Ružomberok

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Ružomberok [1] (German: Rosenberg; Hungarian: Rózsahegy; Polish: Rużomberk) is a town in Central Slovakia, in the historical Liptov region. It has a population of around 30 000.

Understand[edit]

The city lies on a cross of historical and current trade routes. Historically, it was part of Likava - which is a village right next to it.

It is similar in character to other cities in the region (like Liptovský Mikuláš or Martin). Major employer in the city is Mondi SCP, a paper-making/processing company. Currently the city also hosts one of the biggest Slovak colleges - "Katolícka univerzita".

Get in[edit]

Major train route also has a stop at the main train station. Next to it, there's also a bus station, where inter-city and inter-country busses operate. Another way to get in is of course by car, from all 4 world directions.

Get around[edit]

Private car is the most common way of transport, but the city has a public bus network which operates in around 1/2-1h intervals on the most common routes. The busses also operate to the nearby villages. Taxis operate mainly from the bus station and around city center (at Hotel Kultúra).

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Vlkolínec[edit]

Vlkolínec [2] is one of only few folk villages which survived intact in Central Europe and is nominated in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Vlkolínec is famous for its folk architecture. Two of 45 houses can be visited from the inside as well. There is also a small art gallery, a church and a cemetery.

The village can only be reached by car (private or taxi). The village itself is closed to vehicles, but free parking is available.

City center[edit]

On a small hill in the city center, there's a picturesque and quiet plaza of "Andrej Hlinka".

Likava castle[edit]

Formerly a guarding point, it was destroyed and decayed into ruins. However, in recent years some of it's parts were restored and there are few historical exibitions currently in place.

Best way to visit the castle is starting at the street "Pod Hradom" in Likavka (infocenter available), and going uphill by foot. The road is relatively short, but refreshing walk through a forrest and/or meadow.

Beneath the castle, there are misc. events occuring at different time of year - for example historical battle reconstructions.

Other[edit]

  • Church of st. Ondrej

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Many attractions are present in or nearby the city.

Culture[edit]

  • Liptovské múzeum. A museum containing mostly permanent exhibitions, regarding history of of Liptov region and nature. In addition, there are several thematic exhibitions occuring.
  • City center with shops and a few parks.
  • History museum Havránok, showing history of former celtish settlings in the region.

Hiking[edit]

  • Freestyle skating/biking park in the "Klačno" suburb.
  • Hiking in the surrounding mountains. Check openstreetmap project for detailed maps of hikes around the city.
    • Few hours hikes include Čebrať (the most prominent hill), Mních (the one with a broadcast tower), Čutkovo valley (ideal for families with children), Hrabovo valley, Sidorovo
    • A pleasant hike through meadows from Vlkolínec to Malinô Brdo and back
    • Panoramatic hikes to Malinné peak (it's possible to take Hrabovo cablecar for big part of the way), Tlstá hora and Veľký Choč (ideally from Valasská Dubová) are more demanding and good shoes are recommended, as well as weather forecast awareness.
    • A hour's drive from the city, it's possible to reach stunning mountains like High Tatras, Roháče or Veľký rozsutec.
    • Multi-day hikes via mountain tops, sleeping in small shelters or (alpine) huts:
      • Nízke Tatry (start at Liptovská Lúžna or Korytnica)
      • Veľká Fatra (start at Malinô Brdo)
      • Malá Fatra (start at Terchová)

Biking[edit]

A bike road to Korytnica is available in place of former "small train" track.

Mountainy routes in the Čutkovo valley and from Hrabovo are also available.

Sports[edit]

  • Nearby mountains provide multiple possibilities of skiing (skibusses available in the winter), e.g. Malinô Brdo, Donovaly or Jasná.
  • At the Liptovská Mara, there are some watersport activities possible.
  • Speleology in the (mostly small) caves around the city.

Fun[edit]

  • In the nearby villages, there are multiple water parks available, including:
  • Summer sports (tennis, volleyball) in Klačno
  • Tennis courts next to the football stadium
  • Wild animal shelter between Vlkolínec and Malinô Brdo

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The main shopping area is the area between streets Dončova and Podhora.

In addition, there are multiple big shopping centers in the city on the Bystrická road.

Eat[edit][add listing]

Multiple restaurants and coffees are present in the city center. Most commonly regional food and Pizza are served. Also the Čutkovo and Hrabovo valleys provide multiple restaurant options.

Nearby the city, popular options include

  • road to Banská Bystrica - restaurants "Vlčí dvor" or "Bodega"
  • road to Žilina - excellent local cheese factory "Salaš Krajinka"
  • road to Dolný Kubín - local food in "Koliba restaurant" (in Likavka)

Drink[edit][add listing]

Multiple pubs are open in the city center.

Cozy ones include Relax tea pub or snooker bar Arena.

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Multiple hotels and hostels are available, including



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