rafting Slovakia wooden boat

Traveling around Slovakia is a unique experience, especially in Eastern Slovakia where you don’t get the river cruise and tour bus crowds stopping over for a quickie in Bratislava. Travelers in this are had to make an effort to get here: north from Budapest or south from Krakow.

I experienced the lovely city of Kosice (a 2013 European Capital of Culture) and used that as a base, exploring castles, caves, parks, and even a winery.

This video though, is from something I certainly haven’t done anywhere else: riding a wooden boat down a river that separates two countries. Here the Danajec river separates Poland and Slovakia, with a pedestrian bridge allowing the people of both to move across. On the Slovakian side, you board the boat and float an hour and a half through spectacular scenery of cliffs, rock formations, and forest.

There are a few different places to join up and head down the river. I went with Pension Pltnik, which would also be a good place to spend a night or two. Rooms are 26 to 33 euros, or you can pitch a tent outside for 3 per person and use their facilities.

This town’s not a one-trick pony though. The Červený Kláštor monastery is an easy walk just outside of town and you can rent bikes to pedal the whole route the boat does for 4 euros. You can rent horsesAnd naturally there is no shortage of places to down a few Slovak beers and eat some hearty food.

As for location, this area is not far from the High Tatras Mountains, Slovak Paradise National Park (with great hiking trails), and a few castles.


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Tim Leffel is author of five travel books, including Travel Writing 2.0, and A Better Life for Half the Price, on living abroad. He is editor of Perceptive Travel webzine and this blog. He splits his time between Guanajuato, Mexico and Tampa Bay. See his writing portfolio, awards, and links to his books at TimLeffel.com.