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The Havešová National Nature Reserve is situated in the far east of the Slovak Republic, in the Bukovské Mountains (“Beech Mountains”!). This beech forest has the tallest beech trees in the world. On the fertile Brown Earth soils, the beech trees reach a height of up to 56 metres. The beech dominates this area due to the favourable conditions for its growth. Only three other tree species exist in this area: sycamore, ash, and wych elm.


  • UNESCO recognition: 2007
  • Protected area: Poloniny National Park
  • Beech forest region: Carpathian
  • Area: 171 ha, buffer zone 64 ha
  • Number of component parts: 1
  • Altitudinal range: montane to high montane, NP 260 - 1,210 m, World Heritage 442 - 741 m
  • Fauna: Brown bear, Wolf, Lynx, European wildcat, Elk, European bison

Poloniny National Park – Administrative Authority
Ulica Mieru 193
06761 Stakčín
tel: +421 (0)57 762 44 24