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Slovakia is a country that is frequently overlooked and often misunderstood. Historically, Slovakia was known as Upper Hungary and all the Hungarian royalty were crowned in Bratislava, the Slovak capital. Slovakia spent most of the 20th Century as half of Czechoslovakia, part of the Communist Bloc. Since gaining independence in 1993, Slovakia has been frequently overlooked in favor of neighboring Hungary and the Czech Republic.

These days, visitors are discovering Slovakia for the Central European gem that it truly is. A world class ski destination in the beautiful High Tatras Mountains (which also make for great hiking and trekking in the summer). Slovakia has a quirky capital in Bratislava that captures visitor’s imaginations with unusual sculptures. And central and eastern Slovakia are dotted with important UNESCO World Heritage Sites and cultural sites. Slovakia may well be our favorite country in the world right now. Here are some of our favorites.

The Serene Life of Banska Stiavnica

The skyline of Banska Stiavnica, Slovakia - a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The town of Banska Stiavnica, Slovakia is a jewel in the Carpathian Mountains. This small-town is an amazing specimen of medieval life in the greater Hungarian Empire. These days, the town offers a slower pace of life that is downright serene. However, just beneath the surface, you see how the town of Banska Stiavnica changed

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Traditional Village Life in Vlkolinec, Slovakia

A statue welcomes visitors to the rural village of Vlkolinec, Slovakia.

Visiting a country, it is often hard to get a picture for the history of the people. We’re not talking about the nobility, historical events or even war – we’re talking about understanding the history of the people and how their lives evolved and changed. Villages like Vlkolinec, Slovakia can provide insights into the people

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The Slovakia Wooden Churches of the Carpathian Mountains

The Church of All Saints in Tvrdosin - one of the Slovakia Wooden Churches.

On the north slope of the Carpathian Mountains, a unique architectural and artistic tradition was born: ornate wooden churches. The Slovakia Wooden Churches date from a period when most Christian churches were being built from stone, these buildings are truly unique and reflect a mix of theological and architectural traditions.

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Being a Miner For a Day at the Slovak Mining Museum

An ore cart and tracks at the Slovak Mining Museum in Banska Stiavnica.

While the town of Banská Štiavnica is a remarkable specimen of medieval small-town life in central Slovakia, it is unlikely the town would be much more than a few small huts if it weren’t for its unique geology. Banska Stiavnica sits atop The Theresa Vein – one of the world’s most lucrative silver deposits in

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A Day Trip to Charming Bratislava, Slovakia

Manhole statue in Bratislava, Slovakia

Bratislava.  The capital of the Slovak Republic is less than 60 miles (100km) from Vienna, making them the two closet capital cities in the world.  Bratislava was behind the Iron Curtain for decades and was a bit of mystery to us as we are only beginning to explore “The East.”  Our expectations of Bratislava were

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