The onetime eastern half of Czechoslovakia has come into its own, with its welcoming and happening capital Bratislava and a plethora of parklands, folklore, ancient towns, and castles.

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Bratislava's St. Martin's cited in '8 Gems among Europe's Lesser Known Cathedrals and Churches'

Uoaei1 Finally completed in 1452 after 141 years on and off, its 279-ft. spire dominating the Slovak capital's historic center, the white Gothic Katedrála Svatého Martina was from 1563 to 1830 the coronation church of the kingdom of Hungary and later Austria-Hungarian Empire (of which Slovakia was part until World War I). For a Roman Catholic cathedral it's surprisingly austere both inside and out, but does have a certain rustic charm.   read post  

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Slovakia lauded as budget-travel bonanza

Are you dreaming of exploring Europe but worried about the cost? Luckily there are several countries in Eastern Europe that tend to be significantly less expensive to visit than popular favorites like France, Italy, Spain, and Great Britain.  Here are three fascinating one worth considering: read post

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Slovakia is an under-the-radar European gem

  nedomacki     In the delicious blend of old and new that are Central Europe and Eastern Europe, many amazing destinations once locked away behind the "Iron Curtain" of the 1940s through 1980s have of course become favourites of international travelers - particularly the likes of Prague and Budapest. But others have definitely remained a bit more under the proverbial radar both in terms of tourism and general world presence, and the Czech Republic's immediate neighbour to the south, Slovakia,…

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  • Here´s a nice take on Bratislava in Medium from a writer who discovered it recently:
    I Spent 24 Hours In Slovakia — Here’s What Shocked Me | by Marie Kester | Globetrotters | Jul, 2023…
  • I've got my sights set on a long-awaited return to Slovakia in 2024, so this recent Times of London piece on highlights of Bratislava is definitely going into my research file:
    Bratislava city guide: your weekend break sorted
    Garnished with the same grandeur as Vienna, Budapest and Prague, Slovakia’s capital gets a fraction of the visitors of its Austro-Hungarian empire co…
  • Jasná is an under-the-radar - and relatively cheap - destination for some good skiing, and Britain's Telegraph recently came out with a good guide to it:
  • This piece in The Guardian about a local's tips for various cool stuff to see/do in Bratislava makes me realize I'm long overdue for a return visit!
    A local’s guide to Bratislava, Slovakia: the Danube, dumplings and rubber duck cocktails | Slovakia…
    Castles and wooded hills frame Slovakia’s capital. Wine bar owner Martin Pagi tips the best spots for eating, culture and nightlife
  • I want to say one of them came for Orava - I'll have to check with my mom to be certain.
  • That's cool, Maureen! Any idea what city, town, or village your people come from? I traveled a little bit there while I was living in Prague years ago -- but not nearly enough!
  • I haven't yet been to Slovakia, but my mom and my aunt have. I am thinking of adding it on as a leg of a trip I'm taking in August/September of 2010. I have relatives there, my grandparents both came from Slovakia.
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