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  • Zaujímavosti/Attractions

    Bratislava Favorites

    This statue is very interesting for me as I always walk around with at least one camera and take many pictures (maybe now everybody clicks with the digital camera but I'm doing this since I had to take dozens of negative 35mm rolls to the lab and print on paper - the hard way back then). The statue depicts a man - with a hat of course - taking a...

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  • Srdce mesta/Core of the city

    Bratislava Favorites

    There are many funny bronze statues in the center of Bratislava. I like Napoleon the best! Update 2013: Unfortunately, somebody removed Napoleon!!! I cannot believe it! It was one of the symbols of Bratislava!

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  • Bratislavský hrad/Bratislava Castle

    Bratislava Favorites

    It's always nice for a city to have a history and that is to have a castle somewhere on high grounds. Bratislava is no exception, it has the Hrad on the hill there. Because in January 2008 it was just a couple hours walk to see the city for the first time (I did not stayed the night there, I was coming from Austria and drove to Budapest the same...

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  • Nový most/New Bridge

    Bratislava Favorites

    The problem with the New Bridge is that it delivers traffics directly to a highway that knifes directly through the center of Bratislava, dissecting the castle from the rest of the city. Cars, trucks, busses, fumes, horns, destruction. Motor vehicles are bad enough, but the former Communist leaders of Slovakia allowed for the construction of a...

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  • Slavin Memorial

    Bratislava Favorites

    I mean the soldier crushing the swastika... I took this picture using the poor zoom lens of my expensive camera, and my more expensive arms but all I can see is a sort of flag up there. The good news, then, is that I have to go back to Bratislava a check this. I want to see the swastika crushed!!!! The building in first plane is the "Paluday...

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  • Kostoly/Churches

    Bratislava Favorites

    The building in this photo really was my favourite thing in Bratislava. It was the first place that caught my eye as we arrived early in the morning and somewhere I photographed two or three times as I passed at various times during the day. It's on Hviezdoslavovo, quite close to the Slovak National Gallery. As you can see from the photo this is a...

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  • Múzeá/Museums

    Bratislava Favorites

    The Primate's Palace was the only public building ( apart from the National Gallery ) that I got time to visit both outside and inside. Outside it is a substantial and imposing neoclassical structure and walking through the courtyard is this fine statue of St George still fighting that dragon. The entrance from Primacialne namestie is through a...

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  • BORDER CROSSING

    No need to worry about being stopped at the border crossing when we crossed from the Czech Repbulic into Slovakia.We passed through the Makov border crossing checkpoint, now disused and deserted. If you wish to change money, which we did, there is a hut 'bureau de change' on the Slovakian side.The Border controls closed when the two countries...

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  • BUY A VIGNETTE

    In Slovakia, your required to buy a Vignette so you can drive on motorways and expressways.This is for all vehicles of up to 3.5 tons. Of course, if you keep off these roads, you don't need to buy one.We knew we would be travelling on those roads, so after we passed through the border crossing between Czech Republic/Slovakia, we bought one for 10...

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  • Vlachovo's Belfry

    Take note that even in a small village like Vlachovo, the structure has many of the same elements as a large city. Such as a cemetary, the town square and Belfry. I think that this was the first real village I have ever been to and walking through it was enlightening.

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  • Slovensko 2009 - Bratislava

    Město mnoha tváří a technologického vývoje. Město ekonomické naděje pro celé Slovensko. Stejně jako další větší města na Slovensku (např. Žilina, Košice), žila v minulosti Bratislava především z průmyslové výroby. Tedy i při dnešním pohledu se dá v mnohém srovnávat s naší českou Ostravou....

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  • Camera fee

    It is possible to take photos or videos inside museums or castles in Slovakia for a fee, which is separate from the entrance fee. The amount differs from place to place -- in one castle (Trencin), I had to pay 80 cents to be allowed to take photos inside (although if you take the mini-tour only, there is not much to photograph inside). In another...

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  • White wanter rafting on Danube?......

    ... so far the wildest thing I have done was rafting on the white water ...In Cunovo - on the Danube dam Gabcíkovo, there is an artificial canal with white water, where even beginners can hire a raft with an instructor and have fun whole day riding the white water again and again... if you want to have an excuse for staying motionless for next...

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  • Churches from the road

    With the collapse of the communist control in 1989, it was possible to return to demonstrate the religious affiliation, that in Slovakia is in its majority catholic.

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  • Road from Martin to Svaty Kriz

    Wonderful views full of water and coloured forests. The mountains of Slovakia really worth a visit. I would like to have seen a bear :) ... but I supose they were sleeping.

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  • Martin

    The city of Martin played an important role in the national movement of Slovakia, which tried to separate from the Austro-Hungarian Empire during some years. When the Empire dismantled between 1914 and 1918 the Czech and Slovakian territories were annexed to form Czechoslovakia. Finally Slovakia achieved its independence the 1st January 1993, when...

