National Park of Slovensky kras (Slovak Karst) - Slovakia
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Directions to National Park of Slovensky kras (Slovak Karst)
The National Park of Slovenský kras, lying in the south of Slovakia next to the borders with Hungary, is the largest karstic area in central Europe.
It is the largest karstic area in central Europe with the densest concentration of underground forms. There are 1,100 caves and abysses, some of them are inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List as well.
The National Park of Slovenský kras with the area of 346 km² (137 mi²) plus protective belt with the area of 117 km² (45 mi²) is the second youngest national park in Slovakia. It was established on 1 March 2002. This valuable territory with perfectly developed karst was a protected landscape area since 1973. Its significance is enhanced by the fact that it is included in the MaB (Man and Biosphere) network of biosphere reserves.
As already mentioned above, some caves and abysses in the Slovak karst are inscribed in the UNESCO List of the Natural and Cultural Heritage, moreover, stricter regime of conservation is applied to 10 reserves, 16 national natural phenomena and 6 natural phenomena in the territory of the National Park of Slovenský kras.
The most interesting places are the gorge Zádielska tiesnava and Domica Cave.
The starting point for trips to Slovenský kras is usually the town of Rožnava.
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