Top 10 Slovak Google Street View places
Slovak Public will choose three localities for Google to include to Street View during the summer 2013. The final candidate Top 10 list includes two castles…
The highest mountains of Slovakia High Tatras (Vysoké Tatry) situated in the north of the country is in fact the smallest in Europe in terms of area (what explains their attribute of the “miniature Alps”). One of the most interesting natural jewels in Europe.
Vlkolínec village (UNESCO) is an extraordinary and remarkable oasis of folk architecture located in the foothills of Veľká Fatra Mts. National Park. Classified as the best-reserved settlement of this time within the Carpathian Arch. Originally it was the settlement of loggers, shepherds and farmers.
Spiš Castle (UNESCO) with its area of more than four ha, and partially in ruins, is one of the largest castle compounds in Europe. The oldest written reference to the castle is from 1120. For many centuries the seat of the head of the Spiš region. Must see destination.
Oravský hrad castle in the North, much like others in Slovakia, stands on the site of old wooden forts and it was constructed after the Tartar invasion in 1241. Spectacular site on the rock cliff proudly standing above Orava river. And famous Nosferatu movie from 1922 was shot here!
Banská Štiavnica (UNESCO) became the biggest mining centre in the Habsburg Monarchy in the 18th century. In 1762, the first mining academy in the world was founded here. The Baroque Kalvária (Calvary) has 23 sacral monuments situated in the beautiful Štiavnické vrhy hills.
The unique and characteristic element of log houses in Čičmany are their exteriors ornamented in geometrical pattern. The painting was intended to protect the logs against the effect of sunrays. Geometrical ornamentation was also used in embroidery applied to garments, pictures or tablecloths. The Reserve counts 136 houses.
Fairy-tale Bojnický zámok Castle is one of the most spectacular castles in central Europe. Hungarian count Ján Pálfi had the structure reconstructed at the end of the 19th century following the pattern of romantic castles of the Loire in central France.
North-west of Rožňava in the east of Slovakia is the fairy tale-like two-storied manor house Betliar. The manor house is surrounded by a beautiful English park. The park with the area of 57 hectares is one of the largest maintained parks in Slovakia and has been included in the list of the world historical gardens.
Bardejov (UNESCO) is “most Gothic town in Slovakia” in the North-East of the country. The arrival of German colonists after the Tartar invasion gave impetus to the development of a prospering and flourishing medieval town. Bardejov lived its best times in the 15th century. The driving force of its prosperity was trade and crafts, which classified it among the most important towns of the Kingdom of Hungary.