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The AFAR Guide to Slovakia

Though Slovakia possesses a robust, modern economy, the country maintains a strong rural edge, with more than 40 percent of Slovaks living in villages of 5,000 or fewer. The landscape is dominated by the Carpathian Mountains and the High Tatras, which extend across the border with Poland to the north. Skiing is a pastime enjoyed by locals and tourists alike, and the capital, Bratislava, is located on the banks of the beautiful Danube River.
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Nový Smokovec, 062 01 Vysoké Tatry-Starý Smokovec, Slovakia
If you like epic, snow-capped mountains, beautiful forests, miles of incredible hikes filled with an array of rock formations, and crystal clear mountain water that isn't bottled and sold, then the High Tatras are your medicine of choice. In order...
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Pribinova 8, 811 09 Bratislava, Slovakia
In an effort to bring Bratislava up as its own tourist destination, the Slovakian government poured money into a revitalization of the shoreline by the Danube River. A large shopping mall and pedestrian walkway filled with cafes and restaurants...
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I've seen castles all over Europe and this is one of the more impressing fortified ones. It looks like its about to slide off the hill! Just down the road is a famous restaurant that serves traditional, authentic food. I went for the halusky with...
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Hviezdoslavovo námestie 185/1, 811 02 Bratislava, Slovakia
A cultural centerpiece of Bratislava. You might have seen this building in a few movies, although the "scenes" were meant to be cities like Vienna. Regardless, it's a beautiful building with loads of history behind it that's still in use today...
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Muránská, 841 10 Devín, Slovakia
One of the most interesting aspects of Slovakia are the number of castles found all over the country. From dark ages to the almost modern time, it's a wonderful trip for anyone interested in seeing castles. Devín was the first, and it's stood the...