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The Štefánikova Magistrála (Štefánik’s Trail)

  When I heard there was a path themed around one of Slovakia’s greatest all-time heroes, Milan Rastislav Štefánik, running from the Austrian border at Hrad Devín through the entirety of the Small Carpathians to Bradlo, where the man is buried, my … Continue reading

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Days of Wine and Horses… Château Topolčianky

First, you have to imagine what a month or more of snow on the ground is like – easy enough for you Central and far-North Europeans but for the rest of us (me included until this January-February), not so easy. … Continue reading

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In the Valley of the Upper Nitra: A Little Local Insight into Prievidza & Bojnice

We’re extremely grateful to fellow Czech- and Slovak-ophile, novelist James Silvester for writing this article for us on the delights of the little-visited town of Prievidza and nearby Bojnice, crowned by its majestic chateau. It almost seems unfair to the Central-Western … Continue reading

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Hotel Elizabeth, Trenčin

I tried thinking of several possible titles for this article: “The hotel with the Roman remains”, “A night below the foundations of Western Slovakia’s mightiest castle”, something along these lines. Either of the above headings would be true, as would … Continue reading

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Beckov Castle

I remember, sure, the first time I left the beloved southwest England of my childhood for a long while, but oddly enough, what I remember more vividly is returning to it again after that first lengthy absence. The Berry’s Coach … Continue reading

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The Ultimate Turkish Defence: Hiking Around Gýmeš Castle

The prequel is innocuous enough. A sharp turning in the dozy village of Jelenec, just north-east of Nitra on the E65 (an already forgotten village on a largely forgotten road). The landscape is pretty but not dramatic (dusty farms, low … Continue reading

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The Small Carpathians: An Intro

Before I wax lyrical about one of my favourite ranges of hills and forests (the Small Carpathians, or Malé Karpaty) too much more on this blog it’s probably necessary to give you some context. So here we go. In terms … Continue reading

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The Mysterious Ruins of Tematín

Just a short distance north of Piešt’any, where the world and his wife come to take the waters, and a short distance south of Trenčin, another town of renown because of its medieval centre and annual music festival, Pohoda, there … Continue reading

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Western Slovakia Castle Tour: Nine of the Best

We all know about the normal top tens of Slovakia: Spiš Castle, Trenčin, maybe Kežmarok. Spotted the theme yet? Castles. Slovakia does, of course, have very good castles (it is one of the most densely castellated countries in the world … Continue reading

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Hlohovec, Beethoven & The Founder of the Slovak Language

As you’ve probably worked out by now, Englishmaninslovakia.com doesn’t focus on well-known Slovakian places so much. We prefer to dig deep to find the truth under the cliches and to this end, on a cold, blustery and crisp day in … Continue reading

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