Slovakia

Bratislava

Bratislava Castle by night

Posts on Slovakia by Kyle the Vagabond:

Overview:

Once gripped by the monotony of the Communist regime,  with its recent membership to the European Union Slovakia is quickly becoming a trendy destination on the Central European circuit…and for good reason. Offering many mountain peaks and trails in the eastern countryside, to castles and cafes set along the Danube and in charming old town Bratislava, Slovakia is a welcome surprise in a well-charted section of Europe.

Currency:

Euro; Exchange Rate: 1 Euro = $1.32 (August 6, 2010). For currency conversion info visit xe.com

When to Go:

Winters can be real cold, especially in the High Tatras, where winter sports reign supreme in the darker months of the year. Like the rest of Europe, summers  are busier, pricier, and can warm up to slightly uncomfortable levels, particularly in the low-lying regions.  Having now transitioned to the Euro, Bratislava can be much pricier than towns in the countryside, though crowding in these outer areas is rare and any time of year should prove ample for exploration. map_slovakia_resized

The Vagabond’s Personal Top Picks:

1. Grab a bite in Old Town Bratislava

Situated right on the Danube River, Old Town Bratislava is a strictly pedestrian zone and is the cultural heart of the city with narrow streets, open squares, and festive shops and dining.

2. Take in a view of the city from Bratislava castle

Set on a prominent hilltop above the Old Town, the view afforded from the top reaches 360 degrees of the surrounding area, with great viewing of the Communist era cement housing projects in the distance.  Pretty drab if you ask me.

Posts on Slovakia by Kyle the Vagabond:

Bratislava New Years (2005)

Google Map

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Marsha Battee December 24, 2013 at 7:10 pm

Hi Kyle,

Your site is great and informative.

I was in Slovakia this summer (did a trip from Poland to Turkey), and I absolutely loved it. Poprad was a charming city. And, the High Tatras region was very peaceful… and the scenery absolutely beautiful. I stayed in a wonderful B&B, Penzion Vesna, in Novy Smokovec.

Keep us inspired!
Marsha

Michal February 15, 2014 at 12:40 pm

Hi Kyle & other vagabonds,
if you are interested in visiting Slovakia, please visit our website http://www.vagabond.sk

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