Hiking in Slovakia

It is my first time going to Europe and many people have asked me the question “why Slovakia?” Well the reason is that my boyfriend’s family is from Slovakia and he wanted to plan a trip for me to meet them. I obviously didn’t have to think too much about it. I jumped on the opportunity, went online and booked our flights the next day. We have only been here a few days so far but we managed to throw in a day hike between spending time with the family and checking out the castles that are everywhere around here.

We headed to Terchova where there are many hikes to various peaks. His parents and their friends joined us and we decided to hike to the top of Maly Rozsutec which is 1343m high. In order to get to this peak we walked through passages and canyons of Janosikove diery which is full of natural waterfalls, metal ladders, and chains. It is the birth place of the Slovak National Hero, Juraj Janosik (their ‘Robin Hood’). There is a legend saying the Janosik’s treasure is hidden there.

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If you like hiking and knew what my shoes have been through, you would want a pair. http://www.keenfootwear.com/ca/en/product/shoes/women/trailhead/bryce%20wp/black%20olive!bluestone

The trail followed a natural stream for most of the hike, which means we were hiking through water, on wet rocks that were well polished from either the high water in the spring or because it is a well travelled trail. It is one of those hikes that you need a good pair of hiking shoes. Luckily I brought my KEEN Bryce’s with me and my boyfriend was wearing his new VERDI WP shoes he got a few days before we left.

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Hiking is a great way to enjoy the nature of a new country.

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It took a couple hours to get to here but the peak was near!

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We didn’t find a treasure, but we found an outstanding view from the top of Maly Rozsutec.

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If you are ever planning a trip to Europe and you enjoy hiking I would highly recommend going to Slovakia. We will be heading to the High Tatras next week, I am very excited!

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