Slovakia

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Slovakia

Right in the middle of Europe lies Slovakia, a testament to how the smallest of countries can often also be the most attractive. Trek the snowy Tatras Mountains, the tallest of the Carpathian range, with breathtaking summits that have the ability to fill any Slovakian with pride. Come and see Spiš Castle for yourself, one of Europe’s largest fortifications; an architectural combination of power and might dating back to the 12th century. With a cosy population of around 450,000, Bratislava is one of Europe’s most compact capitals. The Danube graciously flows past its old quarter and the city’s stylish bright buildings reflect the sun off of their proud facades. Get to know the pleasant pubs and hear the locals nattering away at the tables of charming cafés in the background. Slovakia is a country of astounding natural beauty and its capital, Bratislava, a city of pretty plazas, red rooftops and fine ales.
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Bratislava

With fewer than half a million people, the"little big city" of Bratislava ranks among Europe's most relaxed capitals since everything is in close vicinity or a short walk away. Vienna (80km) and Budapest (200km) — also reachable by boat through the river Danube. Slovakia's capital boasts an old-town charm, sophisticated restaurants, traditional pubs, good music ranging from jazz to opera, and an urban design that allows you to enjoy your visit without exhausting yourself. All this with Central Europe's greatest river as a backdrop.