A unique form of city tour that brings its history closer to you in a modern way
Come and wander the streets of Liptovský Mikuláš and get to know almost 30 historical buildings, personalities and important events of the city. All you need is a mobile phone. The phone will navigate you from one point of interest to another via Google Maps. At each you will find an information board or a stand with a short description and a QR code.
By scanning the QR code, you can access more additional texts, photos and, in 13 cases, audio recordings colored with period sounds, which will virtually transport you into history.
You can also visit some of the buildings in which museums and galleries are located
Pongrác Manor House nowadays it is a seat of Koloman Sokol Gallery
It represents the largest collection of works by an excellent graphic artist, a native of Liptovský Mikuláš Koloman Sokol, whose work was also appreciated by Pablo Picasso.
"Koloman Sokol doesn't need Picasso to be big," Pablo Picasso
Koloman Sokol (* December 12, 1902 Liptovský Mikuláš † January 13, 2003 Tucson, Arizona)
The basis of the permanent exhibition is 48 top works, which the artist dedicated to his native country. Koloman reached for social motives, he depicting hunger, misery, emaciated vagabonds, afflicted mothers, and motifs of horses, riders and dogs were common. His impressive works are usually black and white, later also enlivened by colour, but with a distinctive black contour. The collection of graphics and drawings is complemented by Sokol's biography, personal objects and images by the renowned Slovak photographer Tibor Huszar, which were created during his visit to Master Sokol in the United States. You can get to know not only the unique artistic expression of Koloman Sokol, but also his dramatic life story. The gallery is located in the historical premises of the Pongrác Manor House, which is the second oldest architectural monument in the town.
Jesuit later Franciscan monastery nowadays it is a seat of Slovak Museum of Nature Protection and Speleology
The only museum of its kind in Slovakia with interactive expositions „Karst and Caves of Slovakia“ and „Protected Nature of Slovakia” with its parts „Earth a Place to Live“and „Man, Mountains, NATURA 2000“.
"The museum is housed in a former Jesuit monastery. Don't be fooled by the historical appearance of this building, the museum is modern and interactive from the underground to the lookout tower. ”
You can embark on a great expedition for the beauty, diversity and mysteries of nature with two permanent exhibitions on an area of 1,400 m2. The Karst and Cave exhibition presents the phenomenon of karst in all its contexts from the origin and development of the cave, cave decoration, archaeological findings to the work of aspeleologist. Here you can try crawling in the cave. In the first part of the exhibition „Protected Nature of Slovakia - Earth, a Place to Live“, you will experience the atmosphere of the Earth's origin, see protected and precious minerals, as well as fragments of Slovak meteorites, a diverse kingdom of plants, mushrooms and animals which exhibits are located in natural ecosystems. The atmosphere is supported by sound effects –bird singing, marmot whistling, andwolf howling. An interesting experience is to crawl into a bear's lair. The second part of the exhibition “Protected Nature of Slovakia - Man, Mountains, NATURA 2000” maps the impact of economic and leisure activities of man on the landscape and surrounding nature. You can end your tour in the museum´slookout tower, from where you will get a view of the panorama of the surrounding mountains and the ancient landmarks of the town.
The First County House nowadays it is a seat of Janko Kráľ Museum
The most curiosities from the rich 735-year history of Liptovský Mikuláš.
The main exposition “Chapters from the History of the Town”, and “Jánošík´s Torture Chamber and Courtroom” are situated in the ancient premises of the first County Hall and the Strauss House in the historic centre. The museum includes other interesting expositions: “Tatrín and Demands of the Slovak Nation”, “Birth House of the Rázus Siblings”, “Synagogue”, and “Carrier Pigeon Breeding”.
The exhibition “Chapters from the History of the Town” will take you through the history of Liptovský Mikuláš documented from the first written mention of the town in 1286 until the period of World War II. View a replica of the Ondrašová Bronze Treasure from the 9th century BC, Baroque wooden sculptures, that were once a part of the main altar of the St Nicholas Church, and a rare painting of the nobleman Pongrác II, one of the most influential people in Hungary in the 15th century. Take a look into the room of the romantic poet Janko Kráľ and the life of the world-famous inventor Aurel Stodola, who was respected by Einstein himself! Meet the leading local families and tanneries that made Liptovský Mikuláš famous far beyond the country's borders. Be sure to stop by the museum's historical library with 4.500 rare titles.
You can start the HISTORICAL COMPASS tour at any of the 29 points of interest and continue in any order.
PS: the Historical Compass project is intended for a walk through the town with a mobile phone, so you can only listen to the audio recording on a mobile phone, you won't find it on your computer.