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    LIPTOVSKA MARA RESERVOIR

    by balhannah Updated Jan 31, 2014

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    In north western Slovakia and next to Liptovsky Mikulas is the Liptovská Mara Reservoir.
    This is the largest water reservoir in Slovakia.
    The dam was built between 1965 and 1975 and is named after the village Liptovská Mara which was flooded when the dam filled with water. Only a small Gothic church, located in Havránok, has been preserved from the entire village.

    It's a lovely spot for fishing, swimming, boating surfing, in-fact, all water sports.

    You can also take a sightseeing tour on a cruise ship.
    Website: http://www.lodmara.sk/

    If travelling by car, take route 584 from Liptovsky Mikulas

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    THE RIVER VAH

    by balhannah Written Jan 30, 2014

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    The River Váh is 406 kms long and the longest river in Slovakia. This river is a tributary of the Danube river.
    We travelled along the motorway which runs beside the River most of the way. The drive alongside this river is scenic, but just imagine enjoying a rafting trip through the valley between the Low and High Tatras!

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    TATRA MOUNTAINS

    by balhannah Written Jan 30, 2014

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    The Carpathian Mountains are the second-longest mountain range in Europe and home to the largest European populations of brown bears, wolves, chamois and lynxes.

    The Tatra Mountains are the highest range of the Central Carpathians and form the border of Poland and Slovakia, where the highest peaks exceed 2,600 metres.
    These beautiful mountains rise steeply from the high plateau and extend for approx. 64 kms along the Slovakian-Polish border. South of the Váh River valley is the parallel Low Tatra range, rising 2,043 metres.
    The Tatras were declared the first Slovak national park.

    We drove around the region where the Váh River and valley was, where small towns were scattered around, and the Tatra mountains were in the background. I can tell you, the scenery was fantastic!
    If you can, try and make the trip to see this beautiful mountain range, it is well worth the effort!

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    Folk Architecture

    by GentleSpirit Updated May 15, 2013

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    You can still see examples of entire villages that retain the traditional architecture of the area. These are open air villages, where you can get a taste of what life was like (and to some extent, still is....) the traditional arts and crafts of the area, the traditional dress of the villagers.

    These villages tend to be quite small. The one I went to, Čičmany, was unique in the way that the houses were painted. Small museums and exhibitions gave you an idea of what their life was like.

    You will have, depending on the village, opportunities for lodging, and some souvenirs.
    I have to say that visiting some of these places is a breath of fresh air, there are no giant parking lots, no casinos, no streets with racks of postcards etc. You just hope that these little places will be able to stay alive.

    Some of the most well known folk villages in Slovakia are:
    Čičmany- northern Slovakia, on the way to Zilina.
    Vlkolinec- log houses
    Museum of the Slovak Village-Martin (attempts to give an overview of different types of villages in Slovakia.
    These I have listed are all fairly close to Zilina.

    Please visit my Čičmany pages

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    Bratislava

    by grayfo Updated Jan 6, 2013

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    Bratislava is the capital of Slovakia (Slovak Republic) and is one of the youngest capitals in Europe since the country was formed in 1993 after the fall of communism and the peaceful split with the Czech Republic, the city is fast becoming an East European hotspot, a city of some 450,000 inhabitants located on the river Danube at the foothills of the Little Carpathians. Bratislava is an ideal destination for short city breaks with the 'Old Town' being the liveliest part of the city that has an abundance of fine restaurants, chic clubs and a cool cosmopolitan culture.

    Must see sights include: the impressive Art Nouveau St Elizabeth Church, the Slovak National Theatre and the Bratislava Castle that overlooks the city.

    Bratislava is known as the “Beauty on the Danube”

    June 2007

    See My Travel Page for more information.

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    Namestie

    by lmkluque Updated Aug 11, 2012

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    The Village Square, as seen from the top of the Cemetery Hill.

    However small a city, town or village, they all seem to have a "town square," which in this case isn't square at all. More like a football shaped island between two roads. Of course, there's even a belfry. These town squares are usually the most charming part of a town and should be visited. Kosice is the second largest town in Slovakia and it's Namestie has an island-between-two-roads shape as well as being beautiful and charming. In Vlachovo, the ravages of the past gave witness to an enduring inner beauty and charm.

    At the time of my stay in Slovakia, it was required that all foreigners staying longer than three days, report their presence in the town to the officials. I was saved this task by family members who were themselves, officialdom.

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  • Bratislava as a hub

    by Tom81 Written Jun 26, 2012

    It is very easy to explore other countries from Bratislava. Within an hour and half you can be in Vienna (take the river cruise).

    You can also catch the train which is a fair walk from the Sheraton hotel (so you may want to get a taxi there) to Budapest. You can get to Budapest within 3 hours and enjoy the train ride. They have a separate carraige in most where you can sit and have food.

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    Hiking

    by GentleSpirit Updated Nov 10, 2011

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    Because most of the country is mountainous, you are never going to be very far from good hiking.

    Slovakia has a reputation for some great, though very challenging trails. Please don't be intimidated when you read reviews and websites telling you how tough some of the trails are. There are trails for all levels of expertise. You will be out hiking with the locals. They are a generally outdoorsy lot and hiking seems to be very much a family thing. You will see people of all ages and walks of life on the trails.

