In this article, I will talk about one of my favourite places located only a few kilometres from Zilina. It is a viewpoint in Divinka that offers an incredible view of Zilina and its surrounding villages. I, personally, visit this place on regular basis. I come here at least once a year and every time the view takes my breath away as if seeing it for the first time. And I think it would be a shame if you didn´t know about this hidden treasure.
The location of the viewpoint
The viewpoint is located on a hill just a few minutes from the village Divinka. Divinka is located about 8 kilometres from Zilina. You can easily get here by car or you can take a bus from the bus station in Zilina. Buses leave regularly, so there won’t be any problem getting here.
Journey to the viewpoint
There are several ways to get to the viewpoint. But if you aren’t familiar with the forest paths, I definitely recommend going directly from Divinka. This path is the shortest and it is marked with tourist signs to prevent you from getting lost and guide you directly towards the viewpoint.
The length of the journey depends on your tempo and your starting point. Even if you choose to go slowly, the journey will not take more than one hour.
There are a few arbours laid out across the surrounding area where you can catch a small break and repose yourself.
During your journey, not only can you enjoy being surrounded by spectacular nature, but you will also see educational signs, which describe the life of the Slavs.
Surroundings of the viewpoint
The viewpoint is located at the edge of a hill from which you can already have a great view. Next to the viewpoint is a table with benches, where you can sit and enjoy the calmness of the area. I can also imagine bringing a blanket here for a picnic during summer.
Climbing to the top of the tower is not extremely difficult. The only disadvantage are the stairs that look like a ladder, so I would recommend being careful and going slowly. But I have seen little kids climbing up with zero issues, so there’s no need to worry about it. The tower consists of 5 floors and the last floor has a roof in case it rains. But if possible, definitely visit when it’s nice outside – the journey will be easier and the view will be prettier.
The scenery will undoubtedly please every lover of views, believe me, I know what I´m talking about. From this viewpoint, you will get to see Zilina, Divinka, water reservoir Hričov and also the surrounding nature.
Every season has its own magic, so it is completely up to you if you want to see snowy mountains, blooming trees or colourful autumn.
Why this viewpoint?
In the last few years, I have visited many viewpoints near Zilina, but none of them got me like this one.
In contrast with the viewpoint Duben, which is located directly above Zilina, it is not necessary to climb all the way to the very top to have a view. This can be an advantage for people, who aren’t the biggest fans of heights but still want to see the surroundings from a different perspective.
The view offers an ideal combination of nature and the city. Some viewpoints only offer one of these things, so it is quite uncommon to have that kind of luck where you can see both from one place.
In the end, I would like to say that I definitely recommend visiting this place. The only disadvantage would have to be that it can get very crowded during free days and the weekends. Because of that, I suggest coming here during less frequent hours or days.
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