Tourist guide Upper Zemplín
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his guide brings you information about four Upper
Zemplín towns – Humenné, Medzilaborce, Snina
and Vranov nad Topľou, as well as information concerning
the whole region of northeastern Slovakia. You’ll learn
about possibilities for local recreation at the waterside
or in the woodlands, about both well-known and lesserknown natural, historical and technical landmarks and
attractions of this area or about traditional cultural events.
You can choose from specific hiking and cycling trails, too.
Last but not least, the guide also offers overviews covering
accommodation, boarding and various additional services.
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Contents
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Overview of the region . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Humenné . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Medzilaborce . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Snina . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Vranov nad Topľou . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Malá Domaša . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Water Reservoir Domaša . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Bio lido Sninské rybníky . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Protected areas and natural landmarks . . . . . .
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Historical, cultural and technical
landmarks of the region . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Culture and traditional events . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Places for active recreation and attractions . . . .
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Recommended hiking routes . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Cycling routes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Recommended accommodation
and boarding facilities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Overview of the region
Upper Zemplín is a mountainous region in the northeastern corner of
Slovakia, a land of wild forests, deep valleys and swift streams and rivers,
with amiable and hospitable people living in small submountane villages. But it is also a region where human hands have created impressive
urban landscapes, road networks or unique water reservoirs, a region
that helps supply the entirety of east Slovakia with drinking water. From
the northern slopes of Vihorlat in the south to the Poloniny Range in
the north and from the eastern slopes of the westernly Slanské vrchy
Range to the mountains at the Slovak-Ukrainian border in the east, the
forests of the region offer a look at many rare and protected species of
plants and animals. The clean, piercing air will refresh your mind and
regenerate your body. It is not only tourists, untouched nature lovers,
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waterside holidaymakers and vacationers that will find the region interesting – mushroom pickers, hunters and anglers will not be dis-appointed either, as well as those visitors that seek historical or technical
sights and landmarks. One example of many is the phenomennon of
forest railways – narrow-gauges, which once formed a common ambience of this geographic area, but had gradually closed down. Despite
that, many of the railway routes leaving their mark in the local country
in ways still visible today.
Let us therefore start our journey for adventures in this land, where
time flows as though it had stopped, where you can leave your stress
behind and where – despite the efforts of people – genuine, essentially pure wilderness still dominates and reigns supreme...
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Humenné
Humenné, often referred to as the gateway to Upper Zemplín, lies in
northeast Slovakia at the confluence of the Laborec and Cirocha Rivers,
with an average altitude of 157 m. Geomorphologically, it is part of the
Beskydian Piedmont. The town fulfills a bold vision of a modern urban
area with quality conditions for the life of its citizens – with a good economic background, developed industries including construction works
and power engineering, public services and transport, as well as a rich
cultural, social and sporting life. The inhabitants of the town value the
history, customs and traditions of their ancestors, as well as striving to
leave their own mark in the existence of the town and the region. The
town of Humenné evolved from an early Slavic settlement. However, the
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location of Humenné was settled already around 1 100 BC, as evidenced
by the discovery of artefacts such as bronze swords, hatchets and pendants. The banks of the Laborec and the surrounding hills continued to
be inhabited at the start of the common era. A deposit of Celtic coins
discovered in the village of Ptičie offers evidence of Celtic-Dacian peoples residing in the vicinity of the future town. The oldest surviving written records about Humenné were made in 1317, Humenné received its
official town privileges in 1479. The dominant landmark of the town is
its historical manor-house, built at the site of a medieval watercastle.
