liptovský mikuláš

The town of Liptovský Mikuláš is both the administrative, economic and cultural centre for Central Liptov. Liptov forms a known part to the region of Northern Slovakia. On its territory are a number of temptations such as its splendid countryside, the underground beauty of its caves, thermal swimming pools and the Liptovská Mara water reservoir . Also to be found is a living archaeological museum, the ruins of castles, architectural folk buildings, museums, galleries and native folklore. There are also a wide number of possibilities for tourists such as water sports, cycling and Winter sporting activities. All of these activities attract thousands of visitors each year. With the growing number of tourists there has been a large improvement in accommodation, restaurant service and many new fitness and squash centres have sprung up as well as new saunas, solariums and other forms of entertainment.

The town of Liptovský Mikuláš lies in the middle of the Liptovská valley. The huge wall of the Western Tatras mountain range and the Choč's peaks surround the valley, with it being adorned by the Low Tatras mountains to the south. The surrounding mountain ridges are truly magnificent and untouched, which is proved by the fact that they were proclaimed as a national park in 1978, the Western Tatras form a part of the Tatras National Park. Liptov is the favourite place of many visitors who are attracted to its unique natural formations. Most admired is the underground beauty of its caves in the Demänovská valley the Vrbické Pleso mountain lake, natural rock formations and the Lúčanský and Šarafiový waterfalls. No one will be disappointed especially those who long for new places and the learning of new facts. Here you can visit an outdoor archaeological museum, architectural folk buildings, churches and the ruins to several castles. The town is proud of its rich history, and although its history dates back to the bronze age, the first written document referring to the town, dates from the year 1286. It is from this year that the history of Liptovský Mikuláš was documented in written form, and it can be found in the Museum of Janko Kráľ. Visitors in the town can visit the Slovak Museum of Nature Protection and Speleology which houses a large collection, or admire the works of Slovak artists and sculptors in the Gallery of Peter Michal Bohúň, as well as in the Koloman Sokol Centre.

All of these works are held in the buildings belonging to the historical part of Liptovský Mikuláš in the pedestrian zone, which has become a sought after place of relaxation for both tourists and local citizens.