Vtacnik Mountains

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Vtacnik Mountains
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Mount Žarnov
Highest point
Peak Vtáčnik (1,346 m)
Naming
Native name Vtáčnik
Geography
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Vtáčnik in Slovakia (gray)
Country Slovakia
States/Provinces Žilina and Banská Bystrica
Districts Ružomberok, Turčianske Teplice and Banská Bystrica
Range coordinates 48°35′N 18°35′E / 48.58°N 18.58°E / 48.58; 18.58Coordinates: 48°35′N 18°35′E / 48.58°N 18.58°E / 48.58; 18.58
Parent range Nitra basin
Borders on
The highest mountain of Vtáčnik

The Vtacnik Mountains, occasionally Vtáčnik Mountains (Slovak: Vtáčnik), is a range in central Slovakia, which forms part of the Slovak Central Mountains (Slovenské stredohorie) within the Inner Western Carpathians.

It is bordered in the west, north and northeast by the upper Nitra basin, Strážov Mountains and Žiar, in the east by the Kremnica Mountains and Žiar basin, and in the south by Tribeč and the Štiavnica Mountains.

It is divided further into these geomorphological units:

  1. Vysoký Vtáčnik ("High Vtacnik")
  2. Nízky Vtáčnik ("Low Vtacnik")
  3. Župkovská brázda ("Zupkovska Furrow")
  4. Raj ("Paradise Mountains")

The four highest mountains are: Vtáčnik (1,346 m), Biela skala (1,136 m), Buchlov (1,040 m), and Žiar (845 m).

Some of the towns or villages around or in Vtáčnik include: Prievidza, Nováky, Handlová, Prochot, Lehota pod Vtáčnikom, and Veľké Pole.