LAND OF MOUNTAINS
Over the border with Hungary, Austria, and the Czech Republic, you can discover a country, people and customs, set in vineyards, thermal springs, marsh forests with rich fauna and flora. Slovakia is often called “the Switzerland of the East” due to its unspoiled natural beauty offering great potential for travel and eco-tourism development.
Around 80 percent of Slovakia lies more than 800 meters above sea level, and its crowning glory is the Tatras. The highest range in the Carpathians, they form a natural border between Slovakia and Poland, are a designated Unesco Biosphere Reserve, and contain some 100 high-altitude lakes and a clutch of waterfalls. They can be explored via a network of hiking paths.
The number of thermal spring is remarkable. The water from the thermal springs in Podhájska even has even better effects than the water of the world-famous Dead Sea, which is the name of the water. The water is unique of its kind all over Europe and its composition is unique in the world!
The beautiful hilly countryside was home to sheepmen who needed quality nutrition to survive in the rough environment. The main source of food for them were sheep milk products. Up today, Slovakia produces delicious sheep cheese called “brynza” and special smoked cheese “oštiepok”.
Slovakia's roots trace to the 9th-century state of Great Moravia. Subsequently, Slovaks became part of the Hungarian Kingdom, where they remained for the next 1,000 years. Only the First World War activated the anti-Austrian-Hungarian resistance, which culminated in 1918 by the declaration on the joining of the Slovak nation with the Czech nation into a whole – the Czecho-Slovak Republic. Slovakia became industrialized mostly in the second half of the 20th century; heavy industry (including coal mining and the production of machinery and steel) was built for strategic reasons because Slovakia was less exposed to the military threat than the western parts of Czechoslovakia.
CARNUNTUM - A MYTHICAL CITY OF THE CELTIC KINGDOM
The city on the rock, Carnuntum, which archaeologists have searched for several decades across Europe, that Carnuntum, is the city of the Celtic kingdom of Noricum, the Carnuntum that the Romans built 100 years before Christ, at a time when Paris and London were only swamped, this Carnuntum discovered archaeologists recently at the Bratislava Castle. Sights are even 200 years older than the Roman Colosseum!
The capital city of Slovakia today – Bratislava - is a growing hub of culture, as well as the national seat of politics and business. It is a small historical city, but largest in Slovakia and a youngest European metropolis. One can enjoy the shopping, dining and natural wonders Bratislava has to offer as a reemerging sparkler of history, culture, business, and recreation. The pedestrian-only, 18th-century old town is known for its lively bars and cafes. The reconstructed Bratislava Castle overlooks the old town and the Danube.