Category Archives: Accommodation in the Wilderness

Penzión Resla pri Klopacke

In Banská Štiavnica, where one can’t walk a pace without another delightful 18th-century edifice looming photogenically into view, it’s not easy to stand out on architectural merits. But sometimes, pretty facades can be just shells – or not live up … Continue reading

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Chata Pod Čertovicou

8:30am. The only other guest was chuckling to himself. He simply couldn’t believe it. The manager had just given him a bottle of wine (Château Topoľčianky, not bad), well, just because, too often these days there is a reason for … Continue reading

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The Štefánikova Magistrála Stage One: Devín to Kamzík

This first stage of the four-stage hike across Western Slovakia between Hrad Devín (Devín Castle) and Bradlo is an easy initiation into the walk. We’ve allowed more time for this because of the points of interest en route and because the … Continue reading

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The Štefánikova Magistrála (Štefánik’s Trail)

  When I heard there was a path themed around one of Slovakia’s greatest all-time heroes, Milan Rastislav Štefánik, running from the Austrian border at Hrad Devín through the entirety of the Small Carpathians to Bradlo, where the man is buried, my … Continue reading

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Vrátna Valley Basics – & Two Short Walks Around Chleb and Veľký Kriváň

If anyone were to ask me where they should go to get the most accessible and authentic slice of mountain life in Slovakia, factoring in the obligatory stupendous viewpoint and a hike to a classic wilderness hut dishing out hearty … Continue reading

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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Kamzík

 Like the Tower of London, like the Eiffel Tower, the thing that puts you off wanting to go to Kamzík, the big TV tower/mast standing sentinel over the hills above Bratislava is that it is, perhaps, too obvious.  There is admittedly not much … Continue reading

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Zamkovského Chata

It was summer, but we were still rubbing our hands together to keep the circulation going whenever we had to remove our gloves to study the map. A cold wind was blowing belated flurries of snow down from 2500m peaks … Continue reading

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Lake on the Edge of the World: Skalnaté Pleso

It’s a collision of worlds, Skalnaté Pleso. The cut-off point between the lower slopes of the High Tatras mankind have succeeded in taming to some extent and the wild peaks rearing above that mankind (let’s hope) never will tame. Cowering just … Continue reading

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Horský Hotel Popradské Pleso

For a good six months of the year, the snow piles so high against the timber walls of Horský Hotel Popradské Pleso that it rather resembles a giant igloo than a mountain lodge. Abutting the rugged lakeshore of Popradské Pleso, this hotel … Continue reading

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London to Poprad Flights Again From October 2014

A few years ago, the now-defunct SkyEurope airline offered the incredibly useful connection between London and the High Tatras of Slovakia which are one of the country’s main tourist attractions. Now, thanks to Wizz Air, that flight is back. Starting … Continue reading

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