Distance from the cave: 2,7 km | Type: Castles and chateaux
A dominant of the Smolenice village is the Smolenice Castle, which towers on the eastern foothill of the Lesser Carpathians. The surrounding is suitable for short walking tours in forests, meadows or the Driny Cave. The castle is surrounded by a large and maintained park. A part of the outer fortifications, which are remains of the fort that guarded the Czech Road, with shooting range was preserved near the castle.
The castle serves both for recreation and scientific conferences and workshops. Its furnishing is similar to a hotel one, with dining rooms, reception rooms, sleeping rooms and conference halls.
Distance from the cave: 13,0 km | Type: Castles and chateaux
The Červený Kameň castle was first mentioned in 1240 and is considerd one of the unique objects of the Central European construction. A museum documenting the life and way of housing of aristocracy was set up in the castle.
The public has access to the castle only from 1997. An exposition with several types of housing spaces from Renaissance to Historism style is available for visitors.
Distance from the cave: 14,6 km | Type: Zaujímavé miesto, Lyžovanie a turistika
It is the only large protected area of vineyard character in Slovakia. The Lesser Carpathians Mts. represent edge mountains of the inner Carpathians lying in their south-western tip. They form core mountains with specific evolution of crystalline core with both envelope and nappe units. There are various rocks in the area – granites, limestones, shales, phyllites, amphiboles and others.
Distance from the cave: 114,7 km | Type: City
Distance from the cave: 120,2 km | Type: Places of interest
Another interesting side of the locality is traveling by train from Banská Bystrica to Diviaky. This 35 km long part of the railway has 22 tunnels cut through the Great Fatra Mts., ends with the Čremošné tunnel as an example of combination the construction and nature. The longest tunnel is the Harmanecký tunnel 4,700m long (28.9.1936).
The beauty of the Harmanecká Valley with so many tunnels is attractive also for the film makers. The tunnels can be seen in films Day, which won’t die (director Martin Ťapák, 1973), Thousand years' old bee (Juraj Jakubisko, 1983), Peacemaker (Mimi Leder, 1996),...
Distance from the cave: 124,3 km | Type: Places of interest
National nature reserve from 1949 with area of 20 ha to protect the natural old stand of the Tertiary relict – European Yew growing in the limestone beech forest stand. The location of European importance – Natura 2000.
Distance from the cave: 129,7 km | Type: City
Turecká village is located 17 km to the north-west from Banská Bystrica in the Great Fatra Mts. It lies at elevation of 610 m on the foothill of the Krížna massive with 1,574 m elevation. The first mentions on the village are from 1563. The original inhabitants were charcoal burners, who burned it for neighbouring mines in the Starohorská Valley. Turecká village is by its location predetermined for tourism, mainly the winter sports and mountain hiking.
Distance from the cave: 130,9 km | Type: City
Distance from the cave: 131,2 km | Type: Places of interest
Previous mining settlement (copper and silver), with a Baroque building of the old mining office and a dominant – pilgrim Gothic church from 1448. There is an interesting technical work of water power station above the village. Starting point for tours in the valley and Turecká village.
Distance from the cave: 132,8 km | Type: Places of interest
Rounded grassy highlands as remains of the Valahia colonizing create the peculiar character of this mountain range. The immigrants who flooded the Slovak mountains in 16th – 17th century cut out and burned off vast areas of forests, mainly in the crest positions of the mountains, thus changing them to pastures. Now when the shepherds gave way to nature protection in some places, the highland meadows begin to be grown over by trees again, but the characteristic trait of the landscape with picturesque vegetation and solitaires of trees still remains. The typical scenery of the Great Fatra mountains is shown by lonely slag of dolomite nappe on a grassy crest in the Kráľova studňa saddle.