Archive - July 2020

TOKAJ WINE REGION

Curvy badly maintained roads brought us to Tokaj Region. Historically Tokaji was a white wine from the region of Tokaj in the Kingdom of Hungary. Tokaji wine was mentioned as early as 1635 with reference to the sweet dessert aszú (botrytized) wine. Currently, The Tokaj Wine Route with the...

KOŠICE

We spent two days in Košice – the largest city in eastern Slovakia. It is situated on the river Hornád at the eastern reaches of the Slovak Ore Mountains, near the border with Hungary. Košice originated in the 9th century and was chartered in 1241. In the late Middle Ages, it was one of...

RUSKÁ BYSTRÁ

The Greek Catholic Wooden Church of St. Nicolas the Bishop (UNESCO) was built at the beginning of the 18th century, in the years 1720 to 1730. The log building consists of three parts and two towers. It is covered by a shingle roof with almost perfect geometric shapes resembles...

BODRUŽAL

The Greek Catholic church of St. Nicholas is part of a unique urban unit on an elevated position in the center of the village Bodružal. The church is surrounded with the cemetery, wall, and belfry from the 19th century. It was built in 1658 and consists of three interconnected square...

BARDEJOV

We have stopped for a lunch in the historical gem of eastern Slovakia (parking 4 EUR). The town of Bardejov in the Eastern part of Slovakia (UNESCO) is enhanced by the pleasant landscape with numerous landmarks. The city lies in the calm valley of the Bardejovský brook on the south...

HERVARTOV

We made it to north-east Slovakia to Hervartov village. In historical records, the village was first mentioned in 1406. Here we found one of the most valuable sacral buildings in Slovakia – the Roman Catholic Church of St. Francis of Assisi. It was built in the late 15th century made of...

SPIŠ CASTLE

Our last today’s stop was UNESCO listed castle (entrance 8 EUR) located in the lands of Spis, the north-western region of Eastern Slovakia. The magnificent large castle is standing proudly on the hill above the plebs. It was built some 900 years ago, in the 12th century, on the site of an...

SPIŠSKÁ KAPITULA

Today’s other shortstop was a formerly independent municipality in Eastern Slovakia listed in UNESCO. It was one of the centers of the ecclesiastic education in Slovakia. It consists of the Cathedral of St. Martin with two towers built between the years 1245-1275. In 1382 a Corpus Christi...

LEVOČA

Today we visited the small historical town of Levoča listed in UNESCO. In medieval times, the town belonged to the prominent European towns. It is still almost completely surrounded by medieval walls. Levoča was not only amongst the first three royal towns in the former Hungarian Kingdom...

TATRANSKÁ LOMNICA

On the way to our last High Tatras resort, we have stopped at Tatranec Camp to refill our water tank (ridiculous 7 EUR). Then we moved to a very local botanical garden with an exposition of Tatras Nature (entrance 2,50 EUR). Later we have parked near cable car station (free parking) and...