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  • Communicating

    The thing is that as an English-speaking person from Asia, it is not to easy to get by doing things there unless you get to know few phrases in Slovak or any Slavic language.It has nice cities.. Bratislava, Poprad, Nitra ~Pretty Vysoke Tatry.. The snows and infrastructure and people are among its best features

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  • The Slovensky Raj

    For many tourists from abroad, the Tatras Mountains is the prime outdoors destination of Slovakia, but for the Slovaks the Slovensky Raj is the ideal destination. Slovensky Raj is a large national park that is 90% dense pine and deciduous forest. It is the kind of wilderness that we North Americans do not think exist in Europe. The park is full of...

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  • The Tatras Mountains

    For most a highlight to any tour of Slovakia is the Tatras Mountains. They are extremely popular almost to a fault. You will not experience peaceful walks alone in the wilderness here. Still the hikes in the mountains are refreshing a surprisingly demanding.This was actually my second trip into the Tatras as I visited the Polish side in September...

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  • Don't worry for money!

    In the Slovak Republic, one can find banks practically in every corner of the cities! VISA and major credit cards are accepted in most of the places and Automated-Teller-Machines are found everywhere. This is something convenient for tourists!

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  • Slovak breakfast

    Luckily, I had a chance to have breakfast with a Slovak family. It was really good experience for me. My No.1 favorite is paprika. Recently we Japanese sometimes have paprika but it’s still not a major foodstuff for us. I had too much paprika every morning. I also tasted various kinds of breads and cheeses for breakfast. Especially, cheeses gave...

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  • ...visite Tatra Mountains -...

    Tatry Mountains - You must see ... "Slovakian Paradise" - for every semi - advanced hiker, with no fear of heights and with the ability to climb ladders and climbing irons as well as possessing proper hiking boots. The Demianowska Cave - one of the most beautiful in Europe, located in the Tatry Niżne, above the Demianowska Ice Cave. In the...

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  • Important telephone numbers

    Important Phone NumbersPolice 158 First Aid 155 Fire-Service 150 Road-Service 0123 Foreigner’ s Police 0961 011111 Information on Telephone Numbers 120, 121 Information on International Telephone Numbers 0149 Country Telephone Code + 421 Town code for Bratislava 02 and for other see the telephone list...

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  • Religion

    However, it should look we are pretending something :) there is a strong influence of religion in our lives. Here in Slovakia major religion is Roman-catholics but there are huge communities also of Lutherans. So, I think that no matter who is where we all believe in God or in something other... but no one of us is without belief...Statistics says...

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  • A little bit of politics ..even I hate...

    Political system: Parliamentary democracy President: elected directly for 4-year-period(now is already elected but not inaugurated president - Ivan Gasparovic)http://www.president.sk/pageMember of EU since May 1, 2004Member of NATO since March 29, 2004The Council of Slovak RepublicThe Chairman Jan Hrusovskyhttp://www.nrsr.sk/english/default.htmThe...

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  • Geographical facts

    Total area: 49 035 km2 Capital: Bratislava Length of state border: 1672 km Population: 5 403 000 (December 31, 2000) Population density: 110,1 (per 1 km2) Time zone: Central European Time (GMT +1 hour)The relief of the country is characterised by great differences. In central and northernSlovakia the countryside is hilly, it is covered with the...

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  • The Flag of Slovak Republic

    As you can see more of the Slavic nations have similar flags because in general these three colors are typical in the symbolics of Slavs. The national flag of the Slovak Republic is composed of three horizontal stripes - white, blue and red (with white at the top, followed by blue and red). In the front section of the national flag is the national...

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  • Go to Charlie's Pub, it's...

    Go to Charlie's Pub, it's kinda by Tesco, a good time can definitely be had for all. But that's in Bratislava alone, so venture shall you, venture to the crispy Tatra mountains, yes, I used the adjective crispy! Now for a cheap and fun skiing experience, go to a little town named 'Stary Smokovec', the name just rolls off the tounge don't it. Well,...

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  • The King of Madagascar

    Since my childhood I know about the King of Madagascar, there was a famous tv serie about him and what you should want more as a child. I was eager for adventurous stories from the past and fights etc.. :) well, someone should say I am a boy :) but not. However, we should consider Moric Benovsky as a great VTer because if he should live now his VT...

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  • Official Currency

    So, here you can see colored papers :) called Slovak banknotes. There are 20, 50, 100, 200, 500, 1000 and 5000 Slovak crowns, in Slovak "koruna". If you should wonder who or what is on them I should tell you briefly. 20 contains the Great Moravian Duke Pribina, 50 displays Cyril and Methodius, 100 presents the Master Pavol of Levoca where is the...

