Slovakia Local Customs

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Slovakia Local Customs

  • Cuisine and Beverages

    Bratislava Local Customs

    On my trips to Slovakia I always tried some of the local beers. One of my favourite Slovak beers is the lager of Zlaty Bazant (Golden Pheasant). The brewery was founded in 1967 in Hurbanovo, and is nowadays owned by Heineken. Another popular Slovak beer is Saris. The brewery was established in 1964 in Velky Saris and taken over by SAB Miller in...

  • Culture and Regular Events

    Bratislava Local Customs

    Bratislava Music Celebrations :) sounds stupid but in Slovak it is Bratislavske hudobne slavnosti and it is worth to see. There are many great musicians and good music every year in the end of September and the beginning of October.

  • Behaviors

    Bratislava Local Customs

    Hi, since I came here I noticed people from abroad like me may actually get confused by the Slovak language cause they say "Ano" to say Yes and "Nie" to say No. So sometimes they are replying to you Ano and it means it is YES okay. :D


    This was something different to what we were used to!We pulled up by a nice pond located in a very pretty setting for a break from driving and a cuppa.One other car was there, and the men were busily getting dressed in waterproof clothes to do some fishing. The area wasn't part of a river or anything like that, instead they were a couple of...

  • Name Days

    Slovakia is a majority Catholic country, much like its neighbor, Poland. An old tradition they have is derived from the calendar of Roman Catholic Saints. In Slovak it is called meniny. On this day, if your given name is one of the saints it is a personal festival equal to your birthday. St Christopher, St Valentine, St James etc.etc. We had this...

  • Language

    Slovak is a Slavic language, most similar to Czech. Curiously, I was told that sometimes Slovaks had an easier time understanding some Poles than they did Czechs. Hard to figure that one!As a tourist you aren't going to quibble too much about that sort of thing. Unless you are of Slovak blood, you will probably be a bit overwhelmed when you see a...

  • Preconceptions and confusion

    Most foreigners have traditionally associated Slovakia as part of Czechoslovakia, which it was part of from 1918 until the Velvet Revolution. Really, to lump them together is a mistake. They are similar, often very similar. A Slovak friend described it to me like this..."we are like cousins, we know each other well..we know each others strengths...

  • Villages Escaped Modernization!

    In the cities of Slovakia the most common dwellings were the newer massive buildings that they call "Habitations." Much like our own apartment buildings, but each of these Habitations look exactly like the others. Inside they were nice and rather small. The size of the family regulates which apartment they would be given. Two adults and two...

  • A Style Of Their Own!

    Slovaks--at least the Slovaks I'd met--were well connected with their cultural history. They had traditional National Slovak songs, and more interesting to me, they had traditional local songs from their own villages. They even had wardrobes of traditional garb to be worn during special festivities.This gave me a sense of reaching past and beyond...

  • Big Business: Mining!

    Mining is big business all round the world. No less so in Slovakia, especially around the area my family lived. Slovak Ore Mountains bordered by Zvolen in the west, Košice in the east, within the Carpathians. Iron ore was predominately mined there, but the mines are now closed.This wall is a tribute to the life's work of the man of the house. The...

  • Traditional Slovak Vests

    A natural progression from teaching me about singing and dancing in the Traditional Slovak way, was to show me the Traditional Slovak fashions! One of the most fascinating aspects for me was to learn that each village had it's very own songs and style of traditional clothing. These clothes are worn on special holidays and keeping tradition alive is...

  • KOFOLA-the local alternative to Coke

    My guide offered me a soft drink telling me it was the local alternative to Coke. Turns out that Kofola was presented as a substitute for coke/pepsi during the communist regime.I was told you could get the foreign soft drinks in those days, but they were much more expensive.So why not? Well, the taste wasn't bad, sort of like a mixture between coke...

  • SNP (Slovak National Uprising)

    We can find a lot of monuments of SNP (Slovenské Národné Povstanie or Slovak National Uprising in English: Slovaks rise up against Nazi in 1944) during our trip to Slovakia. SNP is very important event for them and is also the pride of them. This monument was taken at Kremnica and shows us that whole Slovaks (men and women, adults and children, old...

  • M.R. Stefanik

    Milan Rastislav Stefanik is one of the most famous people in Slovakia and he played a material role in the independence of Czechoslovakia with T.G. Masaryk who was the founding president of her. Unfortunately, he died in a airplane accident on his way from Italy to Bratislava in 1919. By the way, there is an interesting episode for us Japanese. The...

  • A little bit of music

    Typically Slovak music instrument is called FUJARA what is the long pipe decorated with nice ornaments all depends on the owner of this great instrument. Skilled musician can make such a great music and if you're somewhere near Tatras or Krivan it will move your soul :) So I recommend to buy a cd or listen it somewhere, it is really special...

