Medieval strongholds built into craggy
mountainsides are typical sights throughout Slovakia, "the land of a thousand castles."
state since a peaceful cessation from the Czech Republic in the
90's (following the fall of Soviet Russia), today Slovakia is
one of the fastest growing economies in the EU with a growing
tourism industry touting itself as "the little big country."
a tourist destination Slovakia pretty much has it all in terms
of appeal to adults and kids, travel adventurers, nature lovers
located and sandwiched in between Austria
to the west, the Czech Republic
to the northwest, Hungary to
the south, Poland to the north
and Ukraine to the east, Slovakia
is most noted among travelers for its cosmopolitan capital.
the rest of the country don't miss breathtakingly beautiful mountains,
highlands and national parks, dark and mysterious caves,
and well-preserved medieval strongholds that earn Slovakia it's
other nickname, "land of a thousand castles."
A flying saucer-shaped restaurant tops
the Novy Most (New Bridge) featuring
birds-eye views of Bratislava.
the Danube, the capital and the largest city, Bratislava,
is only a short hop from Vienna and the place where most travelers
begin their Slovakian journey.
In the heart
of town, visitors can enjoy a trip back in time walking along
old cobblestone streets (or take the funky Old Town "mini-train')
to gaze at beautifully restored Gothic and Renaissance era churches,
castles and houses, fountains, and other historic landmarks.
in tow, the Bibiana childrens museum, botanic garden, and
the zoo are also included in any list of Bratislava must-sees,
but be sure to kick back along the way at relaxing neighborhood
cafes and restaurants offering up legendary Slovakian hospitality.
Farther out, day tours are available to see the Slovakian countryside including visits to wineries and vineyards, ancient Roman ruins and, of course, more medieval Slovak castles north and east of the city.
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