10 unique off the beaten track places in Slovakia

Slovakia isn’t one of the most visited countries in Europe. If a tourist stops here, they will only visit Bratislava or High Tatras. At the same time, our little country below the Tatras is hiding far more. I will present you unique Slovak sights in this article, that are not found anywhere in the world.

# 1 Slovak Betlehem

A beautiful work of fwood carver Jozef Pekar, can be found in the village of Rajecká Lesná, south of Žilina. With dimensions of 8.5 × 2.5 × 3 meters, the Slovak betlehem is the largest mobile betlehem in the world. In addition to the birth of Christ, it shows the carvings as well as the history of the Slovak nation, the ordinary life of the Slovak people, and many Slovak monuments are incorporated.

It’s a saying that there are only three things that can be seen indefinitely. The flowing water, the burning fire, and working people. But there is a unique masterpiece in Slovakia, which can also be observed indefinitely and it’s the Slovak betlehem😉

Slovak betlehem in Rajecka Lesna (source – rajeckadolina.sk)

# 2 Slavosovsky tunnel

Following the Vienna Arbitration of 1938, when the southern border was assigned to the Hungarian Kingdom, the territory of the Gemer region was “cut off” from the remaining railway sections. This situation has complicated domestic life, managing the land and supplying it. That is why a project called “Gemerské spojky” was created to create a coherent network of railways in the region. But after the end of the II. World War and the return of the territory of Slovakia, the “Gemerské spojky” project has lost its significance.

The entrance to the tunnel is mysterious and cooler than its surroundings

The Slavosovsky tunnel should connect the village Slavosovce and Magnezitovce. Walking the hill is 30 km long, the tunnel length is only 2400 meters. You can walk or go on a bike, so don’t forget your headlamp. The Magnezitovec portal is much more fascinating and mysterious than the one from Slavosovce. These are ideal places for people who like urbex and an interesting place for a trip with children.

You do not have to forget your headlamp and a pair of good shoes

# 3 Ochtinska aragonite cave

There are only three (discovered) aragonite caves in the world. The most beautiful one is located in Slovakia near Ochtina. The length of 300 meters is the smallest accessible cave in Slovakia. It’s rich aragonite decoration was created under specific hydrochemical and climatic conditions in a closed underground cavity. All the necessary information about Slovak Caves can be found here.

Ochtinska aragonitova cave (source – pigy.sk)

# 4 Stone Waterfall

The SomoSka rock waterfall is located on the Hungarian-Slovak border, between Siatorska Bukovina (SK) and Somosko (HU). Physically less exhausting is to come to the rock formation on the Hungarian side, around the castle SomoSka. The occurrence of the six-column columnar segregation of the  basin from which the rock formation is formed arises from the slow cooling of the lava and is nothing special. But this Slovak version, in its form, is one of the world’s unique, because it directly mimics the shape of a flowing waterfall.

The stone waterfall of Somoska, ​​wandering around just to admire it

The trip can be combined with a visit to Somoska Castle, which is the most beautiful at sunset. And a visit to the seashore, which consists of fragments of beaded columns, the same as the stone waterfall.

# 5 Soccer field in Čiernom Balogu

The most amazing sight in Slovakia can be found right in its heart. The village of Cierny Balog in the district of Brezno boasts something that you will never see anywhere in the world. In this unfamiliar village the football field is separated from the audience tribune by a railway track. Four times a day you could see a steam train go thru. The tracks are part of the Cernohronska railroad and this section has been preserved since 1908.

Something similar can also be found in Vietnam, where a train runs between the streets of Hanoi.

Train crossing the narrow streets of Hanoi

# 6 Cicmany

A village, which is famous for its folk architecture, is located to the South of the city of Zilina in the Rajecka kotlina. The black-painted wooden logs are decorated with geometric ornaments. They started to paint the kitchens in the 19.th century on the corners of their homes. The ornaments, as we know on the rocks today, began to paint only after 1921, when the village reached a devastating fire. The decoration of woodcutters is motivated by traditional cicman costume.

Cicmany represent the traditional Slovak history (source – cicmany.info)

# 7 Blue Church

On the Bezrucova Street in the center of Bratislava, you could find a small church of unusual color. It’s the Church of the Holy Elizabeth, which the people of the Slovak people call the Blue Church. It is built in the architectural style of the Art Nouveau, in which the blue color symbolizes something extraterrestrial and white is a symbol of hope. You can also find his miniature in Mini Europe Park in Brussels.

The Blue Church has gained its uniqueness with many

# 8 Most SNP (UFO bridge)

The dominant of the capital is a single-pylon bridge across the Danube, whose original name is the SNP Bridge. This proposal ended up in the 4th place, but for economic reasons he was finally built. Due to its construction, a large part of the Bratislava suburb , a significant Vydrica site and a Moorish-style synagogue were destroyed  . On the other hand, its construction was really necessary.

Bridge SNP at night. A bad aupark tower on a background that never had to stand there as it spoils the town’s skyline

On the top of the pylon, 85 meters in height, is a restaurant in the shape of UFO, which can be reached by elevator. The restaurant has a sightseeing deck, where you could see at a distance of nearly 100 kilometers in a good visibility weather.

The SNP Bridge does not have a single pillar in the Danube

# 9 The Trubiaci stone

You can reach the Trubiaci stone by a walkway from the village of Suchan, in the district of Velky Krtis. The hike is easy but dull and takes about an hour and a half. The goal is to find a rock of volcanic origin, with two holes on the top side. When you will blow right, it will do a “whistle.”

When it blows right into the stone, there is a loud “whistle” (source – svetokolonas.sk)

Stone is also known as the Turkish whistle. Stories tell us how in the 16th century the Turks plundered the territory of Honta, but the rugged terrain made it difficult for them to be oriented. That is why they carved two holes in the stone so that they “stumbled.” The Turks could defend themselves and summon them to fight.

# 10 Dinosaur balls

They are on two locations in the Kysuce region of Northern Slovakia. A more significant locality of Megonka, you will find in Cadce, in the town MiloSova. The site was discovered in the 80s in the stone quarry where rock balls rocked. Balls with a diameter of 10-260 cm are made of sandstone, but no one has yet made it clear. Geologists believe that they originated in the gulf of the sea by gradually adding to the core and by moving water on the seabed. The only thing they say with certainty is that they originated at the same time as the surrounding sandstone rocks.

You won’t see a dinosaur balls just somewhere else

The smaller locality finds the Klokocovske skalie locality, where only a few pieces are found in the forest. As sites became a natural monument relatively late, there was a stealing of dinosaur balls that the local population used to decorate the gardens.

You could find these kind of stones in Costa Rica, Mexico, Bosnia and New Zealand

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