The National Park Slovak Paradise (Slovenský ráj) is situated in the eastern part of Slovakia. In 1964 it was proclaimed the Protected Landscape Area and in 1988 recategorised by the government imposition to be the National Park. The park covers the area of 19763 ha (197,63 km2) and the protected zone 13 011 ha (130,11 km2).

Originally, the whole region of the National park was a large territory, later divided by the rivers (Hornád, Hnilec) and the creeks (Veľký Sokol, Suchá Belá, Biely potok) into several bigger and smaller plateaux (Glac, Geravy). During the thousands of years the creeks formed gorges with waterfalls (Kyseľ, Piecky, Sokolia dolina, Zejmarská roklina), that are typical for the Slovak Paradise.

On the plateaux, you can find a large spectrum of karst formations – especially sinks, underground caves and holes (Dobšinská ľadová jaskyňa - Dobšinská Ice Cave in english, Stratenská jaskyňa - Stratenská Cave, Medvedia jaskyňa - Bear Cave, Čertova diera - Devil´s Hole).

Close to the National park, there are villages with interesting historical relics (Spišská Nová Ves, Markušovce, Spišský Štvrtok) and tourist centres (Čingov, Kláštorisko, Podlesok, Dedinky) with accommodation capacities. From these settlements you can start the whole day hikes even to the far surroundings (Levoča, Vysoké Tatry-High Tatras, Low Tatras, Pieniny, Spišský hrad-Spiš Castle, Plejsy, St.Jacob Church).

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