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Slovakia sightseeing. Travel guide - attractions, sights, nature and touristic places

This small beautiful country is widely known for its magnificent alpine ski resorts and numerous natural and historic places of interest. The most famous historic landmarks are located in the capital of the country, the city of Bratislava. The oldest university in the country is also located here. This is Universitas Istropolitana that was open in 1465. Nowadays, only one faculty works in ancient buildings of the university - the faculty of scenic art. The Bratislava Castle is one more sight of the medieval period. First mentions of the castle belong to the 10th century. During its centuries-long history the castle was rebuilt several times and changed its design significantly, until it was completely destroyed by fire in 1811. The ruins remained untouched for more than a hundred years and restoration of the castle started only in the 20th century. These days, the castle provides space for treasury and the National Museum.
The central square of Bratislava is home to a famous landmark - Stará radnica. This is a whole complex of beautiful buildings constructed in different years. The main town hall building was constructed in the 14th century. Two more buildings were added after the reconstruction, which took place in 1599, so nowadays the complex features a beautiful combination of renaissance and baroque styles. The town hall was a witness to many important historic events. In the 19th century a cannon smashed into the wall of the town hall. The cannon has remained there till our days and keeps reminding visitors of the Napoleon wars.
Magnificent churches remain the most famous landmarks of Kosice. The central street of the city is the location of St. Elisabeth Cathedral - the largest church in the country. The height of the main tower, which was built in the 11th century, is 59 metres. Beautiful gothic altar decorated with skillfully made drawings remains one of the most precious artifacts of the church. In the 15th century, St. Michael's Chapel was built near the cathedral. Inner premises of the chapel are no less interesting than its outer design as there are beautiful drawings and frescos that depict important historic events. Until the middle of the 18th century, a graveyard was located near the chapel. Later the graveyard was turned into a park. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
Travellers should not forget to visit the ancient city of Trencin, which is mostly famous because of the Trencín Castle. The castle was built more than a thousand years ago during the reign of the Roman Empire. There is a small church in the territory of the castle, as well as several observation decks and spacious terraces.
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Map of all castles
Remaining castles and fortresses of Slovakia
♥   Castle 'Bojnice Castle' . On the map   Photos
♥   Castle 'Branč Castle' . On the map   Photos
♥   Castle 'Bratislava Castle' . On the map   Photos
♥   Castle 'Brekov Castle' . On the map   Photos
♥   Castle 'Budatín Castle' . On the map   Photos
Map of all palaces
Palaces in Slovakia open for public
♥   Palace 'Primate’s Palace' Bratislava. On the map   Photos
♥   Palace 'Pálffy Palace' Bratislava. On the map   Photos
♥   Palace 'Summer Archbishop’s Palace' Bratislava. On the map   Photos

Famous and uniques places in Slovakia from our review series

Tatra National Park

From the series “Largest nature reserves on Earth”
The picturesque Tatras are well-known to those travellers who have ever reached Poland or Slovakia. Here, on the territory of two States Tatra National Park stretches around the mountain range. The park was created in 1949 with an area of 738 square kilometres. Citizens in those countries became aware of the value of the exclusive territories in the 19th century, but their efforts to create a reserve ended in failure back then.

The main feature of the Tatra reserve are deep coniferous forests with a great number of rare species of plants. Silver fir, Siberian pine and European larch grow here. The National park contains numerous fauna species. More than 40 species of mammals and over 110 species of birds dwell in the Tatras. You can see wolves, wild boars, lynxes and bears in the dark … Read all
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Sightseeing in popular cities of Slovakia

Bratislava
This majestic castle was built yet in the 10th century. Its towers have several observation areas where you can enjoy the panoramic views of the city. If the weather is clear, you can even see Hungarian lands. The Gates of Saint Michael is one of the oldest buildings in the city. The gates were built in 1300. Later, in 1758, they were fully renovated and this changed their look. Today these gates are known as a masterpiece of the baroque style. One more old building is Main Palace, which is … Read more
Kosice
The city is an important trading and industrial center of Slovakia. Here is also located the second largest university of the country. Tourists will find numerous sights in Kosice with various gothic buildings being the most famous ones. The center of the city features a large pedestrians-only walking zone, where you can see a monumental St. Elizabeth Cathedral. Its building lasted for two centuries, starting from 1378 and up to 1508. The complex of cathedrals also includes Urban Tower and … Read more
Poprad
This city has become a favorite place for athletes as the region has excellent conditions for skiing. The routes run through picturesque woods and their level of difficulty varies depending on the initial training of sportsmen. No so long ago here have been opened several ski schools for children that are run by highly qualified coaches. A training camp for adults is located nearby. Professionals will definitely enjoy several so-called "black slopes" with high level of complexity; there are … Read more
Trencin
A strong fire and war destroyed the majority of the city’s historical monuments. However, a few of them have survived, and today thousands of travelers come to Trencin to admire its beauty. In the center of city lies Mierove nam Square. In 1712 here was installed a monument named Plague Column. This monument is the reminder of the tragic events of the early 18th century, when hundreds of the city’s inhabitants have died from plague. A small alley starts in the western part of the park. The … Read more

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