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Village Šiatorská Bukovinka

1.1 Šiatorská Bukovinka

The village is located in the southern part of Lučenec district, which belongs to Banskobystrický kraj. It lies in the upper part of the Belina creek and the Bukovinský creek near the national border between Slovakia and Hungary. It has 305 inhabitants and its present name has been used from the year 1959.

Road transport

The village is located on the road no. 71, 1 km away from border crossing [SK/HU] Šiatorská Bukovinka – Somoskőújfalu, and 29 km far from the main transit road E571 connecting towns Zvolen and Košice, that passes along town of Lučenec. Local bus lines to Šiatorská Bukovinka operate from Lučenec and Fiľakovo.


Train connections

The nearest train station is 3 km away, in village of Somoskőújfalu (Hungary). Airport connections 

The nearest airport is 90 km away, in Sliač (SLD).

1.1.1 Accommodation

Apartment House Bukovinka

Address: Šiatorská Bukovinka 131, 985 58 Radzovce

Operator: Alžbeta Ľuptáková
Tel.: +421 905 662182, +421 918 435 508

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Recreation Center, La Perla Hotel

Address: 985 58 Radzovce, časť Obručná 627
Tel.: +421 908 303 266


Privát Ľubica

- Bed and Breakfast

Address: Šiatorská Bukovinka 172, 985 58 Radzovce

Tel.: +421 905 769 751


1.1.2 Restaurants and catering

Reštaurácia Na terase - Restaurant

Address: Šiatorská Bukovinka 165
Tel: +421 948 419 924

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Reštaurácia Malý mlyn - Restaurant

Address: Šiatorská Bukovinka 68
Tel: +421 907 668 262, +421 47 4491291
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1.1.3 Attractions Hiking trails

  1. Šiatorská Bukovinka – border crossing – Kalonda (Educational tourist trail through the Novohrad-Nógrád UNESCO Global Geopark)

The 24,5 km-long educational trail is situated in the border zone of Hungary and Slovak Republic. It connects villages Kalonda and Šiatorská Bukovinka and has got three branches leading to the Mučín-cave, to the sandstones of Lipovany and to the geological section Profile of Čakanovce – via Farkašova studňa (local part of the village).

Length: 24,5 km / elevation: 900 m / difficulty: hard / green marked path


  1. Šiatorská Bukovinka – Karanč hill

Karanč is the highest hill of the Cerová vrchovina volcanic mountain. The 20 m high steel lookout tower provides a great circular view of both Slovak and Hungarian side. It is possible to see the nearby castles Šomoška and Salgó, the towns of Lučenec and Salgótarján, and in case of favorable conditions even the High Tatras. There is a marked hiking trail from Šiatorská Bukovinka to the lookout tower, but it’s also approachable from the Hungarian side.

Length: 9 km / elevation: 640 m / difficulty: hard / red marked path

  1. Educational Walkway Mačacia

Parking area – Mačacia Quarry (Kameňolom Mačacia) – Bukovinka-brook (Bukovinský potok)

Length: 1,8km / elevation: 100m (the journey takes 40 min. / difficulty: easy / yellow marked trail

4. Šomoška Educational Walkway Parking area – lakes – Bukovinka-brook (Bukovinský potok) – Stone Fall of Šomoška – Šomoška Castle

Length: 1,8 km / elevation: 125m (40 min.) / difficulty: easy / green marked trail  5. Šiatorská Bukovinka – Šomoška Castle – Eresztvény (local part of town, HU) – Salgó Castle (HU) 

Length: 8,5 km / elevation: 480 m (2:45 h) / difficulty: easy / green marked trail to the Šomoška Castle, followed by the red marked path on hungarian side

  1. Šomoška Castle – Eresztvény (local part of town, HU) – Salgó Castle (HU)

Length: 4,5km / elevation: 255 m (1:30 h) / difficulty: moderate / red marked path Recommended cycling routes around

Yellow marked cycling route (HU): Village of Somoskőújfalu, which is located in a distance of 3 km from Šiatorská Bukovinka, intersects a yellow marked bike trail at the point of local railway station. The route of this trail is as follows: starts in the town of Salgótarján and follows through: Szent Imre-hegy – Kercseg-lapos – village of Somoskőújfalu – Eresztvény (local part of town) – the Petőfi-sétány promenade - Medves-fennsík upland – Rónabánya (local part of town)

Length: 20,5 km / difficulty: moderate

Green marked cycling route (HU): The route of this trail is as follows: Medvedia výšina (Medves-fennsík upland) - Medves Hotel - Salgóbánya (local part of town) - Két-vár-köze pihenő (resting place) - Tatár-árok – Nyugdíjas-pihenő - Tó-strand (Lake Beach) - Crossroad nearby Besztercze housing estate (Besztercze lakótelepi elágazó)

Length: 7 km / difficulty: moderate Sights and attractions

Šomoška National Nature Reserve

Šomoška is a National Nature Reserve covering and area of 36,62 hectares. It is part of the Cerová vrchovina Protected Landscape Area and also the emblematic site of the cross-border Novohrad-Nógrád UNESCO Global Geopark.

