Basalt kingdom with a castle, stone waterfall and stone sea
  • Difficulty: medium
  • Lenght: 12 km
  • Elevation: 420m
  • Start / end: Šiatorská Bukovinka, Lučenec

A walk through the beautiful Šomoška Natural Reserve with a unique stone waterfall, basalt castle, basalt stone-pit and a basalt stone sea.

The Stone Waterfall (Kamenný vodopád) is made of regular, up to 9-meter long basalt cuboids with five or six sides. They formed some 4 million years ago when basalt lava cooled in the volcano crater. The nearby Šomoška Castle was built from such basalt blocks. In fact, the workers building the castle discovered the waterfall when they were searching for material for the castle.

The trail will bring you also to an old basalt stone-pit. With a bit of luck you can spot here Salamandra Salamandra, an endangered amphibian.

WITH KIDS: You can relax with your kids on little playground with a fireplace near the parking place close to Šimon Tower.

TIP: There are two educational trails here. It is worth to take both of them; which will take you three hours. Get an illustrated map from in the Šimon Tower, so you don’t miss anything interesting. 

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    Mountain lover, traveler, adventurer. Loves challenges, always strives to make her dreams come true, and will inspire you to do the same. Mountaineer, ski-alpinist and a fresh photographer, with Slovakia, Yukon and Alaska as her affairs of the heart. If you search for a mountain guide, search no more. You just found one. 

Schematická mapa výletu


  1. Start: Šiatorská Bukovinka (train station)

  2. 1

    2,5 km on green trail to Šimonova vež

  3. 2

    1,7 km on green trail to Šomoška Castle, then 0,7 km on green trail back to Bukovinský potok

  4. 3

    1,4 km on yellow trail to Mačacia (the observation tower is on the left side)

  5. 4

    4 km on the red trail to Šiatorska Bukovinka

  6. Show the whole trail


Where to eat

Restaurant Na Terase in Šiatorská Bukovinka | www.rest.naterase.szm.com


N48.17836° E19.85524° - Parking place at Šimonova vež (Šimon Tower) | N48.18589° E19.81709° - Train station in Šiatorská Bukovinka, Lučenec county


By bus or by train to Šiatorská Bukovinka (the bus station is closer to Šimonova vež, where both educational trails start. If you come by car, you can park close to Šimonova vež as well.

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