** CAMPSITES IN SLOVAKIA **

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THE INTERACTIVE MAP (right) gives the location of all the campsites used by us in Slovakia during our August~October 2008 trip.

The chart below gives details of:

  • campsite name and location
  • date of our stay and cost per night
  • our comments and assessment-rating

Campsites are rated on a scale +5 (excellent) through to -5 (dreadful); we tried to be as consistent as possible, basing our assessment on standards applicable to Slovakia, over these headings:

  • location and setting
  • standard of facilities
  • price and value for money
  • attitudes and levels of hospitality, welcome and helpfulness shown

Prices (quoted in Slovakian koruna (sk) - current exchange rate around 35 sk/Ł) and comments given relate purely to the dates of our stay.



         Click on the map's campsite locations to link to details
 in the chart below

              = Awarded Best
                         Campsites of Trip

                         accolade,
                         rated at +5
        = Highly commended
           campsites,
           awarded +4 rating
              = Campsites, NOT
              recommended: poor
              value, poor facilities,
              poor hospitality
SITE NAME LOCATION DATE OF STAY COST / NIGHT FEATURES and COMMENTS RATING
+5 excellent

    ~
-5 dreadful
THE JOURNEY OUT:  
Vogelsang Camping, Brodenbach, Germany In wooded valley above village of Brodenbach in Mosel Valley 8 Aug €10 10 kms from A61 junction 39, down into Mosel Valley; an old favourite of ours, so convenient on a cross-continental drive; and the Yachthafen bar in Brodenbach village is the closest thing in atmosphere to an English pub +4
Campingplatz Azur, Regensburg, Germany Jct 99 of A3 onto A93, exit jct 40; site on banks of Danube 9 Aug €26.55 inc CCI discount Germanically efficient site with facilities and prices to match; popular site with German caravans, but pleasant location on banks of Danube and very convenient 2km from A3 motorway to Austria +4
BRATISLAVA AND SW SLOVAKIA:  
Camping Stredisko Slnečne Jazerá On shore of Slnečne leisure lakes at Senec, 20 kms east of Bratislava 10~11 Aug 430 sk Crowded in Aug with tents of mainly Czech holiday-makers at Slnečne Lakes, but lively atmosphere; straightforward site but good facilities; helpful German-speaking lady at reception provided street maps and frequent bus times for Bratislava from Senec centre 20 min walk away; Billa and Tesco supermarkets in Senec.
NB Avoid
Zlaté Piesky Camping in Bratislava, set in huge leisure complex alongside urban high way, completely open to the public and notorious for insecurity
+4


 




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Autocamping & Chatová osada Jelenec Beyond Jelenec village into hills at Remitáž 12 Aug 250 sk Simple straightforward site on wooded hillside; some noise from occupants of semi-derelict huts; primitively basic but clean facilities; telephone number at locked reception to call warden; convenient for way-marked walks in wooded Tribeč hills and Gýmeš Castle +2



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Recreation complex Margita-Ilona Route 564 from Levice, signposted in village of Kalinčiakovo 13 Aug 480 sk Ghastly holiday complex, unduly expensive, with swimming pools bigger than the camping area; indifferent and unhelpful attitude from staff at reception; nowhere to fill with water; noisy disco at night with screaming hoards of holiday makers -2


            
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Autocamping Neresnica, Zvolen Southern outskirts of Zvolen, just off Route 66 14~17 Aug 326 sk Excellent good value site with pleasant grassy camping area shaded by trees alongside stream, not at all crowded even in Aug; helpful and welcoming staff; heavy traffic noise from nearby main road; facilities rather limited but plenty hot water; half hour walk into Zvolen for good bus and train links to places of interest eg Banská Štiavnica, Kremnica, Banská Bystrica; bar-restaurant at site serving traditional Slovak dishes
 
 
www.campneresnica.sk
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Autocamping Tajov, Banská Bystrica At Tajov village
6 km west of Banská Bystrica
18~19 Aug 340 sk inc 10% CCI discount Delightful setting in wooded valley 6 km west of Banská Bystrica; friendly and helpful welcome by enterprising family who are progressively upgrading facilities and adding more huts which is main business; wide camping area rather sloping; free wi-fi internet access; buses to/from Banská Bystrica outside site +4



           
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Kemping Sedliacky Dvor


Last house along side lane at
Rohozná village
5 kms SW from Brezno on Route 72
(formerly Route 530)

