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What You Don’t Know About Slovakia’s Castle History

What You Don’t Know About Slovakia’s Castle History
Baz Hart
  • On May 23, 2014
  • http://www.tailormake.me

When people hear mention of Slovakia, they may think about Czechoslovakia, or Russia.

Many people are unaware that Slovakia is a separate democratic nation. Slovakia is a beautiful country, with many great places to visit. One of the most popular destinations is Bratislava, a beautiful city with an amazing little town and two gorgeous castles, set along the Danube River. But that is not all. There are so many other great places to visit in Slovakia.

Spissky Castle; the largest castle in Central Europe, and a UNESCO world heritage site, Spissky is a huge Romanesque castle from the 12th century

The High Tatras, one of Slovakia’s several national parks, is a great place to enjoy the outdoors, and some great scenery. The park is a great place to go hiking in the summer, or you can visit in the winter and break out your skis. There are also walking trails, and a cable car, for those who are less inclined to hike.

slovakia monumentsKosice is another great place to visit in Slovakia, and is known for being one of Europe’s centers of culture. You are sure to find something of interest here, including music festivals, concerts, art galleries and museums. Kosice is Slovakia’s second largest city and home to 250,000, as well as Saint Elizabeth Cathedral. Built in 1380, Saint Elizabeth Cathedral is Slovakia’s largest church.

Slovakia also has several caves, including one aragonite cave, as well as two ice caves. The ice caves, Dobsinska ice cave, and Demanovska ice cave are covered in ice year round. Of course, there will be more ice in the winter months, but even in the summer, they can be chilly, so don’t forget to bring a coat and gloves.

Slovenski raj, which literally translates to Slovak Paradise, is another great destination if you plan to visit Slovakia. This gem of unspoiled nature, including the ruins of Klastorisko, a 13 century monastery, is a great place to enjoy the natural beauty of this country.

Spissky hrad, or the Spissky Castle, is the last stop on this tour. Known to be the largest castle in Central Europe, and a UNESCO world heritage site, Spissky is a huge Romanesque castle from the 12th century. Though the castle was burned down in 1780, you can still visit the ruins that are being reconstructed.

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