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The third reconstruction stage of Bratislava Castle leads to a rare archaeological discovery on Aug 6, 2020. The third reconstruction stage of Bratislava Castle leads to a rare archaeological discovery on Aug 6, 2020. (Source: TASR)

During the third reconstruction stage of the Northern Walls at Bratislava Castle, archaeologists unraveled a timber-framed wall from the 11th century, which is of extraordinary historical value. The discovery could be made accessible to the public as early as 2023.


1| Komárno played a key role in the Ottoman wars

The border town of Komárno, Nitra Region, served as a border fortification. Parts of the 12.5-kilometre fortification system are accessible to the public with a guide.

2| Popular night hikes to Sitno

With a new chalet opened in the Štiavnica Mountains, tourists can climb to its peak, Sitno, stay overnight and enjoy the sunrise afterward. Sitno is one of the most visited attractions in the district of Banská Štiavnica.

3| Exploring the Choč Mountains

The only Slovak alpine type mountain, whose highest peak is Veľký Choč, boasts of bottomless, wild canyons in its eastern part. Visiting valleys near Prosiec and Kvačany is a must for hikers.

4| Details you find on a Slovak wine label

It’s not just about the colour. The grade of a wine also matters. What do ‘akostné’ and ‘stolové’ mean?

5| Slovaks are discovering more of the Gemer region

Due to the pandemic, Slovaks are spending their summer in Slovakia. However, Bratislava is not their top option.

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CE ZA AR 2020

As many as 21 architectural works have been shortlisted for the prestigious Slovak award in architecture, CE ZA AR, this year. Even though awards will be handed out in early October, you can take a look at the shortlisted architectural designs and buildings now.


We wanted to show people that they may have something special in smaller towns as well.

Nam Van Nguyen on the opening of his Vietnamese bistro outside of Bratislava


1| Vietnamese cuisine has conquered Martin

Nam Van Nguyen decided to walk in his father’s shoes and open a Vietnamese bistro. It first attracted a local international community in Martin, but most customers are Slovaks nowadays. Which meals do Slovaks love the most?

2| Looks different, feels the same. Racism is nefarious

Tyrone Chambers, a Black-American opera singer based in Germany, shares what it feels like to be an American living in Europe, watching the BLM movement from across the ocean.

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Vast damage after the supercell storm in southern Moravia.

UPDATED: Tornado damaged villages just across the Slovak borders

Czech authorities report five dead, one a native of the Slovak town of Prešov, and hundreds of injured in southern Moravia region.

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News digest: Slovakia ready to help after damaging storm hits neighbours

Bratislava zoo director has resigned due to her citizenship. Purchase of American jet fighters unjustified. Also read about the annual city festival taking place in Bratislava and take a look at the unusual mammatus clouds above the city.

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The Weekend of Open Parks and Gardens has became a popular event in Slovakia

Pandemic highlights the importance of parks and gardens

Parks and gardens across Slovakia will open during the Weekend of Open Parks and Gardens

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The panorama of the High Tatras and the gravel lake between the town of Svit and the village of Batizovce in the Poprad district.

A Slovak castle appears in "Friends: The Reunion"

A brown bear toured a Slovak town. You can now tour a region filled with tasty wine.

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