GPS:
48ş 47.702'
19ş 43.722'
N 48.795033
E 19.728700
20~24 Aug 380 sk Glorious setting in open rolling meadow-land surrounded by Low Tatras foothills; small and excellent value site kept by ex-patriot Dutch couple, Dion and Monique Suppers, in shady orchard behind their house; open all year round; genuinely boundless and personalised hospitality; nothing was too much trouble to make guests feel welcome; excellent facilities inc washing machine and free internet access; evening campfire for guests to sit around
   www.sedliackydvor.com

Kemping Sedliacky Dvor and Penzion Villa Betula share our coveted  *BEST CAMPSITE OF TRIP*  award

+5


      
                 
              
            BEST
  CAMPSITE OF
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Wild -camp at Dedinky Lake Parking area at far end of lake 25 Aug   Delightful setting overlooking lake but rather midgy

NB ATC Lokomotíva Dedinky at foot of ski lift proved inaccessible; rough, steeply sloping land only suitable for tents, and no power supplies





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SLOVAKIAN KARST REGION AND EASTERN SLOVAKIA:
Chatová osada Alweg, Dobšina At foot of ski lift above village of Dobšina 26 Aug 260 sk Straightforward small site, approached through rough back streets of Dobšina up steep rough access lane; high setting above town looking out over wooded hills; main business is huts and rooms, but flat camping area with power supplies; facilities old-fashioned but adequate; bar serving draught Šariš beer +3




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Camping Krásnohorské Podhradie, Rožnava Above village of Krásnohorské Podhradie, on road up to castle 27~28 Aug 300 sk Lovely setting in pine woods, under shadow of Krásna Hôrka Castle; primitive facilities, no wash-up but plenty of hot water; limited camping space, mainly huts, but logs cut for camp fires; convenient for Caves of Slovensky Karst Region +2



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ATC Chatová osada Jasov Jasov village 29 Aug 340 sk Located on edge of Jasov village; mainly huts enclosing grassing camping area; indifferent welcome at reception; primitive facilities with no wash-up, but plenty of hot water +2


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Autocamping Salaš Barca, Košice On coast near to Drage village 30~31 Aug

 

500 sk  !!! Camping/Chatová osada exploits its monopoly in Košice to charge unduly expensive prices for what in fact are mediocre standards: a dreary and desolate setting with traffic noise from nearby bypass; perfunctory and unhelpful welcome; facilities old-fashioned with minimal hot water; Košice, Slovakia's 2nd city, is delightful with its main square, Gothic Cathedral and art nouveau buildings; catch nos 3,4 or 7 tram from nearby bypass road -2






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Autocamping Maria, Trebišov 12 kms south of Trebišov, towards Hungarian border at Sátoraljaújhely 1 Sept 300 sk Campsite owner totally unable to comprehend our request to camp at her campsite!! Eventually prevailed on to allow us to stay: no camping area, just steeply sloping ground behind huts, midges galore and overwhelmed by traffic noise from main road; worst facilities ever experienced: stinking, filthy loos and no wash-up -3




           
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ATC Vinianské Jazero North side of Vinianské Lake above village of Vinné, Michalovce 2~4 Sept Free of charge Informal camping area on north side of Vinianské Lake above village of Vinné; flat camping area with power supply and water, loos in nearby restaurant (public loos closed in Sept); beautiful setting but would be busy with day visitors in summer or weekends; little shade and midges from lake; free wi-fi internet access at nearby Hotel Jazero +4


 

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ATC Stanový Tábor, Snina On south side of river between Snina and Stakčin 5~6 Sept 200 sk Straightforward site in delightful setting amid birch woods, and kept by helpful and hospitable couple, Mr and Mrs Štefan Labanič; site has small bar with draught Steiger beer; basic but adequate facilities but no wash-ups; best value site of trip, convenient for exploring wooden churches of NE Slovakia +4

  
        
   
 
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NE SLOVAKIA, POLISH BORDER & HIGH TATRAS:
Verejné Táborisko Kemping, Nová Kel'ča, Vel'ká Domaša Lake Informal camping on headland near to Nová Kel'ča village, overlooking Vel'ká Domaša Lake 7~9 Sept Free of charge in Sept Informal camping area on  flat head land with magnificent panoramic; charge would be 150 sk/night in Aug when crowded with holiday-makers but free in Sept; electricity supplies, loos, wash-up sinks and hot water but no showers; midges from lake +4



