Highlights Of Beautiful Slovakia
When it comes to holidaying in Europe, it’s fair to say that the relatively small country of Slovakia, in the East of the continent, is not everyone’s first choice of destination. That being said, if you were to scratch beneath the surface of this delightful nation, you would soon uncover a proud country, awe-inspiring capital and plethora of other truly worthwhile attractions to include on any visit.
There must be a law written in a statute somewhere or other that states you are forbidden from travelling to the country of Slovakia without taking in the beautiful capital city of Bratislava! You simply must find time to explore the ‘Stary Mesto’ (Old Town) district of the city which dates as far back as the 18th century. Wander along the charming cobbled streets of the area and make sure you find time to people-watch at one of the many cafés that can be found here.
Cicmany and Vlkolinec
Nothing boasts the proud culture of Slovakia more than the historic and fascinatingly awe-inspiring settlements of Vlkolinec and Cicmany. Both villages are only a short drive north-east of the capital and are well worth the trip. The buildings here are built in a typical Slovakian style, made of dark log with amazing geometric patterns all over. Vlkolinec is considered to be a real national treasure and is actually designated as an UNESCO World Heritage Site.
If you are ever in the east of Slovakia, you may like to set some time aside to visit Spiš Castle which is thought to date back to the 13th century. This is said to be some of Europe’s largest castle ruins and you will have the opportunity to climb a tower in the castle to take advantage of breath-taking views from the top. The castle is located above Spišské Podhradie and near the village of Žehra, in the Slovakian region of Spiš and is also listed as a UNSECO World Heritage site.
The Tatra Mountains
Up in the north of Slovakia, on the border with Poland, you will be able to discover one of the most beautiful wilderness-like regions left in the Central Europe, Tatra Mountains, which are part of the Carpathian Mountain range. Think spectacular waterfalls, sparkling mountain lakes, lush green forests and you will have a pretty accurate depiction of what there is to enjoy here. This is a chance to really escape the rat-race of modern life and get away from it all.
The simply, Slovakia is full of surprises! From the beautiful capital, to the tallest peak of the High Tatras Mountains, there really is something for everyone in this proud small nation.
Quin Hoskins, is freelance a travel writer and blogger based in United Kingdom.