Summer Esperanto Study 2018

Liptovský Mikuláš (Slovakia), July 14th to 22nd, 2018


All excursions must be paid for individually – it is possible to reserve your place on an excursion up until 30/06/2018. If you sign up for an excursion later, we will not be able to guarantee a free place.

Half-day excursions

A discovery tour through the town

(8 EUR, 15/07/2018)

Liptovský Mikuláš
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The town of Liptovský Mikuláš has a rich and interesting history. During this walking tour, you will discover new and inspiring stories about the town. You will be accompanied by a professional Esperanto-speaking guide who knows the town very well and will answer all your questions. Our itinerary in the town centre will take us past 12 impressive statues, and we will also visit the town's synagogue which will be playing host to a temporary exhibition about Esperanto and L. L. Zamenhof. The excursion will finish in front of the Janko Kráľ museum, where a cable car was built in memory a famous resident of Liptovský Mikuláš, the Esperantist Alojz Lutonský.

High Tatras

(15 EUR, 16/07/2018)

The High Tatras (in Slovak, Vysoké Tatry) is the highest mountain range of Slovakia and Poland. The Tatra National Park is located in the northwestern part of eastern Slovakia, at the Polish border. Today, the Tatras are the smallest range of high mountains in the world, covering an area of just 260 km². They were formed from an extremely high reliefs as a result of glacial activity. From the point of view of tourism in Slovakia, the Tatras are the most important mountain range. The settlement Štrbské Pleso by the lake Štrbské pleso has become an important sports centre with graded ski slopes and ski jumps.

This excursion will be relatively easy, without arduous mountain climbing, and there will be beautiful views of adjacent mountains. Still, we commend taking along comfortable shoes and be prepared for a hike of about 5–8 km (3–5 mi). The route will take us around the lake Štrbské pleso.

Štrbské pleso is a beautiful mountain lake of glacial origin in the High Tatras. At its shore lies a settlement by the name of Štrbské Pleso. The lake is covered in ice approximately 155 days every year. Around the lake, there are several hotels and touristical shops.

Panoramic view of Štrbské pleso
Source: Wikimedia Commons

Pribylina - open-air museum

(12 EUR, 17/07/2018)

Pribylina - open-air museum

Pribylina is a village situated in beautiful nature at the foot of the western Tatras. We will visit the Museum of Liptov village, an open-air museum, where you'll find what villages really looked like and how people lived in the region in the previous century. The buildings there are authentic examples of traditional architecture, moved in from villages that were flooded in the 70s due to the construction of a dam, thanks to which we now have the lake Liptovska Mara.

We'll also have a short stop at the abandoned hotel Esperanto, where the first SES in 2007 took place. On our way back, we'll make a stop in village Vavrišovo with a tower from which one can see the panorama of the beautiful surroundings.

Demänovská Ice Cave

(22 EUR, 20/07/2018)

Demänovská Ice Cave
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The ice cavern Demänovská belongs to a vast system of caves in Low Tatras, out of which two are open to public. Several species of bats live there and bear bones have been found inside. The visit will take 45 minutes, during which we will go through numerous grand rooms and small corridors. You will then be able to find out more about the creation of caverns and admire interesting geological formations, including the most unique aspect of this cavern: large, beautiful ice stalactites. Do not forget to put on warm clothes as the temperature within the cave is between 0.4-3°C even in summer. After the visit, we will also have a short stop and a nearby lake with the possibility of walking in the beautiful Tatra countryside.

Full-day excursions

Mount Poludnica

(10 EUR, 18/07/2018)

The mountain Poludnica (1,549 m above the sea level) is located in Low Tatras several kilometers from Liptovský Mikuláš. Local Esperantists climb the mountain each winter and leaving behind stones from diverse parts of the world, which they collected on their travels.

This excursion will satisfy those of you who prefer active holidays: We will climb up 900 m in approximately 3 hours. Good shoes are a must. During the ascent, you will have the chance to admire the nature of Tatras and once on the top, the view of Liptovský Mikuláš and a valley between low and east Tatras.

This panorama awaits you at the top of Poludnica (no snow though, understandably)

You can find more information about Mount Poludnica as well as the yearly event of the same name on this website.

Spiš Castle, Levoča and Poprad

(29 EUR, 18/07/2018)

The Spiš fortress (Slovak Spišský hrad) is a castle ruin from the 11th century, which stands tall above the village Spišské Podhradie. Its outside wall protects 41,426m² hence making the complex one of the biggest in Europe. The Spiš fortress, together with the monuments of nearby towns, belongs to the world heritage of UNESCO since 1993.

Spišský hrad
Source: Wikimedia Commons
Source: Wikimedia Commons

On the way back from the castle, we will stop for a short visit to Levoča, a town in the north-east of Slovakia which has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2009. With its ramparts and historical layout, Levoča has kept the character of a medieval town. Its many monuments and works of art make it one of the most beautiful historical town in Slovakia. The most famous and unique monument is the Basilica of St James, with its 11 gothic altars including the highest wooden altar in the world (18.6 metres). The town has a very large medieval square surrounded by renaissance houses; a famous renaissance town hall; two of the most valuable churches with baroque interiors; and classical architecture of the mayor's residence and the protestant church. The historical centre is surrounded by an impressive set of city walls 2.5 kilometres in length.

And finally, if you stay for long enough, we'll stop in the historical centre of the town of Poprad for a short walk.

Bus to the lake Liptovská Mara / Tatralandia

(10 EUR, 18/07/2018)

Would you prefer to rest instead of going to the sport excursion? Not a problem! The bus will take you to the lake of Liptovská Mara, where you can sunbathe (get some bronze!) and swim.

You will also be able to visit the nearby aqua-park Tatralandia, which has all sorts of pools, slides and saunas... You will have to buy the tickets yourself, price-list can be found at the website of Tatralandia.