Its history is tightly knit with the Drugeth family, a noble house of Neapolitan origin, that came to the territory of Slovakia with king Charles
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Robert of Anjou. After 1684, the manor of Humenné switched ownership between the Zichy, Wandernáth, Csáky and later Andrássy noble
families. The former Franciscan monastery, now a Roman-catholic parish
church in the centre of town, is listed as a national cultural landmark
of Slovakia. The church represents the easternmost gothic structure in
Europe. Other features that might also capture your attention are the
town’s reconstructed pedestrian zone with the Fountain of Love and
the Stream of Time, the manor-house’s park with its collection of rare
tree species and historical sculptures, as well as the centre of town with
memorial dedicated to the fallen of the World War II, with the statue of
St John of Nepomuk and with memorial of Milan Rastislav Štefánik. The
Church of Our Lady of Sorrows, built in classicistic style, accompanied
by a 14 chapels of the Calvary, was constructed at the end of the 19th
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The newly reconstructed
southern part of Liberty
Square (centre)
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A look at the Humenné manorhouse with its courtyard and
the adjoining Park of Peace
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Church of Our Lady
of Sorrows on the Calvary
built in 1891
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Park of Peace,
home to rare tree species,
in particular a specimen
of Ginkgo Biloba
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Wooden Temple of St Michael
the Archangel from 1754 with
baroque iconostas, moved from
its original location in Nová
Sedlica to the Humenné Open
Air Museum
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century. For the sport-inclined visitors, Humenné offers the town outskirts recreation resort on the banks of the Laborec River and the town’s
main sports complex, containing the town lido (which also includes a
tobogan and natatoria), sports arena, winter sports stadium and football (soccer) stadium. Humenné forms the natural urban centre of the
region. Given its population (almost 35 000), the importance of the town
to its vicinity is substantial. It is bolstered by the presence of important
institutions of both state and local government, as well as institutions
pertaining to culture, education, healthcare or tourism.
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Fountain of Love at the centre
of the pedestrian zone,
where the town’s inhabitants
and visitors can rest
and meet friends
Traffic circle under
the flyover/overpass
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Nighttime view of the Stream
of Time with its fountain
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Hotel Alibaba
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Statue of Jaroslav Hašek‘s
“The Good Soldier Švejk“ at the
Humenné railway station
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Medzilaborce
The first written record of Medzilaborce as a town comes from 1543,
though the settlement did not carry town privileges at the time. A sawmill and two mills were founded in Medzilaborce in 1612, the first larger
shops and inns appeared some 19 years later. The community only received official town status in 1860, concurrently becoming a centre for
one of the more than 20 administrative districts within the County of
Zemplín. A census conducted in the town in 1869 has offered insights
into the composition of local surnames. Medzilaborce became a part of
the railway network in 1873 (a noteworthy event was the stopover of emperor Franz Josef I eight years later, during his return trip from Galicia). Afp
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ter the male line of succession of the Drugeth noble family had died out,
the Csáky family became the new owners of the settlement since 1684,
themselves later superceded by the Andrássy family during the 19th
century, who also owned several estates around the town. A devastating
fire in 1900 destroyed almost all of the town’s housing and much of its
public buildings, with the exception of the Greek-catholic church. At the
start of the 20th century, the town and its vicinity were almost completely
lacking in industry and business, the level of schooling was also poor.
Medzilaborce became the capital of the eponymous administrative district in 1910. Some of the more significant landmarks of the town include
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the memorials to fallen soldiers of the World War I and II, the memorial to
the Czech Company of World War I or the memorial to victims of the Holocaust. Today’s Medzilaborce represent the administrative, cultural and
social centre of the local region, where a considerable part of the population is made up of the ethnic minorities of Ruthenians and Ukrainians. It is
also one of the smallest districts in both the Prešov Self-governing Region
and the country as a whole. The town’s vicinity offers good conditions for
individual hiking and sightseeing trips, cycling and car trips, canoeing on
the Laborec River or skiing. The local woods are rich on mushrooms, forest
fruit and wild animals, the watercourses offer opportunities for fishing.
