Slovak Paradise National ParkSlovak Paradise National Park (Národný park Slovenský Raj) is a mountain range in Eastern Slovakia.
It lies between the towns of Spišská Nová Ves in the north and Dobšiná in the south. It is particularly known for its gorges and waterfalls.
Flora and faunaForests cover 90% of the park, and there are over 900 species of plants.
Brown bear, golden eagle and black stork live here, as do more common red deer and wild boars, and wolves.
The nearest town is Spišská Nová Ves, which can be easily reached by train. From Spišska Nová Ves you can walk to nearby Čingov, where the main trails start. Visit a tourist office and pick up a map of the park before you go hiking.
During the summer season a small number of buses from from Vydrník and Spišská Nová Ves railway stations to Podlesok and Hrabušice píla, these buses generally run Saturdays only in June and daily in July and August. Bus numbers 810438 and 810436 - fares and timetables can be found using the CP journey planner. Alternatively buses run around every 2 hours to Hrabušice, the nearest stop is Rázc.Betlanovce which is around 1.3km (around 15 minute walk) from Podlesok. Note that many journey planners (including CP) show the in the wrong place. It is actually located on the eastern end of the triangular junction - and there is actually an unrelated shelter on the southern end.
Fees and permits
Dobšinská Ľadová JaskyňaListed on the UNESCO World Heritage list as part of caves of Slovak Karst. First European cave to be electrically lit, in 1887. From a total of ~1200m of caves, about a 475m-long circuit is accessible.
KláštoriskoArcheological site with ruins of the Carthusian monastery. The only tourist center inside the park, with restaurant and housings.
It is very popular with hikers as it has a number of unusual routes through gorges and waterfalls. There are numerous sections where fixed ladders are used to climb.
Dolina Kyseľ / Ferrata HZS1.5-km long ravine, ferrata equipment mandatory.Equipment can be hired from various shops and restaurants in Pila, Podlesok and from Turisticky Raj at the western end of Prielom Hornadu. Gear can also be hired from the cycle hire facility at Klastorisko although they only have a very small amount of gear available, you need to get to the summit early if planning on hiring from here, gear is also cheaper in the villages. We arrived at the summit at around 1230 (admittedly on a bank holiday Friday) and found that it was too late. You will need to purchase a €5 ticket (available from shops which hire out gear) to enter the Ferrata. This is not available at the Ferrata although a sign at 48.93750 20.42803 provides instructions for how to pay by SMS.
Suchá BeláA crossing of paths in the park
Veľký KyseľOne of the wildest ravines in the park, with many waterfalls.
Malý Kyseľ2-km long ravine alongside a stream, with ladders etc., Only going uphill possible.
Kláštorská roklinaOne of the most visited ravines, 1.5-km long, only possible to go uphill. 13-m waterfall on the path, many ladders on the way.
The restaurant at Klastorisko closed at the end of the summer 2018 season, as of early July 2019 no food or drinks where available here.
Located at the western end of the Prielom Hornadu (blue on map) and a short walk from Podlesok is Turisticky Raj (http://turistickyraj.sk/) which offer various chalets and huts.