9. From Kraków: Slovakia Treetop Walk and Thermal Baths
Discover the natural beauty of Slovakia's breathtaking Tatra region from the treetops, before relaxing in the luxurious thermal baths of Chochołów. Travel from Krakow to the treetop walk in Ždiar, a folk village with distinctive architecture and culture, situated in the very north of Slovakia around 10 kilometres from the Polish border.
Enjoy a scenic walk up-hill for 30 to 40 minutes to reach the unique treetop path, which is 18 to 24 meters high and is surrounded by magnificent tree crowns. Feel on top of the world on the wooden pavement, which is held up by huge pillars and stretches over 600 meters. Reach out and feel the treetops as you find yourself in the heart of the forests of Bachledova Valley. Indulge your senses in a breathtaking panoramic view of the Tatra Mountains and Pieniny National Park. With fair weather, gaze out over the highest peak of the Pieniny mountains in the distance: the iconic Three Crowns Massif.
This tour is perfect for families, nature lovers and mountain lovers alike. For the adrenalin hunters, there are special fragments of the route with obstacles, which can also be omitted. For the ecologists, learn about rare local wildlife by reading educational plaques. Walk at a leisurely pace to the 32 meters-high observation platform situated on the border of Pieniny National Park and Tatras National Park. Observe the majestic natural world below. When you have finished, feel a rush of adrenalin as you slide down a 60-metre slide straight to ground level, or walk at your own pace back down the hill.
Then, travel to Thermal Baths, the largest thermal complex in Podhale. Bathe in its therapeutic water, which is extracted from a depth of nearly 3,600 meters and emits beneficial micronutrients. Relax in the warmth of eight thermal whirlpools. Dip into the brine bath or outdoor swimming pools, all with a temperature of 36°C.
Enjoy fun activities in the outdoor pools; from the Wild River to water basketball and volleyball, from massage jets to waterfalls and geysers. Ride down inflatable and pontoon slides. There is also a steam bath suitable for children. Relax in the regular steam sauna, or try out the salt cave and 'Textile' dry sauna. Observe the surrounding landscape from the beautiful Highlander Cottage Sauna observation deck. Revitalize your energy in the cooling pool on the terrace. You can also indulge in the restaurant during your visit.