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  • Official Currency 2

    And here are some coins :))) Coins are in crowns and hallers :) so 10 hallers is the smallest :)) then 20, 50 .1, 2, 5 and 10 are crowns. 5 Skk presents first coins on our territory "Biatec".The value of 10 and 20 hallers are already a history. You can change them in the bank but they aren't used anymore. The lowest value is 50 hallers. Check this...

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  • Romantic place at sunset...

    The better in Slovakia is just the nature; I have found this beautiful lake bank, in a little town named Sastin, near from Czech Republic border, on northwest country. Slovakia is a quiet country, so, is a good choose for persons who want relaxing time, or perhaps for couples in love, just for enjoy romantic places like this one…

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  • Adriana Sklenarikova

    As I think general tips on a country should cover also people who make a great propagation of it by their job and success here is one of those top Slovaks that for sure know every man on this earth :) the top model and the model of Wonderbra - Adriana Sklenarikova. Not that she is extremely beautiful :) but she has the longest legs on the Earth. :)...

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  • Peter Dvorsky - King of opera

    Peter Dvorsky is the world famous opera singer and he represents his country on the best way. In Slovakia we really love him not just because he is an excellent opera singer but he is also excellent person. He is interested in many areas of social life and make concerts for humanitarian purposes to help people in needs. He is a leader of the...

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  • Trnava - Slovak Rome

    This little town just around 70.000 souls in it :) is called Slovak Rome here. There is the highest concentration of churches and it is also the first royal town in Slovakia. There used to be a seat of Estergom Arcibishop when there was problems with Turks in 17ct. Nowadays all inhabitants of this cute town are learning French because there will be...

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  • Folklore Festivals

    There are many folklore festivals since June and till August but the most popular is the Festival Vychodna. It is worth to see if you're interested in folklore and its beauty. There is also festival on Myjava in the beginning of July. It is always open air festivals so bring some raincoat if there is not good weather...If you would like to see some...

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  • Bratislava Castle

    Visit this funny castle, the dominant of the capital :) There is an exhibition of furniture, little gallery and the model of the whole city. You can visit one of the towers there and see wonderful view on the whole city around. Don't miss also the little exhibition settled in the castle called POKLADNICA. There are unique and valueable treasures of...

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  • Slovensky raj or Slovak Paradise

    Slovensky raj is really a must to seen/been :) It is nature beauty of Slovakia that is rival of High Tatras :) There are unique tracks in wilderness where you can enjoy purity of the wild forests, caves that are unique in the whole Europe, simply enjoy the peaceful moments in this hectic world.

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  • When in Bardejov

    When you are over there in Bardejov it is nice to go to spa too. There is a lot to see and lot to enjoy :) spa and its own "life-spring". You can enjoy peaceful moments there and recover your body. In the areal of spa there is also an open air museum where you can see typical wooden houses of the area of course a part of history now.

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  • No tourist information?

    It was very difficult to find any information on many attractions out off the beaten paths in Slovakia, for example on Vysni Kubin and its attractions: renaissance manor house and Hviezdoslav monument. There were no information signs there and no info (except one sentence) in my travel book on Slovakia (quite new Polish edition: "Praktyczny...

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  • Need more info?

    IN SLOVAKIATOURIST INFORMATION OFFICESLook for "i" sign that is tourist information offices run by local authorities as I did a few times. They were usually located in centers/downtowns of most county (okres) towns and in larger tourist centers - both towns and villages. They usually offered some free leaflets on the area, paid maps and gave info...

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  • No borders soon?

    Ten new countries including Slovak Republic enter European Union on 1 May 2004. The border will surely remain at the same place but there will be no routine border checkup on Slovak border with Poland, Hungary, Austria and Czech. Maybe Slovakia will take EU currency - euro - a few years later. Probably prices will rise up but anyway I am sure they...

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  • Do you need a visa?

    Citizens of many countries do NOT need a visa for tourist stay in Slovak Republic usually up to 90 days. Especially citizens of Canada, the USA and all 15 old and 10 new European Union countries do NOT need visa. But hmm... for example Australians need it. But this is subject to change.Check your local Slovak Embassy or Consulate or click here.

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  • Where is Slovakia, Mr Bush?

    Haha, don't be confused like Mr George W. Bush who made a mistake and was talking about Slovakia when he was in quite different country... Slovenia. Common mistake, I see!Slovakia (official name: Slovak Republic; Slovensko or Slovenska Republica in Slovak language) is an idependent, inland country re-born in 1993 (seperated from The Czecho-Slovak...

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  • Discovering history

    I found history of Slovaks, people with strong cultural heritage and no independent state (except 1939-1945) till 1993 very, very interesting. Notice that the area of present-day Slovakia was a part of Czech, Hungary, Austro-Hungary and Hapsburg Empire in the past. You can easy find a lot of Czech, Hungarian and Austrian influences seen especially...

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