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Slanica Island of Art

Museum & Gallery

Permanent expositions of the traditional folk art from the collections of the Orava Gallery (Oravská galéria) have been located in the beautiful natural scenery of Slanica Island of Art, in the centre of the Oravská priehrada dam.

From the five villages that disappeared forever below the surface of the water of the dam in 1953, only a low hill was preserved with a Baroque church and a Calvary that once was the dominating feature of the village of Slanica. A few years later, an idea to open permanent expositions of the Orava Gallery was implemented and the expositions were opened in years 1971 – 1973.

In the interior of the church with the facade from the Classical period, an exposition with the title "Traditional Folk Sculptures and Paintings“ and outdoor on the island "Lapidárium" - a collection of stone sculptures from Orava from the 18th- 19th century have been installed. In the former crypt there is an exposition of the history of the inundated villages and the construction of the Oravská priehrada dam.

Expositions with their unique character rank among the most visited cultural sights of Orava, also thanks to the attractive cruise on a passenger motor ship "Slanica" operating to the island from port No. 2 in Slanická Osada during the tourist season.

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Monday – Sunday09:0016:30

Platí od 15. mája do 15. septembra.

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Places Around

Orava (dam)

Orava (dam)

The water reservoir Orava is the result of artificial blocking of the river Orava in northern Slovakia as the remedy to frequent floods. It spreads as far as the Polish frontier. There is an island in the middle of the reservoir called Slanický ostrov – the favourite destinations of trippers.

Raft sail Orava

Raft sail Orava

Rafting – once it was severe and dangerous way, by which construction wood, hay, wheat, pottery, leathers, wooden shingles, cuboids, planks, or even dismounted cottages were delivered. Goods from Poland as copper, lead and salt were delivered by rafts too.

Roháče Mts. (West Tatras)

Roháče Mts. (West Tatras)

Roháče are often and justly praised as the most beautiful part of the West Tatras. A crown of wonderful peaks dominated by the majestic Baníkov Mt. surrounds the extensive Roháčska dolina valley. In turn, the Ostrý Roháč and Volovec Mts. are the princes of the Roháče Mts. They form an indivisible couple of slender rock mountains in the principal ridge and look like two devils horns, expressed by their names (Ostrý Roháč means a sharp horn and Volovec means an ox).

Prosiecka and Kvačianska valleys (Chočské vrchy Mts.)

Prosiecka and Kvačianska valleys (Chočské vrchy Mts.)

The villages Prosiek a Kvačany in region Liptov are generally known as starting points for the trips to the most beautiful and most visited of the Slovak valleys - Prosiecka dolina and Kvačianska dolina.

Veľký Choč Mt. (Chočské vrchy Mts.)

Veľký Choč Mt. (Chočské vrchy Mts.)

The mountain Veľký Choč towering above the dividing line between regions Liptov and Orava is one of the most beautiful in Slovakia. Prevailingly spruce woods cover the mountain and in the highest parts a continuous growth of dwarf pines (unique in this whole mountain range) can be seen. For well-conserved forest bioncenoses with rare flora which in places acquire the nature of virgin forest, it was designated the National Nature Reserve.

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.

Resort Zbojnícka Koliba

Resort Zbojnícka Koliba

Zbojnícka Koliba offers pleasant lodging in comfortably furnished rooms.

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.

Pivovar Kastelán

Pivovar Kastelán

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

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 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.

Hotel Slanica

Hotel Slanica

Set in Námestovo, Hotel Slanica features free bikes, terrace and bar. With free WiFi, this 2-star hotel offers ski storage space. The property has a restaurant and Orava Dam is 2.4 km away.

Penzión Slanický dvor

Penzión Slanický dvor

Offering a seasonal outdoor pool and a private beach area, Penzion Slanicky Dvor is situated in Námestovo in the Žilinský kraj Region, 1.1 km from Orava Dam. The guest house has a barbecue and water sports facilities, and guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant.

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.

Penzión Oravia

Penzión Oravia

Situated by the Orava Water Dam and only a 5-minute walk from the Námestovo town centre, Penzión Oravia offers accommodation with a restaurant, a bar, a terrace and views to the dam. Free WiFi is available in all areas and free private parking is available on site.

Pension Modul

Pension Modul

Located directly on the beach of Orava Reservoir in Namestovo, Penzion Modul provides an equipped accommodation with a terrace, a garden, a children’s playground and barbecue facilities. Free WiFi is available.

Pension Jollien

Pension Jollien

Located in Námestovo, 10 m from Oravska Priehrada Dam Lake, Penzion Jollien houses a restaurant with an outdoor terrace and a beach view and a cocktail bar. It also offers free WiFi in all areas and free private parking.

Resort Zbojnícka Koliba

Resort Zbojnícka Koliba

Zbojnícka Koliba offers pleasant lodging in comfortably furnished rooms.

