Category: Culture and Sights

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Banská Bystrica – the Center of Slovak National Uprising

The town Banska Bystrica is a place, where a modern history of Slovakia has been written. During the 2nd World War, Slovakia was an ally of Germany, but lot of soldiers and Slovak citizens didn´t agree with this alliance. They decided to fight against German troops and became part of Slovak National Uprising. The administrative center of Uprising was Banska Bystrica. Unfortunately, the troops of Uprising were almost immidiately crushed after the…

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700 years and counting – the mint in Kremnica

The 2nd oldest company in the Central and East Europe is located in a small medieval Slovak town - Kremnica. The company is a mint and it´s been operating for nearly 700 years now. It was established in the year 1328 and since then it´s been producing coins not only for Slovakia. In the past, it was producing florins, tolars, slovak coins, but now it´s producing coins for Costa Rica or…

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The best places to see in Slovakia

Slovakia is a fairly small country. What is a pity on one hand, but on the other hand, you can explore it in couple of days and visit all of the most impressive places. 1 BRATISLAVA The capital city. It´s a fairly small capital city, with about 500 thousand inhabitants. My most favourite part (and of the majority of people as well) is the Old Town, because of the old…

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A boat ride in the Domica cave

So far, about 7100 caves were discovered in Slovakia. Some of them are small, but some of them consist of tens of kilometres long underground corridors. Probably the most famous is the system of Demänovska caves, but I don´t want to talk about those right now. If you travelled to the South of Slovakia you could visit the Domica cave, which is situated in the Slovak Karst National Park.  It´s part…

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Trenčin Castle – The Well Of Love

At the medieval Trenčín castle ([ˈtrentʃiːn],) the duke Zápoľský (Zapolya), was delighted with his victory over the Turkish army, that was threatening his territory. After the battle, the duke took captives to the Trenčín castle. Beautiful Fatima was one of them. Omar, her beloved, was Turkish aristocrat and was willing to do anything to free his lady. He offered to the duke all his treasures in exchange for his mercy,…

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The church that wasn´t drowned

Where is this church? Not there, where it should be. Church Svätý Kríž (translation - Saint Cross) is an articular wooden church, situated close to the village Lazisko. Originally it was built in the village Paludza. Paludza is a village, that you can swim through. Yes, you read it right – swim through, if you have diving equipment, because now the village is at the bottom of Liptovska Mara dam. The…

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Spisska Sobota – The hidden treasure

Right under the peaks of the High Tatras lies a small village called Spisska Sobota, which belongs to the best preserved medieval towns in Slovakia. It´s not very well known, because it´s just a district of the bigger town Poprad. (Probably you´d heard of Poprad, if you´ve ever travelled to the High Tatras, or you are about to travel there.) You´d be surprised, how completely different looks Spisska Sobota from…

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Special day at the Spis castle

October is that time of the year, when you can experience a day like this at the SPIŠ Castle - the prime monument, of the Tatra region, one of the biggest castles in Europe, listed in UNESCO. Almost every day in October the bottom parts of the castle and the whole valley is hidden in the fog in the morning, while the upper parts of the castle, including the watching tower are above…

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Vlkolinec – traditional central European village

„Vlkolínec, situated in the centre of Slovakia, is a remarkably intact settlement of 45 buildings with the traditional features of a central European village. It is the region’s most complete group of these kinds of traditional log houses, often found in mountainous areas.“ This is what the official UNESCO website says about Vlkolínec. Vlkolínec is not an open-air museum, like other numerous in Slovakia. Till nowadays a few local people…

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The Stara Lubovna Castle

Some say that Slovakia has the highest number of castles and chateauxs per capita in the world. There are always plenty of those that I´d never visited before. Therefore I decided to visit the Stara Lubovna castle in summer. (Try to switch the website´s language into English. It didn´t work, when I was writing this article.) This medieval castle was built in the late 13th century and had 2 security functions –…