1. Badínsky prales
Let's first look at the region of Banska Bystrica, which offers a lot of beautiful places to explore. About 10 km from Banska Bystrica is one of the oldest protected areas in Slovakia. Among other things, this forest is also known to be visited by Prince Charles in 2000.
It is located in the southeastern part of the Kremnica Mountains. Walking in the huge trees is a real experience because only a few places are as untouched by humans like this. This place is mostly closed for the public and entry is only possible for guided tours. However, it opens every year for a few days, but it is necessary to watch when it is gonna be and sign in in advance. Above the forest, there is also Badínsky waterfall, which is a popular place for tourists too.
If you decide to visit this place, you just need to go on the highway in the direction of Banská Bystrica and you will also need a toll sticker. Then you go to the village of Badin. We recommend you park your car there, as there is a 6 km long forest path ideal for hikes. After that, about one kilometer before the forest of Badin, there is a nature trail. This nature trail will lead you directly to the Badínský waterfall.
2. Tomášovský výhľad
The Slovenský raj is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful mountain ranges in Slovakia and a popular tourist destination. In addition to a number of unique places, waterfalls and genuine natural jewelry, you will also find one of the most beautiful views ever. It's not surprising that they are extremely popular in Slovakia. If you catch a glimpse into the valley from a hill, it's really worth it.
The Tomášovský výhľad is the most beautiful places in the Slovenský raj and the hike is not difficult at all. It will take you about an hour and you can definitely go there with children. But remember that you will have to face a slight uphill gradient. The route itself is about three and a half kilometers long and it is marked all way long. So, how do you get there?
Follow the highway to Spišský Štvrtok, which is located next to Poprad. There you will head towards Spišské Tomášovce. The beginning of the whole path is in the parking lot Čingov. Parking lot is charged, but it is also guarded.
3. Šútovský vodopád
This waterfall, which is the fourth largest waterfall in Slovakia, is also worth seeing. It is located in Krivánska Malá Fatra in Šutovska valley. It's located north of the village Šútovo. The waterfall reaches up to 38 meters. When you go there, we recommend you go directly from the village Šutovo. You will have to follow the blue hiking trail, which is about 3.7 kilometers long. It is ideal to park a car in a guarded parking lot near the cottage Fatranka. About half of the route is on the asphalt. After that there will be a slight gradient on a stony road. This walk takes about 1.5 hours. Šútovský waterfall is located about 20 km from the town of Vrútky. You will take the D1 highway to the town of Turany and then it is necessary to go towards the village of Šutovo.
4. Dobšinská ľadová jaskyňa
Perhaps everyone knows this cave. It is one of the most famous caves in Slovakia. This cave has been included in the world's natural heritage site since 2000 and it's glaciation lasted for thousands of years. When you go there, don’t forget to dress properly, because the temperature inside goes down to minus 4 degrees. The Dobšinská Ice Cave has a descent to the depth of 70 meters. It is undoubtedly one of the most significant caves in Slovakia.
How to get there? First of all, it depends on where you begin to. For example, from Bratislava you have two options to get there - to go on the highway towards Poprad or towards Banská Bystrica. The toll sticker is required for both routes. The cave is located about 37 km from Poprad.
What about parking? A large parking lot is located in the village and is charged. From the parking lot it is about 1 km to the cave entrance. The path to the cave should not take you more than 30 minutes. There is a blue hiking trail and a nature trail from the parking lot.
5. Devínska Kobyla
There is no doubt that the Bratislava Region has many unique natural monuments. One of the most beautiful and perhaps the best known is Devínska Kobyla. It is a national nature reserve, located in the southern part of the Little Carpathians between Devínska Nová Ves, Dúbravka and Devín. A 4 km long nature trail leads through the entire nature reserve. The most interesting part of the trail is Sandberg. There are rock residues from the Tertiary period which age is estimated to even 14 to 16 million years.
To go there it's necessary to go on the highway towards Bratislava. Devínska Kobyla has many starting points, but it depends on what you want to see. In any case, parking is possible along the main road or in one of the housing estates. Be prepared, that it may be a problem to park there over the weekend. In this case, it might be better to go by public transport.
Nice weather is coming and those are our tips for road trips. Do not hesitate and let's go on a road trip!