Slovakia is a destination found in the heart of Europe where only beautiful things happen. It is a magical country filled with natural and cultural artifacts that make the country tourist destination and a place made for exploring. Almost every other trip to Slovakia will make you feel like you have been in a big adventure. The first time you will go to Slovakia you will notice that the people from Slovakia are friendly, hospitable and always ready for a glass of wine.
Country of Slovakia is a home of more than 2,400 caves of which only 400 have been explored so far. There is another research that presents us that there are more than 5,000 caves and that they are discovering more every day. One of the most beautiful caves that we have came along so far is the ice cave named Dobšinská Ice Cave. The ice cave was discovered in 1870 by Eugen Ruffinyi who was a royal mining engineer. Because of the beauties that this cave offers, this fascinating piece of nature was opened for visitors and tourist the next year. Since then it takes the breath to every visitor and tourist that comes to Slovakia to visit the Dobšinská Ice Cave. Knowing that the cave is covered in 125,000 cubic meters ice volume, makes the cave one of the most important in the whole world.
There are more than 300 castles found in Slovakia. This is not strange at all, knowing the fact that they had three biggest castles in the world in the 14th and 15th century named Devin, Spiš and Trenčín. Almost every castle has many visitors every year, but we are going to present to you only few of them, only the ones that left the biggest impression on us. One of those castles is Bratislava Castle. It is a massive building with four towers that is found right above river Danube. The castle was designed to serve as a defensive fortress from enemies. The Bratislava Castle was damaged badly in 1811 when a fire broke out, but they managed to make a reconstruction in 1960 and make the Bratislava Castle a national cultural monument. Another castles that are targets of many visitors are: Orava Castle, Smolenice Castle, Devin Castle, Beckov Castle, Budatin Castle, Nitra Castle, Bojnice Castle, Stara Lubovna Castle and many more.
The Tatra Mountains or also known as Tatras are a mountain range that actually forms a natural border between Slovakia and Poland. Their highest peak is 2,655 meters above sea level and it is called Gerlach. The Tatras are in fact the highest mountain range in the Carpathian Mountains. They are big tourist destination. People usually come here to go skiing and see the beauties of the mountain chain. It is nothing more beautiful than having a hot tea at the mountain. If you haven’t visit the Tatras you should definitely put them next on your destination list
The purpose of UNESCO is to protect the most valuable natural and cultural objects of our planet. Because of that, there are 7 places being protected by this organization. The 7 places are: Banska Stiavnica, Vikolinec, Spiš Castle, Slovak Carst Caves, Bardejov, Bukovac Forest and Slovak Carpathian Wooden Churches. The village Vikolinec named Cicmany has left us big impression. The Cicmany village is known as the first folk architecture in the world. One of the most interesting details about this village is that the houses are made from wood and they are hundreds years old. The interesting part is that their wooden houses are drawn with graffiti like pattern. Like the village the other buildings that are protected by UNESCO and that have left us big impression are the Wooden Churches in Slovakia. They are a holy place where everyone should visit for at least once in their lives and feel how it is like to be in a old wooden church.
Elizabeth Báthory de Ecsed
Countess Elizabeth Báthory de Ecsed was a serial killer who was born in 1560 and died in 1614. She was from the Bathory family in the Kingdom of Hungary. She is considered to be one of the most prolific female murderers. The highest number of the victims she killed isn’t known, but it is estimated to 650. She died in Cachtice Castle, Slovakia and it is a theory that she was buried there, but there are many other theories about the location of her body. She is often compared to Vlad III the Impaler of Wallachia, on who the Count Dracula is based.