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Top ten attractions and places to see inclusive UNESCO World Heritage in Slovakia 

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UNESCO World Cultural Heritage: Banská Štiavnica (PhotoSource Wikipedia )

 Tip 1:  Banská Štiavnica - silver Town

 
Silver ore and its mining formed the history of Banská Štiavnica.
 Already Celts in  the 3rd century BC grounded first mining
 settlement here. Early Slavs/Slovaks settled this site too.
The
 glorious history of Banská Štiavnica started in the year 1238

 
when it  received the privileges of a royal town. In 1627
 gunpowder was used for the first time in the world in local mines
 There are 60 water reservoirs near the town like Počúvadlo lake

 Sights: The Holy Trinity Square, Town Hall, building complex
 Kammerhof, the Knocking Tower, the Old Castle,
 the Calvary,
 the New Castle, the Church of St. Catherine, the Church of
 Ascension of the Virgin Mary, the Evangelical Church, the
 
Academy of Forestry and Mining, the Slovak Mining Museum.
 
Bus aconnection with B. Štiavnica - click here, trains here.

UNESCO World Cultural Heritage: Bardejov

 Tip 2: Bardejov

 Bardejov is situated in the Šariš region - in North-Eastern
 Slovakia. The area of present- day Bardejov is settled since
 the Stone Age. The first written reference dates 1241. In
 the 14th century the town became a centre of trade with

 
Poland, in 1376 Bardejov received the status of a royal town.
 Bardejov is also known as spa town (blood circulation,
 digestive tract problems). In the 19th century Elisabeth,
 Empress of Austria (Sisi) visited spa Bardejov too.
 Sights: Church of St. Aegidius (1247), Town Hall (1505),
 central square - completly intact town´s medieval market
 place, fortification (14th and 15th century), spa.
 Bus connection with Bardejov click here, trains here.

UNESCO World Cultural Heritage: Vlkolinec (PhotoSource: Wikipedia)

 Tip 3:  Vlkolínec (Ružomberok)

 
Vlkolínec - former a separate village - is now a picturesque and
 old part of the town Ružomberok (first written reference
 on this town part dates 1376). Its name is very likely derived
 from Slovak word "vlk"i.e. wolf. It is an intact settlement of 45
 buildings with the traditional features of a central European
 mountainous  village. This oasis of folk architecture was
 inscribed in the List of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage
 of UNESCO in 1993.

 Bus connection with Ružomberok town - click here, trains
 here

 

UNESCO World Heritage: Ochtinská Aragonite Cave - Slovak caves (PhotoSource: Wikipedia)

 Tip 4:  Ochtinská Aragonite Cave

 
Ochtinská Aragonite Cave is situated in Southern Slovakia near
 Rožňava town. Discovered 1954, opened to the public 1972. It
 is world famous for its rare aragonite filling. White aragonite
 clusters in the Milky Way Hall shines in the lights of the lamps
 like the stars in the Milky Way.

 The closest stop of public transport: bus stop Gočaltovo, Hrádok
 GPS: N 48,6646004 E 20,3092003
 
Other Slovak caves : Gombasecká jaskyňa, Jasovská jaskyňa,
 Domica, Dobšinská ľadová jaskyňa, Stratenská jaskyňa - more
 info: www.ssj.sk 

 Bus connection with Gočaltovo, Hrádok - click here, trains
 here

Nitra - Nitriansky hrad - National Cultural Monument

 Tip 5:  Nitra - Nitra castle

 The history of  
Nitra is very significant. There are prehistorical
 findings 6000 years old from the Neolithic Age in the
 area -
 a large Celtic settlement was here. Later
Nitra was a centre
 of Germanic tribe of Quadi. In the 5th century arrived the
first
 Slavs. At the seat of the ruling prince Pribina the first Christian
 church was built in 828. Nitra and Moravian principalities were
 united in 833 by Moravian Prince Mojmir I  into the
early
 medieval Great Moravia. Present castle arised in 11th cent.

 Other attractions: Arboretum in Mlyňany, pre-Romanesque
 churches in Kostoľany pod Tribečom and Nitrianska Blatnica,
 
Romanesque churches in Dražovce, Koliňany  and Sádok,
 
Topoľčany Castle, Lipizzan horses and Topoľčianky Castle -
 
former the summer residence to Habsburg rulers in Topoľčianky.
 
Bus connection with Nitra town - click here, trains here.

