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Orava Castle

Castle

The most attractive tourist locality of the northern Slovakia is the Orava Castle lying on the river Orava near the village Oravský Podzámok, below impressive cliffs. In 1370, it became a county castle and the seat of the Orava Castle estate, which included almost the whole region of Orava.

The castle, much like others in Slovakia, stands on the site of old wooden forts and it was constructed after the Tartar invasion in 1241. Originally, it was built in the Romanesque and Gothic styles and later reconstructed in the Renaissance and Neo-Gothic styles.

It consists of several buildings copying the shape of the castle rock. In 1556, the Castle fell into the hands of the Thurzos' who were the authors of the most extensive reconstruction of the castle's history. The Orava castle acquired its present form in 1611.

After the Thurzos' died out, the castle was owned by several landlords who did not take much care of it. The biggest disaster affected the castle in 1800 when it burnt down, and became useless. The most extensive reconstruction was made after the Second World War.

Today the Castle is a remarkable compound of buildings of the lower, central and upper castles with palaces, fortifications and towers. Visitors are intrigued by its three entrance gates communicated by a tunnel, under which there is a dungeon.

In the Castle itself Oravské múzeum (the Orava Museum) was established with numerous series of expositions. In the oldest part of the upper castle, an archaeological exposition documenting the oldest history of the Orava settlement is installed. Natural history exhibition is installed in the bottom floors of the central castle with samples of fauna and flora. On the upper floor of the central castle, an ethnographic exposition is placed. Historical exposition consists of a group of medieval and Renaissance buildings with their original furniture. Seeing the castle also includes short performances due to which it belongs among the most attractive in Slovakia.

Night visits to the Castle in the main tourist season enriched with theatre performances and eerie events are becoming ever more popular.

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Places Around

Pivovar Kastelán

Pivovar Kastelán

Túžba po vlastnom čapovanom pive v príjemnej reštaurácií pod majestátnym bralom Oravského hradu nás viedla k založeniu minipivovaru Kastelán.

Penzión Villa Helia

Penzión Villa Helia

Penzion Villa Helia is situated in the quiet suburban area of Medzihradné, only 1,200 m from the historic city centre of Dolny Kubin. It offers modern-style accommodation with free Wi-Fi and an on-site hot tub.

Penzión Koliba

Penzión Koliba

Located only 200 m from the historic square of P.O. Hviezdoslava in Dolný Kubín, Penzión Koliba is set in a traditional-style wooden house, typical for the Orava Region. It offers an on-site restaurant and rooms with a TV and free Wi-Fi.

Koliba u Kuba Penzión **

Koliba u Kuba Penzión **

Offering a seasonal outdoor pool and ski-to-door access, Koliba u Kuba a rekreačné domy is set in Hruštín in the Žilinský kraj Region. Wisła is 48 km away. Free WiFi is provided throughout the property.

Penzión Oravský Zrub

Penzión Oravský Zrub

Penzion Oravsky Zrub is set in Nižná nad Oravou, in a traditional wooden building of Orava region. Featuring free Wi-Fi and a traditional Slovak restaurant, it offers a hot tub, playground and a terrace with barbecue facilities.

Hotel Ranč u Edyho **

Hotel Ranč u Edyho **

Featuring a horse ranch and a private port, the family-friendly Hotel Ranč u Edyho is only 100 m from the Orava Reservoir. You can find a rustic-style restaurant with a terrace serving Slovak cuisine on site. The facilities include an outdoor pool, tennis courts and a children’s playground.

Motel Ranč

Motel Ranč

Vo všetkých ubytovacích jednotkách motela Ranč môžete využívať satelitnú TV a časť s posedením s kreslom. Každá ubytovacia jednotka zariadená dreveným nábytkom má vlastnú kúpeľňu so sprchovacím kútom. V záhrade sú pre vás pripravené gril, šípky, detské ihrisko a minigolf. Na mieste si môžete zahrať aj squash. Autom sa za 15 minút dostanete k Liptovskej Mare s možnosťou kúpania, plachtenia a rybárčenia, do obce Vlkolínec zapísanej na zoznam svetového dedičstva UNESCO či do termálnych kúpeľov v Bešeňovej. Počas pobytu sú vám k dispozícii bezplatné Wi-Fi pripojenie na internet a súkromné ​​parkovisko monitorované kamerami zdarma. Lyžiarske stredisko Ski Park Ružomberok sa nachádza vo vzdialenosti 5 km. Lyžiarske strediská Donovaly a Jasná sú od motela Ranč vzdialené 20 minút jazdy autom.

Koliba u dobrého pastiera

Koliba u dobrého pastiera

Koliba u dobrého pastiera je unikátny komplex ubytovacích, stravovacích služieb v lone nádhernej liptovskej prírody iba 5 minút od centra mesta Ružomberok. Celá stavba je z prírodných materiálov a v duchu slovenskej tradície.

Vŕšky Brewery

Vŕšky Brewery

The first mountain brewery has been operating in Terchová with experienced master brewer since 2012. You can book a tour and tasting the microbrewery in to the Drevenice Terchová Resort. If you just want to taste, the beer is on a tap in the next door restaurant.

