Kráľova Hoľa is the highest paved road in Slovakia
Kráľova hoľa (King's Hill) is a high mountain peak at an elevation of 1.934m (6,345ft) above the sea level, located in Brezno District, in the Banská Bystrica Region of central Slovakia. It’s the highest road of the country, but it is closed to private vehicles.
Set high on the eastern part of the Low Tatras range, the road to the summit is totally paved but the conditions of the road are worse every year. Starting at Sumiac, the road is 11.9 km (7.39 miles) long. This road is inaccessible by motor cars, except for the mountain rescue service and maintenance workers of the TV transmitter on the summit.
The road is very steep, hitting a 12% of maximum gradient through some of the ramps. Starting at Sumiac, the elevation gain is 1031 meters. The average gradient is 8.66%.
The summit hosts a TV transmitter, a weather station and a station of the mountain rescue service. There's a panoramic view of Spiš, the Tatras, Liptov, and the Upper Hron Valley.
Pic: Jakub Handzuš