Ružomberok, a small town in the Liptov region. A llow us to invite you heartfully in one of the most beautiful and interesting regions of Slovakia. Rozloha: viac ako 2000 km 2. Lipt . Mara. VÁH. Economic and cultural centres: Ružomberok – Low Liptov
Almost 50% ofthe Liptov areaiscoveredwithforests.
Liptov issurrounded by thehighestmountainranges in Slovakia:
TheHighTatras, the Western Tatrasand theChocHills in thenorth, the Big Fatra in thewesttheLowTatras in thesouth, and Poprad valley in theeast. Theriver Váh, thelongest Slovak river, flowsthrough Liptov and a famousLiptovska Mara Damislocatedhere.
Liptov attractstouristswithnumerousskiresorts in winter and opportunitiesforhiking or swimming in summer
The area of Liptov is rich in cultural history and is characterized by folk architecture and folklore (Vlkolínec, Východná). A greatnumberofmineral and thermalspringsrisehereespecially in Bešeňová, Likavka, Kvačany, Žiar, Pribylina or Liptovský Ján
the area of Andrew Hlinka Square.
lots of historical sights
a dominant is the Roman Catholic Church
of St Andrew dating back to 13th century
other monuments: Marian Column and
a former Piarist complex with Jesuit
Church - now the seat of the Pedagogical
According to the legend, the place of the historical square was originally covered with wild roses in the time of the first German settlers´ arrival.
The town was named ROSENBERG after the roses, later Ruzomberok.
Town Hall is situated in the historical centre of Ruzomberok. It was built in a new-renaissance style in 1897. Now it is the seat of municipal authorities.
After his death, he was burried in Ruzomberok and the people built him a mausoleum to commemorate his deeds.
Andrej Hlinka (1864-1938), a priest and a politician, is the most famous personality of Ružomberok and the most important figure of the Slovak political life in the early 20th century. He was born in Černová, today part of Ružomberok. He belonged among the main representatives of the movement for the rights of Slovaks during
Stairs are typical for Ružomberok. They connect „down town“ and Andrej Hlinka Square. There are six ones: School Stairs, Dark Stairs, Rose Stairs, Stairs from Mostová Street, Northern Street Stairs and Monastery Stairs. In all, there are 579 steps which lead to Andrej Hlinka Square.
The Gallery was built to deposit and exhibit works of Ludovit Fulla (1902–1980), one of the most significant Slovak artists who is seen as founder of the Slovak Modernism. Itwas opened in 1969. This gifted artist, painter, illustrator, teacher and the holder of Grand Prix award in the World exhibition in Paris was born in Ružomberok and spent the last two years of his life in that building.The artist's studio and his study are also open to the public.
The village represents a unique and well-preserved reservation of the national and folk architecture in Slovakia. It has been registered in the list of the World’s Natural and Cultural Heritage of UNESCO. As the only one, the village has not been spoilt by new buildings and 45 original constructions of national architecture as well as a dominant wooden bell tower are located here.
For history lovers there are spectacular places in close proximity from Ruzomberok. Slovakia is full of interesting, medieval castles. One of the most spectacular one is Orava castle situated on the high rock above the Orava river. The castle was built in the 13th century.
Another castle which is ruined at present is Likava.The castle was built in 14th century and destroyed in 1707 by Austrian Emperor army. It is believed that the Slovak national hero Janošik was imprisoned there.
Janosik (1688 – 1713) was an outlaw and leader of the mountain boyswho has become a great legendary national hero in his country. He lived in 17th century. He is a symbol of the fight against injustice and oppression. Janosik's romantic career as Slovakia's Robin Hood was a short one, lasting less than two years.
Many movies have been shot about the life of our hero. The last one by a Hollywood director Agnieszka Holland in 2009.
Close surroundings of the town provides exellent conditions for spending free time in a different way. On the hills of the Big Fatra, just above the town, you will enjoy skiing inSkipark resort. It belongs to the most modern skiing resorts in Slovakia. With its high standard of servicesit will satisfy even the most demanding customers.
If you are looking for a water relax, you will find it in Thermal Park Bešeňová, just a short distance from Ružomberok. It is an all year-round open wellness paradise with healing mineral springs. Both children and adults can relax in indoor and outdoor swimming pools with the water temperature ranging from 27 to 38°C.
The largest water reservoir in Slovakia, Liptovská Mara Dam. Its surroundings offer great possibilities for walks, trips as well as sailing or fishing.
Two different kinds of sports are popular in Ruzomberok.
The women basketball teamMBK Ruzomberok is the most successful Slovak basketball team in the history with two Euro-League Womenvictories. Ružomberok also has a successful football team, MFK Ruzomberok, playing the highest division of the Slovak League. In 2006, the teamwas the Slovak Championand also won the Slovak Cup.