White Carpathians

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White Carpathians
Vršatecká bradlá1.jpg
Vršatec klippe near Vršatské Podhradie
Highest point
Peak Velká Javořina
Elevation 970 m (3,180 ft)
Coordinates 48°51′27″N 17°40′29″E / 48.85750°N 17.67472°E / 48.85750; 17.67472
Geography
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White Carpathians within the geomorphological division of Slovakia and the Czech Republic
Countries Slovakia and Czech Republic
Range coordinates 49°N 18°E / 49°N 18°E / 49; 18Coordinates: 49°N 18°E / 49°N 18°E / 49; 18
Parent range Western Carpathians

The White Carpathians (Czech: Bílé Karpaty; Slovak: Biele Karpaty; German: Weiße Karpaten; Hungarian: Fehér-Kárpátok) is the westernmost mountain range of the Carpathian Mountains.

They are part of the Slovak-Moravian Carpathians, stretching from the Váh river and the Little Carpathians in the south along the border between the Czech Republic and Slovakia to the Morava and the Javorníky range in the north. It is named after its white dolomite cliffs.

The medium altitude is 473 m and the highest peaks are:

The ruins of Lednica Castle

The landscape is protected on both sides of the mountains: Biele Karpaty Protected Landscape Area in Slovakia, founded in 1979, and Bílé Karpaty Protected Landscape Area in the Czech Republic, founded in 1980, a Man and Biosphere Reserve since 1996. The areas contain a wide variety of fauna and flora. Some species found there are endemic, especially some types of orchids which grow only in the meadows of the White Carpathians.

In this area, Lednica castle is located, perhaps the most inaccessible one amongst the castles in Slovakia. It was built in the middle of the 13th century and it was the seat of the Lednice estate. Austrian imperial troops destroyed it at the beginning of the 18th century. Only the remains of walls survive.

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