TAKE THE OPPORTUNITY TO KNOW THE TOWN WITH THE TOURIST GUIDE and get a direct contact with various spheres of history, current attractiveness offer or significant personalities, who lived and worked here! We have prepared 7 thematic guided tours rich of attractions that cannot be found in any guidebook. Every route involves interesting one hour narrative and several stops in the historical center of the town, which are introduced in the following lines. Our offer includes tours devoted to the Traditions of Liptovský Mikuláš, Jewish culture, Artists of Liptovský Mikuláš, legendary Jánošík or the route discovering the most interesting attractiveness of the town – TOP 11 PLACES IN THE HISTORICAL CENTRE OF LIPTOVSKÝ MIKULÁŠ as well.
Free 60 minute guided tours with to explore the historical centre of the village; July – August on Fridays at 4:00 pm (Slovak, English). Please, follow our guided tours latest themes on the website. You can also get 20% off one of our 7 sightseeing routes.
Do you want to know why the first written evidence about the town appeared and where is the original 730- year old document now? Which important noble family the town Svätý Mikuláš belonged to until the mid of 19 century? What stormy period Mikuláš experienced, when the old Evangelical parsonage was the centre of Štúr generation? Why is Mikuláš the town of culture and associations? Which important events are written down into latter history?
1./ Church of St. Nicholas – the oldest constructional monument of the town
When you hear the name “Liptovský Mikuláš”, people usually think of delicious sheep cheese products such as bryndza, parenice and oštiepky (smoked), others recall the renowned distillery, local curriers or furriers. Your guide will introduce the traditions of Liptovský Mikuláš from the point of history and present times, but you will also have a look into the life of famous currier families and meet eminent personalities they became.
Liptovský Mikuláš is a town where many personalities of art were born and active. They dedicated their lives to art and were developing their talents there. Their works were appreciated and admired even beyond the borders of Slovakia. There were e.g.: painters P.M. Bohúň, K. Sokol, J. Alexy, E.M. Šimerová, the Rumanskí brothers, sculptors A. Groma and M. Ksandr, photographer M. Martinček, writers J. Kráľ, the Rázus siblings, I. Stodola, composers J.L. Bella and D. Pálka, musician Jožko Piťo, or the founder of the Slovak Amateur Theatre G.F. Belopotocký. Your tourist guide will tell you about their lives and works, take you to places where these artists are still remembered. The Liptov Gallery of P.M. Bohúň is one of such places. It introduces paintings of the brilliant portraitist, whom the gallery is named after. If you book town guide services, you will get a 20% discount on tickets to this exposition.
It was in 1713 that the legendary bandit´s captain Juraj Jánošík was tried and executed in Liptovský Mikuláš. Listen to a gripping story of facts and myths, desire for freedom and justice, but also cruelty and fear. Go back to times when even a minor offence was punished hard and torturing was a regular procedure of interrogation. Visit the Torture chamber – exposition in the Museum of Janko Kráľ and learn how Jánošík must have suffered before the final verdict was delivered. Jánošík´s bravery and resistance went down
well among the folk and they were remembered through children´s games, legends, songs, literature, theatre, visual art and films. A minor role in the famous film “Jánošík” was played by the actor Adam Matejka, who used to live in Liptovský Mikuláš, in Bottova Street. Today, there is a plaque on the house he lived in to remember him. The tour ends in a symbolic way – at a scaffold next to the Jánošík Hotel, in the street called Jánošíkovo nábrežie (Jánošík´s waterfront).
The first Jewish families came to Liptovský Mikuláš around 1720. And 100 years later, they formed about 50% of the town population. They were skilful traders, progressive entrepreneurs, excellent teachers, doctors and advocates. Your tourist guide will tell you about the best known ones, such as Samuel Fischer – the founder of the famous Fischer Verlag publishing house, which is still active in Frankfurt am Main, and the author of the well-known European novel “Farewell to a Century” – Iboja Wandall-Holm, who experienced suffering in a concentration camp. You will hear the life story of the gre
at-granddaughter of English Queen Victoria – Valeria Maria, who spent a simple childhood in a house located in the present historic centre. Although the Jews went down in the town history and became an unforgettable part of it, today they are remembered only thanks to an abandoned synagogue. And that is the last stop of this guided tour.