From a historical point of view, the most interesting city in Slovakia is certainly Bratislava, which was founded in 907 on the picturesque forts of the Carpathians near the Austrian border. At one time, Bratislava managed to visit the capital of Hungary. According to indexdotcom, Bratislava is convenient for tourists because it is small in size, and most of its attractions are located very compactly. In the very center of Bratislava, on a hill above the Danube, rises the main castle of the capital – Bratislava Castle. The castle is a massive stone building with four towers at the corners. This hill offers the best view of the capital. Outside the walls of the castle there is a yard with a well 80 meters deep. In the 13th century, the largest tower was erected in the palace complex – the Crown Tower, in which the jewels are now stored. In the southern wing of the complex there are four halls, now they exhibit the most valuable archaeological finds in Slovakia. The first floor of the southern part of the building is occupied by the Slovak Parliament. A valuable monument of architecture and history for Slovaks, of course, is the main palace (Primate’s palace), built in the 18th century in the neo-classical style. The Hall of Mirrors is considered to be the most important part of the palace; it was here that the most significant events in the history of Slovakia took place. In 1903, the palace underwent restoration and then valuable tapestries depicting Hero and Leander and their tragic love story were found within its walls. An important role in the defense of the city was played by city fortifications, the construction of which began in the 13th century. By the beginning of the 15th century, the city had three gates. However, until today, from the once mighty city walls, only one gate (St. Michael’s) and several sections of the wall remain. Outside the gate, the suburbs gradually began to grow, but when there was no room for the growth of the city, the walls were demolished, and the protective ditches were filled up, and Bratislava was connected with its suburbs. Above the historical center of the small town of Trencin rises one of the most beautiful military castles in Slovakia – the Trencian castle, built in the 11th century on the site of the Great Moravian castle. In 1790, the strongest fire broke out in the castle, from which it was largely damaged. Immediately after the fire, some objects on the ground floor were renovated, but a complete reconstruction began only in the 50s of the 20th century. On one of the walls of the castle you can see an ancient inscription, which means that in 179, the wars of the Second Roman Legion wintered here. The well located in the center of the castle is also interesting, which, according to legend, was dug by a young Turk so that the owner of the castle would release his beloved. Of course, one should not forget about the natural attractions of Slovakia, namely the huge number of caves and mineral springs. More than ten caves are known only in the capital itself, and more than four thousand of them are scattered throughout the country, and no more than a thousand of them have been explored. For tourists, the most interesting will be the Demänovská cave system, which lies on the northern slopes of the Low Tatras. There are many medical resorts and sanatoriums near the mineral springs, where you can not only have a great rest, but also improve your health.
National cuisine of Slovakia
Slovak cuisine, over the long years of its existence, has managed to absorb the culinary traditions of not only the Slavs, but also some European countries. Moreover, in some regions of the country, one or another culinary differences are noticeable. While in Slovakia, you should definitely try the famous vegetable salads, boiled dumplings with cheese, game pate, dumplings with cottage cheese and hot rolls from different types of meat, which are popular here. Sheep cheeses, which taste like cheese, as well as numerous vegetable and meat soups, are very popular in the country. Of the alcoholic beverages, local wines are the most popular here, which are far from the last place among European wines.