Perhaps any of other Slovak towns hasn´t had so many top athletes as Liptovský Mikuláš. They successfully represent Slovakia in many sports. They have won Olympic medals, world champion titles either of Europe or Slovakia. Let's mention at least the best ones – Olympic champions in canoe slalom Michal Martikán and Elena Kaliská, world champions in the same sport Alexander Slafkovský and Jakub Grigar, alpine skiing world champion Petra Vlhová, world hockey champions Jerguš Bača and Marek Uram, bodybuildingworld champion Ľubo Maliňák, kickboxingworld champion Martin Navrátil, world fitness champion Dominika Multáňová and European fitness champion Michal Barbier...
You don't have to be one of the best athletes to be able to do sports in Mikuláš. At the same time, there are sports opportunities that you can experience only in this town:
Raft as Olympic winners
At Water Slalom Area you can raft the same tracks on which the best athletes of this sports industry train and race. Contact a sports agency that will provide you not only with experienced instructors, but also with rafting equipment. And then just step boldly into the foaming water to conquer it on the rafting boats, subdue the water obstacles and cross the finish line as a winner. Once you are at this place and you still need more water, try wakeboarding and wakeskating. You can also treat yourself to a dose of terrestrial sports entertainment in the form of paintball, target shooting or relaxing Adventure golf. What is it like? It is a mini golf course. All activities at the Water Slalom Area are available from spring to autumn. And water sports don't mind rain!
Try running routes of Mikuláš´s Olympic winners
How about improving your condition on running routes named after Petra Vlhová and Michal Martikán? Both routes run through the Háj-Nicovô Forest Park. They are of medium difficulty, with an elevation of up to 175 meters, the longer one with a length of 5.3 kilometers is the route of Michal Martikán and the shorter 3.3-kilometer-long route is that of Petra Vlhová. You can trainon a workout playground, which you will find almost on the top of Háj-Nicovô, where you will have a great viewfrom. Amazing views will accompany you from other sections as well. On the information boards you can see warm-up tips from a fitness trainer Šimon Klimčík. You will find a sign,leading you to Petra Vlhová's route, just behind the railway crossing at the entrance to the forest park, and the Michal Martikán's route can be found at the car park at the top of Háj-Nicovô, near the bike shelter. And here comes another option – to hop on your bike and get up the hill in a saddle.
Fly in the only wind tunnel in Slovakia
Can you imagine the wind with a speed of 270 kilometres per hour? This is exactly the speed of wind flowing in the glass flight chamber of the Hurricane Factory wind tunnel, where you can experience the adrenaline feeling of free fall. In this place, one minute of flight equals jumping from a plane from a height of 4,000 meters. However, you do not have to worry, you will fly under the supervision of experienced instructors. You don't even have to have any previous flying experience. And if your enthusiasm for flying completely engulfs you, you can register for flying lessons at Hurricane Academy.
Jump on and ride the Surf Waves - you don't have to travel far for surfing
Consisting of four lanes,the surfing area with a steady stream of water with a speed of up to 70 kilometres per hour is part of the Tatralandia water park. If you are not yet an experienced surfer, you can surf lying on your belly, kneeling or sitting. In any case, it is an interesting experience. You can continue your water fun at Tatralandia and then treat yourself to relaxation in the Celtic Sauna World and Wellness Centre. What more could you wish?
⇒ Information for parents of small athletes
If you like doing sports with your children, they can try surfing from the age of 6, surf rafting from 4, flying in a wind tunnel from 5, and rafting is recommended for children from 10 years – provided that the child can swim. Consider running along Olympic winners´ routes according to your child's physical fitness, or you can use the routes as easy tourist terrain.
One more recommendation: Biking along the banks of the River Váh
Although not all stages of its construction have been completed yet, you can indulge in an undisturbed bike ride or inline skating along of almost a 6 km bike trail. The bike trail leads to the southern edge of the town with the peaceful surroundings of the River Váh. Along the trail you can relax in three bike shelters and on many benches. Your little ones will definitely appreciate the playgrounds in the immediate vicinity of the bike trail.
This is the top sports offer by Liptovský Mikuláš, but in addition to that, you can also play tennis, squash, bowling, visit fitness centres, shooting ranges, a skating simulator or ice rinks.