Slovakia

Right in the heart of Europe, Slovakia is a land of castles and mountains, occasionally punctuated by industrial sprawl. More than a quarter-century after Czechoslovakia’s break-up, Slovakia has emerged as a self-assured, independent nation. Capital city Bratislava draws visitors to its resplendent old town and tankard-clanking drinking culture. But Slovakia shines brightest for lovers of the outdoors. Walking trails in the High Tatras wend through landscapes of unearthly beauty, with mirror-still glacier lakes backed by 2000m peaks.

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...

STARÝ SMOKOVEC

After a short ride we have parked in Starý Smokovec (3 hours / 8 EUR) – another popular ski resort, from where we took the Starý Smokovec–Hrebienok funicular (11 EUR / person) to the small peak Hrebienok at an altitude of 1285 meters. There we hiked in cloudy weather for an hour around...

ŠTRBSKÉ PLESO

Our next destination in the High Tatras was the famous Štrbské Pleso – the highest situated settlement in the Tatras Mountains (parking 10 EUR / day). This famous ski resort lies next to a picturesque mountain lake of glacial origin with the highest depth of 20 meters. It is fed by...

PRIBYLINA

After a rich breakfast in the truck, we took leisure walk through the open-air museum of Liptov Village in Pribylina. We have admired the wooden folk architecture of homes of higher social classes of this region in the past (entrance 6 EUR). It features buildings from the flooded area of...

LOW TATRAS – CHOPOK

Sun waked up us in Jasná – the starting point of the cable car (22 EUR – return ticket) to Chopok (2024 m) – the third highest peak of the Low Tatras range (just after the neighboring Ďumbier and Štiavnica Peaks) in central Slovakia. We spent a quite long time in queues to get into...