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Pieniny National Park is a national park in northern Slovakia. The park is located in the eastern Pieniny Mountains on the border with Poland. It is the smallest national park in Slovakia with an area of 37.49 km2 and a buffer zone of 224.44 km2. The park is located in the Slovak districts of Kežmarok and Stará Ľubovňa in the Prešov Region.

Getting there

The easiest way to get to the national park is through Poland. The largest international airport is in Krakow and the drive from here is approximately 2 hours. You can drive from Bratislava although it will take around 5 hours.

When to visit

There is something to do in every season in the national park. The most popular seasons are the warmer ones such as summer and autumn. You can always check with the information centre for interesting activities in the season.


Park website


Park size

38 km²

Park founded


Useful links

Hiking Map


Map of Pieniny National Park

Image gallery of Pieniny National Park

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Visitor/Information centres in Pieniny National Park

Most national parks have an associated visitor centre to help visitors. They are usually open most of the year but some close in the off-season. You will often be able to find information on all the activities in the national park. A visit to the visitor centre is often recommended before venturing into the park.

Wildlife in Pieniny National Park

These sections shows you some of the characteristic wildlife to the national park.

Mushroom hunting in Pieniny National Park

There are not much information available on the rules of foraging in the national park. Be sure to speak to the local authorities regarding any plans you might have for foraging. The primary season for mushroom hunting is late summer and autumn.

Camping rules in Pieniny National Park

Wild camping is officially prohibited in Slovakia. You should therefore stick to the areas designated for camping. There are plenty of camping offerings in the area. Especially around the Duna river.

Bears in Pieniny National Park

Bears in Pieniny National Park

Few bears in the park

This national park has bears and you need to take the necessary precautions. It is however unlikely that you will come across a bear.