Fodor's To Europe!

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Days 4-5
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Slovakia may not get the press of big brother Czech Republic, but the country has much to offer. Start with the capital, Bratislava, which has castles of its own and is easy to navigate. Outside Bratislava you'll find some of Central Europe's prettiest countryside, including some fantastic regions for hikes and camping.

  • Natural Beauty
  • History


  • The city's main landmark is the Bratislava Castle. Rebuilt in 1811 after a fire, the original foundations were laid in the 9th century.
  • Bratislava's Old Town is smaller than Prague's, but similar in style, with winding cobblestone streets hiding gothic churches and narrow alleys.
  • The High Tatras are Slovakia's version of the Alps. In the summer, towns like Poprad and Smokovec are gateways to the miles of hiking trails in this small but mighty mountain range.

Side Trips

  • Slovakia's wine trail stretches north of the city; the "Small Carpathian Wine Route" has grown tremendously in recent years.
  • Devin Castle, just outside the city, dates to 863 AD.