Ružomberok, Slovakia

The small town of Ruzomberok is located in the famous region of Slovakia – Dolni Liptov. The surroundings of the town in the form of snowy mountains Low Tatras and Bolshaya Fatra and two rivers – Vaga and Revutsa – made Ružomberok an interesting ski resort, where you get rest and service “on the level” for quite reasonable prices.

The winter season in Malino Brdo opens in December (at the same time a free plying skibus is allowed), and closes at the end of March. See ANDYEDUCATION for education and training in Slovakia.

How to get there

The path to Ruzomberok goes along the main railway of the country Bratislava – Zilina – Poprad – Kosice. By fast train Ružomberok can be reached in 50 minutes from Žilina and 60 minutes from Poprad Tatra.

The nearest airport is located 75 km from the city, in Poprad.

From the end of December to the beginning of March, a free skibus runs from the Ružomberok station to the main ski resort Malino Brdo. In the rest of the year, by appointment (tel.: 044-432 26 06), a taxi transfer is organized (35-40 EUR).

Trails in Ružomberok

The total length of the slopes in the main ski resort of Ruzomberok – SkiPark Ruzomberok Malino Brdo – is about 10 km: there is where to turn around for adults, children, beginners, and pros. By the way, several local tracks are equipped for night skiing and one of the tracks is designed for skiing on air tubes (snowtubing).

An 8-seater funicular starts in the Grabovo area. A 1,770-meter cable car leads to high meadows and the peaks of Velyka Fatra, from where, in clear weather, you can see the boundless mountain range of Slovakia. In total, there are 5 lifts, plus 4 additional ones were created specifically for children.

A classic of the skiing genre: the resort has ski equipment rental, luggage storage, parking, a ski school and a medical center.

In total, there are seven slopes in the resort of Malino Brdo:

  • Hlavna – length 3900 m
  • Vuhliadkova – length 1250 m
  • Mala Mulda – length 1050 m
  • Majstrovska – length 900 m
  • Vlkolinska – length 900 m
  • Pretekarska – length 1200 m
  • Veľka Mulda – length 1400 m

Entertainment and attractions

Ružomberok is an old town. The historical past has left him a whole list of cultural and architectural sights to the delight of local residents and tourists. For example, a gallery of works by the artist L. Fullu, the founder of modern Slovak painting. The Local History Museum of the Liptov region is also noteworthy with expositions telling about the historical, natural, archaeological and ethnographic wealth of Slovakia. Finally, the wooden village of Vlkolinec with works of Slovak folk art is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

In the vicinity of Ružomberok, there are many places of interest where you can feel the original spirit of Slovakia:

  • Thermal spring in Beseniewo, open for bathing all year round, and Liptovska Mara reservoir
  • Archaeological village Zapolye
  • Stalactite caves in the natural reservation of the Demanova valley (Low Tatras park)
  • Ancient castle Oravski Podzamok with expositions dedicated to the life of medieval feudal lords
  • Museum of the village of Zuberec, which is located in the Western Tatras. Museum expositions highlight the life of the inhabitants of the Orava region.

20 km from Ružomberok is the famous Evangelical church – one of the largest in Europe – it is completely wooden and is one of the main monuments of church architecture in Slovakia. The Evangelical church is located in the village of Sveti Krizh.

Ružomberok, Slovakia