MIKROREGION SEVERNE PODPOLANIE
Podpolanie greets all the visitors with the words of folk poet which express the
hospitality and cordiality of our people:
"Polana greets you,
and shares everything it has got with you,
so that only good news can be heart
about this beautiful land.
Everything our people have,
they offer with love,
and what they offer with love,
should be accepted with gratitude."
Microregion of Severne Podpolanie (North Podpolanie) consists of these villages:
The general aims of this microregion are:
- to increase tourism activities in the less known area of Polana which is one of the
biosphere reservation of UNESCO
- to increase the quality of life and employment in the region through tourism
activities and services
- to build a new information center
- to protect the environment and increase environmental tourism
The Village Association of Microregion "Severne Podpolanie
The Chairman of Association: Mr Pavol Skamla (the Mayor of Sebedin - Becov)
Telephone number for the Village Council in Sebedin - Becov: ++421-88-4192211
Mobile telephone number: ++421-905-505172
The Tourism Information Center in the Village Council
village Hrochoť, Tel.: ++421-88-790163
Every village in the microregion of Severne Podpolanie is unique, interesting and
characteristic in a certain way and they all offer some beautiful views and sights.
As a unique complex of villages, the microregion offers a wide variety of tourist
services and attractions.
The area is rich in many mineral wells and sheep farming is very common in this area
too - the visitors can even buy some local products made of sheep skin.
Further events and attractions of the region are:
cultural events, folk concerts, singing and dancing performances
local crafts such as carving and needlework
sporting activities in the ecologically clean environment (biking,
walking, skiing, fishing etc.)
mushroom and forest fruit picking
The area of microregion consists of rich forests, green meadows, beautiful streams,
fresh air and birds singing. This paradise is an ideal place for those who would like
to forget about the strains of the day and relax in the quiet and tranquil
There are a few of recreational facilities in this area, especially around
the town of Banska Bystrica.
It became the protected area in 1981 and consists of 20 078 hectares of land.
It is situated above villages of Hrinova and Detva - Skliarovo. There are plenty of
protected natural objects and state natural reservations in this area, such as:
- Melichova skala (Melichova rock) - it is protected
natural creation in Detva which is situated over 0.3 hectares and is 30 m high.
It can be seen from the north parts of Polana and is one of the most interesting
geological creations in the volcanic area. It is also a suitable object for study in
the field of volcanic creations.
- Jánošíkova skala (Janosikova rock, locally called Obcina) -
it is protected natural creation spreading over 1.65 hectares which is geologically,
zoologically and architecturally unique. It is situated in the village of Hrochot in
Hrochotska dolina (Hrochotska valley). Janosikova skala is 230 m long and 50 m high and
has got two shallow apertures which dates from the prehistoric age.
- Bátovský balvan (Batovky rock, locally called Svedok -
Witness) - it is geological rock in Hrochotska dolina (Hrochotska valley) which spreads
over 0.20 hectares. The rock is 13.9 m high, 8 m wide and is conserved in its original
- Kalamarka - it is a protected natural creation
situated about 5 km north from Detva and on the southern side of Polana. Its height is
809 m above-sea-level and it spreads on 290 m2. It was created by erosion in the past.
- Zolniansky lahár- it is a protected natural creation which
is a unique in the whole Europe. It is situated on the north from village of Sebedin
and above old Gypsy settlement. It was created after volcanic reaction millions years
ago. At present the hill is covered by trees.
- pod DudášomDudasom - it is the state natural reservation
on the north-western part of Polana, at the end of Hrochotska dolina (Hrochotska dolina)
and 1 200 m above-seaa-level. Its area covers 12.4 hectares and consists of many types
of trees such as evergreen trees, beech trees etc. They all are about 150 - 200 years
old. The unique tree of this area was the biggest, the oldest and the most robust
fir in Europe which was 53.5 m high, its circuit was 575 m, the volume was 49 m3 and
this fir was over 500 years old. It got dry in 1976.
The area of Polana is a typical place for many species of animals (dears, brown
bears, etc.) and plants.
It was created by volcanic activities in the past and is still one of the biggest
volcanoes in Europe.
ATRACTIVE FOOTPATHS IN THE AREA OF POLANA:
Footpath nr. 1 -› 7 stations, "RED"
7.the fork of RED and BLUE footpath, under Horalka cottage
Footpath nr. 2 -› 5 stations, "GREEN"E
5.Ponicka Huta valley
Footpath nr. 3 -› 5 stations, "YELLOW"
4.n the fork of BLUE and YELLOW footpath (Polovnicka chata - Hunters' Cottage)
Footpath nr. 4 -› 5 stations, "BLUE"
3.Sedlo pod Drienkom
Footpath nr. 5 -› "GREEN"
Môlča - Poniky
pictures from region Podpoľanie