Category Archives: CENTRAL/SOUTH SLOVAKIA

Penzión Resla pri Klopacke

In Banská Štiavnica, where one can’t walk a pace without another delightful 18th-century edifice looming photogenically into view, it’s not easy to stand out on architectural merits. But sometimes, pretty facades can be just shells – or not live up … Continue reading

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Streetfood in Banská Štiavnica!

The place we were staying in was so nice, we decided to eat in on our latest visit to Banská Štiavnica. This meant take-away – not something I’m generally in the habit of getting in Slovakia unless I’m at at a … Continue reading

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Banská Štiavnica’s Mining Museum(s)

For those of you not in the know, Banská Štiavnica is the most famous place that’s not famous in Slovakia. Its location is off the main Bratislava-Tatras-Košice trail but then it has to be: the town is in the rolling Štiavnica Mountains, … Continue reading

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The Geographical Centre of Europe

The “roof of Europe” or the “extreme edge of Europe” might be more dramatic monikers. But Slovakia, without the Alps and without a sea coast, can nevertheless claim one of the continent’s geographical titles for itself: “centre of Europe” or “Stred … Continue reading

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Is Levice Really So Bad?

Ah Levice! The stunning medieval town square; the church with the sublime craftsmanship of the architect Master Pavel; the famous pilgrimage site of Mariánska Hora; stunning national parks nearby… No. That’s Levoča, one of the pearls of Eastern Slovakia and … Continue reading

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Banská Štiavnica’s Aura

When you book last-minute accommodation as I often do (because in my own life outside of work I am incredibly disorganised) you rarely expect to arrive, stay, and come away from the place feeling that you might just have discovered … Continue reading

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The “Weird Woman” of Banská Štiavnica

Just as a ship is a woman, so a cafe or bar can be – and a decidedly strange one at that. Weird and wonderful Divná Pani (English translation = “strange lady”) on the main street of Banská Štiavnica’s historic … Continue reading

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Partaking in the Most Sexually Charged Easter Tradition Ever

Dusk on Easter Sunday, and I’m scouring the hedgerows and woodlands of Banska Štiavnica, looking for thin, bendy branches (ideally willows) that will make a cracking good whip. It’s not easy. The woods around Banska Štiavnica yield barely a twig … Continue reading

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The Fujara – Slovakia’s Unesco-listed Musical Instrument

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Top Ten Medieval Towns in Slovakia

It’s not just the nature that’s spellbinding in Slovakia: some of the smaller towns – whether as a result of castle strongholds against marauding Turks, or being major Medieval mining centres or having healing spas – grew up in magnificence … Continue reading

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