Oguz Kaan Kısa · Feb. 3, 2021
This is one of the facts that you can’t believe when you hear about it. They have 180 castles and 425 chateaux in this little country whose population is far smaller than New York! Popular castles which draw attention and tourists from all over the world are Bratislava castle, Orava castle or Bojnice castle. The highlight castle of them all is Spiš Castle, which is the largest castle in Central Europe and was included in the UNESCO List of World’s Cultural and Natural Heritage.
There are more than 6000 caves in this little country. Most beautiful caves of Slovakia can be found in national parks of Low Tatras, Slovak Paradise and Slovak Karst. Many of them have their own unique features. Ochtinska Aragonite Cave is even listed in the Guinness World Records book with a huge 34 m high sinter column.
There are hundreds of mineral and thermal springs and more than twenty hot springs in Slovakia. Thousands of visitors from all over the world each year use these resources for various health problems.
Slovakia is a country of music, dance and song, with hundreds of festival and ethnic folk ensemble performances every year. Visitors to the country can also join them.
Bratislava is unlike the rest of Slovakia in terms of Gross Domestic Product. It is about three times higher than the rest of the country and is one of the highest in the whole of Eastern Europe at 30% richer above the EU average.
Slovak people are mostly of Slavic origins, but most people may be partly of Hungarian, German or Vlach (Romanian) origins as a result of numerous migrations between the 11th and 15th centuries and a 500-year period in the Austrian Empire. (As part of the Kingdom of Hungary)
The cultural and artistic trends found in Slovakia have been strongly prevailing for centuries to the present times. People use wood carving, ceramics, crystals and glass works, and tablecloths, napkins, doilies, etc. They are known for their beautifully crafted hand embroidered items.
The most popular sports in Slovakia are ice hockey and football. Baseball and football are seen as very exotic!
Located in the center of Slovakia, Vlkolínec is a highly untouched settlement with 45 buildings, with the traditional features of a central European village. The most common group of log houses of this type found in mountainous areas in the region.
The Košice Peace Marathon is the oldest in Europe and the second oldest in the world (after the Boston Marathon). The first marathon was held in 1924.