Travel to Slovakia
Day 3 Terchová - Mala Fatra - Orava - Gerlachov (146 km)
Terchová: At the entrance of the village, on the road towards the valley of Vrátna, there is at the top of a hill the statue of Juraj Janošík, the Slovak Robin Hood. According to a popular tradition Juraj Janosik robbed the rich and then distribute the booty among the poor
Terchová - Juraj Janošík
(in 6 Km.) Vrátna valley: The only access road to the Vrátna valley, the most attractive area of Malá Fatra Mts., goes out of the city of Terchová. The road passes through an impressive entrance to the valley Malá, by Tiesňavy canyon with the Vrátňanka stream. It has many rock formations along the falls of the creek. This National Nature Reserve is the canyon itself, the crest of the hillside and the adjacent slopes of Sokoli and Boboty Mts. After Tiesňavy Vrátna; valley forks into the valleys of Stará and Nova dolina.
Vrátna valley (Mala Fatra)
At the end of Stará dolina valley is the chalet Chata Vrátna. Walkers enjoy to stop at the waterfall Skok. The chalet Chata Vrátna is the base camp for excursions to the main ridge of the Krivánska Fatra Mts. A funicular runs from the shelter of the highest part of the valley to Snilovské sedlo (1,524 m) under Chleb peak (1647 m) and Veľký Kriváň (1,709 m).
Diery is a Canyon in Mala Fatra National Park. In the valley Vrátna there is an easy trekking route (Dolne Diery and Nove Diery) leading through canyon and that is also suitable for children. The longer route takes approximately 2 hours. Walking through the bottom of canyon there are small ladders to help move along the path. There is also information panels along the route, with descriptions also in english, that explain things about nature of this site. You can start the tour either from the village of Stefanova or from the Diery hotel. From Stefanova can also access the Horne Diery but it is harder and longer.
(in 42 Km.) Orava: Orava Castle (Oravský hrad) is one of the largest castles in Slovakia. The current form of the castle is incurred after steady increases since the thirteenth century to the twentieth century. The extensions were made in different architectural styles from Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque to romanticism. The first known mention of the castle dates from 1267. In 1800 the castle caught fire and fell into ruin. Since 1906 began slowly the reconstruction that shows the current state.
The Orava Castle was one of the first museums founded in Slovakia. It now houses exhibitions of history, ethnography and natural sciences. The most valuable exhibit is the castle itself, with its indoor / outdoor lifestyle presented in antiquity. The ethnographic exhibition shows traditional costumes of the Orava region. The museum is full of weapons, folk art and antique furniture.
(in 98 Km.) Gerlachov: We rented a house in this town for the next 5 days. It's named Privat Faixova. We were very well served by our hostess Jana. It is a highly recommendable place. The house was beautiful, with a large garden and space to park the car. At the end of the garden there was a vegetable patch and various animals (rabbits, chickens, ...) with which our children played.