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Statue of Andy
Warhol
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Traffic circle in the centre
of Medzilaborce
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Orthodox church
from 1949
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Miniatures Open Air Museum
with replicas of a wooden
church and traditional
Ruthenian housing
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Festival of Culture and Sports
in the newly reconstructed
amphitheatre
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Snina
The first written record about Snina is from 1343 and is connected to
the process of the so-called Valachs colonization (it involved the settling
of locations by countryfolk specializing primarily in pasturage). The settlement of Snina came into being alongside an important trade route
from the Kingdom of Hungary to Galicia, leading along the Valley of the
Cirocha River and through Ruské sedlo Valley. This route was known as
the “Russian road“ – Porta Rusica. Since the first half of the 14th century, Snina belonged to the noble house of Drugeth. Around this time,
the settlement received its first noble residence, then still a wooden
structure. In the last third of the 18th century, countess Terézia Zichy
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(van Dernáth) – the granddaughter of Žigmund Drugeth – oversaw
the construction of a new, masoned manor-house at this site. After her
death, her 5 sons sold Snina in 1799 – along with the not yet completely
finished manor-house – to Jozef Rholl, a businessman from Gemer. His
descendants did business in this region until 1857. During this relatively
short span of time, in the Jozefova dolina Valley – the location of today’s village of Zemplínske Hámre – the Rholl family founded ironworks
(in 1809) and a foundry (in 1841). This is where the casting of the wellknown statue of Hercules, adorning the courtyard of the manor-house
in Snina, took place. Present day Snina is a district town with 20 000 in-
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habitants, with newly reconstructed square, public buildings and with
a comprehensively restored classicistic manor-house with an authentic,
partially preserved English park. The old town’s cemetery includes the
Chapel of Our Lady of Sorrows at the local Calvary and a Jewish cemetery. The chapel was constructed in 1842 and serves as the tomb of
the Rholl family. A local urban cycling route, “Discovering the history of
Snina“, offers a comprehensive presentation of the landmarks and monuments of Snina – including but not limited to: the original town square
with the Romancatholic church from 1751, the war cemetery of epidemic victims or the remains of the former Snina Narrow-Gauge Railway.
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Statue of Hercules in the courtyard
of Snina’s manor-house
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Fountain at the town square
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Part of the reconstructed
town square
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Chapel of Our Lady
of Sorrows – the family
tomb of the Rholls
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Roman-catholic Church of the
Promotion of the Holy Cross with
Sninský kameň in the background
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Historical park surrounding
the manor-house
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Classicistic manor-house
in Snina built in 1781
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Vranov nad Topľou
From an originally small settlement (with the first written evidence
dating to1270), Vranov nad Topľou gradually developed thanks to its
favourable location into the present form of a modern town, but with
various preserved and important cultural monuments. At the town’s
centre, on the edge of the newly reconstructed town square, stands
the late-gothic Church of the Nativity of Virgin Mary, promoted to basilica minor in 2008. Alongside the church stands the monastery of the
Paulines. Both structures underwent extensive rebuilding in the 18th
century. Frescos, statues of saints or a precious baroque-rococo liturgi-
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cal set have all been preserved to this day in the basilica. The main altar
is decorated with a 17th century painting of the Merciful Virgin Mary,
weeping bloody tears at the Calvary. In 2010, a replica of the original
baroque sculptural group of Virgin Mary with baby Jesus and St John
of Nepomuk was installed in the small park next to the basilica. The
original statues, created in the second half of the 18th century by presumably Italian artists, are today located in the Roman-catholic Church
of St Francis of Assisi. Another interesting landmark is the town’s old
Jewish cemetery. Its oldest tombstones made from sandstone are
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from the second half of the 18th century too. The town of Vranov nad
Topľou, the capital of the eponymous district, today represents the administrative, economic and cultural centre of the region. The town has
23 000 inhabitants and has a cadastre area of 3 435 ha. Most of the
production plants, banking institutions and service providers are concentrated in the town. The town has recently also opened a new summer lido near the Topľa River. The town’s principal industries include
wood-processing and textile industries as well as some mechanical engineering, construction material and plastic production. The FEROVO
industrial park, with an area of about 160 000 m² (one of the biggest
newly constructed industrial parks in east Slovakia) and offering a capacity of up to 600 new workplaces, allows for prerequisities for the
further development of the town and the region.
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Basilica minor of the Nativity
of Virgin Mary and the
Pauline monastery
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Reconstructed
centre of Vranov
nad Topľou
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Basilica minor
– main altar
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Statue by sculptor
B. Benda
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Modern housing
development
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Sculptural group of Virgin
Mary with baby Jesus and
St John of Nepomuk
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Malá Domaša
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The village of Malá Domaša is situated at the southern foothills of the
Ondavská vrchovina Highlands, in the Ondava River Valley, at the confluence of Ondava and Oľka. The western edge of the village’s cadastre area
borders the Water Reservoir Malá Domaša (“Little Domaša“). The oldest
written record of the village is from 1317, though the history of Malá
Domaša reaches as far as prehistoric times, as evidenced by several paleolithic finds within the vicinity of the village. An important landmark of
the village is its Roman-catholic branch church, devoted to the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The village cadastre area is also home to
a modern fotovoltaic powerplant and a small hydroelectric powerplant.
