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9 days in Slovakia (Sept 16 - Sept 24) itinerary suggestions

Old Jun 23rd, 2018, 03:33 PM
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9 days in Slovakia (Sept 16 - Sept 24) itinerary suggestions

I am planning 9 days in Slovakia (Sept 16 - Sept 24) as part of a 9 week trip around Central Europe.
I will be arriving from Krakow and continuing to Budapest.
I am mostly interesting in input on the road trip after I pickup the rental car on Sept 18.
I have a rough schedule but am open to all suggestions and comments.

Slovakia (9 days)
(Sept 16) - Krakow (7:00) to Poprad (10:00), LEO Express - LEM4201

(Sept 16,17) Starý Smokovec

(Sept 18 - Sept 22) Car Rental Poprad to Poprad. Sept 18 am - Sept 22pm

Poprad to Orava Castle (1 1/2 hr)
to Cicmany (2 hr)
to Trencin (1 hr) 1 st night, Sept 18

Bojnice Castle
Banska Stiavnica 2nd night, Sept 19

to Krasna Horka Castle (2 1/2 hr)
to Kosice 3rd/4th night, Sept 20,21

Sept 22
to Spis Castle
to Levoca
Perhaps drive to Levoca the evening of Sept 21, then can visit Spis Castle and Levoca; making it back to Popard to catch the 15:26 train to Bratislava.

to Poprad - Return rental

(Sept 22) Train Poprad to Bratislava.
EN | ZSSK Slovakrail

IC 524 (Carrier ZSSK) 1st Class: 24.5E
Poprad-Tatry to Bratislava hl.st. Departure 18:34 Arrival 22:17 3 hr 43 min
R 610 (Carrier ZSSK) 1st Class: 19.72E
Poprad-Tatry to Bratislava hl.st. Departure 15:26 Arrival 19:57 4 hr 31 min

(Sept 22,23) Bratislava - 2 nights
Bratislava panorama cruise cost 5,5 Eur (45 minutes)
Devin Castle

(Sept 24) Train Bratislava to Budapest, 2 1/2 hr, 17:53 or 19:53)
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Old Jun 24th, 2018, 04:43 AM
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So. I have decided to take the train to Kosice on Sept 18th and pickup the car there on Sept 19th and do a one-way rental to Bratislava.
Hope to visit the same places... maybe try to add a stop in Vlkolínec.
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When visiting a castle in these parts, be sure to ask if there are parts of the castle not open to the public.
If there are, it's surprising how much access a $20 bill can get you; we were touring a Czech castle, and another American on the 20-person group asked that question (as an aside to the guide, not openly). After being $20ed, Guide said, follow me. The fellow American waved the two of us with him, and we toured the closed areas of the castle....kitchen, wine cellar, dungeon, etc.

The wooden churches in the area are....rustic, and old looking, but well kept up.
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The Michelin map of Slovakia indicates the location of wooden churches, more like chapels, which are listed as UNESCO Heritage sights.

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