Waterfall Bystre (Vodopád Bystré): Slovakia travel

Waterfall Bystre (Vodopád Bystré) Credit: Brooke

Time to venture out of the city. In the wintertime, nature may be at rest, but not in the Slovakian mountains. We hiked to one of the highest waterfalls (a 23 meter shower) in Slovakia, located in the center of the country near Hrinova (Hriňová). Waterfall Bystre (Vodopád Bystré) is a treasure hidden within the ancient extinct volcano Pol’ana.

The cool, fresh mountain air was cleansing for the mind, and there was not a soul in sight at this national natural monument. We drove up a windy road through small villages and roadside hand-carved wooden crosses until a gate to Vodopád Bystré prevented us from continuing by jeep.

This way To the falls! Credit: Native Gypsies

The trail forks into other, smaller trails along the way, so you could spend a day adventuring Pol’ana. We stayed on the path that followed the downstream creek.

While there was no snow below the mountain, the trail was covered in a fresh blanket of snow. Later in our hike, it started misting in the woods. The snow became very damp and heavy, and we watched it roll off the trees and plants in sheets.

Pol’ana forest. Credit: Native Gypsies

The hike is uphill, and unless you’re seeking a workout, take your time to explore your way to the top. Read the náučný chodník (nature trail) signs (in English and Slovak) along the way to learn about the forest. Play in the tree-topped land, and photograph local flora and fauna.

Once we read a nature trail sign about brown bears in the woods, we picked up the pace an extra half step!

Pol’ana forest. Credit: Native Gypsies

The snow was perfect for snowballs!

Native Gypsies Brooke Ziegler Snowball Fight Sorel Boots
Snowball fight! Staying warm and dry in my Sorels. Credit: Native Gypsies

While my feet were heavier in my new Sorel boots, they were warm and most importantly, dry. Read my review of the Joan of Arctic boot on Examiner.

Until you’re within sight of the waterfall, it can not be heard.

If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?
Climbing to the top of Waterfall Bystre (more snowball fights ensued)

The last few hundred meters of the climb is steep; watch your step! It’s worth the hike.

Brooke at Waterfall Bystre

See how to reach the waterfall and a map to Waterfall Bystre on my Examiner post “Hiking to Waterfall Bystre in the Slovakian Pol’ana Volcano forest“.

After our hike, we drove back down the windy hill and dined on a traditional Slovakian meal (sauerkraut soup, pork sausage and bacon, beer (pivo) and šišky (similar to a doughnut)) at Pension Victoria (Penzión Victória) in Korytárky.

Pork cabbage soup at Pension Victoria

The restaurant was bustling with patrons, who were dancing and singing to live folk music.

The young accordian playing duo/pivo balancing pros at Penzión Victória Korytárky (plus a random fan)

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About Brooke

BrookeZiegler.com ↞ Farm girl with a gypsy heart. Life-long obsession for junking and all things vintage. Working on on being a wife & mama, our next travel adventure, enjoying the little moments, colorful salads and a healthy earth. ↠ Read About BrookeRead more posts by Brooke

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