  • Asking for help without success!

    Most of the slovakian people are very friendly, but there are many of them who do not want to help to hungarian tourists , even if they speak the hungarian language. I really do not know why they do so, although we were living together in a common country for a very long time.I have tried of course not only in hungarian, but in english and german...

  • General customs

    There are actually quite a few customs regarding slovakia.The few things i have noted mostly are:- When everyone has a drink in there hands, Slovakians will toast to each person while looking them in the eyes. It is quite sweet really, not when there's 50 people in a room though :-)- Shoes are generally, if not always, taken off at the door and...

  • Amusing Public Art

    One of the more colourful aspects of Bratislava, and in fact the rest of Slovakia too, is the wonderful use of unusual and amusing public artworks. Most these are some form of sculpture but not exclusively so. In Bratislava, scattered about the old town, are three statues called the Frenchman, the Photographer and the Peeper. In these photographs...


    Yes (No) Ano (Nie)Good morning Dobre ranoGood day Dobry denGood evening Dobry vecerGood night Dobru nocHello (Hi) Ahoj (Cau)Goodbye Do videniaNice to meet you Tesi maThankyou DakujemExcuse me PrepacteWhere is ....... Kde je ......?

  • Useful Slovak Words and Phrases

    During looking around Slovakia, I learnt some useful Slovak words and phrases. Some words are inappropriate for posting here, but I don’t forget such words rather than real useful words :) Anyway, I’ll show you some of them which are useful for your travel in Slovakia.1. Words and phrases which you may be able to look up in phrasebooksDobry den! :...

  • M.R. Stefanik -too interesting to be...

    But despite these achievements, his importance in the Slovak, respectively Czechoslovak history lies elsewhere. Štefanik as a soldier, later even general of the French Army was decorated with state prize – Order of the honour legion and gained many good contacts in high places. He mediated a meeting between T.G.M. and French PM Aristide Briand....

  • Generalissimo Milan Rastislav Stefanik

    Milan Rastislav Štefánik was born in Košariská. He came from a patriot family with conscious national efforts. He studied in Bratislava, later in Prague and finally he applied to the Faculty of Arts at Charles University where he graduated with a doctorate from philosophy. Besides studying, Štefanik also put his energy into club activities. He was...

  • Alexander Dubcek and the movement of ...

    "Socialism with a human face", well.. this great man of act was a leader of Communistic party in 1960's and came with an idea to make socialism better according to wish of more freedom and human rights. However, we all know how it ended up... by occupation of Czecho-Slovakia in 1968 by Soviet troops. What is really weird that till now there is no...

  • Pirohy s bryndzou

    Well, at least the most interesting thing in every country is cuisine. If you are person who are searching for local dishes and not fast food like pizza ;) or hamburger then definitely try this delicious dish. It is made of potatoe dough stuffed with a special kind of cheese called bryndza, boiled and then poured by fried bacon...Very yummy and...

  • Christmas cookies

    Christmas cookies are made of more types of the doughs but this one is basic. :) Originally it becomes from Linz but it is very popular here in Slovakiaand there are families that bake more than 8 types of them for Christmas.2 a 1/3 of wheat flour, 1 pack of butter (250 g), 3/4 pot of powder sugar, 3 yolks, 1 pack of vanilla sugar, lemon juice and...

  • Looking for your Slovak ancestors?

    Excuse me, it's rather quite new traveler's custom than Slovak local custom tip. I noticed that more and more visitors come to Slovak Republic (and other post-communist countries) to look for their ancestors, especially since communism collapse (in 1990) which made travelling around much easier and safe. They come especially from the USA/Canada...

  • Wooden fences

    I noticed that most houses in Slovakia countryside including village of Parnica were fenced by wooden, unpainted or painted in dark colors, fences, at least in front. A lot of the fences looked very old or maybe they were a little neglected. Additionally they usually didn't cut grass in their frontyards or did it, say, once a year. Wooden materials...

  • Folklore costume

    Driving around Slovakia I rarely noticed people wearing local, folklore costumes. They are used only for special celebrations nowadays. But I noticed quite often older women walking along highway with shawl over their head. One of them sold "syrove korbaciki" on a highway somewhere close to Parnica recently (Oct. 2003) but she refused me to take...

  • Local, smoked sheep cheese

    Natives make delicious sheep, smoked cheese at their homes around mountainous region of Slovakia called Orava and Spis (north-central Slovakia, Zilina region adjacent to Poland). The cheese is called "syrove korbaciki" which means cheese, thin pigtails in Slovak as the cheese is formed in shape of a thin pigtail. Usually you can buy a bag...

