National Park of Vel'ká Fatra - Slovakia
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The National Park of Veľká Fatra, lying in central Slovakia is typical for its continuous forest, long valleys and the largest locality of original yew tree occurrence in Europe.
The territory of the Veľká Fatra Mountains with considerable concentration of natural assets has been declared the protected landscape area in 1973 and the National Park of Veľká Fatra in 2002. The basic natural value of the Veľká Fatra Mountains. is its extensive mountain territory with dissected surface, rich in karstic phenomena, continuous forest, extensive and typical deforested zones, long valleys with diverse flora and fauna, and the largest locality of the original yew tree occurrence in Europe.
Its area is 404 km² (156 mi²), the protective zone stretches on 261 km² (100.77 mi²). Considerable part of the territory is under the higher degree of protection, which is the small area protected territory. Administration of the national park seats in Vrútky.
The best starting points for hiking in the national park are the towns of Martin, Ružomberok, Turčianske Teplice, ski resorts in Donovaly, Malinné and the folk architecture reserve in the community of Vlkolínec, which has been inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
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