Highlights of the trip

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Bratislava castle - symbol of the city

The Castle Hill in Bratislava and its Slavonic castle were of importance in the period of the Great Moravian Empire. The south-west tower housed the Hungarian coronation jewels for two centuries.

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Devin castle - ruins of the stronghold dating from Neolitic to the Napoleon I.

Devin Castle standing on a massive rock hill above the confluence of the Danube and Morava is an unusually impressive landmark. It is part of the oldest history of Slovakia.

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Vlkolinec village UNESCO World Heritage - untouched and complex example of folk countryside architecture

The village comprises two or three-room log cabine type houses. In the center of the village is preserved the bell tower from 1770, water well, Chapel of the Blessed Virgin Mary and school.

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Banska Stiavnica UNESCO World Heritage - gold mining town

The majority of monuments of Banska Stiavnica are concentrated into the area spreading between the Trinity and Radnicne squares. Both squares are separated from each other by the Gothic church of St Catherine from the end of the 15th century and the building of town hall with its slender clock tower.

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The Articled Protestant Church in Hronsek UNESCO heritage

Wooden church in Hronsek is a precious historical monument, together with a wooden belfry from 1726. The oak pillars are decorated with carved header Ionian ornaments. It has a shingle roof with three crosses and a rooster, as a Christian symbol of vigilance.

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Spisska Kapitula UNESCO World Heritage - one of the largest and most interesting Romanesque monuments in Slovakia

The town consists of the Cathedral of St. Martin, a former monastery, and a single street, all of medieval construction and enclosed by a town wall.

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Spis castle UNESCO World Heritage - partly restored medieval castle

The Spis Castle in eastern Slovakia is one of the largest castles in Central Europe. Slovak National Museum presents various collections in its premises.

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Levoca ancient town - rich centre of commerce in the 15 century in eastern Slovakia

The town has well-preserved historic center. Church of St. James dates back to the 14th century and houses a magnificent Gothic carved and painted wooden altar, the largest one in Europe.

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Zehra church UNESCO World Heritage - Biblical stories and legends of the saints painted on the walls

Roman-Catholic Holy Spirit church in Zehra hides unique medieval wall paintings that were created gradually from 13th to 15th century.

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Strbske Pleso - ski, tourist, and health resort next to glacial mountain lake in High Tatras

Strbske Pleso village comprises several hotels and residential buildings. With extensive parking facilities and a stop on the Tatra trolley and rack railway, it is a starting point for popular hikes including the peaks Krivan and Rysy.

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Unique High Tatra fauna - 115 species of birds, 42 mammals, 8 reptiles, and 3 amphibians

Notable ice age relicts are Branchinecta paludosa, Three-toed Woodpecker, Ring Ouzel, Spotted Nutcracker, and others.Mammals are represented by, for example, the European Brown Bear, Alpine Marmot, and the Tatra chamois.

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Unique High Tatra flora - almost half of the park covered with forests, mainly spruce and fir

About 1,300 species of vascular plants grow in the park, of which 37 are endemic to the Tatras (Erysimum wahlenbergii, Cochlearia tatrae), 41 are endemic to the Western Carpathians.