Slovakia is one of Europe's youngest nations, and is a tiny
territory that sits right at the heart of Europe. Completely
landlocked by the larger, more powerful countries that surround it,
for centuries Slovakia was subject to the whims of invaders and
foreign influences. However, despite being treated poorly by their
neighbours the Slavik people continue to extend a warm welcome to
foreign visitors. Since independence was gained in 1993, tourists
have found themselves drawn to the charms of this isolated and
beautiful nation, with its untamed expanse of mountains and
forested valleys, interspersed with a rocky karst landscape.
Clamber through 300m deep gorges and sit on peaks looking down on
lush green valleys, all within a couple of miles of each other.
The North's High Tatras mountains are perfect for climbers and
hikers, and in winter the skiers take to the slopes for some of
Europe's freshest on and off-piste thrills. Explore the central
regions and the east and you'll discover a land of castles and
chateaux surrounded by forests that are home to wolves and one of
Europe's last bear populations.
Slovakia is a cultrual melting point situated at the geographic
heart of Europe. Both In its history both the Hungarians and the
Czechs have invaded and Slovakia has absorbed characteristics of
these countries and adapting the less dramatic influences of the
West through trade and tourism. Slovaks today, as they always have
been, are a patriotic and peaceable people used to the practices of
almost every other culture in Europe. Because of this visitors find
them the perfect hosts - they are prepared to devote time to show
off their beautiful unspoiled country to anyone who cares to
Food and Drink
Slovakian cuisine is based on simple fare, with the dominant
flavours typically Eastern European, salty or seasoned with the
strong flavoured caraway seed or simple herbs.
A typical meal will consist of meat and a couple of boiled
vegetables, sometimes all cooked together as a hearty stew or
goulash, or alternatively served separately as a steak or joint
accompanied with a thick sauce.
Vegetarians need to be extra careful around Slovakian cuisine
and vegans will find suitable dishes extremely hard to find. Fried
food such as omelettes are commonly fried in animal fat, and it
isn't nheard of for foods proclaiming to be meat free to contain
As one of Europe's youngest nations, the Slovak Republic didn't
come into being for the first time until January 1, 1993. However
the history of the region and its people extends back much further
to the 5th century, when Slavic tribes inhabited the territory.
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