The two most visited educational trails of NNR are based in its entrance area, which was built nearby the village of Šiatorská Bukovinka. This area includes a parking place, a stony tower - point of ticket sale, souvenirs and refreshments sale, a playground and outdoor fireplaces. One trail leads to the Šomoška Castle, and the other to the Mačacia stone quarry. The Šomoška Educational Walkway leads to the castle along the Krúdy's spring, the lakes of Bukovinka-brook, the so called stone sea and the Stone Fall of Šomoška. A 1,8 km long educational walkway presents the main natural values ​​of area, such as hygrophilous flora and fauna of the Bukovinka-brook, the old beech forest of the castle hill, as well as other geological and historical interesting facts. There are several resting places and with its elevation of 106 m is intended only for hiking.

Šomoška Castle

On the border of Slovakia and Hungary stand the ruins of Šomoška Castle on a vulcanic hill. The castle was established by the Kačičs at the end of the 13th and at the beginning of the 14 th century. In 1310 the castle became the property of Matúš Čák, but after disintegration of his properties, Tomas Széchenyi obtained it. In 1461 the castle was transferred by the King's donation to the Országh and Losonczy families. Since 1573 till 1596 Šomoška was occupied by Turks under leadership of beg Ali from Fiľakovo. At the end of the 16th century, the castle and belonging properties were owned by Zsigmond Forgách and during the 17th century a centrally ordered fortification was realised. After the defeat of the Rákóczi's war of independence, whose army captured it in 1703, the castle was destroyed by the imperial troops. The original shape of the castle is not known, probably it was a smaller disposition of triangel-shaped ground with no bastions. Later, in the Middle Ages, it was enlarged by a gothic palace in the east and an entrance tower. Cardinal rebuilding was carried out in the 16th century, when the castle was extended with two cannon bastions, a barbakan and two buildings in the northern and southern side. The interior was equipped with chiselled decoration items. The youngest element is probably the hexagonal bastion. The restoration started in the middle of the last century and today it attracts mainly by a restored bastion. The castle is open all year round, but tickets are sold only from April to October.

Hrad Šomoška Somoskői vár Šomoška castle Foto HMF FVM 2

The Stone Fall of Šomoška (Kamenný vodopád Šomoška)

The stony waterfall was discovered in the 14th century during the mining of basalt used for the castle building. It’s one of the most interesting anorganic formations of the Cerová vrchovina Mountain. The 9m high stone-creation with five to six-sided columnar separability is slightly bent, as if flows. In such a bent form it is one of Europe´s uniques. The volcano of Šomoška is one of several small eruption centres that were created on deep fractures of the Earth´s crust 4 million years ago, as a result of the thinning of the earth's crust in the inner parts of the Western Carpathians.

Kamenný vodopád Šomoška Somoskői bazaltömlés Stone Fall of Šomoška Fotó HMF FVM

Mačacia Quarry (Kameňolom Mačacia)

In the Mačacia Quarry, the most representative excavation of lava flow can be found. The expansive lava flow poured out from the volcano of Medveš about 2,6 millions years ago. The settlement called Mačacia was founded as a result of extensive extraction of the basalt mainly in the twenties and thirties of the 20th century. 48 apartment units, a school, 3 lodging houses, an office, a shop and buildings of customs and guard office were built here. This settlement started to languish after depression of the basalt extraction and gradually disappeared. Nowadays, just walls and foundations left from buildings. There is an educational walkway in the stone quarry, which offers a beautiful view of both the Šomoška and Salgó castles from lookout tower. 

Šiatoroš Waterfall (Šiatorošské vodopády)

The 10 m high rock formation in a washout trough (total height of the stone wall is 14 m) is situated on the eastern slope in height 413.5 m nearby Šiatorská Bukovinka. The rock stage was created by the reverse erosion of occasional surface flows. Below the wall, the hollow is formed by the swirl of falling water. The site is the most typical example of reverse erosion in Cerová vrchovina upland. The deep washout trough below the rock stage, bounded by vertical sandstone walls is very impressive.


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