The region of Zilina adjoins Poland to the north and the Czech Republic to the west. Sixty percent of the land is covered by forests. The region is made up of valleys surrounded by mountain ranges the Western Tatras, the Low Tatras, etc.
The geographical diversity of this region, the beauty of its nature and the richness of its cultural and historical monuments make it an ideal area for top-quality tourism. The mountain ranges are perfect for year-round sports. There is hunting and fishing. The dams of Oravska prichrada and Liptovska Mara offer good opportunities for water sports. The region is also interesting because of its thermal baths (Rajecke Teplice, Lucky, Turcianske Teplice, Korytnica and Lubochna). The caves -- Demanovska ladova, jaskyna Slobody, Vazecka jaskyna -- located in the Low Tatras, are famous the world over. This region also has 4 natural reserves, the Mala Fatra National Park, 14 national cultural monuments and more than 140 cultural monuments.
Large cities: Zilina, Martin, Ruzomberok, Liptovsky Mikulas .
Zilina is a city located in the center of Northwest Slovakia at the confluence of the Vah and the Kysuca. By population, it is the third largest city of Slovakia. The most well-known monument in the city and the surrounding areas is the Budatin Castle, located to the north of the town, above the two rivers. The town square is surrounded by arcaded burgher houses from the 16th and 17th centuries. The Church of the Holy Trinity, next to which is a Renaissance belfry, the Burian Tower (1530), dominates the Old Town.
Martin is a city which took on particular importance from a historical and cultural point of view in Slovakia. In the 19th century, a turning point in Slovakian history, Martin was the center of cultural life in the country. It became the symbol and the center of a national movement which founded the "Matica slovenska", a foundation devoted to education and culture, literature and the arts. In June 1861, the "Martin Memorandum" of the Slovak Nation was issued as well as the "Martin Declaration" of the Slovak Nation in 1918. Several remarkable monuments can be found in Martin, among which are the Matica Slovenska building, the National Museum, the National Cemetary and the Janosik Fountain. Several well-known historical figures lived in this remarkable city. Pictorial art lovers can admire the works of Martin Benka, one of the most talented 20th century painters.
Not far from the city of Martin, you will have the pleasure of discovering a traditional Slovakian village, restored and set up as a museum. It offers the visitor, in a pastoral setting, the beauty and simplicity of popular architecture from past centuries.
The region surrounding the city of Martin (the Turiec) is distinguished by the beauty of its natural riches which make it an area favorable to tourism and leisure activities, even more so as the lodging accommodations there are excellent. The most attractive part of this region is the Martinske Hole, (about 1,450 meters high) which forms a tourist area for relaxation and top-quality leisure activities. Several ski trails have been developed on its slopes. Other parts of this region are devoted to downhill and cross-country skiing (the Mala Fatra Mountain Range, Jasenska dolina, Vrutky-Piatrova).
Further to the east of the administrative region of Zilina are the cities of Ruzomberok and Liptovsky Mikulas, the latter located in the valley of Liptov, situated between the High and Low Tatras.