    The most popular, or the most well known, area is the High Tatras. Slovak paradise is supposed to be some of the most awesome hiking from people I've talked to. Closer to Zilina there are the Fatras and rock climbing.

    Take your pick, there are trails for every level of expertise. Make sure to wear good hiking shoes and wear proper clothing. Try not to hike alone and use your common sense.

    **when hiking steep trails or trails where you need chains to get up, be very careful with how you are carrying your camera--crashing lenses against rocks is probably not very good for the lenses:)***

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    Castles in Slovakia

    by GentleSpirit Written Nov 5, 2011

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    Slovakia, by virtue of being quite small, has a lot of castles to see, few of which are very from from the major centers. They do vary, however, in the state of reconstruction. Some, like Bojnice castle (near Prievidza) is carefully and tastefully restored and gives you a good idea of how the owners (the last ones at least) might have lived. Many other castles have been restored but not to the same extent as Bojnice.

    You have castles in use as early as the 11th century for defense of the borders/frontiers and trade routes. From about 1000AD onwards until 1918 Slovakia (or large parts of it at least) were part of The Kingdom of Hungary or the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Gradually the original wood structures were reconstructed as stone fortresses. Gradually, again, their functions continued to change.

    For example, the stone walls and battlements were more than enough for medieval combat, but once gunpowder became common there was a need to thicker walls and more impenetrable fortresses. Some of the castles fell into disuse, as they were either too small to merit being upgrade, too indefensible or too isolated.

    Some castles were renovated to become palaces (zamok in Slovak), which served an exclusively residential function. This was just the lord's palace, it had no real common defense elements like previous eras (where the castle would protect the entire village for example)

    Regardless of their state of restoration, due to their original function, most castles are in pretty impressive locations with a great view of the surrounding area. Some slovak friends tell me that hiking up to some abandoned castle ruins are some of the best day trips due to the view.

    Some castles you might want to see:
    - Bojnice Castle ( Prievidza)
    - Orava Castle (Zilina)
    - Devin Castle (Bratislava)
    - Bratislava Castle (Bratislava)
    -Spis Castle (Poprad)
    -Trencin Castle(Trencin) directly above town square in Trencin

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    Bratislava

    by ant1606 Written Sep 20, 2011

    Cut through by the Danube river, the country's capital is a quiet city where elbowing with tourists is seldom an occasion. The city center (Staré Mesto - Old Town) has been renovated and except for the occasional forgotten establishment, restored baroque buildings peek onto clean streets and squares. Most visitors are tempted by its vicinity to Vienna, with which it can't compare in terms of substance, but walking and gazing with less people around are pleasant alternatives to visits inside museums or other attractions, and worth a day trip in case.

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    Healing Spas!

    by lmkluque Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    I've been aware of the healing powers attributed to spas in Slovakia since I was a little girl. My grandparents told me that they had both been cured of blindness by bathing their eyes in the healing waters at a Slovakian Spa. Of course, it sounded magical but I innocently believed them.

    As I grew-up, I still believed that they believed it, but I was skeptical and in time I had forgotten completely about it. Then my Slovak cousin, in a letter, told me that she had taken her son to one of these spas to cure his respiratory ailment. The treatment lasted about two weeks and the National Health was paying.

    In and around the High Tatras there are hundreds of these healing spas for all kinds of diseases. These spas take various forms. There are a range of caves and breathing the fresh, moist air is believed to relieve asthma. Mud, peat and mineral waters are considered natural healers. Whether or not you believe in the possibility, it is a sure thing that the beauty of the this mountain region, it's grassy meadows, forest of trees, the clean mountain air and the pure flowing waters will have their effect and a trip out here will surely enhance your vacation.

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    Go to tatralandia warm (termal) waters

    by Siil Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This is just great to relax after tiering day of skiing and snowboarding. All the sour muscles get ease from the stress. It is really nice to use the outdoor pools as the snow falss down and you are in the warm water yourself. Its really nice. Try it if you have the chance.

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    Trencin

    by tyusen Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Trencin is a small city but has many spots which are worth seeing. Needless to say, you should not miss Trencin Castle but I recommend that you look around this city. Hotel Tatra which lies at the base of Trencin Castle has traditional appearance. I think it is a symbol of Trencin not far behind from Trencin Castle. You can take a walk in a park near Hotel Tatra. It’s small but has a good atmosphere. There is a small supermarket in the downtown. It’s not easy for travelers to find supermarkets around tourist spots in small towns, but you can buy essential goods to travel such as snacks, refreshments and music CDs etc… It’s quite useful for travelers.

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    Beggar's House

    by monica71 Written Jul 26, 2010

    This is another building that you will notice while strolling downtown. It has a very impressive facade. It was built in 1898 by one of the beggars in town who saved all the money collected from begging on the streets of Kosice. The roof has a statue of a beggar on top.

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    Jacab's Palace

    by monica71 Written Jul 26, 2010

    Jacab's Palace is pretty amazing. It is very close to downtown and to the town's main park. The palace was built in 1889 from discarded stones from St Elizabeth's Cathedral. It served as the British Council for several years and now it is used to host important social events.
    I was a little bit disappointed that I could not visit the inside of the building, though.

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