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Natura Trail Gömör-Torna Karst
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A border-crossing walking tour from Szögliget to Hrusov
Gömör-Torna is the historical designation of a karst region that has almost fallen into oblivion. It covers approximately 600 km2 and forms part of the foothills of the Limestone Carpathians in the border area of northern Hungary and southern Slovakia, and strikes the eye with its varied landscape of wooded hills, valleys, meadows and fields, which are home to a highly diverse flora and fauna.

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Divided by the national border, the Hungarian part bears the name of Aggtelek Karst, the Slovak part that
of Slovak Karst. Together they form a geological, ecological and historico-cultural unit.

What you currently find there, is a unique, craggy surface and sub-surface landscape marked by deep gorges, karst sinkholes and caves. So far, approximately 1,300 caves have been discovered, which are remarkable for their fascinating rock formations and are home to more than 500 animal and plant species, such as red-listed bat species or endemic arthropods like insects or spiders. The caves of the Slovak Karst and the Aggtelek Karst, with their impressive stalagmite and stalactite formations, were inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1995.

 

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