SKI PARK Kubínska hoľa

SKI PARK Kubínska hoľa

SKI PARK Kubínska hoľa - fun for the whole family! “Kubínka” offers great conditions for all, starting with free-ride through race tracks to the children's ski school. The total length of the ski runs is 14km, which makes our resort an ideal place for an unforgettable experience of skiing.

AquaRelax Dolný Kubín

AquaRelax Dolný Kubín

AquaRelax is a modern aqua park in Dolný Kubín, outstanding for its unique pyramid architecture. It uses only crystal-clear water in stainless steel pools.

Ski Fan Hrustin – Vasilovska hola

Ski Fan Hrustin – Vasilovska hola

- ski resort is located 7 km away from village Hrustin, on the northern side of Oravska Magura, - very good natural snow conditions, ski slopes are suitable for all age levels of skiers, free parking,

Ski centrum Zázrivá – Kozinec

Ski centrum Zázrivá – Kozinec

Lyžiarske stredisko Ski centrum Zázrivá – Kozinec sa nachádza v regióne Orava/Západné Tatry. Základná stanica sa nachádza v nadmorskej výške 650 m n.m. a najvyššie položený bod strediska je vo výške 995 m n.m., celkové prevýšenie teda predstavuje 345 metrov. Najlepšie snehové podmienky stredisko poskytuje v mesiacoch december až marec. Celková dĺžka zjazdoviek je 5 km.

Aqua-Vital Park Lúčky

Aqua-Vital Park Lúčky

Spa Lúčky lying on the limits of regions Liptov and Orava is the one of oldest in Slovakia. It is popular for it provides complete therapy of gynaecological diseases, and it is the only spa in the county specialised in womens diseases.

Spa Lúčky

Spa Lúčky

Spa Lúčky lying on the limits of regions Liptov and Orava is the one of oldest in Slovakia. It is popular for it provides complete therapy of gynaecological diseases, and it is the only spa in the county specialised in womens diseases. Locals know the mineral springs since 1761.

Šport centrum Lučivná SKI

Šport centrum Lučivná SKI

The skiing centre Lučivná SKI Sports Centre is situated in the surroundings of the Párnica municipality. Downhill ski slopes are situated within the Small Fatra National Park in the surroundings of the Zázrivka river.

Zuberec – Janovky - Milotín

Zuberec – Janovky - Milotín

Lyžiarske stredisko Zuberec–Janovky-Milotín sa nachádza priamo v obci Zuberec, ktorá je známym centrom zimnej a letnej turistiky, športu a rekreácie. Základná stanica sa nachádza v nadmorskej výške 750 m n.m. a najvyššie položený bod strediska je vo výške 1000 m n.m., celkové prevýšenie teda predstavuje 205 metrov. Najlepšie snehové podmienky stredisko poskytuje v mesiacoch december až marec. Celková dĺžka zjazdoviek je 7,5 km.

Roháče – Spálená

Roháče – Spálená

The ski resort Roháče Spálená is part of the village Zuberec and is situated in the alpine environment of the Western Tatras in the Orava region. The resort is attractive thanks to its nice mountains, quiet and clean environment, good climatic conditions and an early start to the ski season.

ORAVA SNOW – Ski Oravská Lesná

ORAVA SNOW – Ski Oravská Lesná

The ORAVA SNOW ski area is located in the town of Oravská Lesná, in the Orava region and the Orava Beskid Mountains. Oravská Lesná has a specific micro climate and is among the coldest towns in Slovakia. The very top of the pistes offers a unique, 360-degree view over the Orava countryside.

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Events Around

Liptov Fest

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Liptov Fest

Najväčšie podujatie v regióne. Je festivalom dobrej zábavy, jedla a zážitkov a je akousi ochutnávkou Liptova na jednom mieste. Program festivalu je bohatý na vystúpenia, super hudbu, adrenalínové a športové atrakcie, zabaví aj rodiny s deťmi. Liptov fest je podujatie pre všetkých, ktorým tento región učaroval.

Jánošíkove dni v Terchovej

Terchová je už takmer 120 rokov známa svojou neopakovateľnou hudobnou tradíciou, čo pravidelne pripomína aj „terchovský štátny sviatok“ zvaný Jánošíkove dni. Terchová sa vždy začiatkom augusta premení na dejisko medzinárodného folklórneho festivalu. Popri dominantnom folklóre nechýba ani prezentácia iných hudobných žánrov, vernisáže výstav, prezentácia ľudových remesiel, razenie dukáta, ohňostroj. Neodmysliteľnou súčasťou záverečného dňa Jánošíkových dní býva od roku 1968 divácky atraktívny konský vozový sprievod.

Podroháčske folklórne slávnosti

Medzinárodný folklórny festival na Orave je najväčším a najstarším pravidelne konaným folklórnym podujatím na Orave. Festival sa koná začiatkom augusta od roku 1975 v prírodnom amfiteátri nad obcou Zuberec a v Múzeu oravskej dediny. Je koncipovaný ako trojdňové podujatie, ktorého základ tvorí prezentácia ľudovej kultúry. Súčasťou festivalu je tradičný jarmok.