  • WC = restroom/toilet/loo

    Do not look for a toilet or a restroom / bathroom / loo in Slovakia. Look for WC (water closet :-) instead - look at my picture taken in Toliar restaurant in Oravsky Podzamok.There were usually small statues of a woman/lady or a guy/gentleman put on the doors to sign a gender of WC users. Sometimes there was written: MUZI (guys) or ZENY (women)...

  • What do they call the East?

    Hmm... most of Europeans or more exactly western Europeans think about Slovakia as the East but citizens of say Poland, Czech, Slovakia, Hungary call Russia, Ukraine, Belarus the East.If you look at map of Europe you will notice that the geographical centre of Europe is placed just in Slovakia, so we used to call that area central Europe or...

  • Wood for fire

    I noticed a lot of cut wood stored around local houses in mountainous part of Slovakia. Usually locals bought or brought from forest larger wooden logs and cut it in smaller pieces by themselves with an axe and hand saw or more and more often with electric/diesel saw. They used wood for fire on a grill in Penzion Timea in Zuberec. Some (minority)...

  • Where do they work?

    Unemplyment in Slovakia is high, in some countryside areas of northern and eastern Slovakia even over 20-30%. What does it mean for visitors?Lower prices but less tourist facilities and higher crime rate in urban areas due to lack of money as well, I think.Looking at empty villages I often thought over: where do all the natives work there? I think...

  • Where were friendly locals?

    I always met many very friendly natives in Slovakia both in the past and recently. And I met ... unfriendly police, salesmen/saleswomen in stores, custom officers at the borders before, say, 1990.Where to meet Slovak friends there? Hmm... for me it was easier than for non-Slavs as Polish language was similar to Slovak and most my Slovak friends...

  • Trash boxes

    Slovakia seems to be a lttle neglected, messy and not very clean country, esp. outside touristy cities and their centers/downtowns and especially in comparison to, say, neughbouring Austria. But anyway I can't say it's dirty country, never. Rather a little bit messy like Poland and Czech. It changes fast although esp. in western Czech and...

  • Slovak order?

    As I alreday stated there are different in architecture style housing areas to be found in Slovakia: 1. beautiful historic oldtowns in centers/downtowns of cities, 2. ugly post-soviet housing districts in suburbs. In villages I noticed a lot of nice, small, one-story houses usually made of brick or brick-like materials, painted and roofed with iron...

  • Slovak mess?

    Apart from orderly designed villages I could see a lot of mess in Slovakia.Houses were often neglected, they look sometimes like not renovated for 100 years although they were inhabited all the time. Natives often changed their yards into large store area putting there a lot of old and unused house and garden equipments. Add not cut grass and...

  • Commerce or smuggling?

    I crossed Slovak borders many times - with Poland, Czech, Austria and Hungary (never with Ukraine). There were always large differences in prices between cheap Slovakia and expensive Austria and lower differences with other neighbouring countries. But the differences are lower and lower since, say 1990. My ranking of countries from the most...

  • Soviet style architecture

    Excuse me, it's not only Slovak local custom but rather post-Soviet world architectural remainder - a kind of specific architecture easy to find from River Laba on the West (former western border of Soviet imperium) to far Siberia on the East - hmm... more than a half of globe. IN CITIESArchitecture of cities on this part of the globe (including...

  • Street zoo :-)

    I could find a lot of livestock: cattle (cows), pigs, chickens, sheep and goats in Slovak countryside. No trip to ZOO was needed to look at them :-). Cows and goats were usually tied with a string attached to the ground on a meadow enough far from a highway/street. But sometimes they and chickens/sheep as well were walking on a highway. Hmm... it's...

  • And just one more picture of halusky

    For those who couldn't try it here is the recipe how to make it: Take 400 g potatoes, 200 g smooth flour, 200 g coarse flour, 250 g of sheep cheese (bryndza is typical for Slovakia but you could try to melt feta cheese with milk cream and a bit of youghurt), 1 dl of cream, 100 g of smoked bacon. Wash the peeled potatoes, grate them, add smooth and...

  • wedding

    if someone love you, he is marry you and live with you in one flat or house with some children and some animals

  • Embroideries

    Talking about fabrics and clothes there are unique embroideries and according them you should distinguish the area even the particular place here. It is something similar like Scottish skirts :) where every pattern has its meaning. I think that being embroidered or so is better like being labeled :) or checked by codebar :)

  • Special fabric

    Well, this special fabric is called modrotlac in Slovakia and in the past it was handmade and then the big skirts of folklore clothes >:), nowadays you can buy it in shops like ULUV is. It is done with indigo of course...

  • Wedding Traditions

    Our wedding traditions are very special. If you will have a possibility to be present at the wedding party in Slovakia, do it - it is great experience!As a first step there is "odobierka". Odobierka - that´s a Slovak tradition when the bridegroom comes to the bride´s house together with his family and "starejsi". Starejsi is usually a man who asks...


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