Slovakia

We were a bit unsure how to cover a long weekend starting from Vienna, and only after researching other options we turned to the easiest: Go to Bratislava and start a brief crossing of Slovakia. It turned out such a rich experience. In only 4 days we visited a gold mine, experienced the longest love poem ever written, wandered a mystical botanical garden, were amazed by different castles, hiked fine nature in the High Tatra, visited the best cocktail bar and ate unexpectedly good seafood in Kosice, watched probably the planet's biggest water fountain ballet, walked around a church built completely from wood and had some nice original Slovakian dishes and Kofola.

Click here to view as fullscreen slideshow

Bratislava Opera House  

Bratislava Street  

Bratislava mural: Women on a wedding cover their hair once they are married themselves  

Bratislava advertising  

Bratislava culture palace  

Slovakian traditional soup at Gladius, Bratislava  

Calvary at Banská Štiavnica  

Botanical Garden at Banská Štiavnica  

Church in Banská Štiavnica  

Longest love poem ever written, by Andrej Sládkovič, at the Love Bank in Banská Štiavnica  

Old Castle in Banská Štiavnica  

Old Castle in Banská Štiavnica  

Old Castle in Banská Štiavnica  

Old Castle in Banská Štiavnica  

Orginal carvings from the Calvary on display in Old Castle in Banská Štiavnica  

Love Bank: The register of the love bank  

The love bank in Banská Štiavnica  

The love bank in Banská Štiavnica  

Calvary in Banská Štiavnica  

Dance night in Banská Bystrica  

German WW2 tank on display at Muesum of Slovak National Uprising in Banská Bystrica  

Muesum of Slovak National Uprising in Banská Bystrica  

Muesum of Slovak National Uprising in Banská Bystrica  

Muesum of Slovak National Uprising in Banská Bystrica  

Vlkolínec traditional village  

Vlkolínec traditional village  

Maypole in Vlkolínec  

The fujara, a traditional Slovakian instrument, Vlkolínec  

Flowers in Vlkolínec  

Landscape around Vlkolínec  

Book in Orava Castle  

Orava Castle  

Church inLiptovský Mikuláš  

Evening sky in High Tatras  

Hiking in the High Tatra mountains  

Below Lomnický štít, High Tatra  

St Elisabeth Cathedral, Košice  

Water fountain ballet in Košice  

Opera House in Košice  

Mestský park, Košice  

Mestský park, Košice  

Mestský park, Košice  

Mestský park, Košice