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Look at the village
of Malá Domaša
Western outskirts
of the village border
the smaller, countervailing
Malá Domaša Water Reservoir
Interior of the local Romancatholic branch Church of the
Assumption of the Blessed
Virgin Mary
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Reconstructed building
of the local municipal
office
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Roman-catholic branch Church of
the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary from 1724 (its construction was initiated and financed by
local landowner Žigmund Pete,
the completed church was consecrated by dean Juraj Frater)
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Water Reservoir Domaša
Situated in the Ondavská vrchovina Highlands, this multipurpose
water reservoir came into being during the 1960s by damming the
Ondava River and the flooding of 6 former villages in the river’s
valley – Veľká Domaša (the former village lending its name to the
reservoir), Dobrá nad Ondavou, Trepec, Kelča, Valkov and Petejovce.
This man-made lake is 14 km long, has a maximum width of nearly
4 km, covers a total area of more than 14 km² and has an average
depth of 18 m. The submontane character of the area, its good
climatic conditions, quiet coves, clean water or fresh air make the
water reservoir and its 5 resorts (Nová Kelča, Monika – Poľany, Eva –
Holčíkovce, Valkov – Tíšava and Dobrá) a very appropriate place for
family recreation. Domaša is also known for its annual cycling event
“Okolo Domaše” (“Around the Domaša“).
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General view
of the Water Reservoir
Domaša
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Recreation resort
Eva – Holčíkovce
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Koliba Monika Restaurant
(Poľany)
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Anglers will also be in their
element at the reservoir
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Domaša has some of the
warmest average water
temperatures among water
reservoirs in Slovakia
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Recreation resort
Dobrá
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Bio lido Sninské rybníky
The newly opened bio lido in the town outskirts resort of Sninské
rybníky, situated in the wooded environment of the Vihorlat Mountains foothills, is a sought after place for rest and relaxation during
the hot summer days. This lido, covering an area of nearly 3 500 m²,
has three depth ranges – from 10 cm to up to 300 cm. The ranges are
separated by piers and the purification of the water works on a basis
of the ecology of the natural biotope (water plants and algae), wholly without the aid of chemistry. Various playing fields or courses and
playgrounds for children, as well as additional services (cafés, boarding and accommodation facilities) are all at the visitors’ disposal.
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Aerial view
of the Sninské rybníky
resort
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Playing field
for children with exercise
equipment
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Bio lido during
the summer
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Waterslide
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Children’s section of the
swimming pool with water
attractions
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Water fountain used
for cooling of the area
during the summer
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Protected areas
The area of Upper Zemplín is exceptionally rich in natural beauty and
uniquness. It contains the Východné Karpaty Protected Landscape
Area (“The East Carpathians“), the Poloniny National Park (established
in 1997, the easternmost national park in Slovakia), the Vihorlat Protected Landscape Area (which protrudes into the southern part of
the region) and several nature reserves – e. g. Humenská (protecting
a forested hillside with several species of flora and fauna), Humenský sokol (the reserve contains interesting limestone formations and
manifold flora), Iľovnica (a significant floristic dite with the occurence
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and natural landmarks
of one of the most precious relicts of the flysch belt in east Slovakia),
the Vihorlat Primeval Forest (focused on the protection of natural
primeval beech woodlands), Chlmecká skalka (where communities
of rare thermophilic limestone substrate species occur), Jasenovská
bučina (a geomorphologically and biologically immensely precious
area with communities of rare plant species), Palotská jedlina (a reserve for the protection of natural mixed fir and beech woodlands),
Beskyd (the area is used for scientific research purposes in the forestry
and habitat conservation fields of study), Haburské rašelinisko (ideal
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conditions for reptile species), Jarčiská (protection of rare meadow
and fenland plant communities), Mokré lúky pod Čertižným (the location includes several prospering species of marsh and hygrophilous
plants), Pod Demjatou (protection of beechwoods), Hostovické lúky
(the site has the largest en masse occurence of the Siberian Iris in Slovakia), Stužica, Rožok and Havešová (along with other nature reserves
in neighbouring Ukraine, these reserves were inscribed into the UNESCO List of Natural World Heritage Sites in 2007 as “The Carpathian
Beech Primeval Forests“), Šimonka (highest hill of the Slanské vrchy
Mountains with an elevation of 1 092 m a. s. l.), Oblík (well-known volcanic hummock in the northeastern part of the Slanské vrchy Mountains), Hermanovské skaly (protection of an expansive cliff complex
with communities of relict plant species and rare species of fauna) or
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Look at Morské oko
in the Vihorlat Protected
Landscape Area
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Vihorlat (1 076 m a. s. l.)
