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Central Liptov

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Central Liptov is a part of Liptov around Liptovská Mara dam. This area between Ružomberok and Liptovský Mikuláš can be driven through in 10 minutes by car, but provides many places for a detour.


Liptovská Mara at sunset

Get in[edit]

D1 highway is the main road crossing the area, however the exit points are only at Bešeňová/Ivachnová at the west and Liptovský Mikuláš at the east.

Northern road from Bešeňová goes around the whole Liptovská Mara dam, where most of the attractions are.

Get around[edit]

Map of Central Liptov

There are public busses, but taking own car is much easier.

Riding a bicycle is possible as well. There is one steep hill after Potok village - you can take the somewhat easier road via Vlašky village.


  • 1 [dead link] Havránok (On a small hill above the dam.). A reconstructed Celtic oppidum with a small museum. Havránok on Wikipedia Havránok (Q1591576) on Wikidata


Thermal water parks at both ends of the dam and elsewhere:

  • 1 Tatralandia (near Liptovský Mikuláš). One of the most famous water parks in Slovakia
  • 2 Bešeňová. A big water park with mineral thermal water.
  • 3 Lúčky spa (Kúpele Lúčky). One of the oldest Slovak spas.

Liptovská Mara[edit]

The dam, built in 1965-1975, is named after one of the 9 inundated villages - an open-air museum created from remains of the village is now in Pribylina.

The area of the reservoir is 22 km², max. depth is 45 m and the capacity is 360 mil. m³. The main purpose of this dam is to prevent floods, although it also generates electricity.

While the water is usually not very clean (even muddy in some places), it's good enough for light swimming, sunbathing and recently different adrenaline activities. Ferry cruises available too.

The southern parts (near the D1 highway) are not used by tourists usually, because of the shallow waters and generally muddy ground. However, many fishers go there.

Beaches (mostly with small pebbles), used in summer by the locals too:

  • 4 Near the dam. Ferries start from this place too.
  • 5 Near the yacht club. The access is free, but usually small fee is required for car parking..



  • 1 Jamajka hotel.
  • 2 Church of St.Maria. A small restaurant at the church.
  • 3 Restaurant Villa Betula.


  • 1 Bešeňová spring (Bešeňovský medokýš). A mineral spring. In the past it was heavily visited by locals.



Go next[edit]

Cities Ružomberok, Liptovský Mikuláš.

Low Tatras area for skiing, hiking and great caves.

On the north, Choč Mountains provide possibilities for light hiking in valleys.

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