The interesting region of Kysuce, situated in the midst of picturesque mountains in northwest Slovakia, takes its name from the Kysuca River which flows through it. The fact that it is situated on the border of Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Poland only enhances the attractiveness and diversity of this region.
The heavily forested mountain ranges of Kysucké Beskydy, Javorníky, Turzovská and Kysucká vrchoviny reach heights of 1,000 to 1,200 meters.
In the past, Kysuce was one of the poorest regions of Slovakia. Poverty drove people to emigrate in search of work, especially to the mines in Ostrava and Karviná (Czech Republic) and even to America.
Today, Kysuce is one of the most interesting and peaceful regions in terms of tourism. The unbelievable silence and pristine nature provide ideal conditions for the traditional activities such as picking forest berries and mushrooms, trout fishing and hunting.
Most accommodation facilities are family pensions and private lodges and cottages. Many wooden houses (log cabins) have been preserved from the past and their owners use them for recreational purposes. Winter visitors flock to the Veľká Rača Oščadnica ski resort, which is one of the best equipped resorts in the country. Veľká Rača, the highest peak in the region and its symbol is 1,236 meters above sea level.