In the heart of Europe, immediate neighbor of Austria, is a country whose tourism deserves more attention. Slovakia has many well-preserved medieval castles, landscapes, people who care about traditions and surprising cuisine. Suppose your business visit to Vienna, Prague and Budapest ended early. You have a few days to visit the surroundings. Take a flight to Slovakia because you will have many places to visit.
You will have the surprise to find a fresh area, untouched by civilization, consumerism and artificiality of fast food restaurants, a country where forests still have apparent inaccessibility, where traditions are amazingly fresh and beautiful. This is Slovakia! Part of the former Communist bloc, Slovakia is independent scarcely since 1993 and people still have the freshness of just being awakened after a long sleep of history. The castles in Slovakia are very well preserved and provide the visitors some episodes in the history of this country, which hasn’t escaped the inevitable storm.
The residents of this nation placed in the middle of Europe, keep sacredly the local customs and behaviors that come from far away, from pagan times, even though Slovakia was across the time the central part of the empires with a civilizing role. The Slovaks have a lot of holidays with pagan resonance, although most of them are Catholics.
Bratislava Castle, nicknamed “turned table” because of its shape, is in the same time the National Museum with amazing exhibits of musical instruments, old furniture and a collection of exhibits reunited under the name of “jewels of ancient Slovaks”. Banska Stiavnica would be the second city worthy of an extended visit if you’re already familiar with the history of Slovakia, because there you will find castles, old churches and schools. Do not expect to find too many nightclubs or other signs of modern life because you will be disappointed.