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Little Big Country SLOVAKIA

Slovakia

What all can be experienced in Slovakia

Beautiful cities

History left a great cultural heritage in Slovakia. Out of 138 Slovak cities 18 are urban monument reservations. Each of them is unique in some respects. Overall, in these cities there are over 12 thousand cultural monuments. In Slovakia, there are also 88 monument zones.

Nature and hiking

Slovakia lies in central Europe and despite its quite small size, there is a concentration a huge number of natural sites. In a relatively small country of Slovakia, there are over 1000 reservation areas. You will find there 9 national parks and 16 protected landscape areas with a plethora of rare plants and animals. It is actually a great advantage that in Slovakia virtually everything is close enough.

Historical monuments

Slovakia is not just about nature. In Slovakia you will find well-preserved and renovated castles, fortresses, and mansions, wherein you will feel as though you were far back in history. You will explore there unique and famous magic of Slovak folklore and customs, you will taste traditional Slovak specialties, you will get to know kind-hearted and hospitable people.

Spas and aquaparks

Slovakia is well-known for its spa tradition, not only in the surrounding countries, but also in the whole world. It is visited by those, whom the healing mineral springs truly help to treat various kinds of diseases. However, it is also sought after by such people, who'd just like to combine a therapeutic visit with rest, relaxation and exploration of natural sites or rich history of this country.

Skiing

The smallest high mountain range in the world, High Tatras (Vysoké Tatry) can be enjoyed in any season of the year. If you're one of the fans of winter, Slovakia is ideal for your ski vacation. Wonderful outlooks from high peaks of Tatras such as Lomnický peak (Lomnický štít), Rysy, or Chopok, unveil crystal-clear mountain tarns and torrents. You can also enjoy over 30 other ski centers of European quality.

Cycling

In Slovakia, there is a network of really well-marked cycling tracks of various lengths and difficulty levels. Take a bike and explore historical cities or beautiful nature. Stop by one of the many natural lakes or artificial lakes and enjoy your stay by the water. Slovak cycling tracks will utilize cycling of every kind.

What is “best” and “only” in Slovakia?

In Slovakia, you will be able to find things that are nowhere elese in the world. Slovak Karst, the largest karst area in central Europe, wherein there are 1100 caves. Spišský castle, a largest medieval castle complex in central Europe, Červený kameň castle with the largest underground complex, the tallest gothic altar in the world found in Levoča, or Janko Kráľ Orchard in Bratislava, the oldest public park in Europe.
A many other fascinating “best” or “only” places in the world, which are worthy to be seen with your own eyes and experienced personally. Slovakia is a part of Europe that is saturated with diversity on every step of the way through it – simply “a little big country”.

Košice

KOŠICE is the metropolis of Eastern Slovakia and the second largest town of the Slovak Republic.

The town has a rich and famous past, which left jewels of architecture. After extensive reconstruction work the historic downtown, which is the largest urban monument reserve on Slovakia, has become the object of pride not only for Košičans but for all of Slovakia.

To the recreational area belong the park at the Immaculata and the park of the Singing fountain - both popular places for inhabitants and visitors alike. Especially the later takes pride in its uniqueness. Places of Interest The Singing fountain and the chimes are a real attraction: The fountain as able simultaneously to react to its own music, to the sound of the chimes and to the music transmitted from the nearby theatre. This musical play makes a stay in the park truly rewarding and also accompanies a walk around the Urban tower, the cathedral St. Elisabeth - with the chapel St. Michael - and the streets around the Golden Cross in downtown.

Košice is said to be the most beautiful town of Slovakia. Come, and find out for yourself!

Košice is distinguished by exciting cultural, social and sports events. Among the most important events are the Košice Spring of Music, the promenade concerts during the Košice Summer of Culture, the Festival of Sacred Music, the international contest of water-ski, the International Peace Marathon, wine festivals and others.

Besides these events there are cultural experiences offered by four theatres, museums, art galleries, cinemas and cultural-social centers during all year round. Among the most important social events belongs without doubt the celebration Day of Košice, which has become a tradition and receives also attention from abroad: On the 7th May 1369 Košice received as the first town in Europe the deed with the coat-of-arms.The Košičans consider it an honour to contribute to the celebrations during the anual commemoration. May has become the month to present the most interesting events in the life of enterprises, institutionsand associations.

At the end of the year, the wonderful decoration of the town during the Košice Christmas has become already a legend: there is a Christmas market at the main road with an almost three weeks lasting cultural program, creating a fantastic Christmas atmosphere! The rich cultural, social and sports life and the famous hospitality, the religious and ethnic tolerance of the Košičans receive from visitors positive response. The city has become a favourite destination for statesmen, diplomates and other important persons, their names are immortalized on the pavement of the historic downtown.

Historical Monuments in Kosice

Historical core of Košice represents the biggest reservoir of historical monuments in Slovakia. In terms of art & history, the most valuable buildings are situated around the original Middle Age square - present Main Street.
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01. St. Elizabeth's Cathedral :: 02. St. Michal's Chapel :: 03. Urban's tower :: 04. The State Theatre :: 05. The Levoča House :: 06. Andrassy's Palace :: 07. The Immaculata Statue - "The Plague Column" :: 08. District House :: 09. Former Town Hall :: 10. The House of Beggar :: 11. Bishop's Palace :: 12. Jacab's Palace :: 13. Hotel Europe :: 14. Hadík - Barkóczy Palace :: 15. Pongrácz - Forgács Palace :: 16. Csáky - Dessewffy Palace :: 17. The Royal House :: 18. Mikluš's Prison :: 19. Captain's Palace :: 20. The Regional Library of Johannes Bocatius :: 21. The East Slovakian Museum :: 22. Town Ramparts - Lower Gate, Bastions :: 23. Dominican Church :: 24. Church of Sisters Ursulines :: 25. Franciscan Church :: 26. Calvinist Church :: 27. Hospital Church of Holy Spirit :: 28. Evangelic Church :: 29. Premonstratensian Church former Jesuistical Church :: 30. Greek-Catholic Church of Virgin Mary's Birth :: 31. Synagogue on Zvonarska Street :: 32. Synagogue on Puskinova Street :: 33. Grammar school on Kovacska Street :: 34. Building of the Military Office :: 35. Building of the Railway Administration :: 36. Hotel Schalkház :: 37. Memorial of the International Peace Marathon :: 38. Memorial of the Unknown Anti-Fascist Fighter :: 39. Memorial of dead soldiers of the Soviet Army

Video about Slovakia

Photos from Slovakia

  • Slovak Karst
  • Spiš Castle
  • High Tatras
  • Slovak Paradise

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Košice Photo

  • St. Elizabeth's Cathedral
  • Park of the Singing fountain
  • Urban's tower
  • State Theatre
  • Jacab's Palace
  • Immaculata Statue