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Look from the Humenský
sokol National Nature
Reserve at the town
of Humenné
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Hostovické lúky National
Nature Reserve – a site with
the common occurrence of
the protected Siberian Iris
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Pľaša Hill (1 162 m a. s. l.)
in the Poloniny National
Park
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Poloniny are also unique
thanks to their population
of bears
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Sninský kameň
(1 005 m a. s. l.) from
a bird’s eye view
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Zámutovské skaly (the reserve was founded to protect the outcropping and boulder formations in the local relief, as well as communities of relict thermophilic plant species and preserved communities
of rowans). Natural landmarks that deserve a mention are local caves
(e. g. Medvedia diera, Dupná, Jasenovská hradná jaskyňa, Brekovská
jaskyňa, Veľká and Malá Artajama or Pustajova jaskyňa), several mineral springs, the Mountain Massive Kamjana, the sandstone rock formation Čertov kameň (“Devil’s Stone“) with the chiseled relief of a
devil (due to an old local legend connected to the rock), the area of
Danová (with a unique climate), the Kremenec Hill (1 221 m a. s. l.), the
rock formation Sninský kameň (1 005 m a. s. l.), the Lake of Morské oko
or the Dubník Opal Mines in the Slanské vrchy Mountains.
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Look at the Water Reservoir
Starina – the biggest
reservoir of drinkable water
in east Slovakia
Šípková Nature
reserve
Čertov kameň (“Devil’s Rock“)
with a view of the surrounding
landscape and the town
of Medzilaborce itself
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Čertov kameň
– detail of the chiseled-out
relief of a devil
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European Bison
in the Poloniny National
Park
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The local forests are very
rich in mushrooms
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Historical, cultural and technical
landmarks of the region
Visitors to the Upper Zemplín region should also not forget to pay a visit
to the monuments of the ingenuity and industriousness showcased by
the many generations of the local population. One of the most remarkable ones is the renaissance era manor-house in Humenné, a national
cultural landmark along with its adjoining park. Nowadays, it is the seat
of the Vihorlat Museum with its exhibits of folk architecture and housing, local history, fine arts, the local environment and natural history,
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religious artefacts and sites, and a combined gallery and concert hall.
The nearby Open Air Museum represents a well-constructed exhibit of
folk architecture and housing in the area of the East Carpathians. The
exhibit offers a rich look at the historical furnishing that past farmers
dwelled and worked in, including typical grannaries, well, blacksmith
workshop or water mill. Various types of tools are a testament to the ingenuity of the people in trades like pottery, weaving, broom-making or
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wheelwrighting. Connoisseurs of history should not forget to pay a visit
to the impressive ruins of the medieval castles of Jasenov, Brekov and
Čičva, the ancient pilgrimage site at Krásny Brod or the wooden temples
of the Eastern rite (Greek-catholic as well as Orthodox) in the villages of
Topoľa, Ruský Potok, Kalná Roztoka, Hrabová Roztoka, Jalová, Šmigovec
and Uličské Krivé with their rich interior decorations of eastern Christian
iconography (the village of Ulič also displays a mini-gallery showcasing
collected images of all these churches). The difficult era of the World
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Interior of the Basilica
minor of the Nativity
of Virgin Mary in Vranov
nad Topľou
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Ruins of the medieval
stone castle Čičva,
first constructed
in the 13th century
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Wooden Temple of St Michael
the Archangel from the
17th century in Topoľa
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Monastery of the
Pentecost
in Krásny Brod
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War I is commemorated by the haunting ossuary under the Orthodox
church in the village of Osadné. The ossuary doubles as a mass crypt for
the remains of over a thousand soldiers that died in the eastern theatre
of the conflict. On the summit of the Predný Hodošík Hill (851 m a. s. l.)
lies the highest elevated war cemetery in Slovakia, containing 668 burried soldiers. Other interesting historical landmarks include: the stonecobbled road Porta Rusica, built between 1861 and 1865 (one can use it
even nowadays for a hike or cycle ride to Poland), the remains of the formerly dense network of narrow-gauge forest railways (the only one preserved until the present – Biesčadská Narrow-Gauge above Osadné) or
a preserved classicistic landowner mansion in the village of Majerovce.
