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Regularly updated information on travelling in Slovakia, including tips on the newest attractions and the traditional must-see sights. More information about travel in Slovakia can be found in our travel guides Spectacular Slovakia.

Home of Slovak Leonardo da Vinci: Smolenice Castle

Wander around a romantic castle, visit the highest peak in the Small Carpathians and taste the "drink of Gods".Gabriela Psotková, Valéria Polovková18. Jan 2021, at 11:55

Smolenice Castle
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Tourists visit Morské Oko in winter. See the lake and surroundings

Popular tourist destination in eastern Slovakia.Compiled by Spectator staff, 16. Jan 2021, at 10:05

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Tip for trip: Zádielská valley in evening sun

Valley located in the eastern part of Slovak Karst.Compiled by Spectator staff, 13. Jan 2021, at 11:54

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Functionalism that became dysfunctionalism (from our archive)

If one judges architecture by whether people want to call it home, then Petržalka doesn't work.Tom Philpott12. Jan 2021, at 1:53

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New 360-degree photos display the best of Liptov

Photos have been divided into four main categories: water, mountain resorts, valleys and peaks, towns and their cultural monuments.Compiled by Spectator staff, 11. Jan 2021, at 11:55

Illustrative stock photo from Baranec

Tip for a trip: A walk to the Stream of the Fairies

The route is about three kilometres long.Compiled by Spectator staff, 8. Jan 2021, at 17:44

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Bystrô waterfall in central Slovakia is a favourite spot for tourists in winter

There is a 2.5-kilometre-long educational path starting at the bus stop in Bystré Vrátka.Compiled by Spectator staff, 7. Jan 2021, at 18:00

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Roman lapidary in Komárno offers tour of ancient Roman monuments

If offers to visitors’ tours of ancient Roman stone-sculptural monuments that originated in Slovak area.Compiled by Spectator staff, 7. Jan 2021, at 11:47

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How I came to appreciate (some) Communist-time architecture (from our archive)

The Communist-era architecture of Petržalka isn't so bad. It is, at least, more attractive than the American strip mall.Chris Togneri, 5. Jan 2021, at 6:01

Liptov's gold rush: Magurka

Discover the highest located settlement in the Low Tatras.Gabriela Psotková, Valéria Polovková4. Jan 2021, at 11:55

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Roundup: The best of 2020 travel and culture stories about Slovakia

Read and listen back to the most popular stories and podcasts from this year in the last roundup of 2020.Compiled by Spectator staff, 30. Dec 2020, at 16:56

In 2020, NASA opted to publish on its website several pictures from Slovakia. A photo from the Poloniny National Park, taken by Tomáš Slovinský, appeared on the website in April. A few months later, in August, Petr Horálek’s photo of the Perseid meteor shower was chosen. It was not the first time NASA picked a Horálek photo. In January of this year, it had chosen his picture of a meteor shower, above, taken in Oravská Lesná.
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On drinking with Slovaks (from our archive)

A slivovica-soaked memory, vinobranie, and everything you wanted to know about cabbage.Matt Reynolds, 29. Dec 2020, at 2:22

Winter fairytale nature close to Košice

A popular place for sports enthusiasts.Compiled by Spectator staff, 28. Dec 2020, at 15:26

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Malá Fatra is gearing up for monitoring of predators

Participants from abroad not expected to arrive due to the pandemic.Compiled by Spectator staff, 26. Dec 2020, at 8:05

Measuring the wolf's traces

Antigen testing was launched in Tatra ski resorts

People are still recommended to get tested before they leave home for skiing or a winter vacation.Compiled by Spectator staff, 22. Dec 2020, at 17:11

Naked and nervous: Mom's famous spa story (from our archive)

An American traveller visits the Piešťany spa for an unexpected wellness experience.Bonnie Reynolds22. Dec 2020, at 2:01

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The spirit of Slovak Christmas: Branč Castle

The castle is a must for history lovers.Gabriela Psotková, Valéria Polovková21. Dec 2020, at 12:00

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Roundup: Humongous catfishes rescued from the emptied Ružiná Dam

Explore a little bit of Slovak embroidery in the roundup, and in a new design book.Compiled by Spectator staff, 18. Dec 2020, at 15:22

Slovak President Zuzana Čaputová accepts the Peace Light of Bethlehem from scouts at the Presidential Palace on December 15, 2020. The tradition, launched in Austria in 1987, has spread to many European countries and the Americas since then.
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Demänovská Cave of Liberty, Archive photo

House of grandpa from Slovak bedtime story underwent reconstruction

It is located in the easternmost point of Slovakia.Compiled by Spectator staff, 16. Dec 2020, at 11:11

Reconstruction of the house
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