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Travel Guide to Slovakia

With the Carpathian Mountains to the north and the river Danube running along its southern border Slovakia has a great deal to offer the visitor. Add to that historic cities, a vibrant culture and friendly welcome - it a great stop for any traveller. 

Places to visit in Slovakia 

Bratislava - has its own page Bratislava 

Kosice - is Slovakia's second largest city, it is located in the east of the country near the Hungarian border. The city is a real mixture of ancient and modern with a 14th century Gothic cathedral and a huge steel plant employing 16,000 people. Start our at Hlavna, the main town square where there are still some of the historic buildings in place. A sight you won't miss is the imposing Cathedral of St Elizabeth, if you can take the 160 steps up the tower for magnificent views of the city. 

High Tatra - is a mountainous area on the border between Poland and Slovakia, there are 17 peaks above 2500metres. Gerlachovka in the High Tatra - is Slovakia's highest peak at 2,655m. The area is also well known for its winter sports; ski resorts include Štrbské Pleso, Starý Smokovec and Tatranská Lomnica. There are also around 12 high level lakes within the Tatra area. The town of Poprad is the gateway to the Slovak Tatra resorts, it has an airport and electric trains connect to many of the local resorts.

       High Tatra Slovakia        Levoca Slovakia 

                                                       High Tatra Mountains                                                                               Levoca

Levoca - A medieval town with cobblestone streets and ancient buildings in eastern Slovakia. Start off at the main square where you will see the 15th century Town Hall and look out for the towering spires of the Church of St James. Oh yes - and don't miss one of the many cafes serving tempting cakes and snacks!  

Spis Castle - a large ruined castle site above the village of Spisske Podhradie in north eastern Slovakia. One of the most visited sites in Slovakia. 

Bojnice Castle - see photo on top page. Towering turrets and tall walls protected this 12th century castle; - it has appeared in many movies - Dracula ones probably! Located at the village of Bojnice in central Slovakia. 

Bardejov - is a well preserved spa town with renaissance period town houses; it is a World Heritage Site. 

Trencin - is a small town in western Slovakia near the border with the Czech Republic. While much of the town dates from the 18th and 19th centuries the most famous landmark; Trencin Castle dates from the 12th century. The castle has been developed over the ages into the huge edifice that you can see today, with fortifications heaped on fortifications - they were obviously very frightened of something!  

Banská Štiavnica - is a former mining town in central Slovakia which has preserved its medieval heritage; it became a World Heritage site in 1993. As the town mined gold and silver they found it necessary to build two castles known as the 'old' and 'new' castles they were both built around the middle of the 16th century. Both castles now house museums dealing with the history of the town down the ages. There is also an open air mining museum that explores old mine workings.  

Banská Bystrica - As a historical city with an easy access to the surrounding mountains, Banská Bystrica is a popular winter and summer tourist destination. Colourful buildings built in the Middle Ages out of the profits of copper mining. Also the location for The Museum of the Slovak National Uprising

                Banska Bystrica in Slovakia              Trencin Castle Slovakia  

                                                   Banska Bystrica                                                                                        Trencin Castle 

Cervený Kamen Castle - is a 13th century castle in southwestern Slovakia in the Little Carpathians near the village of Castá, it serves as a museum today. 

Pieniny Natioal Park - situated in the north of the country on the border with Poland. The Dunajec Gorge runs through the park and people come to raft along beneath 500m cliffs.

 

Slovensky Raj - is another national park for the adventurous, located in the eastern central part of the country. Waterfalls, hiking trails and peaks abound and the brave can even climb a waterfall via near vertical ladders. Accommodation is available in the villages of Cingov, Hrabusice and Dedinky. 

Food and Drink

Bryndzové Halušky - which consists of potato dumplings with sheep's cheese and bacon. 

Sheep's cheese - in many varities including; ostiepok, bryndza and korbaci. 

Pork steaks in breadcrumbs - a schnitzel like steak. 

Fruit based brandies - various fruits are used.

 
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