Around Zilina

Rising dramatically on a rocky outcropping, Strecno castle ( 041-569 7400 adult student 50 30Sk S 9am-5pm May-Sep, to 4pm Oct) stands guard over the Vah river, 13km east of Zilina on the road to Martin. The fortress, built in the 14th century by warlord Matus Cak, has been in ruins for three centuries, but sizeable wall and tower segments remain and some restoration work has been done. Hike up, up, up to the castle from the car park on the Zilina-Martin road, or from the Strecno train station...

JESENfKy Mountains

The twin ranges that make up the Jeseniky Mountains (Nizky Jesenik) also mark the boundaries of one of the Czech Republic's forgotten spaces. The rugged Hruby Jesenik rise in the northwest corner of the region to Moravia's highest summit, Praded (1491m). On a clear day (and with a good pair of binoculars) you can see both the Krkonose of East Bohemia and the Tatias of Central Slovakia from its peak. The surrounding Hruby Jesenik Protected Landscape Region (Chranena krajinna oblast Hruby...

Rock Climbing Mountaineering

With all those rock towns in the Czech Republic, it comes as no surprise that rock climbing is big here. The majority of climbing options in the Czech Republic are concentrated in North and East Bohemia, especially the Sandstone Rocks of Labe (p240) and the Adrspach-Teplice Rocks (p260). The rock in both places is a fairly soft sandstone, which has eroded into a spectacular profusion of pinnacles, towers, walls and ar tes (a sharp ridge separating The fastest running river two valleys), with...

Slovensky Raj National Park

Rumbling waterfalls, steep gorges, sheer rock faces, thick forests and hilltop meadows Slovensky raj Slovak paradise www.slovenskyraj.sk admission 20Sk is a national park for the passionately outdoorsy. The park is 90 covered in dense pine and deciduous forest, and has several rare species found only within its borders, including 17 butterfly types and 20 wildflower varieties. Easier trails exist, but the one-way ladder- and chain-assist ascents are the most dramatic. You cling to a metal rung...