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Camping Tylawa, Dukla, Poland 6 kms across Polish border at summit of Dukla Pass at village of Tylawa 10 Sept 100 sk Very straightforward farm camping site; pleasant setting in flat, grassy field looking out across rolling wooded hills; pleasant welcome and Slovak korunas readily accepted; open all year round;  electric points but other facilities very limited: rustic earth privies, cold showers and wash-up sink; only campsite in immediate area of Dukla Pass north of Svidnik to visit wooden churches and memorials to 1944 Soviet liberation of Slovakia +1

 




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Wild-camp at Bardejovské Kúpele spa complex Car park of Bardejovské Kúpele spa complex 11 Sept   One of grubbiest wild-camps ever, in muddy corner of car park; it served its purpose in absence of any other alternatives and we were not disturbed

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Camping Dunajec, Červený Kláštor Next to Pltnik Hotel 500m west of Červený Kláštor village on Polish border 12~14 Sept 290 sk Beautiful setting in Pieniny National Park on banks of Dunajec river which forms Slovak/Polish border; open all year round; flat grassy riverside pitches with Polish rafts passing; bar at hotel; site open all year round; convenient for rafting trips along Dunajec Gorge which depart nearby
   www.penzionpltnik.sk

Although not used, Camping Goralsk
ý Dvor at Haligovce village 4 kms inland from River Dunajec looked equally good; flat grassy pitches next to traditional restaurant
+4






 

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ATC Levočska Dolina, Levoča 3 kms up wooded valley north of Levoča 15~16 Sept 440 sk Despite initially attractive setting on hillside in wooded valley; there were few practicable places to camp because of steeply sloping wet ground and risk of getting bogged in; English-speaking owner welcoming, but excessive price; facilities adequate but minimal hot water and no wash-ups; a poor value site +2




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Autocamping Podlesok, Hrabušice, Slovensky Raj Near to Hrabušice village at northern side of Slovensky Raj 17~18 Sept 310 sk Magnificent setting immediately at foot of pinewoods of Slovensky Raj; open all year round; warm welcome from English-speaking warden and reasonably price; utterly primitive facilities but at least water was hot +2


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ATC Tatranac, Tatranska Lomnica, High Tatras 2 kms south of Tatranska Lomnica village on Route 540 19~23 Sept 450 sk (would have been 490 sk but discount demanded) Large and anonymous site with virtual monopoly in Sept of camping accommodation for eastern end of High Tatras; hence excessively high price of 490 sk, reduced to 450 sk on our demand for discount because of poor facilities; huge open camping field with no trees for shade or shelter; panoramic views of High Tatras mountains; antiquated facilities not regularly cleaned and water tasting of rust; 'take-it-or-leave-it' attitude at reception; small supermarket in Tatranska Lomnica village; given high price, a poor value site but no alternative +1








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LOW TATRAS, NORTHERN HILLS, VAH VALLEY & WESTERN SLOVAKIA:
Camping Bystrina, Demänovská Dolina 5 kms into Demänovská Dolina south of Liptovský Mikuláš 24 Sept 434 sk Dismal woodland setting above hotel to which campsite is attached; normal campsite facilities all locked and had to trek down to hotel for toilets and showers, but no wash-ups; appallingly inhospitable and indifferent attitude shown by hotel staff; given excessive price, poor value -2



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Camping Penzion Villa Betula, Liptovská Mara Lake



Close to village of Liptovská Sielnica, 10 kms west of Liptovský Mikuláš 25~29 Sept 494 sk inc out of season discount
Normal price would be 580 sk (290 per person)
Beautiful setting in neatly kept gardens behind penzion surrounded by pine-wooded hills; family who run the penzion really know the meaning of hospitality, so wonderfully welcoming and offering a superb service; nothing was too much trouble for their guests; open all year round; facilities were excellent: modern centrally heated showers and toilets, all spotlessly clean; washing machine, water-filling hose, free wi-fi internet access; first class bar-restaurant; more expensive than usual, but excellent value given the quality of service, hospitality and facilities; it was sheer delight to camp there - they set a standard which others in Slovakia would do well to follow
   www.villabetula.sk

Penzion Villa Betula and Kemping Sedliacky Dvor share our coveted  *BEST CAMPSITE OF TRIP*  award

