LIPTOV is a unique region in the north of Slovakia, characterized by a charming variety of the nature in a small territory, a contrast of high peaks and green meadows and pastureland, which managed to create the largest natural playfield of relaxation and fun in Slovakia.
LIPTOV is th number one tourist destination in Slovakia both in winter and summer.
It is a “green” arena full of natural beauties, adrenaline, water parks and fun; of living folklore and traditions, as well as of history, cuisine and unique gastronomy. Liptov is unique as during one single day you can discover the subterranean beauties of the caves, hot mineral springs and splendid skiing or tourist experiences in the mountains.
Liptov is an area in the north of Slovakia with about 140,000 inhabitants. The area is also known by the German name Liptau, Polish and Hungarian Liptów Liptó. Important chapter of Liptov region represent the Celts during the Iron Age. Celtic tribal village can be seen in the archaeological open-museum Havránok close to Liptovská Mara dam. The first settlement of the Slavs to today’s Slovakia, and thus the beginnings of Liptov began at approximately 6 century BC.
There are currently three ruins of castles that were built in Liptove. This is a Likava castle, Liptovsky Castle and the castle and manor in Liptovsky Hradok. Liptov is also the place where lived and died a legendary figure 17 up to 18 century, Bandit captain Juraj Janosik.
Historical and cultural centres are the cities Liptovsky Mikulas, Ruzomberok and Liptovsky Hrádok. Region is surrounded by the highest mountains in Slovakia: High Tatras, West Tatras and Choc mountains from the north, the south of the Low Tatras, Velka Fatra from the west and east of Poprad basin. Across the region Liptov flows longest Slovak river Vah, which fills with water Liptovska Mara. On the territory of the region there are three Slovak national parks with the highest degree of protection: Tatra National Park, National Park Low Tatras and National Park Velka Fatra.
Among the most visited tourist sites include: the largest mountain and ski resorts in Slovakia JASNA Low Tatras and Ruzomberok – MALINO BRDO ski & bike; the largest all-year round water parks: TATRALANDIA, GINO PARADISE Bešeňová and AQUA – VITAL PARK Spa Lucky; four publicly accessible caves: cave of Liberty, the Ice cave and Stanišovská cave; Vlkolínec village UNESCO world heritage site. The list of museums and galleries include: Liptovské Museum and Ľudovít Fulla Gallery in Ružomberku, Gallery P. M. Bohúň and Koloman Sokol Center in Liptovsky Mikulas.
Liptov has a rich tradition of folk culture. The yearly folk festival in the village of Východná is the largest folk event in Slovakia, which attracts thousands of visitors from all over Europe.
In Liptov you can find also several nice churches. In the village of Svaty Kriz, 10 km far from Liptovsky Mikulas and south from the Liptovská Mara dam is situated wooden church. It is one of the largest sacral buildings in Europe, and as folk village museum in Pribylina, was saved from flooding (originally built in the now-defunct village Paludza. In a small village Nižné Matiasovce, at the beginning of the steep road from Liptov to Zuberec (Orava valley), is a beautiful wooden church with a defensive stone walls and bastions.
LIPTOV – MUST EXPERIENCE!