The Slovakian capital of Bratislava is often compared to Vienna, but with fewer visitors. Outdoor cafes line the town square and the historic cobbled-stoned Old Town. Climb a castle turret overlooking the Danube for a panoramic view of the city’s palaces, Baroque and Renaissance buildings, St. Michael’s Gate, and St. Martin’s Cathedral.
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Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, sits along the Danube River and is the only capital in the world that borders two countries: Austria and Hungary. This 18th-century town is full of charming cafes and energetic bars, all surrounded by the Little Carpathian Mountains, sweeping vineyards, and a plethora of hiking trails for those who want to get active and explore nature! Don't forget to visit the well-known Bratislava Castle, perched atop a hill that overlooks the entire capital city and the Danube River.
- Charming Castles
Slovakia has more than 100 castles and even more grand chateaux dotting the country's land. Due to Slovakia's central location in Europe, it was a very populated area back in the Middle Ages that was prone to invasions; therefore, numerous castles were needed for defense. As a result, Slovakians see their castles as true national treasures. Be sure to visit the incredible Spiš Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the largest castle complexes in central Europe; the romantic Bojnice Castle, one of the most visited castles in all of Slovakia; and Bratislava Castle, standing as a symbol of the capital city of Bratislava.
- Spectacular Caves
Looking for an adventure? Lace-up your shoes and explore one of Slovakia's 6,000 discovered caves! Although there are likely many more to be uncovered, travelers can seek out most of these incredible caves at Low Tatras, Slovak Karst, and Slovak Paradise national parks. One of the caves -- The Krasnohorska cave -- holds the record for the highest sinter column in the world in the Guinness Book of Records! These thousands of natural phenomena have attracted travelers worldwide and are one of the most popular reasons why people visit Slovakia.
- Folk Architecture
Did you know that Slovakia is home to the first folk architecture reservation in the world? In northern Slovakia, the charming village of Čičmany dates back to 1272, with over 130 houses in the area that illustrate the iconic folk architecture: wooden houses that are painted and decorated with a variety of folk ornaments and designs. Other areas in Slovakia that represent this picturesque style are Slovak Karst and Vlkolínec. To complement the folk designs, Slovakia is also known for having traditional folk dances, Odzemok standing as the country's national dance.
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