Slovakia’s natural beauty offers countless options for enjoying Outdoor Activities whether Walking, Hiking, Cycling, Winter Sports, Golf or taking part in some of the country’s many Water Sports, there is something for everyone. Explore Slovakia on some of the 14,000 km of marked hiking trails, take in the superb sights of waterfalls, gorges and the majestic mountains.
High Tatras or High Tatra (Slovak and Czech: Vysoké Tatry, Polish: Tatry Wysokie) are a mountain range on the borders between Slovakia and Poland. They are a part of the Tatra Mountains. The High Tatras, with their 17 peaks over 2500 m AMSL, are, together with the Southern Carpathians, the only mountain ranges with an alpine character in the whole 1200 km length of the Carpathian Mountains. The major part and all the highest peaks of the mountains are situated in Slovakia. The highest peak is Gerlachovský štít at 2,655 m. Many rare and endemic animals and plant species are native to the High Tatras. Large predators, such as the bear, Eurasian lynx, marten, wolf and fox live there. The area is well known for winter sports. Ski resorts include Štrbské pleso, Starý Smokovec and Tatranská Lomnica in Slovakia and Zakopane in Poland. The town of Poprad is the gateway to the Slovak Tatra resorts. The first European cross-border national park was founded here—Tatra National Park—Tatranský národný park in Slovakia in 1948 and Tatrza?ski Park Narodowy in Poland in 1954.
Wild Rafting and White Water Rafting using inflatable rafts along fast flowing rivers has been a popular activity for many years now and here in Slovakia there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy this sport. Experienced trippers or qualified instructors are strongly recommended as companions in this sport.
Slovakia is a popular destination for many Winter Sports such as skiing and cross-country Skiing, snowboarding, Ski-mountaineering, try a bobsleigh track, winter paragliding, snowrafting and snowtubing. Slovakia has 36 modern ski resorts with 350 km downhill tracks and 600 km cross country trails.
Lying on ??96 hectares the Bratislava ZOO is situated in the pleasant scenery of the Mlynska valley surrounded by deciduous forest, meadows and streams, accommodates 700 mammals, 200 birds and 40 reptiles.
Cycling or Bicycling as it is less known is a form of transport, recreation and sport which has had a significant resurgence in recent years due to rising fuel costs, traffic congestion as well as a means of keeping fit. Depending on the kind of cycling you wish to do, there is a bike suitable to your needs. From mountain bikes, Tourers, Road Bikes to racing bikes, there is a cycle to fit all.
In areas in which cycling is popular and encouraged, cycle-parking facilities using bicycle stands, lockable mini-garages, and patrolled cycle parks are used in order to reduce theft. Local governments promote cycling by permitting bicycles to be carried on public transport or by providing external attachment devices on public transport vehicles. Conversely, an absence of secure cycle-parking is a recurring complaint by cyclists from cities with low modal share of cycling.
The European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF) is coordinating the development of a network of high-quality cycling routes that connect the whole continent. The routes can be used by long-distance cycle tourists, as well as by local people making daily journeys. EuroVelo currently comprises of 14 routes and it is envisaged that the network will be substantially complete by 2020