His creation was published in many editions and has been translated into many languages.

The precious frescos were only discovered in the church in Štítnik at the beginning of the 20th century.

The building of the church tower in the Barroque Evangelical Church in Betliar lasted just 2.5 months.

The building work on the church of the Reformed Chruch in Hrhov began on the basis of a collection of gold coins from the locals which came to 789 gold coins in total.

The characteristic ‘Šošovkovité‘ (Slovak for ‘in the shape of a lens‘) Square in Spišská Nová Ves is the longest of its kind in Europe.

The tourist season never ends in Slovak Paradise and tourists can carry on exploring it during the winter months.

That the municipality of Smižany, situated in Slovak Paradise, is the biggest municipality in Slovakia.

Kláštorisko had become a hiding place under the incursion of Tartars on the Spiš territory and has frequently acted as a refuge for local inhabitants.

The characteristic style of the Spiš Jerusalem is also emphasized by the planting of the black pine which resembles cedar from the Middle East.

In the year 2000 the likeness of the bridge went as far as being immortalised on a postal stamp.

The town placed lowest in Slovakia: Čierna nad Tisou (110 m above sea level).

The lowest point in Slovakia: Klin nad Bodrogom (94,3 m above sea level).

The first coat-of- arms for a city in Europe: Košice.

The biggest church in Slovakia: St. Elisabeth Cathedral in Košice.

The biggest castle complex in Central Europe: Spiš Castle (4,1 ten-hectares).

The biggest ice cave in Slovakia: Dobšinská Ice Cave (11 200 m3).

The only cold geyser on the European continent: Herľany.

The oldest marathon in Europe and the second oldest in the world: The International Marathon of Peace (Košice, 1924).

The largest karstic area in Central Europe: The Slovak Karst (440km²).

One of the three accessible aragonite caves in the world: Ochtinská Aragonite Cave.

The biggest botanical garden in Slovakia in terms of the size of its area: Košice (30 ten-hectares, more than 4000 plant species are being grown here).

The tallest church tower in Slovakia: the church Nanebovzatia Panny Márie in Spišská Nová Ves (87m).

The second biggest water area in Slovakia: Zemplínska Šírava (area 33 km², the maximum length 11km, maxiumum breadth 3.5km, the average depth 9.5m and the maximum depth being 14m).

Endemic (a plant which doesn’t grow anywhere else in the world): Onosma tornensis (Turniansky Castle).

Košice’s golden treasure, containing 920 gold coins from the 15th-17th century, belongs to the oldest bulk discoveries in the world.

The largest zoo in Central Europe and in Slovakia in terms of the size of its area : ZOO Košice.

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