Nature of Nitra and its vicinity is typical for its location on the boundary of mountains and lowlands. The smaller northern part stretches to the Tribeč mountain region, the southern lies in the country of mamelons of Danube Lowlands, which surrounds the valley of the river Nitra. For the majority of citizens of the Danube Lowlands, Tribeč is the first “real” mountain region, which is easily accessible in every season. The Zobor Mountains are situated in the southern part of the Tribeč mountain region. Although, they are not very high, comparing to the Danube Lowlands they are real mountains, where you can walk on marked walking trails through continual woods or steppe grasslands. Except the Zobor Mountains, Nitra offers other natural oasis, which became favourite places of relaxation for home residents and also tourists. Nitra Calvary, Gallows Hill (Šibeničný vrch) and Nitra Town Park belong to the pieces of preserved nature on the territory of the town. World of plants is presented to students and public by the Botany Garden of Slovak Agriculture University in Nitra, which is situated nearby Agrokomplex Show Grounds. Vicinity of Nitra offers other interesting places, such as Bison Park in Lovce, Arboretum in Mlyňany, and Chestnut Park in Jelenec or National Stud in Topoľčianky.
The Zobor Mountains Nature trail with 27 stops shows the most beautiful sights of the territory of the Zobor Mountains. The total length of trails is 14,7 km.
The most popular destination of rambles in the Zobor Mountains is Pyramída, which is by mistake quite often considered to be Zobor. They are separated by a significant mountain saddle. A recommended starting point of a walking tour to Pyramída is Zobor Sanatorium, where from a blue trail leads up to the peak.
Did you know, that the most precious plant of the Zobor Mountains is the Slovak penny – crees (Thlaspi jankae)? The tiny plant with white flowers lives only in the Zobor Mountains and Slovak Karst. We cannot find it elsewhere in the world; this is why it is endemic.
During the end of the summer a praying mantis (Mantis religiosa) can be seen in NNR Zoborská lesostep. It was given its name because the typical position of front legs on its chest, what seems as the mantis was praying.