Travel to Slovakia

Day 6 Gerlachov - Dunajec gorge - Kežmarok - Gerlachov (129 Km)

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(in 50 Km.) Magurské sedlo: From Spišská Bela the road climbs steeply to Magurské sedlo (mountain pass). It is one of the countries of origin of Goral people. The area between the hills called Spisska Magura and the river Dunajec is the region called Zamagurie. This region is known because of its valuable historical sites. Of all nature and beauty of the region, highlights the gorge. The largest population is the historic Červený Kláštor (Red Monastery).

Dunajec
Pieniny N.P. - Dunajec gorge and Three Crowns

(in 15 Km.) Pieniny National Park (Pieninsky národny park) is located in Slovakia and Poland. The border between the two countries passes through it. The national park is known for its complicated geological structure. The landscape is dominated by the attractive Dunajec gorge and many cliffs. The more impressive rocks are Tri Koruny (Three Crowns), which are located in the Polish part of the River. Are located 982 meters above sea level. They have many distinctive features.

Dunajec
Pieniny N.P. - Dunajec gorge

The Pieniny National Park was established in 1967 (in conjunction with a similar near Szczawnica, Poland) in order to protect the gorge from 9 km near the village of Cerveny Klástor and had only 2125 hectares. It currently has 3750 hectares. Pieminy National Park is situated within a nature reserve of 22,444 hectares. National Park has many touristic routes. The most famous is the one that currently runs alongside the River. This part goes from Klastor Cerveny until Lesnica. The Dunajec flowing through the gorge 500 m in height and takes tourists on a plté (balsa wood shallow and flat floor) with a guide dressed in traditional boatman that uses a pole.

Dunajec
Pieniny N.P. - Dunajec gorge

At the entrance of the gorge is the Carthusian monastery fortress that gives the city its name (Cerveny Klàstor means "e;red monastery"e;, named per their brownstone originally used in the construction of the monastery). Founded in the early fourteenth century by the Carthusian monastery still preserves its Gothic church, although many of its buildings were adapted to the Baroque in the eighteenth century. Now serves as the administrative center of the park and as museum with a collection that combines statues, traditional crafts, fresh, photographs of local life a few years ago and a number of magnificent sculptures of baroque churches. In his time, the monastery of Cerveny Kláštor was an important learning center, its most illustrious resident in the eighteenth century was the brother Cyprian.

Kezmarok - Castle
Kežmarok - Castle

(in 37 Km.) Kežmarok: It is a very nice place, with numerous churches of very different styles, a small old town and a castle. Only for its ice cream shops and outdoor cafes worth coming to visit. The new twentieth-century evangelical church has the appearance of pseudo-Moorish fortress in green and red. Inside is the tomb of Imre Thököly. Next door is the old wooden Protestant church (Drevený kostol) built without using a single screw in 1718. The interior, carved and painted ,with cross shaped, is precious.

Kezmarok
Kežmarok

At the same place of a church of the original Germanic settlers stands the Basilica of the Holy Cross, from the late fifteenth century. Is said that its carved wooden altars are the work of the disciples of Master Pavol of Levoca. The exquisite Renaissance sgraffito bell, south, dates from 1591. Inside the castleis a museum with exhibits of archeology, history of the city and period furniture. Built in the fifteenth century, then was surrounded by solid walls compensed with stylized battlements, at Spiš style.

Kezmarok - Wooden church
Kežmarok - Wooden church

There are still some remains of the ancient city walls, such as Nizne brána. Szimary house, inhabited until 1973 by a baroness, now houses the Historical Exhibition of furniture. In the south corner of Old Town, by Priekopa, you can see fragments of the wall of the city and a stronghold, both reconstructions of the fourth century.

(in 27 Km.) We return again to Gerlachov.


 

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