Hear about travel to Slovakia as the Amateur Traveler talks to Anna Fay and Peter Dlhopolec from the Spectacular Spectator and the Spectacular Slovakia Podcast about this beautiful country in Central Europe.
Anna says, “From a foreigner’s perspective before I moved to Slovakia I didn’t know much about it. I lived in the country when I was a toddler but it has changed a lot since then. I think in general Slovakia, unfortunately, is a very underrated country. There is so much to see outside of the capital of Bratislava: gorgeous castles, majestic mountains, unique UNESCO sites.”
Peter adds that many foreigners come for the gorgeous women and cheap stuff. A lot of people only come to Bratislava but there is a lot worth seeing outside of the capital.
Many people fly into Vienna and then take the train an hour to Bratislava when they come to Slovakia. They start us in Bratislava with a few days exploring touring the old town at St Michael’s Gate which has a museum at the top and a great view of the city from the tower. The city sits along the Danube and both Peter and Anna like to run or cycle along the river. Bratislava Castle is also one of the must-see sites.
In addition to the old town, there are more modern buildings like the “UFO Tower” or the “Upside Down Pyramid”. They recommend a river tour including the Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum which is built to look like a ship in the river.
Bratislava is famous for classical music but Peter also recommends the Reggae festival or the Uprising Festival.
They recommend hikes outside the capital in the Small Carpathians, especially the hike to the ruins of Pajštún Castle.
They recommend seeing more of the country by car or train. You should visit the UNESCO site of Banská Štiavnica in the center of the country. This is an ancient city where silver mining was done for more than 2,000 years. While you are there you can visit the Open-Air Mining Museum or the Love Bank.
For more outdoor adventure Peter sends us to the city of Poprad near the High Tetras. He recommends staying in one of the small villages nearby like Tatranská Lomnica, Štrba, Štrbské Pleso, or Stary Smokovec. This is a great region for hiking.
Anna recommends a visit to Slovak Paradise National Park (Slovenský raj) which has adventurous hikes (like the one pictured above) which includes steel ladders and trails clinging to the side of clifts.
Whether you come for the castles, the hiking or the old cities, come and see this beautiful country.
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Cezechoslovakia (1918–1939, 1945–1992)
Slovak National Theater
Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum
Železná Studni?ka Park
Most SNP (UFO Bridge)
Kamzík TV Tower
Old Town, Bratislava
Slovak Radio Building
Dream Hostel ./ Safestay Bratislava
Námestie Slobody (Freedom Square)
Open-Air Mining Museum
Love Bank (Banka Lásky)
Kalvária Banská Štiavnica
Divná Pani (Weird Lady)
Slovak Paradise National Park (Slovenský raj)
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Thank you for still keeping the dream of travel alive for many of us who can’t travel during this pandemic. There is still all of Canada available if I would want to travel. However, more and more cities are in lock-down, and we are presently under curfew in Montreal (heavy sigh). The best bang for the buck for me is to wait until things improve. For now, I will have to travel via your wonderful podcasts.
Wishing you and yours a safe, travel-filled happy new year for 2021.
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