Are you the kind of travel freak who likes to explore the details of different place and unearth some lesser known facts? I, for instance, love to collect information pertaining to different countries and understand how the people in the place behave, their traditions, the historical past, the cultural heritage and more.
Slovakia is one such country that has a special place in my heart for a lot of reasons. It is one of the perfect European nations which resembles a postcard and will definitely appeal to your heart. If you too want to explore the rustic charm of this little European beauty, we are here to tell you the things which will definitely leave you speechless.
So, ready to add to your knowledge horizon?
1. Two Nations
It is the only capital in the world which shares borders with two different countries. This in itself proves as to what a strategic location this country enjoys. Being a friendly nation, it has good relations with most of the other European nations and this is one of the key reasons for its amazing prosperity.
2. Castles Galore
If you are the castle and architecture kind of person, this is the country you should be packing your bags to. It has the highest number of castles and chateaux per capital. What’s more amazing is the fact that the castles are all splendid, magnificent and definitely brilliant. The sprawling architecture coupled with the pristine beauty and the kind of peace which you will get when you walk into these castles is surely going to blow your mind away.
3. The Blend of Old and New
Like a lot of other European cities, be prepared to behold the artistic blend of the old and new. The capital city, Bratislava gives you an eclectic mix of the old and the new. The old buildings have their own rustic charm which will mesmerize you with their prowess. At the same time, you will surely love the newness of modern architecture. You can clearly see how the city has managed to blend the taste of the old times with the modernity of today’s time.
4. Relatively New Government
Another thing which you need to know is that the first elections in the country were held as late as 1992. So, the government here is relatively new still you will find almost all natives filled with pride, love, and respect for their nation. The history of Slovakia is so rich with diversity and legacy that the natives are definitely very proud of where they hail from.
5. The Cradle of Civilization
You need to know that the oldest Palaeolithic settlement was built right near Kosice in Barca. The settlement is known to be as much as 80,000 years old. Surely, the place is known by many as the real cradle of civilization and a lot has happened ever since. The country also prides itself on its rich cultural heritage and legacy of the past.
6. Caves are Terrific
If you love adventures and a little exploration, you should definitely be grinning from ear to ear. The reason is that there are more than six thousand caves which have been discovered in this country alone. So, no matter which city in Slovakia you are heading to, you are likely to find some amazing caves where you can go with your troop and surely have a great time.
7. Beauty Genes
Be prepared to behold some of the most beautiful women in the world in Slovakia. While we do believe that beauty is in the eyes of the beholder and it shouldn’t be objectified but Adriana Sklenarikova has the Guinness world record for the model with the longest legs. Surely, she can make your heartbeat race quicker and the women here are known for their poise, élan, and charm. Be prepared to be bamboozled by their sensuous beauty.
8. Thermal Spring
Slovakia is known to have as many as 1300 mineral springs. Not only are they effective and very helpful but at the same time, most of them have an extremely scenic location and act as great photo spots as well. So, be prepared to enjoy the thermal springs and get yourself clicked which will make your Instagram friends drool at the perfect travel posts.
9. Love Marathons
The Slovaks are known to have a fierce love for marathons. The oldest European marathon is held even today every year in Kosice. It is held on the first Sunday in October. This marathon was the second oldest in the whole world. Slovaks tend to opt for a healthier lifestyle and this is why you can find too many people choosing to walk on the streets. The marathon too is extremely popular and is perhaps one of the key reason as to why most people are really fit and healthy here.
10. For the Students
Such is the prolific effectiveness of the government that full-time students who are less than 26 years old have the provision of traveling by train for free. They can make use of national railways and do not have to shell any money whatsoever for commuting.
These are some of the facts which you may not know about Slovakia. These are interesting details and I am quite optimistic that they may have given you the incentive to explore more about this beautiful little European country.
The scenic beauty of the place is going to take your breath away and at the same time, the country is dotted with too many pubs and discotheques which mean that you could satiate your party soul too.
Updated: February 21, 2018