Bojnice - Bojnický zámok (PhotoSource: Wikipedia) - National Cultural Monument

 Tip 6: Bojnice - Bojnice Castle (Upper Nitra region).

 
The warm springs in this region had been known in the ancient
 times already - the
traces  of Neanderthals are about 100,000
 years old.
The younger prehistorical findings from the Paleolithic
 Age in
the  Prepoštská Cave nearby Bojnice confirms the
 presence of Homo sapiens in this area.

 
Bojnice Castle became the centre of power for Upper Nitra  in
 the Middle Ages. Bojnice town, famous for its beautiful chateau,
 ZOO, spa and thermal baths gained the attribute of being the
 most attractive tourist destination in this region.
 Other attractions: old manor houses around Partizánske town,
 Uhrovec Castle.
 
Our tip: Lodging and refreshment in Hotel Bojnický vínny dom
 
Bus connection with Bojnice town - click here, trains here.

Hrad Červený kameň - Červený Kameň Castle (PhotoSource: Astur) - National Cultural Monument

 Tip 7:  Červený Kameň Castle 

 
Červený Kameň Castle is a huge, very good preserved castle in
 Western Slovakia in the Little Carpathians Mountains. Originally 
 it was a stone King´s castle - first written records date back to
 half of the 13th century. Fuggers family started in 1538  to built
 a new fortified castle with huge storage warehousing in the
 basement on the foundations of the old stone castle. Pálffys
 gained the castle in 1588 and rebuilt it to a representative noble
 castle. It
is a museum today (historic furniture, pictures,
 sculptures, weapons, armour). Since 1970 the castle has been
 the National Coltural Monument.
 
The closest stop of public transport: bus stop Častá
 Other attraction: Falconry Astur.

 
Bus connection with Častá/Píla village - click here,

 Spa Piešťany

 Tip 8:  Spa Piešťany

 
Spa Piešťany is the biggest and best known spa town in
 Slovakia with almost 30000 inhabitants.
The warm springs in
 this region had been known in the prehistoric times already.
The
 traces of the first human settlement in this area are dated about
 80000 years ago. Well known is the
archeological finding from
 Moravany
- Venus of Moravany (small female statue) dated
 22800 BC. Today is spa specialized in treatment of chronic
 reumatic and arthritic diseases and post-accident lesions of
 joints and bones.
 Main sights: The Napoleon Spa, the Kolonádový most Bridge,
 Spa Island.
 
Our tip: Lodging and refreshment in Hotel Satelit
 
Bus connection with Piešťany town - click here, trains here

European Capital of Culture 2013: Košice - St. Elisabeth Cathedral - National Cultural Monument

 Tip 9: Košice city - St. Elisabeth Cathedral  

 
Košice with
235,000 inhabitans is the second biggest city in
 Slovakia and the centre of Eastern Slovakia. The first written
 reference about it dates from 1230. In the Middle Ages Košice
 
was important free royal town with its advanced craft and
 trade. There are about 450 listed historical monuments in the
 
Košice city. The most important sight is the St. Elisabeth
 
Cathedral from the 14th century - National Cultural Monument.
 Other sights:
the Gothic Chapel of St. Michael, the City Hall, the
 Pseudogothic Jakab Palace, the St. Urban Tower, the Classicist
 Csaky-Dessewfty Palace, the Neo-Baroque State Theatre, the
 Dominican Church and monastery, the Franciscan Church,
 the city fortification with well preserved bastions, ZOO.

 Bus connection with Košice - click here, trains here

Trenčín - Trenčiansky hrad (PhotoSource: Wikipedia) - National Cultural Monument

 Tip 10: Trenčín - Trenčiansky hrad

 Trenčín region is situated in the bottom part of the Považie -
 wide valley of the Váh River. Trenčín town (57000 inhabitans)
 with its monumental castle is the centre of this region.
 The Romans carved an inscription on the rock under the
 present-day castle in 179 AD celebrating the victory of Roman
 legions over the Germanic tribes near to the Roman camp of
 Laugaricio. Trenčín Castle was founded in the
the Middle Age -
 first mentions are from 1111. Between 1302 - 1321 the castle
 
was seat of the powerful magnate Mathew Csak who controlled
 
most of present-day Slovakia.
 Trenčin today is known as town of fashion. Trenčin airport hosts
 since 1997 Pohoda music festival. Neighbouring Trenčianske

 Teplice Spa hosts the International Artfilm Festival
every year
 Bus connection with Trenčín town - click here, trains here

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