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Ruins of the medieval Brekov
Castle, first constructed
in the 13th century
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Aerial view of the ruins of
Jasenov Castle, first constructed in the 13th century
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Wooden Temple
of St Michael the
Archangel from 1718
in Uličské Krivé
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Ossuary – crypt underneath
the Orthodox church in
Osadné
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Biesčadská Narrow-Gauge
Railway at the Slovak-Polish
state border
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Mini-gallery of wooden
temples in Ulič
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Stone-cobbled road
Porta Rusica
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Culture and traditional events
The region also offers interesting cultural and social events. The
ones in Humenné include the Humenné Spring Music Festival, the
Autumn (Fall) Concert Cycle, the Humenné Organ Days of Štefan
Thomán, Pontes – Bridges Between Towns, the Christmas Organ Concert, the Humenné Thaler, Summer of Culture, Museum Day, Town of
Humenné Rememberance Day or various exhibitions (prepared by
the Gallery of the Town of Humenné). Annual events organized in
Medzilaborce are the Satori Rockfest and three days long Festival of
Culture and Sport with a representation of domestic and foreign artists alike, the Folklore Ensemble Kamjana works on preserving folk
traditions of the town and the surrounding region. Snina is known
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Andy Warhol’s
Museum of Modern
Art
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held in the
museum
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Annual event at the
Humenné Open Air Museum
is the sculptors plein air
festival Insita
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50th jubilee of the
Festival of Culture
and Sport at the newly
reconstructed amphitheatre
in Medzilaborce
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in cultural and social events
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Festival “Neber drogy, ber
hudbu” (“Don’t take drugs,
take up music“) at the
amphitheatre in Humenné
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for its Podvihorlatský folklore festival, for its EUROFEST (International
festival of child and teen art ensembles and solo performers) or for
its International festival of popular rock bands Rock pod kameňom
(“Rock under the Rock“), among the town’s most important cultural
institutions is the Gallery of Andrej Smolák. Events in Vranov nad
Topľou include the Vranovské zborové Days, Upper Zemplín Folklore Festival, amateur singing contest of popular songs Zlatý gaštan
(“The Golden Chestnut“) or the Vranov Spring and Autumn Musical
Festivals. Vranov’s folklore ensembles include Vranovčan, Orgonina
and Cifroško. Some of the local acts are the dance group Dyno, the
band Drišľak and choirs like Societas cantica and Ozvena. The town
also houses 3 cultural facilities – the Upper Zemplín Public Education Centre, the Upper Zemplín Library and the regional museum.
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Gallery of Andrej Smolák
in Snina
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Stage performance by the
Folklore Ensemble Chemlon
which succesfully represents
the town of Humenné
at home and abroad
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New Year‘s Concert
in the Roman-catholic
Church of All Saints
in Humenné
6
4
Folklore ensembles
preserve and publicly
present the rich traditions
of the region
5
Folklore Ensemble
Chemlon
6
Folklore Ensemble
Orgonina from Vranov
nad Topľou
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4
5
1
3
Places for active recreation
and attractions
Some of the interesting places where you can spend your vacation
in active manner include the Recreational and Equesterian Estate
under Vihorlat in the village of Kamienka (with all-year-round offers for outdoor horse trekking), the Animotherapeutic Equesterian Centre in Snina, the ponds at Hubková, in Slovenská Volová or
Brestov (with the possibility of angling), Humenné’s town outskirts
resort at the Laborec River (boating, cycling on waterbikes, rollerblading on the embakment causeway) or the town’s summer lido,
the new workout circuit “The Oxygen Track“, park and skatepark in
Vranov nad Topľou. There are also ski resorts like Skipark Chlmec
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1
Červená skala Rock
(447 m a. s. l.) – highest
point of the Humenský sokol
National Nature Reserve
2
Ponds in the area
of village Brestov
near Humenné
3
Hubková – town outskirts
recreational area,
northern outer boundary
of Humenné
6
4
Skipark Chlmec
– situated on the northern
slopes of the Vihorlat
Mountains,
near Humenné
5
Humenné’s town
outskirts resort
at the Laborec River
6
Humenné lido
– favourite relaxation
spot during the summer
months
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2
5
3
1
4
(downhill), forest park Hubková at Humenné (appropriate in particular for cross-country skiing) or smaller skiing resorts in Parihuzovce, Ulič, at Danová, in Zámutov or in Domaša – Dobrá. Visitors
should also not bypass the Miniatures Open Air Museum near the
amphitheatre in Medzilaborce (which showcases miniature replicas of a wooden temple and traditional Ruthenian housing) and
Andy Warhol‘s Museum of Modern Art (Warhol is considered the
founder of the pop-art movement). Other notable place of interest
is the Astronomical Observatory in Kolonické sedlo Valley (equiped with the largest telescope in Slovakia and a brand new planetarium).
