There are few places in the world where you can find so much natural beauty and variety concentrated in such a small area. Slovakia is only 266 miles long from east to west, a distance that can be covered in just one day. Take some time to get to know Slovakia and the more surprises and attractions you will discover between the alpine peaks of the Vysoke Tatry (Tatras mountains) in the north and the flat lowlands of the proud Danube River in the south. Slovakia’s location at the heart of Europe and a favorable climate make it a great place to travel.
A considerable part of Slovak natural heritage is protected within nine national parks: Vysoke Tatry, Nizke Tatry, Mala Fatra, Slovensky Raj, Pieniny, Muranska Planina, Velka Fatra, Slovensky Kras and the Poloniny range. In these different parks you can admire the beauty of nature untouched by human hand, mountainous regions that have something to offer visitors both summer and winter. The most popular ski resorts lie in the Nizke and Vysoke Tatry which also hold a number of international winter sports events (http://www.ski.sk/, http://www.holidayinfo.sk/).
Some of Slovakia’s most famous natural beauty lies in the karst regions of limestone canyons and caves, which cover some 1158 square miles. Best known are the Slovak Karst (Slovensky Kras), Dobsinska Ladova Jaskyna (ice cave) and the Aragonite Cave in Ochtina (one only three caves of its kind in the world open to the public), all UNESCO World Heritage sites. Of our 3,000 caves, 12 are opened to the public and others provide access only for special interest speleotourism and allergy treatments.
Slovakia is not only rich in nature but also in cultural and the historical heritage ... take the old mining town of Banska Stiavnica, with its numerous beautiful monuments or the monumental Spis Castle, the largest medieval castle and grounds in Central Europe. Or there’s the folk architecture preserve of Vlkolinec, which is still inhabited, and the 14th-century town of Bardejov with its castle complex and Gothic and Renaissance houses.
But these comprise only a fraction of the heritage to be found. Eighteen Slovak towns have been declared Protected Town Reserves: Bratislava the capital of Slovakia, Banska Bystrica, Kremnica, Banska Stiavnica, Trnava, Nitra, Kosice, Bardejov, Kezmarok, Stara Lubovna, Levoca and others. In these towns and cities, you’ll find numerous historical and artistic monuments, including the unique large and small wooden churches, a mid-European rarity, and Slovak museums of folk architecture
Here we’ve introduced you to the main attractions of Slovakia, but there are far more to enjoy. We welcome you with an open heart—why not accept this invitation and discover something new?
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Slovakia FactsArea: 18,933 sq. miles (about the size of New Hampshire and Vermont together).
Population: 5,395,000 (Bratislava, 452,000; Košice 235,000).
Language: Slovak. Currency: Koruna.