+5



      
                 
              


           
BEST
  CAMPSITE OF
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Kemping Tilia Gäcel', Dolný Kubín 2 kms from centre of Dolný Kubín, along Gäcel'ska cesta parallel with river 30 Sept 540 sk !!!! demanded, 500 sk paid Campsite now closed and locked, but owner responded to phone call; he agreed we could stay 1 night with no hot water, but rudely insisted with arrogant ill-grace on his normal price of 540 sk; we offered 500 sk which he grudgingly accepted; site intrinsically OK with hedged pitches and old-fashioned facilities, but owner's mercenary attitude and 'take-it-or-leave-it' greed was repulsive -2

           


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Autocamping Oravice Near Oravice Spa: take Route 520 from Trstená, and turn up 6kms into Western Tatras hills at Vitahová village 1~2 Oct 395 sk Superb setting in remote forested foothills of Western Tatras; wonderfully hospitable welcome from lady-owner; open all year round; flat grassy camping area despite sloping site; nearby small spa complex totally separate and ignorable; facilities rather old-fashioned but clean with good hot water, probably geothermal; friendly English-speaking bar-pizzeria still open in early Oct; well worth journey into hills of Polish border region +4






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Autocamping Belá, Nižné Kamence At village of Nižné Kamence, 3 kms west of Terchová 3~4 Oct 333 sk inc 10% out of season discount (normally 370 sk) Site owner responded to email confirming open until 15 Oct; hospitable welcome on our arrival; pleasant setting along wooded valley bordering on Mala Fatra Hills; excellent facilities newly upgraded and spotlessly clean; Co-op supermarket in nearby Terchová; convenient for walking in Vrátna Dolina and Mala Fatra Hills; very good value site and highly recommended.
Nearby ATC Varin at edge of Varin village not used by us but looked equally good
+4







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Autocamping Turiec, Martin In Vrútky, northern suburb of Martin 5~6 Oct 440 sk Effusive welcome from English-speaking owner who seemed paranoid about security - all gates kept locked and savagely barking dog; open all year round; pleasant setting in wooded parkland, but sloping ground; in Oct, we used heated loos & showers in 1 of huts +3



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ATC Nitranske Rudno On shore of lake at Nitranske Rudno village in side valley near Prievidza 7 Oct 250 sk out of season discount
(normally 310 sk)
Officially closed end-Sept but in response to email and phone call, owner readily allowed us to stay and opened facilities for us; helpful and hospitable welcome and bar-pizzeria open; pleasant setting with surrounding hills glowing golden in autumn sunlight +2



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Wild-camp at now closed ATC Dubnik in western hills beyond Stará Turá Turn off Route 61 at Nové Mesto; 12 kms into hills and 2 kms beyond Stará Turá; site of ATC Dubnik, now closed 8~9 Oct   Former ATC Dubnik campsite now closed, but pleasant grounds offered delightful and secluded flat area for wild camp amid autumn leaves; no alternative sites open in October



 


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THE JOURNEY HOME:
Storchencamp, Türkenhain, Purbach am Neusiedlersee, Austria Exit 43 off A4 motorway, 12 kms on B50 to Purbach; site signed-posted in village 10 Oct €16.20 Set at sports complex on edge of village, close to Neusiedler See; officious welcome but reasonable price; modern facilities; convenient transit camp on motorway journey +3
Campingplatz Azur, Regensburg, Germany Jct 99 of A3 onto A93, exit jct 40; site on banks of Danube 11 Oct €20 inc CCI discount Germanically efficient site with facilities and prices to match; popular site with German caravans, but pleasant location on banks of Danube and very convenient 2km from A3 motorway to Austria +4
Vogelsang Camping, Brodenbach, Germany In wooded valley above village of Brodenbach in Mosel Valley 12~13 Oct €10 10 kms from A61 junction 39, down into Mosel Valley; an old favourite of ours, so convenient on a cross-continental drive; and the Yachthafen bar in Brodenbach village is the closest thing in atmosphere to an English pub +4
St Louis Camping, Ardres, near Calais, France In village of Autingues near to Ardres, 8 kms south of Calais 14 Oct €20 Always a hospitable welcome from owners Carine et Dominique Sanson; flat grassy pitches and good facilities; good value bar-restaurant open in Oct; most convenient site for Calais or Dunkerque ferries +4

 

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