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Medieval strongholds built into craggy
mountainsides are typical sights throughout
Slovakia, "the land of a thousand castles."

An independent 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."

Indeed, as a tourist destination Slovakia pretty much has it all in terms of appeal to adults and kids, travel adventurers, nature lovers and historians.

Centrally 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.

However, throughout 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 walk around Bratislava

Novy Most
A flying saucer-shaped restaurant tops
the Novy Most (New Bridge) featuring
birds-eye views of Bratislava.

Situated on 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.

With kids in tow, the Bibiana children’s 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.

More about Slovakia travel & tourism around the Web: - National tourism portal of Slovakia - The official site, with clickable maps to major tourist regions, advice on holiday and vacation planning, tips on major attractions, event calendar, photos and virtual tours. - Major travel directory of all things Slovakia including regional and city guides, tips and advice on hotels and restaurants, photo galleries.

Slovakia Travel Information & Travel Guide - Lonely Planet - Fast facts, feature attractions, when to go and how to get there, plus advice on typical travel costs, maps and photo galleries, with special travel guides for Bratislava and Bardejov.

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