Slovakia

Slovakia is a landlocked country in Central Europe, bordering the Czech Republic and Austria to the west, Poland to the north, Ukraine to the east and Hungary to the south.

It has a population of somewhat over five million, about half that of the Czech Republic. (The two countries peacefully separated in 1993). Its capital and largest city is Bratislava.

Slovakia is well-known for its many castles and chateaus, ranging from simple ruins to well-preserved habitable castles with furnishings. There are also numerous gothic and baroque cities and towns across Slovakia, and well-preserved examples of wooden folk architecture, including churches made entirely out of wood.

Much of Slovakia’s terrain is rugged and mountainous, especially in the middle and northern areas. The lowlands are in the south, dominated by the Danube and its tributaries. This is Slovakia’s agricultural heartland, as the soil is much more fertile and the climate warmer.

The highest region is the Tatra Mountains, shared with Poland. The highest point in the Tatra’s, Mount Gerlach (aka Gerlachovský, 8,711 ft/2,655 m), is on the Slovakian side. The region is interspersed with scenic lakes and valleys and is the leading outdoor destination in the country. This region is also known for its hundreds of caves and caverns, of which a small number are open to the public.

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Combination Atmosphere destinations combine elements of both cultural and natural destinations, where this combination is itself essential to the travel experience. Common examples are Archaeological Sites (where culture is usually experienced outdoors), Scenic Local Markets (where indigenous cultures interact outdoors), Hotsprings and Vineyard Areas (where nature provides the raw materials but humans create the surroundings), and Unique Cultural Landscapes (where humans and nature interact in innovative ways, as in the elaborate rice terracing systems of Asia).

Combination Interests typically fall somewhere in the middle of the three types of primary interests in terms of
(a) how climate-dependent they are
(b) how accessible and physically demanding they are.
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A Cultural Atmosphere includes both the historic (eg, landmark town centers) and the contemporary (music, nightlife, etc).

Cultural Interests tend to be:
(a) indoors-oriented, and therefore not as linked to weather conditions for enjoyment
(b) relatively physically accessible, while also not being physically demanding.

Bardejov

Combination Atmosphere destinations combine elements of both cultural and natural destinations, where this combination is itself essential to the travel experience. Common examples are Archaeological Sites (where culture is usually experienced outdoors), Scenic Local Markets (where indigenous cultures interact outdoors), Hotsprings and Vineyard Areas (where nature provides the raw materials but humans create the surroundings), and Unique Cultural Landscapes (where humans and nature interact in innovative ways, as in the elaborate rice terracing systems of Asia).

Combination Interests typically fall somewhere in the middle of the three types of primary interests in terms of
(a) how climate-dependent they are
(b) how accessible and physically demanding they are.

Carpathian Hills & Wooden Churches

 
A Natural Atmosphere includes a diverse range of destinations with outdoor-oriented features, including both water-based (beaches, rivers, lakes, etc) and land-based (mountains, forests, deserts, etc). It also includes specific outdoor activities, ranging from water adventuring (eg, kayaking, sailing) to land adventuring (eg, hiking, biking).

Natural Interests tend to be:
(a) outdoors-oriented, and therefore more dependent on weather conditions
(b) less easily accessible and more physically demanding than other destination categories.

In some cases (eg, rafting and climbing), this includes a significantly increased degree of adventure (or danger, depending on one's viewpoint).

Tatra Mountains Slovakian Side

 
 
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