These articles were published in the Spectacular Slovakia travel guide, published annually by The Slovak Spectator since 1996. The latest editions can be obtained from our online shop.

Southeastern Slovakia Itinerary

WEEKEND TRIP - Slovenský kras

Spend a weekend in the southeastern part of Slovakia, in the

Slovenský Kras

(Slovak Karst) area. This limestone mountain range, located near the town of Rožňava, is the largest karst (subterranean limestone) range in central Europe. It consists of limestone and dolomite plateaus and canyons, as well as a world-beating network of caves.

FRIDAY evening - Lúčka

Enjoy the sunset amid the ruins of a medieval church on a hill above the village of Lúčka (15 kilometres southeast of Rožňava).

SATURDAY - Krásna Hôrka

Take a morning drive from Rožňava to Krásnohorské Podhradie and see one of the most beautiful monuments in Slovakia, built in 1904. Mauzóleum Andrássyovcov, Krásnohorské Podhradie. Open: Tue-Sun 8:00-17:30. Tel: 058 732-2034. Continue to the castle of Krásna Hôrka, which rises above the countryside. The most interesting parts of the structure are its kitchen and baroque chapel. Krásna Hôrka Castle. Open: Tue-Sun 8:00-16:30. Tel: 058 732-4769.

Go for a walk through one of the country's most beautiful caves. Ochtinská Aragonitová Jaskyňa, Ochtiná. Open: Tue-Sun 9:00-16:00, entrance every hour. Tel: 058 488-1050.

SUNDAY - Zádielska Dolina

Hike through a gorgeous canyon and enjoy the limestone cliffs of Zádielská Dolina (Zádielská Valley). Drive to the railway station in Turňa nad Bodvou, then continue on foot along the blue-marked trail. The path will take you to Zádielská plateau. Continue walking to the bottom of Zádielská Valley, still following the blue-marked trail. Here a red-marked trail leads over Zádielská gap to the end of the 12 kilometres trip at the Dvorníky-Zádiel railway station. Return to Turňa nad Bodvou by train. Departures from Dvorníky-Zádiel: 14:56, 16:05, 18:37, 20:05.

These articles and related information were published in Spectacular Slovakia 2003.

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