Unsplash License • Unsplash License • Unsplash License

Veľká Fatra National Park is a National Park in Slovakia. Most of it lies in the southern part of the Žilina Region and a small part in the northern part of Banská Bystrica Region. The national park and its protective zone comprise most of the Greater Fatra Range (Slovak:Veľká Fatra) which belongs to the Outer Western Carpathians.

Getting there

The easiest way to reach the park is to go by car from Bratislava. You can fly to Bratislava from most major airports in Europe. The drive from Bratislava is approximately 3 hours.

When to visit

There is something to do in all seasons. The most popular seasons are the warmer ones. Especially summer attracts plenty of visitors to the park. There are a few ski resorts to visit during winter.


Park website


Park size

404 km²

Park founded


Map of Veľká Fatra National Park

Image gallery of Veľká Fatra National Park

Unsplash License • Unsplash License •

Mountains in Veľká Fatra National Park

This section will list some of the famous peaks in the national park. Be sure to do proper research before venturing on to the high peaks.

Wildlife in Veľká Fatra National Park

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

Mushroom hunting in Veľká Fatra National Park

Slovakia is a popular country for mushroom hunting and there are plenty of forests to roam hunting for mushrooms. National parks are often more restricted than other areas and you should therefore speak to local authorities about the specific rules regarding the areas you are looking at.

Camping rules in Veľká Fatra National Park

Wild camping is generally prohibited in Slovakia and you are therefore not allowed to pitch a tent in the wilderness. You should stick to designated camping areas or other areas recommended by the local park authorities. Camping is tolerated in specific areas of the country but you should always check with the landowner before camping.

Bears in Veľká Fatra National Park

Bears in Veľká Fatra National Park

Bears in the park

This national park has bears and you need to take the necessary precautions. Read the article on bears and seek information from local park authorities.