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Slovensky raj, Slovakia

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Slovak Paradise

The English translation of Slovensky raj National Park is "Slovak Paradise". The park won its name in 1921- a teacher in nearby village came up with this name. The name stuck, and hordes of tourists have since flocked to this beautiful destination in eastern Slovakia.
The northern slopes of the park are home to a series of deep clefts carved into the limestone hills. Water flows down deepening valleys, transforming serene streams into a series of crashing waterfalls. These rugged canyons would be impassable but for the ladders and chains that have been installed to carry hikers along dizzying heights over cascades and boulder-filled stream beds.

Slovensky raj, Slovakia
 
Slovensky raj, Slovakia
 
Slovensky raj, Slovakia
 
Slovensky raj, Slovakia
 
Rainforest
 
Bridge between waterfalls
 
Ladders in Sokolia Dolina
 
Another long ladder
 
Fun for kids
 
Come on boys
 


Sucha Bela

The ladders and waterfalls in this stunning gorge are what grace most Slovensky raj postcards. Start is in Podlesok. Green trail sign marks the Sucha Bela path. For over an hour you scale ladders, walk through the river, and climb wooden steps up the steep, winding cleft. At the top of the valley is Sucha Bela peak (968 metres). For safety reasons, hikers are only allowed to go up the canyon, going down the ladders is dangerous (one way traffic).

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Slovensky raj, Slovakia
 
Slovensky raj, Slovakia
 
Slovensky raj, Slovakia
 
Slovensky raj, Slovakia
 

Hornad river valley

Again, start in Podlesok (plenty of accommodations there), and follow the trail along the river. The park has installed metal steps into the stone walls, leaving hikers directly above the cold water below. They say that this section can get crowded. We were lucky to be there in the middle of the week and it was also raining on and off. We found this section very empty.

Along river Hornad, Slovensky raj
 
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Slovensky raj, Slovakia
 
Hold on
 
Along Hornad
 

Tomasovsky vyhlad

A nice overlook over Slovak Paradise accessed from the Hornad river valley trail. You can even see High Tatra mountains if the weather is clear enough. And if you have climbing gear with you there are several sport climbing routes right below the overlook.

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Tomasovsky vyhlad
 
Trail to Tomasovsky vyhlad
 
Wildlife encounter
 

Sokolia Dolina

Sokolia Dolina is more remove and wild part of the park. Some the ladders in this section reach 100 metres in height. I loved this part, beautiful cascading waterfalls, very uncrowded.

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Sokolia Dolina, Slovensky raj
 
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Slovensky raj, Slovakia
 
Slovensky raj, Slovakia
 

Klastorisko

And you can also explore old ruins of the Cartesian Monastery inside the park. So, you get it all - history, beautiful surroundings, sense of an adventure.

Klastorisko, Slovensky raj
 
Slovensky raj, Slovakia
 
Klastorisko
 
Ruins of Klastorisko
 


Klastorisko

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