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 Arman ***

Hotel Arman ***

Situated in the village of Nižná in Orava region, Hotel Arman features a spa centre with different saunas, free WiFi and a restaurant.

Oravský Háj Garden Hotel & Resort ***

Oravský Háj Garden Hotel & Resort ***

Komplex Oravský Háj Garden Hotel & Resort je situovaný uprostred pokojnej krajiny Oravy a hosťom ponúka zadarmo krytý bazén, vírivku, ako aj masáže a opaľovacie ležadlá za poplatok. Takisto sa tu môžete venovať rôznym športom. Počas pobytu môžete využívať bezplatné Wi-Fi pripojenie na internet.

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 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.

Ski Vitanová

Ski Vitanová

The SKI Vitanová resort is located at the edge of the village of Vitanová in the Skorušinské vrchy. The top of the slopes offer magnificent views of the Tatras and the whole Orava region. Skiers and snowboarders are carried by a four-seater chairlift and one ski-tow. For families with children, there is a children's area with a ski-tow and nursery.

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.

Ski Oravice

Ski Oravice

The modern ski resort in Oravice is surrounded by the beautiful panorama of the Western Tatras, situated in the north of Slovakia a few kilometres from the border with Poland. SKI Oravice is the only resort in Slovakia with a unique connection to swimming and relaxing in thermal waters in one common area.

Aquapark Thermal Oravice

Aquapark Thermal Oravice

The modern thermal park is built in the wonderful surrounding of Orava, close to the border with Poland. The highly mineralized thermal water, which springs in the depth of more than 1 kilometre, works curing/healing on psychic and stress and is used/utilised in balneotherapy.

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,

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.

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.

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.

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.

The memorial of Anton Bernolák (Slanický ostrov)

The memorial of Anton Bernolák (Slanický ostrov)

The birthplace of the first man to codify the literary Slovak - Anton Bernolák -disappeared under the level of the Oravská priehrada dam. A church was the only building to remain of the village. It stands on the Slanický ostrov island. A memorial was built there to commemorate its famous native.

Tvrdošín – All Saints church

Tvrdošín – All Saints church

The pride of Tvrdošín and its oldest preserved building is the Gothic wooden Roman-Catholic All Saints church (Kostol Všetkých svätých) situated in the local cemetery. In 2008, along with seven wooden churches of the Slovak part of Carpathian Mountain Area, it was included on the UNESCO Word Heritage List.

Podbiel

Podbiel

PODBIEL is a typical village lying in the region of Orava (north of Slovakia) with interesting compound of original log houses called Bobrova rala built in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

The smelting plant Františkova huta

The smelting plant Františkova huta

In the vicinity of the distinctive village of Podbiel, with its unique complex of folk-architecture buildings, located in the region surrounding the Orava dam, we can find the precious technical monument Františkova huta (Francis’s Smelting Plant).

Museum of the Orava Village

Museum of the Orava Village

Three kilometres away from Zuberec, at Brestová, a unique open-air Museum of the Orava Village (Múzeum oravskej dediny) can be visited. Over an area of about 20 hectares, and on both sides of the crystal clean Studený potok brook, is a village containing the typical folk buildings moved here from various regions of Orava.

Zuberec - gothic wooden church of St Elizabeth

Zuberec - gothic wooden church of St Elizabeth

The Late Gothic wooden church of St Elizabeth is the dominant structure in the Museum of the Orava village - open air museum situated only 3 kilometres away of Zuberec near Brestová. It stands in cemetery in the middle of wonderful mountain scenery. The church was originally built in the 19th century and moved here in the 20th century from village Zábrež.

Orava Castle

Orava 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.

Water mills in the valley Kvačianska dolina

Water mills in the valley Kvačianska dolina

Experts classify water mills in the valley Kvačianska dolina among the mountain type of mills. They stand in what is often referred to as a most beautiful Slovak valleys, in the mountain range Chočské vrchy. This is one of the last surviving monuments of its kind and in its natural environment.

Exposition of the Orava Logging Railway

Exposition of the Orava Logging Railway

The Orava Museum established the exposition of the Orava Logging Railway and the Orava Co-ownership Association in the reconstructed premises of the service building and it will be pleased to welcome anybody coming to this beautiful part of Slovakia to spend their time in a pleasant manner and to have some new experience.

Events Around

Preteky psích záprahov v Zuberci

Veľa psov, priatelia, zábava... Cez víkend 19. a 20. januára sa v Zuberci tešia na musherov, na návštevníkov, na všetkých čo prídu povzbudiť, vytvoriť atmosféru, alebo len tak pozrieť. A prečo? Kvôli každoročnému veľkému dobrodružstvu pod Roháčmi, pretekom psích záprahov v azda najkrajšom slovenskom skanzene.