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Recreational and Equesterian
Estate under Vihorlat
in the village of Kamienka
2
3
6
4
Lido in Vranov
nad Topľou
Exhibit of Andy
Warhol‘s Museum
of Modern Art
in Medzilaborce
5
Fish most commonly
seen in the local waters
are carps, nases, chubs
and trouts
Skicentrum Danová
near Medzilaborce
6
Astronomical Observatory
in Kolonické sedlo
Valley
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5
3
6
1
4
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Recommended hiking routes
The Humenský sokol educational hiking trail
Tourist trails with trailblazing (orientation markings)
in the vicinity of Humenné
Educational forestry trail in the Kamjana Mountain Range
near Medzilaborce
Ascent onto Kremenec via Riaba skala, Ďurkovec and Pľaša
Ascent onto Sninský kameň with the possibility to visit
Morské oko afterward
Educational trail Bila hura in Vranov nad Topľou
Marked (trailblazed) tourist trails in the Slanské vrchy
Mountains
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2
Tourists in the Poloniny
National Park
5
Tourist trail in the Humenský
sokol National Nature Reserve
Subalpine meadows (poloniny)
in the Poloniny National Park
6
Stone column atop the
summit of Kremenec – the
peak where the state borders
of Slovakia, Poland and
Ukraine converge together
7
Čertov kameň („Devil‘s Rock“)
near Medzilaborce
– a popular tourist attraction
3
Carpathian Beech Primeval
Forests in the Rožok
National Nature Reserve
4
Purple Hellebore
– the messenger of spring
in the Poloniny Mountains
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4
2
5
3
1
Cycling routes
Humenné, Hažín nad Cirochou, Lackovce, Humenné (7 km)
Humenné, Podskalka, Ptičie, Kamienka, Kamenica nad Cirochou, Humenné (route with non-demanding camber, 19 km)
Humenné, Chlmec, Jasenov Castle, Jasenov, Humenné (13 km)
Humenné, Myslina, Gruzovce, Volovské Ponds, Brestov, Humenné
Humenné, Hažín nad Cirochou, Kamenica nad Cirochou, Dlhé
nad Cirochou – Trist, Humenné (36 km)
Humenné, Brekov Castle, Brekov, Humenné (15 km)
“The Carpathian Cycling Artery“ with a link to the “Along the
Stakčín Narrow-Gauge“ and “Small Planets“ cycling routes
International Cycling Route R-61 (“Green Bike“)
“Eastern Icons Cycling Route“ (from Nová Sedlica to Inovce)
Urban cycling route “Discovering the history of Snina“ with
a link to the “Along the Snina Narrow-Gauge“ cycling route
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4
1
Beauties of the local
countryside as seen from
behind the handlebars
2
Forest war cemetery
in Giglovo
3
Baranka’s Bridge near Stakčín
was once a part of the local
network of forest narrowgauge railways
6
4
Panorama of the Water
Reservoir Starina
5
Stonemasoned outlet
at a location called Šponáreň
6
Mountain bikers must be
well prepared
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Recommended accommodation
and boarding facilities
Restaurant Slovakia
Gorkého Street 1, Humenné, mobile: +421 915 338 869
Gaštanka
Gaštanová Street 2035, Humenné
tel.: +421 57 775 20 37, e-mail: [email protected]
Restaurant Dukla
Námestie slobody Square 18/20, Humenné, mobile: +421 905 283 700
Humenné
Hotel Alibaba ***
Námestie slobody Square 51, Humenné
tel.: +421 57 487 20 00
fax: +421 57 487 20 01
managing director: +421 910 967 030
reservations: [email protected]
El Son de la Havana
Osloboditeľov Street 1, Humenné, mobile: +421 908 502 080
www.barhavana.sk
