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Best Hiking Trails in Slovakia

Overview

Hiking is a popular activity for Slovaks and any time spent in this Eastern European country will show why.  The beautiful Tatra mountains and other ranges cover much of Slovakia and there are thousands of km of hiking trails to explore. The main areas to hike in Slovakia include the Low, Western and High Tatras, as well as Mala Fatra and Velka Fatra ranges, and Slovak Paradise. The best months to hike in Slovakia are June to September. Read on for more information on where and when to go hiking in Slovakia. 

Capital: Bratislava

When To Hike in Slovakia?

June – September
May; October
November – April: Cold, snow

Climate: Moderately continental; rainfall is heaviest during June and July. 

 

Slovakia Monthly Weather

Accessibility of Hiking

Easy: There are plenty of well-marked trails, many of them in English

Transportation required: Pubilc transit to some areas, car for others

Where to stay in Slovakia for hiking:

  • Zdiar
  • Poprad
  • Smokovec
  • Banska Bystrica
  • Vysoke Tatry

Top Places to Hike in Slovakia

There are many hiking trails, within the national parks and outside of them, in the Tatra Mountains (Low, Western, and High), as well as in Mala Fatra and Velka Fatra ranges. Highest Mountain: Gerlachovský štít (2655 m) in the High Tatras (Vysoké Tatry).

Filter out hiking places of Slovakia by month

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Poloniny National Park

  • Národny park Poloniny 

Slovenský Kras National Park

  • Slovakia Karst

Muránska Planina

  • Muran Plateau National Park

Slovenský Raj National Park

  • Known as Slovak Paradise
  • Popular, known for laddered hiking, bridges, waterfalls

Pieniny National Park

  • Pieninský národný park

Low Tatras

  • Low Tatra National Park (Národný park Nízke Tatry) 
  • Chopok to Ďumbier

High Tatras

  • Most popular and highest mountain range, on the northern border with Poland
  • Tatra National Park (Tatranský národný park)  
  • Zdiar, Poprad, Smokovec, many others are good bases for this area
  • Gerlachovský štít

Western Tatras

  • Beside the High Tatras; there are hiking trails here

Vel’ká Fatra

  • Vel’ká Fatra National Park (means Big Fatra)  
  • Hike to Chyzky mountain pass

Malá Fatra

  • Means Little Fatra 
  • Velky Rozsutec peak

Slovakia's Long Distance Trails

Slovakia's Walking & Hiking Resources

Slovakia Hiking Books:

  • Walking in the High Tatras – Slovakia and Poland: Including Western Tatras and White Tatras, by Renáta Nárzona and Colin Saunders, 2017, Cicerone Press 
  • Tatra Mountains: Car Tours and Walks, by Sandra Bardwell, 2016, Sunflower Books

 

Slovakia Hiking Associations/Clubs:

 

Best Hiking Trails in Slovakia:

You can find more details on hiking these trails from hiking guidebooks, official hiking websites, trail maps/apps, other websites, and tourist offices:

  • Koprovsky Stit – High Tatras
  • Velky Rozsutec – Mala Fatra
  • Chyzky mountain pass – Velka Fatra
  • Chopok to Dumbier – Low Tatras
  • Sucha Bela Gorge – Slovak Paradise
  • Zelené Pleso – High Tatras
  • Mlynicka and Furkotska Valleys Hike– High Tatras
  • Cold Valley Hike – High Tatras
  • Mount Rysy – High Tatras
  • Slavkovsky Stit – High Tatras
  • Gerlachovsky Stit – High Tatras

Easy Hiking Trails in Slovakia:

  • Jamské Pleso
  • Popradské Pleso – High Tatras

 

Slovakia Hiking Websites:

 

Slovakia Weather Websites: 

  • Slovak Hydrometeorological Institute – SHMU 

 

Slovakia Official Tourism Site:  

 

Slovakia Hiking Apps: 

 

Slovakia Hiking Maps: 

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