History of The West of Slovakia – Trencin and Trencin Castle
July 14, 2016
Trencin is one of the three oldest Slovak towns, located in the western part of Slovakia in the middle of the beautiful hilly countryside of the White Carpathians, Povazsky Inovec and Strazovske Hills, only about 120 km north of the capital Bratislava. Thanks to its strategic and geographical location in the valley of the Vah River, Trencin had always belonged to the most important towns in Slovakia.
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History of The North of Slovakia – Terchova, The Little Fatra National Park
October 8, 2015
Terchova is more than 400 years old village stretching along a part of one of the most beautiful mountainous areas of Slovakia, the National Park of the Little Fatra. The original name of the village was Kralowa. The oldest evidence of human residency in the territory of today’s Terchova is an iron tip of a spear dating back to the Roman period, found near the local mount Rozsutec.
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The history of Bratislava – Bratislava castle
September 12, 2015
Bratislava Castle is an agelong symbol and dominant feature of the city of Bratislava standing at a strategic hill site 85m above the Danube River, having its eventful and fascinating history. The castle hill site was protected by the mighty river on one side and by the dense forest of the Little Carpathians on the other. Also, it was an important crossroad of the ancient Danubian and Amber trade routes. Thus its favorable geographic location was predetermination for formation of human settlements since as far back as the Late Stone (5000 BC) and Bronze (1800-700 BC) Age. Therefore, whoever got to build a fortress there ruled not only the important crossing over the Danube River but was a ruler of the whole region, too.
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History of Slovakia Midlands – UNESCO Banska Stiavnica
August 9, 2015
Banska Stiavnica is a really charming place located in the middle of Stiavnica Mountains right in the centre of Slovakia. We went there a few weeks ago and as the weather was great we enjoyed it a lot. Banska Stiavnica is one of the most beautiful and historically most interesting towns in Slovakia. It got the highest international acknowledgement in 1993 when it was, together with the technical monuments in its vicinity, included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
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Coronation Celebrations, Bratislava, June 2015
July 23, 2015
There was the 13th year of Coronation Celebrations taking place in our capital city Bratislava between June 27 and June 29. The Celebrations belong to the prominent cultural events of every summer season here. All coronated monarchs, counts, countesses, earls, soldiers and vassals are played by slovak starting and volunteer actors and actresses. In addition to coronation of one of the Hungarian kings, queens or emperors you can also see demonstrations of historical dances and fights, production of crafts and arts, but also a street market or a historical military camp and much more within the three days.
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History of The South of Slovakia – Jelka, Levice and Brhlovce
July 7, 2015
Speaking to some friends of mine, all tour guides, we decided to take a day tour of Slovakia, somewhere not too far. Although it was a whole day tour, I would like to write about at least these three places we visited on the day: Water mill Jelka – a Central European rarity, a nice little Levice castle ruin and one of the unique places in Slovakia – Brhlovce.
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Arts and Crafts in Slovakia – Tinkering
June 23, 2015
It was a perfect weather to do some sightseeing around Bratislava so I went to Devin castle to take some new photos. Devin is one of the most visited Slovakia castles. This beautiful ruin is located approximately 10 km away from Bratislava, on the confluence of the rivers Danube and Morava. (more…)
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Arts and crafts in Slovakia – Folk dance
June 13, 2015
On Friday, June 12, I was walking toward the Presidential Palace and I spotted a crowd of children and youngsters dressed in traditional Slovak folk costumes standing in front of it. By the different colours and styles of the costumes I could see they were representing various regions. I was quite surprised as this is not a common thing to see at all. (more…)
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