Medzilaborce
Ski & tourism resort FALKO Danová
mobile: +421 902 919 700
e-mail: [email protected]
TEATRO Restaurant
Štefánikova Street 27, Humenné
tel.: +421 57 449 25 34, fax: +421 57 449 25 27
e-mail: [email protected], www.teatrohviezda.sk
Hotel Karpatia ***
Čsl. armády Street 1377, Humenné
tel.: +421 57 786 18 88, +421 57 786 18 61, fax: +421 57 786 18 86
e-mail: [email protected]
Guesthouse Aston
Laborecká Street 81, Humenné
tel.: +421 57 772 25 06, fax: +421 57 776 26 09, mobile: +421 907 580 081
e-mail: [email protected]
Guesthouse Proxima
Štefánikova Street, Humenné
tel./fax: +421 57 772 00 98
e-mail: [email protected]
Guesthouse Milénium
Štefánikova Street 39, Humenné
tel.: +421 57 772 09 17, fax: +421 57 772 09 17, mobile: +421 905 504 684
e-mail: [email protected]
Guesthouse Andy
A. Warhol Street 121, Medzilaborce
tel.: +421 57 732 16 40, +421 57 732 28 12
www.penzionandy.host.sk
Guesthouse Šport
Mierová Street 20, Medzilaborce
tel.: +421 57 732 29 10, +421 57 732 18 55
www.penzionsport.s-n.sk
Snina
Cafe Restaurant Family
Štefánikova Street 24, Humenné, mobile: +421 905 477 844
Resort lodge DRZ Vihorlat Jurpák
tel.: +421 57 768 21 85, +421 57 762 27 07
mobile: +421 905 349 557
www.jurpak.sk
Premier Restaurant
Chemlonská Street 3, Humenné, mobile: +421 908 901 823, +421 917 238 037
e-mail: [email protected]
www.premier-restaurant.com
Eurohotel VIHORLAT
Strojárska Street 2206, Snina
tel.: +421 57 758 10 71, +421 57 758 10 72
www.eurohotelvihorlat.sk
Modrý kocúr
Nám. slobody Square 61, Humenné, mobile: +421 917 346 167, +421 911 787 789
e-mail: [email protected]
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Eurohotel Laborec
A. Warhol Street 181, Medzilaborce
tel.: +421 57 732 12 07, +421 57 732 13 07
www.eurohotel.sk
Guesthouse ADRIA
1. mája Street 2681, Snina, tel.: +421 57 762 53 80, +421 57 762 22 61
www.adria-snina.sk
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tel.: +421 57 768 26 05, +421 57 768 21 22, mobile: +421 905 729 055
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mobile: +421 905 537 091, +421 905 723 862, www.autocampsnina.szm.com
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mobile: +421 915 929 985
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Dr. C. Daxner Street 87, Vranov nad Topľou
tel.: +421 57 488 01 94, mobile: +421 915 934 928, www.vranov.sk
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Zaľubova Ranch – Chalet Bilik in Zámutov
tel.: +421 57 321 99 98, mobile: +421 918 688 343, e-mail: [email protected]
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Hotel PATRIOT
B. Němcovej Street 1, Vranov nad Topľou
tel.: +421 57 442 34 27
www.hotelpatriot.sk
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Boat rental Alcea
We rent plastic and inflatable canoes along
with accessories + offer transport of boats to
the east Slovak rivers of Laborec, Ondava, Topľa,
Cirocha and Latorica for rafting event purposes
Alcea, s.r.o., Topoľovka 243
mobile: +421 949 192 830, www.alcea.sk
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Guesthouse Albion
Bernolákova Street 1109, Vranov nad Topľou
mobile: +421 948 785 700, +421 918 536 995, www.penzionalbion.sk
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mobile: +421 905 346 965, www.alexandermaria.sk
Guesthouse OPÁL
Zámutov, tel.: +421 57 445 68 25, mobile: +421 905 743 982
www.penzionopal.sk
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